GrillBlazer GrillGun Review – Pro Tool Reviews

The GrillBlazer GrillGun makes life really hot on the weekend

Any time I spend in the garden with my family is always well invested. Saturdays at the grill or an evening at the fireplace are definitely in my top 5. The faster I can light the charcoal or start a fire, the more time I have with them. I also like Sous Vide … very much. We brought the GrillBlazer GrillGun with us to see if it fits the hype.


advantages

  • Ultra-fast searing of meat
  • Easy to use
  • High BTU output
  • Ignites charcoal in 60 seconds without lighter fluid
  • Quickly light campfires in the back yard
  • Compatible with MAPP gas
  • It looks cool!

disadvantage

  • Consumes a lot of propane
  • Sensitive to colder weather

If you’re a backyard barbecue fan, be sure to read our review of the Traeger Ironwood 885.

GrillBlazer GrillGun performance

On the grill

The GrillBlazer GrillGun is such a versatile tool that you should have in your barbecue arsenal. Its intense flame quickly removes grease and residue from previous cooking processes, so you can skip the traditional 30-minute “burn-off time”.

I’m a huge fan of cooking over charcoal, but I really hate waiting for the coals to finish. With the GrillGun, you have activated charcoal ready in a matter of minutes without any kind of ignition liquid or kindling stones. You can get the taste you love with the same convenience and speed as propane.

Leave the games behind

I’m quite a traditionalist when it comes to building a backyard fire. I really enjoy starting with a small flame and building it up into a roaring fire. Other than that, sometimes I just don’t feel like channeling my inner lumberjack and I just reach for the lighter fluid. The GrillGun’s jet-like flame makes me skip the lighter fluid (and keep my eyebrows) by igniting the tinder quickly and efficiently. This creates a good, clean fire with no unnecessary additives or pollutants.

Culinary applications

There are many uses for a flashlight in the kitchen. Everything from crème brlée for finishing, roasting peppers, melting cheese or browning proteins.

I’m borderline obsessed with sous vide cooking – just ask anyone in the office and they’ll agree. (Editor’s note: We agree!) It’s a method of putting food in a plastic bag or jar and cooking it in a hot water bath. Testing this GrillGun gave us a perfect excuse to let go on a Friday and do some ribeyes sous vide.

Sous vide ribeye steaks

When they finished cooking it was time to give them a nice crust with all 400,000 BTUs on it. With a fan-like motion, we aimed the strong flame over the entire surface to create a restaurant-quality steak.


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I used to fry with my tried and tested cast iron pan, but this flashlight allows me to cut out a few dishes and save time. If you have never tried this method, I highly recommend it … it will change your life.

Steak ... it's something for dinner

GrillBlazer GrillGun Design Notes

Feel the heat

The GrillBlazer GrillGun produces a shockingly impressive level of BTUs. With one pull of the trigger, you fire up to 400,000 BTUs of pristine heat at your target. This flame can reach up to 18 inches.

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To put this into perspective, the typical propane grill generates between 70,000 and 90,000 BTUs. Even the typical propane-powered weed burners only get around 300,000 BTUs, so this thing does quite a bit for its size.

GrillBlazer achieves this high level of heat by using a very lean oxygen-fuel ratio. This creates a completely blue flame, which indicates more complete combustion of the fuel. A clean burn is critical to avoiding the dreaded “torch flavor” that you can get from some lower BTU torches.

Handle and trigger

GrillBlazer tells us this leaner blend uses about 40% less fuel than a comparable weed burner, which is why you can use 1-pound cylinders.

As the name suggests, the GrillGun has a “handgun style” handle. To light the flashlight, turn the red valve on top until you hear a slight hiss, then pull the main trigger to create a small spark from the electrode. It’s just like pressing the ignition button on a propane grill … just a lot cooler, uh, hotter!

GrillBlazer GrillGun Handle

Turning the red button controls the flow rate of the gas delivered to the fire bell. The handle has a full grip trigger that works as a bypass valve to remove any flow restrictions on the propane cylinder. By pressing the handle trigger, the flame is brought from Zero to Hero in fractions of a second.

GrillBlazer has built in a small finger guard to prevent accidentally pressing the bypass trigger.

Fuel consumption

GrillBlazer claims that you should expect 4 to 8 full “two-minute” burns per 1 pound bottle, depending on the outside temperature. That agrees pretty well with my experiences and tests over the past few weeks.

Here in Florida we don’t see much of what some people call “cooler weather,” so our canisters have been in pretty good use. The first minute and a half of burn were definitely the toughest, but after that we saw a drop in performance. Not really surprising though, here’s what GrillBlazer has to say:

But here’s the deal: it’s time to get a little technical. The propane in the 1 lb bottle expands so quickly and comes out at such a rapid rate that it cools the canister (bottle) and causes it to lose pressure, reducing the rate of fuel flow. About 2 minutes after the burn you will notice a noticeable drop in pressure and the bottle will go ice cold. Once you stop venting the gas and take the bottle back inside, the bottle will slowly warm back to ambient temperature and you can burn again for another 2 minutes. So if you need longer burns with the GrillGun, replace propane bottles so that the used cans warm up and are reusable.

If you need to operate the GrillGun for an extended period of time, GrillBlazer recommends switching to a full size propane cylinder. For this application, they sell an 8 foot hose that screws directly onto a standard propane bottle. A larger tank will usually handle external temperature fluctuations better and allow longer burns.

Fuel options

A nice feature of the GrillGun is the ability to use multiple gas options. Alternatively, if propane is not available, MAPP cylinders can be used. GrillBlazer mentions that while natural gas burns like propane, the line pressure in your home is not enough to produce a high-speed flow of fuel. Because of this, they do not recommend modifying the fuel adapter to fit your home’s natural gas lines.

height and weight

The GrillBlazer GrillGun measures 21 inches in length and is only 8.5 inches tall. The handle is very ergonomic and really mimics the feel of a handgun. Despite its size, the GrillGun weighs only 1.87 pounds. Its length can make searing meat on a grill a little difficult, but you’ll get the hang of it after a few uses.

If sous vide or searing is your main goal and you’re not that interested in charcoal / fire lighting, GrillBlazer makes a special weapon called the Su-VGun. It’s shorter so you don’t have to reach as far as you finish eating at the countertop level.

GrillBlazer GrillGun price

The GrillBlazer GrillGun Basic is priced at $ 179.99 and includes a collapsible metal “bottle stand” that holds the gun upright with an attached propane bottle. GrillBlazer also offers a variety of combo kits and accessories to enhance the experience even further.

The bottom line

When I first saw the GrillBlazer GrillGun, I knew I wanted one. It saves me so much time lighting my charcoal grill, smoker, and backyard fire. It’s also handy for burning pesky weeds around fence lines and other landscaping. This thing is a must have for avid weekend warriors who want to shorten the getting-ready time and have fun right away.

Discover more on the GrillBlazer website!

GrillBlazer GrillGun Specifications

  • Model: GrillBlazer GrillGun
  • Weight: 1.86 pounds.
  • Length: 21 inches
  • Height: 8.5 inches.
  • Warranty: 30-day no-return policy
  • Price: $ 179.99

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