I’ve been going on about how Fisher Paykel has been attempting to rebrand themselves as a purveyor of luxury appliances. They’ve been doing so with great success. This might lead you to wonder, “But what of DCS? I thought they were supposed to be the upper echelon arm of Fisher Paykel?” Though they are still a valued division within the Fisher Paykel family, DCS has been spun off to specialize in outdoor kitchens. They’re bringing to bear decades of experience manufacturing professional grills to residential outdoor cooking spaces. Here we’ll take a look at the DCS 48-inch liquid propane grill. It consists of a grill head and a cart.
This stunning piece of outdoor kitchen equipment from the DCS 7 Series is quite massive. The main grill has a vast 4.4 sq ft cooking area. There’s no trouble heating this space, though, as the three main stainless steel U-burners put out up to a blazing 25,000 BTUs each. Unlike other grills, this heat isn’t just wildly cast upward. Above the burner elements is a layer of ceramic rods which distributes heat intensely yet evenly.
The grates aren’t the run-of-the-mill spokes you usually find. These are double-sided. One side has a slight radius which is an ideal surface for cooking more delicate foods such as fish. No longer will you be keenly roasting a branzino only to have it crumble apart and fall through the grates into flames. The reverse side is “W” shaped to leave grill marks on hardier foods. On it, you’ll be able to sear porterhouse pork chops in no time, lower the temperature, close the lid, and let them finish to their ideal doneness. The “W” shape also contributes to DCS’s patented Grease Management System which channels grease into a reservoir at the front of the unit. Speaking of the lid, its shape is specially designed. Closing it turns the interior into a convection oven. You can be so confident that its contents will be cooked uniformly that you can even cook a fresh pizza in there.
This model can also handle cooking techniques enjoyed by more seasoned grillers. It includes a rotisserie spit that’s robust enough to roast a 50 lb pig. A powerful motor turns the porcine delicacy and works in synchrony with a dedicated 14,000 BTU infrared burner to cook evenly. A Smart Beam light illuminates the glistening fat and crisping skin. Juices are caught in an included drip pan so you can baste or make an accompanying roux on the 17,000 BTU side burner. Hungry for a dish that will really explode with flavor? Use the smoking tray with its direct 3,500 BTU burner to infuse applewood flavor into some low and slow smoked salmon bellies. Set them aside then roast a head of garlic and flash toast some croissants. Serve with some slices of semi-sharp stilton cheese and you’ve a meal fit for nobility.
This grill can be built into an outdoor kitchen island or installed on the cart below.
This expansive grill cart, also from the 7 Series, is the perfect companion for the 48-inch grill. It’s clad in brushed 304 grade stainless steel, an alloy containing 18% chromium, and 8 % nickel. That makes it resistant to corrosion and rusting even through the harshest of outdoor elements. On the bottom, you’ll find casters to easily move the grill/cart pair.
There are four compartments. The right-most compartment (21 3/8-inch D x 13-inch W x 17.5-inch H) is for the liquid propane tank. The middle pull-out compartment (21 3/8-inch D x 9 1/8-inch W x 17 1/2-inch H) can be used for trash or to store a grill cover. The bottom-left drawer (21 3/4-inch D x 15 1/8-inch W x 5 1/2-inch H) can be used as additional storage for cooking tools or wood chips. It can also be filled with ice to chill drinks. It’s easily drained through a hose at the rear of the unit. Beneath the base of the upper-left drawer (21 3/4-inch D x 15 1/8-inch W x 10 1/8-inch H) is a compartment for ice packs so you can store marinated meats and other perishables. The cart is certainly a versatile alternative to building the grill into masonry.