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noname111 Writes:

"I am in the market for a new grill. It's between a Jenn Air or one that Academy Sports and Outdoors is selling from Outdoor Gourmet (not Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet). I have never heard of this company and an internet search shows nothing. Is anyone familiar with them? I was wondering how their products rate and how easy it is to get replacement parts. Thanks."



July 16, 2007 at 4:41 pm
(1) Daryl says:

Academy Sports’ Outdoor Gourmet Grill is made specifically for Academy Sports. There is no other information about it on the web and limited info on their web site. However….check out the product manual for the grill you want on the web site, but I think it would be better to just go and check it out if you can.

October 12, 2007 at 10:36 pm
(2) Gregg says:

this unit apears to be the same as a kenmore from sears..

February 16, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(3) M'lilah says:

I am looking at the Outdoor Gourmet grill from Academy and wonder if anyone bought one back in 2006 and how has it lasted.

May 31, 2008 at 1:02 pm
(4) Jake says:

Purchased Jan 2005, thought it would be the last grill I would purchase…

Began rusting out within 1 year. Burners are unusable, drip try rusted to peices, and front door are rusted, still useable, but UGLY.
My brother-in-law and I both bought one about the same time, we both kept covered with a grill cover and under the patio, and we have both TRASHED the P.O.S. (piece of ….)

Spend your money elsewhere, not on the outdoor gourmet from Academy….

July 9, 2008 at 8:52 pm
(5) themartins says:

I agree it’s a pos. Ours has rusted out and I was looking for replacement parts that are not available anywhere.

November 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm
(6) jim says:

Thanks for the comments – just saved me $$ as I was about to purchase.

November 25, 2008 at 7:15 pm
(7) Tinka says:

Sites like this are GR8. Hold out for the real thing…Kalamazoo is the only way to go. SAVE…it will be worth the investment. I waited 4 plus years B4 my purchase..never ever regretted it..Stay away from the advertisement at Academy…happy thanksgiving

January 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm
(8) Ricky T says:

I had a outdoor gourmet in 2005 for 2 years and used it till the burners and burner covers fell apart. the Grate was well made and I never had trouble with the grill itself.

March 12, 2009 at 7:28 am
(9) Brandon says:

I have had the Outdoor Gourmet since ’06 and have had no troubles with it. It has stayed covered on my back porch. No rusting. No breakage.

March 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm
(10) mac harrington says:

I have an outdoor gourmetbq503702 and it has not held up very well.Essentially It has burned itself up.Wheels fell off,grates coming apart,smoker tray burned up and burners are trashed. Hope to find parts.

March 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm
(11) Roger says:

I have researched the Academy grill – Outdoor Gourmet. Parts are at the bbqdepot.com. They are in Texas and Florida. Division of a Liberty Gas Corp. Texas

April 4, 2009 at 9:01 am
(12) Charlie says:

I’ve been looking at one of Academy’s Outdoor Gourmet gas grills also. None of these comments describe the grills materials. The one I’m looking at is all stainless steel. I don’t have a model number, but it appears to be of fairly solid construction. Are the “POS” comments based on their stainless steel grills?

April 30, 2009 at 11:59 am
(13) Mark in Houston says:

I bought the Outdoor Gourmet Gas Grill model # BQ05037-2 at Academy in November of 2006. Wooed by the “all stainless parts”, I too thought that this would be the last grill I bought for a very, very long time.
About 6-9 months ago, I began to realize that the burners and grates were rusting and starting to fall apart. Despite this, I still managed to keep it functional for my needs until a recent thunderstorm blew it on it’s side. I did not realize how badly it was rusted until this happened. Two of the three grates completely fell apart, two of the three burners had completely rusted through and disintegrated thanks to the fall, and all three of the “heat diffusers” crumbled to nothing thanks to the rust.
Now to be fair, I should state that I do not keep a cover on the grill and keep it stored outdoors on our covered patio. Past experiences have led me to believe that grill covers are completely pointless and a waste of money in our humid environment we have here in Houston. I’ve not noticed any benefit of them over the years as I’ve yet to have a grill last more than a couple of years whether covered or not. I also should state that I use the heck out of my grill… probably use it three times a week at least.
I’m not sure what realistic expectations regarding the life of a grill should be set at, but I DO know that I spent 3 to 4 times more on this grill than I have any other in my lifetime just to have the same result. That seems pretty crappy to me!
Finally, yes you can find replacement parts for this grill at the BBQ Depot site, BUT not all parts are in stock so who knows when you are to get them. I’m also looking at the prospect of spending over $500 for said parts. WOW! That just isn’t going to happen… much like the likelihood of me buying another of this brand grill. I think POS sums it up nicely!

