Master Forge 4-Burner Split-Lid Model #SH3118B - Discontinued

Master Forge 4-Burner Split-Lid Gas Grill Model #SH3118B
Master Forge 4-Burner Split-Lid Gas Grill Model #SH3118B. Lowes

The Bottom Line

This is a dual head (or two lid) gas grill. One compartment is a standard, three burner gas grill that gives you 36,000 BTUs under 380 square inches of cooking area. The other side is a single 13,000 BTU infrared burner under 155 square inches. You get an independent infrared searing grill and a standard gas grill. I have said in the past that I like this combination. Unfortunately on this grill it isn't well executed.

The weak construction, many plastic parts and poor quality stainless make this an unreliable grill that simply isn't built to last. At around $330USD this is a lightweight, gimmicky grill.

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Pros

  • Dual head grill, one standard, one infrared
  • Large amounts of storage space

Cons

  • Poor quality materials throughout
  • Thin, lightweight burners
  • Dual head is an either or proposition
  • Many plastic parts

Description

  • Dual head gas grill with one 36,000 BTU standard grill and one 13,000 BTU infrared grill
  • Three 12,000 BTU 430 stainless steel standard burners and one ceramic type 13,000 BTU infrared burner
  • 535 square inches of primary cooking area for a total of 703 square inches of cooking space
  • 11,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover
  • Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
  • 430 stainless steel and powder coated steel construction
  • Porcelain coated steel firebox with porcelain coated heat tents
  • Propane tank and cover sold separately
  • Pull out drawer in side table and fully enclosed cart
  • Made in China exclusively for Lowe's Master Forge brand

Guide Review - Master Forge 4-Burner Split-Lid Model #SH3118B

This model has been discontinued.

The idea of the dual head grill is that you have one standard grill and one small infrared grill. You use the standard grill for regular cooking tasks and the infrared grill for high-temperature searing.

In a large, well-built grill this is a great combination. This grill, however, is small and poorly constructed. After all, this one only costs around $330USD. Try to think about each of the two grills separately and decide if this combination makes sense to you.

One grill is a standard three-burner, 36,000 BTU gas grill. The 380 square inches of primary cooking space makes this a small grill with average power for the size. The porcelain-coated, cast iron cooking grates and the dual layer hood are nice features, but the thin metal and lightweight burners are pretty standard for the price range.

The other grill is a single burner, 11,000 BTU infrared gas grill. The 155 square inches makes it very small, but since you would use this as a searing station you don't need a lot of space. However, at only 10 inches wide it is a very narrow space to work with. The problem with this small searing grill is that you can really only put a steak or two on it. Not very practical unless you don't cook for very many people.

Added to this grill is a standard 11,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover. This is a little low powered so don't expect it to heat a large pot.

The biggest problem I have with this grill is, again, that the construction is weak.

If you take hold of the plastic handle over the infrared grill part, lift it half way up and then twist it you will find that you can bend it pretty easily. The entire grill is built like this, lightweight. Add to that the fact that all the stainless steel parts are 430 grade (poor quality) stainless. This means limited durability and that the grill can be easily damaged. All the handles and knobs are cheap plastic and the internal components (including hoses, regulators etc.) are as cheap as you can buy.

To illustrate this point, the first time I saw this gas grill, it was a model that had been stored outside. The screws, that are little more than decorations around the lid were rusted. If you have this grill, I bet you will store it outdoors, and I bet it will rain one day. The next day you will find rust.

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