The Blackstone 36-Inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle is a popular and highly regarded outdoor cooking appliance designed for versatile and efficient cooking. It has become a favorite among outdoor cooking enthusiasts due to its large cooking surface, durable construction, and excellent heat distribution.
Here are some key features and details about the Blackstone 36-Inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle:
- Size and Cooking Surface: This griddle offers a spacious 36-inch wide cooking surface, providing ample space to cook for large gatherings or prepare multiple dishes at once. The flat top design eliminates the need for traditional grates, making it easy to cook various foods, including pancakes, burgers, vegetables, stir-fries, and more.
- Multiple Burners: The Blackstone 36-Inch Griddle has four independently controlled stainless steel burners, allowing you to create different temperature zones on the cooking surface. The four burners have a combined 60,000 BTUs of heat output. The adjustability of the four burners provides versatility in cooking and helps you manage different cooking requirements simultaneously.
- Heat Control: Each burner has its own control knob, enabling you to adjust the heat output for precise temperature control. Whether you need high heat for searing or lower heat for more delicate items, you can easily manage the temperature to achieve perfect results.
- Durable Construction: The griddle’s frame is made of sturdy powder-coated steel, providing stability and durability to withstand outdoor conditions. The cooking surface is usually made of cold-rolled steel, which offers excellent heat retention and even distribution.
- Grease Management System: The Blackstone 36-Inch Griddle is equipped with a rear grease management system that includes a grease tray and a grease cup. Excess grease and cooking runoff are collected in these trays, making cleanup easier and preventing flare-ups. The rear grease trap is also perfect with built-in kitchen designs as you can easily create a space to reach the trap in your kitchen.
- Portability: While it is not the most portable griddle due to its size, the Blackstone 36-Inch Griddle comes with caster wheels, which allow you to move it around your outdoor space more easily. When used as a built-in griddle within an outdoor kitchen, the legs and casters are removed.
- Additional Accessories: Blackstone often provides additional accessories for their griddles. Check out our list of important accessories for your Blackstone griddle.
- Easy Assembly: The griddle comes with clear assembly instructions, making the setup process easy.
Its ability to handle a wide range of foods and cooking techniques makes it an excellent choice for backyard barbecues, camping trips, and outdoor gatherings.
How do I include the Blackstone in my outdoor kitchen?
It is easy to include the 36” Blackstone griddle in an outdoor kitchen. The Blackstone griddle has removable legs which makes it perfect for a tabletop application. If you are building your outdoor kitchen using a DIY outdoor kitchen frame, or using our 40” BBQ cabinet, the Blackstone would sit within the drop-in space.
The 4 Life BBQ cabinet has a drop in depth of 9.4” and a drop in width of 38 ¼”. These drop-in grill dimensions work perfectly with the Blackstone griddle. If you are using our 34” stainless steel countertops, it makes it even easier to install the griddle. The 34″ countertops create an overhang and act as a wind blocker. But please note, that the stainless steel next to the griddle heats up a bit. It can melt any plastic utensils or plastic containers. As the grill and countertops are made of 304 stainless steel, it does not matter how hot the griddle gets, the stainless steel is more than capable to withstand the heat and will look great for many years.
Gas tank connection:
Connecting the gas tank to a 36″ Blackstone griddle within an outdoor kitchen is an important step to ensure the griddle has a stable and reliable fuel supply. Here’s a general outline of the process:
- Check Local Regulations: Before proceeding with the installation, familiarize yourself with local regulations and safety codes related to gas connections in outdoor kitchens. Make sure you comply with all relevant requirements.
- Gas Tank Placement and Ventilation: The interior space of your outdoor kitchen will house the propane tank and protect it from weather elements. If you are building your outdoor kitchen, you will need to make sure that the space has the proper ventilation to prevent the buildup of gas. The 4 Life Outdoor grill cabinet comes with a propane tank holder and propane tank lock to securely hold your tank within the cabinet.
- Gas Hose and Gas Regulator: Blackstone griddles typically require a gas regulator to control the gas flow and maintain consistent pressure. You will need to connect the gas regulator to the propane tank and the other end to the griddle’s gas inlet. Your outdoor kitchen will need a hole between the grill shelf into the cabinet housing the propane tank. With a 4 Life Outdoor grill cabinet, you will need to cut a hole at the middle left side of the shelf to so that the hose may pass from the cabinet to the griddle. Ensure the hose is securely attached and does not have any kinks or bends that could obstruct the gas flow.
- Leak Testing: Before using the griddle, perform a leak test to ensure there are no gas leaks. Mix a solution of soapy water and apply it to all the connections. Turn on the gas tank, but not the griddle, and check for bubbles. If you see bubbles forming at any connection point, there might be a gas leak. In that case, turn off the gas tank immediately, tighten the connections, and retest. If you can’t resolve the issue, seek professional assistance.
- Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: Always follow the specific instructions provided by Blackstone in the griddle’s user manual for connecting the gas tank. This ensures you follow the correct procedures and maintain the griddle’s warranty.
