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With the Napoleon PHANTOM P500, the centerpiece of my new garden kitchen has finally arrived. The gas grill should be firmly installed in the work area and prepare everything from juicy steak to crispy pizza. But let’s start from the beginning:
A gas grill for outdoor kitchen
My first garden kitchen is already getting on in years. The kitchen offers a sink and electric supply as well as a built-in grill. As a Thuringian, it was clear at the time that this could only be a charcoal grill.
I therefore opted for a built-in model from Thüros. In conjunction with the matching skewer attachment, the windbreak, the swivel hood and the warming grate, I had a great prerequisite to conjure up the most amazing grilled dishes.
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Unfortunately, however, the options were limited. The grill surface was 42 x 42 cm, which was sufficient for 4 people. However, there was not enough space to conjure up a proper menu.
And so I often had to set up a second grill for side dishes or as a warming rack. So the new grill definitely had to be bigger.
Another disadvantage of the charcoal grill is the development of smoke. Of course, the smell of charcoal or flames extinguished with beer is simply part of barbecuing for me.
However, I could not use it in the new grill kitchen. The kitchen would be closed on 2 sides. The smoke could not escape anywhere.
Thus, much the decision to install a gas grill in the new garden kitchen.
By the way, you can follow the construction of my garden kitchen in my playlist on Youtube.
Alea iacta est – Napoleon PHANTOM Prestige 500 for the garden kitchen
Totally clueless when it came to gas grills, I now began researching. I informed myself with acquaintances who already worked with gas grills. Youtube, with its wealth of information, was also a great help.
The focus of my research was: Durability, quality, flexibility and versatility in use. The new grill should be completely enclosed in the garden kitchen. Thus, it should also have to last a few years. The availability of spare parts was also a criterion.
Ultimately, it was clear to me that it should be one of the 3 large premium providers: Weber, Broil King or Napoleon. I could never really make friends with Weber. The looks and handling just didn’t appeal to me. Broil King and Napoleon were more my cup of tea.
And when the first pictures of the Napoleon PHANTOM series were circulating in the forums in the fall, the preliminary decision had already been made.
4 x 4 kW main burner
4 kW Sizzle Zone
5.7 kW infrared rear burner
25.7 kW total power
45 x 71 cm grill surface
Wave cast stainless steel grills
Cast aluminum grill tray
Multifunction hot grid
deep matte design
Manual and recipe book (engl. + franz.)
Especially important to me was the grease tray which is pulled out to the front. In a fitted kitchen, this is an absolute decision criterion.
Alea iacta est – The die is cast – The decision stood! My new grill should be the Napoleon PHANTOM P500!
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Where to buy the Napoleon PHANTOM P500?
The Corona crisis led to significant disruptions in production and supply chains in 2020 and also in 2021. Disasters, such as the blockade of the Suez Canal, in April 2021, further delayed the availability of the Napoleon gas grill.
I had set up availability reminders at all the major grill stores. Unfortunately without success. At the beginning of April, I was pleased to see that the grill was declared available on one of my monitored websites.
Without much ado, the grill went into the shopping cart and was ordered immediately. 4h later the grill was sold out.
After only 3 days the package was delivered by the shipping company. A package measuring approx. 100 x 80 x 80 cm and weighing just under 100 kg was delivered. Just transporting the package to the assembly site was a challenge! But I made it – Even if my hand truck didn’t survive the mission.
- Lüftungsschlitze und Schlaufen zum Aufhängen
- Langlebiges, wasserabweisendes Gewebe
- Hohe Lichtbeständigkeit
Assembly Napoleon PHANTOM P500 – My assembly video
The construction of the Napoleon PHANTOM was very simple. The individual components are well packed in the large box. Even if the assembly can be done by a single person, I recommend – at the latest for placing the combustion chamber on the body – a second person.
Assembly instructions Napoleon PHANTOM Prestige 500 in brief
I started by looking at the individual parts and comparing them with the assembly instructions. For this you already need some space. To avoid damaging the metal parts, I put a sports mat underneath before I started.
Insert side parts and rear wall into each other (do not screw yet!)
Hook in upper intermediate plate
Hang in base plate
Screw all components together
Insert the plastic holder and the rollers on the bottom side and press firmly
Insert insert for gas cylinder and reinforce rear wall with cross strut
Insert connector for combustion chamber and screw tight
Mount door handles and install hinge pins in the doors
Hanging and aligning doors in the carcase
Put on combustion chamber and screw tight
Install gas manifold and battery box
Mount right side panel
Mount the left side panel (sizzle zone)
Mount the gas hose and ignition cable on the sizzle zone
Insert grill grates and storage grate
- PLANCHA FÜR GASGRILL UND HOLZKOHLEGRILL: Diese Grillplatte sollte auf keinem Grill fehlen und verwandelt deinen Grill in ein Multitalent!
- QUALITÄT VOM MARKTFÜHRER: Als erster Hersteller dieser Planchas fertigen wir jährlich über 4000 Stück. Übrigens ist unsere Plancha für Induktion geeignet.
- EXAKT GEFERTIGT: Massiv aus 4mm Edelstahl mit einer perfekt geschliffenen Oberfläche, weitaus feiner als Gusseisen. Passt in Rösle Videro, Napoleon Lex/Prestige Gasgrills sowie auf den Grillrost vieler Grills - passendes Maß aussuchen.
- GRILLROST FAMILY GARANTIE: Wir stehen zu unseren Produkten! Sollte sich die Plancha doch mal bei zu viel Hitze verziehen, dann schreib uns und wir ersetzen sie anstandslos, versprochen!
- STARTE IN DIE GRILLSAISON: Hol dir eine perfekt gefertigte Plancha vom Familienunternehmen Grillrost.com und starte mit einem Frühstück von der Plancha ins Wochenende.
Napoleon Phantom P500 – Burning in and grilling on
The cast stainless steel grates are extremely easy to clean. These grates combine the advantages of cast iron (high heat absorption) with those of stainless steel (easy maintenance). Nevertheless, the grill must be “cleaned” before the first use to completely remove the residues from the production.
For this purpose, the grill is heated to full power and the oils and fats from production are burned over a period of 15 to 20 minutes.
At an outside temperature of 2°C (in April!!), the Napoleon PHANTOM P500 with its 4 main burners (16kW) reached a temperature of almost 400°C. I then switched on the rear burner (5.7 kW) and reached an incredible 425°C.
After a good 15 minutes, the gas grill was clean and burned in. I did the same with the sizzle zone. Again, I baked the cast stainless steel grate at the highest power for over 20 minutes.
The grill was “deflowered” with a plancha and with the rotating spit. The result was surprisingly good for me, even compared to the charcoal grill. The steaks were just right. The branding is great! The chicken was crispy on the outside and still juicy on the inside! The storage grate has also already served well!
Soon I will convert the grill to 220V so that I no longer have to rely on the 3 D batteries.