As of the end of 2015, the Brinkmann Corporation has filed for bankruptcy. Support and availability of parts are now up to the store where you purchased your grill.
If you took the 24,000 BTU U-type sear burner out of this gas grill and replaced it with one just like all the other burners you would have a very underpowered grill. People would complain that this grill wasn't hot enough for vegetables let alone steaks. With this "sear" burner it has the ability to properly grill as much as two steaks or maybe four burgers at a time. While the cooking grates are reasonably well, there isn't anything to make this stand out other than being really big.
Very large grill
Powerful sear burner
Low heat output
Poor quality components
Low-grade stainless steel parts
- Four 10,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- One 24,000 BTU stainless steel U-type burner
- 648 square inches of primary grilling area for a total of 801 square inches of cooking space
- 64,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 12,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Body constructed from porcelain coated steel and 430 stainless steel
- On knob piezoelectric ignition
- Grill cover, rotisserie kit, and propane tank sold separately
- Convertible from propane to natural gas with additional parts
- Manufactured in China by The Brinkmann Corporation exclusively for Home Depot
This grill is imposing. At more than 5 feet across it takes up a lot of space and will cook about 18 hamburger patties at a time. But that really isn't the selling point here. As the name points out, this is a dual sear grill. I really don't know what is dual about the single sear burner in this grill, but we can skip that part. Without the sear burner running this is a very underpowered gas grill. With the sear burner running one-fifth of the surface area is very hot (though not evenly) and the rest is warm. For the person looking for that perfect restaurant steak, this really isn't the answer. This burner is really just a gimmick and not really something that makes this grill worth buying.
One particularly annoying feature of this grill is the lighted knobs. Nice for seeing them in the dark, but they are individually powered by those little button batteries. To replace the burned out batteries the knobs are removed, the battery cover unscrewed, and three new batteries put in. There are six knobs on this grill for 18 of those little batteries. I doubt very much that most people will ever replace these batteries making this a feature that is cool for a few months and then completely forgotten about.
Aside from all this, the Brinkmann Select is typical of these big grills out of Home Depot. They look impressive sitting on the floor and they know that size matters to some (and not in a particularly useful way), but the quality is lacking and while many might think that it's a big price tag, for a cooking appliance it really isn't.