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Lion 32-Inch Built-in Gas Grill Review

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Lion 32-Inch Built-in Gas Grill
Lion 32-Inch Built-in Gas Grill

Lion 32

Derrick Riches

Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Flare-Ups
Features
Durability

Specifications

  • Four 15,000 BTU cast stainless steel burners
  • 647 square inches of primary cooking space with a total of 830 square inches
  • 60,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • 15,000 BTU rear-mounted infrared rotisserie burner
  • Stainless steel rod cooking grates
  • On knob piezoelectric ignition
  • Two internal halogen lights
  • 304 stainless steel construction
  • Includes rotisserie kit, cover, and solid stainless steel griddle
  • Sold as Propane or Natural Gas – Convertible
  • Made in China by Lion Premium Grills

Full Review – Lion 32-Inch Built-in Gas Grill

PROS

  • Comes with many features
  • Good high temperature
  • Good stainless steel construction
  • Cast stainless burners

CONS

  • Uneven heating
  • Prone to flare-ups
  • Limited attention to details
  • Poor support
  • Frequent shipping problems

Leon Carter created Bull Outdoor Products, one of the first companies to offer inexpensive outdoor kitchen solutions. Eventually, he sold that company and after a few years returned to the industry with Lion Premium Grills. Like Bull, Lion offers a complete line of outdoor cooking products, centered around an affordable outdoor kitchen concept.

On paper, this is a great-looking grill. Complete 304 stainless steel construction, heavy cast stainless burners, and it comes standard with a full rotisserie system, including a rear-mounted rotisserie burner. It even comes with a heavy stainless steel griddle that can swap out a section of the stainless steel cooking grates. The problem is that it looks great on paper. In real life, it has problems.

The biggest problem with this gas grill is that it doesn’t come with flame-tamers. The burners are triangular shaped on the top to allow drippings to drain away from the flame ports, but there is nothing to even out the heat which is particularly uneven front to back. For an extra $240USD you can add in a set of flame-tamers or diffusion plates which consist of ceramic rods in a stainless steel frame. This helps with the left-to-right heating problem but does nothing with the front-to-back problem. This grill is simply uneven in its heating and there isn’t a solution to this problem. Further, adding these flame-tamers only makes the flare-up problems more pronounced since they catch and hold drippings.

Distribution of this line of products, in an already crowded space, is a little limited and many people end up ordering this grill online, which shouldn’t be an issue, but problems with packaging mean that many units have been arriving damaged. Add to this some issues with customer support and many people have run into problems that have taken a considerable amount of time to resolve. I know that $1,500USD seems like a lot of money for a gas grill, but as a built-in unit, it is actually one of the least expensive on the market, and you know what they say about what you pay for. In this price range (Built-in Gas Grills under $2,000), there is a lot to choose from and a lot of better products from more responsive companies.

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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