- Safety Precautions: Always prioritize safety when working with gas connections. Avoid using damaged hoses or connectors, and never use the griddle if you suspect a gas leak.
Rear Grease Cup:
Installing the grease cup of a 36″ Blackstone griddle within an outdoor kitchen is possible and often recommended to help manage grease and prevent mess. The grease cup is an essential component of the griddle’s grease management system, collecting excess grease and cooking runoff that accumulates during cooking.
Here are some general steps to install the grease cup of a 36″ Blackstone griddle within an outdoor kitchen:
- Determine Grease Cup Placement: Decide where you want to place the grease cup within your outdoor kitchen setup. It should be positioned directly under the griddle’s grease drain to catch the grease efficiently.
- Create a Drainage Path: Ensure there is a clear and direct drainage path from the griddle’s grease drain to the grease cup. This may involve positioning the griddle at a slight angle or using a pipe or hose to direct the grease flow.
- Use a Grease Cup Holder: Some outdoor kitchen setups come with built-in holders or compartments specifically designed to accommodate the grease cup. If your outdoor kitchen has such a feature, make use of it to secure the grease cup in place.
- Build a Custom Holder: If your outdoor kitchen does not have a designated space for the grease cup, consider building a custom holder using materials like stainless steel, aluminum, or other weather-resistant materials. Ensure that the holder is securely attached to the outdoor kitchen structure.
- Ensure Proper Ventilation: Place the grease cup in a location that allows for proper ventilation to prevent grease buildup or unpleasant odors. Adequate ventilation also ensures that any smoke or fumes from the grease are adequately dispersed.
- Regular Maintenance: Regularly check and empty the grease cup to avoid overflowing and spills. Cleaning and maintaining the grease cup will also help ensure it functions effectively in managing grease during cooking.
- Safety Precautions: Always handle the grease cup with caution, especially when emptying it. Hot grease can cause burns, so make sure the griddle has cooled down sufficiently before handling the grease cup.
It’s important to note that the specific installation method may vary depending on your outdoor kitchen’s design and configuration. For a seamless installation, follow the guidelines provided in the griddle’s user manual, and consider seeking the assistance of a professional if needed.
Seasoning your griddle:
Seasoning a Blackstone griddle is an essential step to create a non-stick cooking surface and protect it from rust and corrosion. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to season your Blackstone griddle:
- Clean the Griddle: Before seasoning, ensure your griddle is clean and free of any dirt or debris. Use a mixture of water and mild dish soap to scrub the surface thoroughly. Rinse off the soap and let the griddle dry completely.
- Apply Oil: Once the griddle is dry, apply a thin layer of high-smoke-point oil to the entire cooking surface. Common oils used for seasoning include vegetable oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, or flaxseed oil. Avoid using butter or low-smoke-point oils as they may burn and create sticky residue.
- Spread the Oil: Use a paper towel or a cloth to spread the oil evenly across the griddle’s surface, including the edges and corners.
- Preheat the Griddle: Turn on the griddle’s burners to medium-high heat and let the griddle heat up until the oil starts to smoke. Heating the oil creates a chemical reaction that bonds the oil to the metal surface, forming a protective layer.
- Cool and Repeat: Once the oil has smoked and the griddle has cooled down, repeat the process of applying oil and heating the griddle two to three more times. This helps build up a durable seasoning layer.
- Cooking: After seasoning, you can start cooking on your Blackstone griddle. The more you cook, the better the seasoning will become over time.
- Routine Maintenance: To maintain the seasoning and protect your griddle, clean it after each use. Use a scraper or spatula to remove any food residues and wipe it down with a cloth or paper towel. Apply a light coat of oil after cleaning to help preserve the seasoning.
Some additional tips for seasoning and maintaining your Blackstone griddle:
- Avoid using soap to clean the griddle after seasoning, as it can strip away the seasoning layer. Instead, use hot water and a griddle scraper to remove any food particles.
- Always use a high-heat oil for seasoning to ensure a durable coating.
- Regularly cook foods with natural fats (like bacon or fatty meats) on the griddle, as this can help improve the seasoning over time.
- If you notice any rust spots on the griddle, gently remove them with a scrubber or steel wool and re-season the affected area.
Remember, seasoning is an ongoing process, and with regular use and proper maintenance, your Blackstone griddle’s seasoning will continue to improve, providing you with a non-stick and reliable cooking surface.
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WHY WE LIKE IT:
The Blackstone griddle is the OG of the group. This griddle is simple to use and easy to assemble. The large griddle has 720 sq. inches of grilling space and pushes 60,000 BTUs. We like how easy it is to light the griddle and control the heat zones across the griddle.
- 60,000 BTUs over 4 zone heating control
- Electric ignition
- Built in grease catcher
A cooktop big enough for parties or catering events! That said, the 4 adjustable burners make it possible to use just one or two burners when cooking for a single person. This griddle is durable when seasoned properly and the griddle top is thick to chop away with the spatulas without a worry.
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All the best,
4 Life Outdoor
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