May 24, 2009 at 12:34 am
(14) Daniel says:

How long a grill lasts, in my experience, is most often a reflection of care – not quality! Yes some things will stand up to abuse better than others, but in general you can get even a wally world $20 grill to last forever if you just take the time to maintain it. You also have to understand that the burners in even the most expensive gas grills will have to be replaced every 2 years or so. (think of them like tires on your car) Just buy a grill that looks sturdy and take good care of it.

June 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(15) john says:

I agree with Daniel, any grill (free to $2000) can go bad just as easy as the next. With proper maintenance you should get some good use out of the Outdoor Gourmet, or any grill. One of the best things for maintaining any grill is use, the more frequent use the better it holds up to the environment. That being said, I have had some good use out of my Outdoor Gourmet; its several years old and is now starting to deteriorate (rust and the usuall mentioned above). Advantages to other name brand grills, replacement parts! I have looked for parts for my grill to replace the rust; over $200 for the grill grid and 3 heating plates. Might as well buy a new grill for a little bit more.

June 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(16) Scott Miller says:

I purchased an Outdoor Gourmet Barrel Smoker with the Side Firebox about 4 years ago. I use it at least 6-10 times a year for smoking meats and for regular bbq’s. Last year I had to sand the bottom inside and out and painted with black grill paint, but that’s only cuz I lent it to someone who left coals in it, got wet, and they didn’t clean it out for a month or so. I like my smoker, I keep it covered on the back porch all year long, covered with a tarp.. I see it lasting at least 10 more years. It’s a good value for the money.

August 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(17) Kaye Gilliam says:

I have an Outdoor Gourmet grill purchased at Academy. I was about ready to throw it back through their window when I found my owners manual. If you are in need of replacement parts call 1-800-933-0527. This is Victory Land Group. Go through the automated messages till you get to grills. Have your model no. and all parts for the grills can be obtained. Hope this helps. It sure did me and my grill.

August 6, 2009 at 2:59 pm
(18) Andre says:

I was given an Outdoor Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill about 5 years ago. I have had no problems with it. I’m not sure which model it is, but it has a horizontal barrel smoker with and offset firebox on the left side of the smoker.

It’s kept outside, in Houston, covered, in direct sun. No major rust. I do have to replace the cover about every year and a half or so (sun really beates it up). It’s availabe at Academy, also.

Althought it is sold at Academey Sports and Outdoors, it is manufactured by the Brinkmann Corporation (http://www.brinkmann.net). Accessories and parts can be ordered there. They can also be reached at (800) 468-5252 or (972) 716-4262. Their physical address is 4215 McEwen Road, Dallas, TX 75244.

The instructions book with mine has a number to call if shipped parts are missing and need replacing, I don’t know if they will replace worn out parts, but the number is (800) 527-0717.

I hope this helps you guys.

August 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm
(19) Allen says:

I bought an expensive model from Academy Sports 2yrs ago. I bought it because of the stainless steel construction which is rust proof if it is quality stainless steel. The shell has held up with a decent vinyl cover but the drip pan and bottom plate have rusted thru. What a piece of crap! My brother has a grill from Walmart that has been functional for almost 15 years! A $300+ grill should last at least 10 years. DOn’t buy. The obscure brand that does not have a website should let on to the quality of the company.

