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MHP JNR 4 Gas Grill Review

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MHP JNR4 Gas Grill
MHP JNR4 Gas Grill

MHP JNR

Derrick Riches

Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Flare-Ups
Features
Durability

Specifications

  • One dual control stainless steel H-type burner
  • 365 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 495 square inches
  • 30,000 BTU total output from the main burners
  • Electric (AA-Battery) ignition
  • Either stainless steel rod or anodized aluminum cooking grates
  • Ceramic briquette barrier
  • Cast aluminum body
  • Cover and propane tank sold separately
  • Convertible between propane and natural gas
  • Made in the USA by Modern Home Products

Full Review – MHP JNR Gas Grill

PROS

  • Solid, durable construction
  • Excellent heat output
  • Highly customizable
  • Will last a lifetime

CONS

  • Simple design
  • Lacks a modern look
  • All features are extra

Long ago, if a person wanted a gas grill, they would contact their gas company which carried a few models, and would install them in the yard for the price of the grill. These units were solidly built from heavy cast aluminum with heavy cooking grates and a simple design. MHP was one of these suppliers long ago and this grill is, in many ways, identical to that style of grill.

The MHP JNR 4 uses a single-unit H-type burner that has independent controls for each side. Basically, this is a two-burner grill with 15,000 BTUs on either side under 365 square inches of primary grilling space. Because of the heavy construction, ceramic briquette barrier, and solid cooking grates the heat is both efficient and very high.

The ceramic barrier is designed to catch and burn away drippings, protecting the burner, but it can also cause flare-ups from time to time. An experienced griller can deal with these, but it is important to be prepared for it.

This grill is highly customizable. There are, in fact, about 70 ways to configure this grill so it really can be almost everything to everyone. It can come with either stainless steel rod cooking grates or anodized aluminum grates. I recommend the aluminum. They are better at transferring heat and will last for decades.

Other options include the type of side tables and mounting options. This is one of the few gas grills still on the market that can be permanently mounted on metal post-like grills from the 1960s.

The Bottom Line

I know that this gas grill looks primitive; it does have most of the options that any other grill can provide. A side burner and an infrared rear-mounted rotisserie burner are available making this as modern a grill as any. If you are tired of replacing your gas grill every few years, this is one to consider. The price is based on which options are included, but the base model starting price is around $900USD.

The JNR Series is the smallest and least expensive of the MHP Grills. For something a little larger and more powerful try the MHP WNK4.

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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