By Chef Tony Matassa, ShoppersChoice.com, LLC.
Convection technology means faster cooking time & even heat; innovative glass window lets you watch food cook; rugged cast stainless burners that last; full line of outdoor accessories.
Things To Love:
The first thing that catches our eye is the hood mounted glass window. This lets you monitor your BBQ while it’s cooking, and when you turn on the interior lights it looks really cool. We also like the angled hood design and stylish curved handle which stands out nicely. Cal Flame also has exclusive v-shaped cooking grids and multicolored control lights. Another nice feature is the front splash guard with vent to help keep grease away from controls.
The grill is powered by five, commercial-grade cast stainless burners. Cast stainless is popular on premium gas grills, mostly due to their unyielding strength and ability to radiate extremely high heat. Top Gun also uses Cal Flame’s exclusive convection technology, which uses a fan to circulate hot air evenly throughout the grill (the same technology can be found in many indoor ovens).
A couple of other nice extras include independent ignition on each burner, and any cast burner can be swapped out with an optional searing burner for even more grilling options. (Searing burners are excellent for creating the grill marks that everyone loves.) The grill also includes rotisserie and a built-in smoker box.
Cal Flame produces a complete line of outdoor kitchen products, which is a nice benefit if you’re building an outdoor kitchen and would like to have matching components.
Things To Consider:
Top Gun has innovative features and good performance, but it doesn’t excel with flare-up control since it uses flavor bars instead of stainless grids to reduce flare-ups. The cast burners offer high temperatures but doesn’t have a wide temperature range when you need to cook at low temps. This grill also doesn’t have a double lined hood, to hold in high heat and protect the hood from discoloration. Even though this grill doesn’t include the searing burner, you can still add it as an option.