When Wolfgang Schroeter started Wolf Steel Ltd., in 1976, he focused on producing steel railings. By the early 1980s, he had expanded the company’s capabilities, and under the new name of Napoleon, was manufacturing wood-burning stoves.
That’s when the Canadian company really began building a reputation for incorporating the newest technology into its products.
Spurred on by the success in that market, the company entered the grilling arena. Today, Napoleon grills offers a luxury line of stoves that combine sleek style with state-of-the-art technology.
The company caters to all types of grilling aficionados: High-end designs anchor decked-out outdoor kitchens as both a focal point and functional center. These gourmet stoves do everything an indoor chef’s stove can do and then some.
Then there are mid-line models for cooks who may not have the space to construct a second kitchen, but who still take grilling seriously and want a unit that will meet their barbecue criteria.
Of course, Napoleon offers products for the occasional backyard chef who wants something that’s easy to use and produces tasty results.
Shopping for Style and Function
If you’re not familiar with this particular line, then take a moment to read these quick reviews and see why they stand out.
High-End Choice. Napoleon Pro500RSIBPSS
This grill isn’t just constructed out of stainless steel, it’s made from 304 stainless steel. Does that matter? Isn’t all stainless steel the same?
Actually, 304 is known for its extreme durability and resistance to corrosion and is found in construction projects and marine vessels.
Six burners put out up to 80,000 BTUs and an infrared SIZZLE ZONE side burner heats things up in a hurry.
Although a gas grill, this model offers the option of a charcoal tray to develop that traditional flavor without losing the convenience of gas. Or, add soaked wood chips to the smoker tube to create a smoky enhancement.
This grill is part of the Prestige Series and is a cart model that can be moved out when it’s time to cook and moved back into a storage spot after cooling, but it performs as if part of a luxurious outdoor kitchen.
Use its 4 main burners, 1 infrared rear burner and 1 infrared side burner to create various heat zones. The primary cooking zone, which can hold up to 30 hamburgers, utilizes the company’s WAVE rod cooking grids.
Instead of the standard straight grate, the curvy waves enable more even heating and help prevent food slipping through the spaces.
Budget. Napoleon La Series Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner on Cart
If you don’t want a super-sized grill that cooks dozens and dozens of burgers at one time, but still desire all the high-end features, then check out this petite model.
It may have just two burners, but at 43,000 BTUs, it gets things cooking no problem. A side range burner produces another 8,000 BTUs.
The JETFIRE electronic ignition means surefire starting every time, while the ACCU-PROBE temperature gauge provides heat control assurance.