August 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(20) Pearland Mike says:

Did anyone bought the Outdoor gourment island grill the bigger one..with the granted top ..I think Academy has it for 699.99..

September 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(21) Andre says:

I put the web site in my previous note: http://www.brinkmann.net/

September 5, 2009 at 9:00 am
(22) KevinW says:

Pearland Mike says:

Did anyone bought the Outdoor gourment island grill the bigger one..with the granted top ..I think Academy has it for 699.99..

I bought one and would not recommend it. The design of the covers over the burners cause a lot of flare up’s and it a pain to cleanup. For the money, I’d look at the Weber Genesis line.

October 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(23) Justin says:

Dear Daniel and John. I agree with a grill lasting forever (even the cheap ones) until I moved to the gulf coast… Unless its 316 Stainless stell it will rust !!!! That is just a fact and most of these grill (under $5000) are 304 Stainless Steel or even worse 304 L Stainless steel. You could buy these grills and sit them outside and never use them and they will rust.

November 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(24) Texas Pete says:

I personally want to thank all the respondants for I was just about to descend into the abyss and purchase one of the Outdoor Gourmet Island-Style Grill from Academy. Based on your candid comments you all saved me a ton of cash and the inevitable heart ache of knowing that I would have paid out the nose for a POS!! I still own a vintage 1993 Weber Silver Genesis grill, it does not rust and a majority of the parts come with a lifetime guarantee. There’s never been a hastle contacting Weber direct and orders are promptly shipped…I think I’ll stay with a proven winner and let the Outdoor Gourmets rust away at Academy and not on my patio.

January 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(25) Jeff says:

I purchased an outdoor gourmet grill in June 2009. It is now January 2010 and it is full of rust. Wish i would have found this site earlier and read about the others suffering the same fate. Not only is the grill full of rust, the grates are rusted as well. In addition, the lid has warped over time, and the tray that holds the charcoal warped the very first time I used it. The grates kept falling in the fire so I rigged up a way to stop it. So far so good. Then I get on Academy’s website to complain. The site said i’d get a response within 1-2 business days. Well that never happened. I guess Academy’s customer service is equivalent to outdoor gourmet’s quality–POS!! I’m about to put it to the road. Worst $120 I ever spent

February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(26) Texas Brian says:

I think some of these comments on this page are stupid. Some of you are trying to compare a $9,000 gril to a $500 one. Come on that is not apples to apples. Yes the Otdoor Gourment grill gas grills are not the best on the market. They are also not priced like the best ones either. You can buy 304SS grill for $300-$600 who else even makes one? Want to see a POS go to Sears and stick a strong magnet on what they call a SS grill and see if it sticks. Then do the same to the 304SS Outdoor Gourment and you will see the differance. The better the stainless the less it will stick. You can not get a magnet to stick to 316ss. 304SS does not rust if you take care of it. You have to cleen it keep it dry and keep the cover on it. I think you guys are asking too much of a $300-$600 grill of this size.

February 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(27) Scott says:

Thanks gang. I was also looking at the 32″ Island unit and couldn’t believe the price. Now I know why. Guess I’ll also hold out.

April 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(28) DAVID ADAMS says:


June 1, 2010 at 10:35 am
(29) AustinTerry says:

I think the only thing stainless on these Outdoor Gourmet grills is the hood. Everything that is rusting, like the one I was given recently is not SS. The bottom of the cabinet where the castors fit in have rusted so the wheels fall off,
the defusers are all rusted, the warming rack is rusted on one side, the thick iron cooking grates rusted so bad a corner broke off, the front doors look stainless, but probably aren’t since they have started rusting too.
The hood still looks decent (no rust) but like I said above, that is probably the only part of the grill that is stainless steel.

August 20, 2010 at 11:19 am
(30) Becky says:

I have an Outdoor Gourmet from Academy that is in its 3rd year. I bought it from a neighbor when it was a year old when they built an expensive outdoor kitchen and have been using it 2 mummers myself. It sits on the porch out in country, but is not otherwise covered. It sits in high humidity and sometimes gets rained on if it’s windy. I’ve had NO issues and use it almost every weekend. It is the model with the granite ‘counters’ and lots of drawers.

