Cadac Stratos 3-Burner Gas Grill Review

Cadac Stratos 3-Burner

$499
8.2

Construction Quality

8.0/10

Temperature Control

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Versatility

8.0/10

Durability

8.0/10

Pros

  • High Heat Output
  • Heavy Cooking Grates
  • Good Features

Cons

  • Lightweight
  • Low Power Side Burner

Specifications

  • Three 13,000 BTU Stainless Steel Burners
  • 390 square inches of primary grilling space
  • 39,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • 10,000 BTU flush mounted side burner
  • Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
  • Enamelled steel construction with some stainless steel components
  • Piezoelectric ignition
  • Propane tank and cover sold separately
  • Available in propane only
  • Made in China by Cadac International

Full Review – Cadac Stratos 3-Burner

Cadac is a South African company that has been in business for several decades. They are kind of the equivalent of Coleman, or at least what Coleman used to be in the United States. While largely relying on Chinese manufacturing these days, they have a strong commitment to the environment as well as a number of innovations that make them stand out in the lower priced outdoor cooking market.

The Cadac Stratos 3-Burner is, on paper, not all that different from many competing grills. This model process 39,000 BTUs under 390 square inches of cooking surface, which is a little higher than most grills at this price. The cooking grates are porcelain coated cast iron and heavy, so they hold heat. An innovation here is that the cooking grates are shaped like upside down ‘U’s, so rising heat says longer under the grates heating them up faster. They have great heat transfer and produce good grill marks.

This unit also comes with a small side burner which is underpowered, so it won’t do much more than heat a small pan or skillet. While a nice features, as we all know, most people don’t use side burners so it isn’t a great strength or weakness here.

The biggest down side of the Cadac Stratos is its weight. This isn’t a huge grill, but at 66 pounds it is very lightweight. What this tells us is that the metals used to build the firebox and the cart are very thin. Cadac uses an enameled firebox design to help reduce corrosion, but the truth is that this grills is low in durability. It should last a few seasons, but at around $500USD, I think it should be a little more solid.