The Skinny:

  • Unique convection cooking means even heating & faster cooking
  • cast stainless burners require less maintenance
  • v-shaped cooking grids keep foods from falling

Things We Love:

The Cal Flame Convection series looks like a professional grill, with seamless 304 stainless steel construction and a signature one-piece welded handle. Inside the grill, Cal Flame offers a huge grilling area and their exclusive “v-grate” cooking grid which is designed to keep smaller food from falling through the grid.

Cal Flame's convection series are the only grills in the industry with a 110 volt convection fan built in. This feature is designed to provide an even heating grill surface. I found this greatly speeds up cooking time and adds a noticeable bump in performance compared with entry level Cal Flame grills.

In a major upgrade from their “G-series” grill, Cal Flame includes cast stainless steel burners and an infrared rotisserie burner on all Convection series grills. Cast stainless burners are usually found on high-end grills, because they are durable and have high heat characteristics. The grill also includes a ceramic rotisserie burner with motor and spit rod capable of turning 35 pounds of meat. I like that the versatile rotisserie kit allows you to mount the motor on the left or right side of the grill.

For added versatility, there’s an optional sear zone burner and smoker tray. Any burner can be replaced with these add-ons.

Things To Consider:

Flavor bars are the only protection against flare-ups, and there are gaps where drippings could fall through the grates. While this grill doesn't excel at preventing flare-ups the flavor bars definitely help keep flare-ups at a minimal level. The v-shaped cooking grids have a slight disadvantage because they are harder to clean than other grids which run front to back.