In contrast, at my house in Houston, I have an expensive Weber E-320, also 3 years old. I bought it new. While the grill itself is heavier, sturdier, etc. than the Outdoor Gourmet, I have had constant problems with the burners clogging up and now the igniter simply fails to work. Weber is sending me a new igniter because of my complaint, but now I have to find someone to install it for me (I have zero sense when it comes to Handy Dan stuff). I’ve used my Weber 1 – 2 times/week, sometimes less when the weather is bad.

I guess I am really disappointed in my Weber because I had high expectations, and I am really happy with my Outdoor Gourmet because I had limited expectations. As for cooking times, etc., I’m not seeing a major difference in the 2 grills.

Hope this helps!

August 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(31) Marshall says:

The key thing with all “stainless” grills is what grade of stainless is used. Big difference in stainless like used in restaurant grade and a cheaper variety with more carbon in the steel. When looking to buy, take a small magnet with you–if it sticks to any part of the grill, that is where it will corrode. The best stainless is non-magnetic. You will pay higher for it though.

August 31, 2010 at 2:28 am
(32) skeeter says:

i bought model bq05046-6-a, have grilled on it two times. this weekend was grilling sirlion burgers. the heat devertors are holding so much grease instead of dripping thru to the pan below. the flare ups were horrible that i had to turn off the burners, it flared up one time so bad it started melting the warming tray. which is made of thin sheet metal.

Has anybody else had this problem and a maybe a remedy.

May 31, 2011 at 12:13 am
(33) Mad As Hell says:

I see most of these post are old and as I too have had major problems with the Outdoor Gourmet I went to research. My pit caught on fire, a big fire under the house porch. The drip pan is too close to the burners and can fill up with no place to go. When oil(fat) builds up and gets hot enough you have a very large burning fire that you can’t control. I did manage to get the bottom doors open to remove the tank from bottom as fire was shooting downward and through the control knobs. My house didn’t catch on fire but I have major smut damage under porch. The Pit is now junk as the fire was so hot the whole thing is burnt and warped . These pits look good new BUT ARE NOT FULL STAINLESS STEEL and are made very cheap….

December 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm
(34) SAGirl says:

I am glad I found this site because I am in the market for a grill as a Christmas present and I have no idea what to look for. I did see the Outdoor Gourmet gas grill at Academy this weekend and it is advertised for $199 as a 5 burner grill. One thing I noticed though is that everyone’s comments seem to be regarding the stainless steel, and this one in particular that I am looking at says it has cast iron cooking grates. Is this considered a better quality for cooking than stainless? Any feedback is appreciated :)

Happy Holidays!

March 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm
(35) Glynn says:

Mfg of Outdoor Gourmet
Dong Guan Xin Cheng Hardware Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 2711-84 233298
Niu Hu Group, Jiu Xiang Village Qing Xi Town DOMESTIC GAS COOKING APPLIANCES-Outdoor – Certified to US Standards
Dongguan City
China Refer to Class Description for program details


Model Number Input Rating

For Use With Liquefied Petroleum Gases
Domestic Outdoor Gas Cooking Appliances
Trade Name: Dong Guan Xin Cheng


September 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(36) Jim says:

After reading most all of these comments I have to ask why there isn’t a single review on the Acadamy web site. I was thinking the Outdoor Gourmet 5-Burner Gas Grill for $199 was a pretty attractive value until I found this site.

October 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(37) Mark says:

You may want to consider a Broil-Mate or Broil-King grill. They are made in Canada and are made of cast Alumnium so the boxes will not rust out. The burner is stainless steel and has a 5 year warranty. I bought mine a few years ago (Broil Mate model 1551-64) at BBQ Galore. They no longer carry Broil-Mate but I believe Ace hardware does. You can also google it to see who carriest them online. I am very pleased with this unit. It can get up to over 600 degrees and is one of the best BBQ values I have found.

