It’s easy to see why wood pellet grills have become so incredibly popular in recent years. They offer a huge level of convenience, a bit like a gas grill but they also give you the option to impart that beautiful smokey flavor into your cooking.
If you are wondering what the difference is between the different models in the range, our Z Grills 7002B review will help you to work this out and compare it to the other Z grills in the range.
The Z Grills 7002B is a similar model to the 7002E. It has the same stainless-steel build that the whole of the “700” range has. It comes with a black finish instead of the silver look of the exterior.
The 7200B is an impressive piece of kit that gives you a lot of flexibility with your grilling. It’s described as an 8-in-1 because of all of the different modes that you can use to cook. It’s not all about meat, either. Because of the reliable and sturdy temperature control, there are loads of different cooking applications. Some people even use this to bake.
The upgrades on this model from other products in the 700 series include the castor wheels so that you can easily move the grill around, and the improved steel lid. This isn’t prone to rust, and protects your cooking without you having to worry if there’s a bit of rain.
The overall performance is superb, with only one real caveat. It can take a bit of time to preheat. This isn’t really a problem, though In the world of cooking you might want to work with really high heats. For example, if you’re cooking the dough on a pizza, you need to make sure the grill is hot. This is a common issue for a lot of pellet grills, but it is easily overcome, you just need to have some patience when you light your fire!
The price tag for the 7002B is really competitive. When you compare it to a product like a Traeger grill, you can see why people are going for the Z Grill as an alternative. It’s more expensive than a standard coal BBQ, but this is because of the clever design and all those extra features and methods of cooking.
The hopper capacity is 20lbs, which is significantly higher than a lot of the other models on the market. Because of the way that the Z Grills 7002B works, this usually equates to around 20 hours of cooking time. This helps to keep your calculations simple, so you’ll know exactly how much fuel to put in.
The fuel you should use? Smoker pellets. Finding the best pellets is all about getting a product that burns reliably, but also one that can impart some beautiful flavors, especially if you are looking to use your grill as a smoker. So many people love to experiment with pellets or even mix them to provide specific flavor combinations.
Another great thing about the fuel is the efficiency that this offers. You can actually grill for longer than you would be able to using the same amount of coal in an equivalent grill that takes charcoal.
The cooking surface is split into a main grilling area and an additional smoking and warming rack. In total, this gives you almost 700 square inches of space. This is an amazing level of flexibility. You can keep vegetables warm on the rack while you grill some hotdogs or braise some meat.
The cooking surface itself stays reliably hot in all areas. If you want to work with two different heats, then fortunately the secondary space of around 200 square inches is simple and effective, but not as hot. This is great for slow cooking. The main grill is 19.2 x 26 inches, smoking and warming rack dimensions are 6.9 x 27.5 inches.
You have a huge level of control over the grilling. A digital control and LCD display allows you to choose the exact heat you want, and the Z Grills 7002B automatically adds the pellets you need to keep the temperature within 10 degrees of what you have set. This means that the heat distributes evenly and you don’t end up with uncooked and dangerous parts of the meat. You can adjust the temperature in 25-degree increments.
The cooking grates are easy to remove and deep clean when required, and equally easy to wipe down after use (just make sure it is cool). The option to use two grates on different levels means far more control over temperatures and flexibility to cook different things at the same time.
The digital controls make it so much easier to use the grill effectively. A pellet purge system offers a digital control over the pellets and it even has an automatic ignite so you aren’t having to risk burning by doing this yourself. All of these automated controls help to keep your grill safe to use, and the stainless-steel means that everything is kept neatly enclosed.
This is both easy to use and easy to clean. The digital screen controls are really easy to get to grips with, and virtually automatic in their nature. It’s a “set and forget” sort of setup.
The product also comes with a metal cup to collect dripping grease, making the cleanup even more simple.
Perhaps the coolest and easiest thing about the use is the one button startup. No need to spend ages worrying about getting it lit, just press a button and it’s ready to go. Just like your cooker.
This is often sold with a cover, the main accessory that can be useful. Though the steel is incredibly hard-wearing, a cover can give that extra bit of protection from the elements.
This model comes with four castor wheels which are designed to be “all-terrain”. What does this mean? Well, you can easily use your grill on camping trips. Put it in the back of your SUV, and take it out when you reach your destination. Obviously, you have to take all the necessary fire precautions.
Even if you just want to use it at home it is really easy to wheel this around your garden and take the grill to the location where you want to use it. You can also take it inside and store in your garage after use.
If you are prioritizing durability then the steel design of this grill will take some beating. The high-quality stainless steel can withstand pretty much anything you throw at it. Extreme temperatures, weather conditions, even if you were to drop something on it. Not all of the Z Grills have a steel casing, so the 7002B is a great model for those who need durability. For instance, if you regularly need to transport the grill.
All of this is backed up with a 3-year warranty to protect your purchase. This is roughly what we’ve come to expect from grills that are around this price point. It’s more than enough to protect your purchase and make sure that if you do get a defective model, you’re covered.
Below, we’ve listed the key features of this grill to help you to understand the positives, and a couple of cons of buying this model. It’s natural that you will want to compare and contrast different grills to see which one works best for you.
The Z grills 7002B has a brilliant mix of being superbly sturdy, and also having some high-tech modern features to make life easier. It imparts a beautiful smokey flavor and automatically stays at a reliable temperature. Our Z Grills 7002B should help you to decide whether this is the ideal model for your yard or whether you should look at a Traeger, or indeed another model from the Z Grills brand.