February 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm
(38) bruce says:

I bought a island grill 2 yrs ago from Academy sports. I had just built a new deck across the back of my house and wanted something to inhance the deck while entertaining family and friends. The absolute very first time I used the grill, I put on 14, 1″ ribeyes that I had marinated 24 hrs. I lowered the flame to its lowest possible setting on all 4 burners, and let down the lid and went in side to check on the potatoes I had in the oven. All of a sudden I hear shouts and screams and run outside to find the whole cooking area of the grill up in flames. What I should have done was taken the grill back to Academy as was suggested by some family members, but I stuck with the grill and had several more of the same events take place on other occasions. The problem is poor burner cover design. I noticed that one the new 2011-2012 grill the burner covers have been redesigned. It has been my intention to take a measurement of my covers and the new covers and see if the new ones fit my grill. I love all of the drawers, the cooler, the slide out gas bottle trey, the granite cutting area, and the large drip trey. I just hate the burner cover design. They trap grease and causes the flare ups.

April 20, 2012 at 9:57 am
(39) shirley says:

have the electric outdoor gourmet. Bought it yesterday. Temperature will not get above 300. What’s the problem

June 20, 2012 at 1:22 am
(40) Joe says:

Everyone needs ro relize that the Outdoor Gourmet brand is made by the same maker as Sears Kenmore. And just like Charbroil, Brinkman and others are mase in China and as we all know things from China are cheep made to start with.

August 18, 2012 at 12:23 am
(41) john says:

does anyone know where i can download a manual for outdoor gourmet pellet grill b9711? i bought mine today on sale for 299 reg 499 but all they had left was the display and did not have the user manual?

September 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(42) Mary Childs says:

We bought a “beautiful “outdoor gourmet island for $500 in March of 2010. We were proud of this beauty, until last year in July this cheap material and buildmanship burst into flames. Luckily our friends saw the fire or we could have lost our house. So 500 Dollars burnt in only 16 months. We just used it as a smoker for a while, but are now in a hunt for a new one. Again today, I was blinded by the beauty of the newest outdoor gourmet island for $600 and thought maybe it was just us who had bad luck, luckily I found this website and just now decided: No more!

September 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(43) Todd says:

I just acquired an Outdoor Gourmet B9711 pellet smoker that worked fine the first time I used it, but now the heating rod wont ignite and the auger does not turn off. Has anyone else had similar problems?

Academy has not been much help.

October 3, 2012 at 10:52 am
(44) Anthony says:

Has anyone purchased Outdoor gourmet island grill #SRGG51103 from academy sports it has granite on each side 5 burner on sale for $499 read one review on there website from an old boy with assembly issues. but that’s it. read about flare up issues on previous models anyone?

December 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm
(45) Griddleman says:

I have an Outdpor Gourmet gas griddle and want know What’s best way to maintain griddle surface and keep from rusting In the Houston environment?

June 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm
(46) kim says:

Been wanting to buy a griddle and swy where Academy sells a Triton gas grill/grddle combo plus searing station on sale now for 400. Seems to be a new product on the market. I can’t seem to find any reviews on this particular product. Anyone have any experience with this type of grill?


July 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm
(47) el vale says:

I buy a grill outside gourmet. From academy 2 monts ago and is ready to go the garbage burners are not working properly or at all. 200 for 2 monts. stainless steel outside gourmet 5 burners. Are no good

July 19, 2013 at 10:16 am
(48) Pat says:

The Outdoor Gourment Grill Model B10SR10-C is actually made by Kenmore. Parts are availbale through them. The model number and parts list number is 119.16658011. Their phone # is 800-252-1695

December 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm
(49) Javier says:

How about replacement burners for outdoor gourmet model gb 7340. Can’t find anything online

December 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm
(50) J. D. Davis says:

I just bought a Outdoor Gourmet electric smoker model FSOGBG3300 it was the last one on display and does not have the manual or instructions. Has anyone any information about this smoker.

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