Earlier this year, Grillin' Garry hosted a raffle fund-raiser benefiting The Center for Violence-Free Relationships. The project doubled the raised funds thanks to a matching contribution from Blue Cross Blue Shield of California.
Alexis bought an entry ticket and that's the last we thought of it. We frequently enter various charity raffles but never win, we just consider it a donation. So Alexis was shocked when she got a notification that she had won the grand prize - a Challenger Designs Torch 48 grilling cart.
Challenger Design grilling carts are recognized as the Ferrari of grilling tables. I've wanted one ever since my sister bought hers several years ago, because of the well thought out design and meticulous construction.
Why are the Challenger Design carts so good? For me, it comes down to quality, dry-storage, and durability.
- Quality - The Challenger Designs Torch is designed and made with a focus on "good enough isn't good enough." Everything fits together, snug and secure. When you shut a cabinet door, you can hear the quality. When you slide a drawer out, it feels smooth and steady. Just looking at the sleek cabinet, the quality is evident.
- Dry-Storage - The cabinets are weatherproof and keep out the dirt and moisture. Now I can keep things like my Flame Boss, my Thermoworks electronics, and my heat gloves out by the grill all of the time. No more having to run inside to grab gloves or a Thermapen at the last minute.
- Durability -Let's face it, the Challenger Designs Torch isn't cheap. It had better last so you can spread the cost out over many, many years. They use non-corrosive, lightweight aluminum that won't warp, rot, or rust and back it with a limited lifetime warranty. My sister's cart stays in a rather harsh environment, and it has stood the test of time.
|We ended up going with textured black for the cart and doors and silver vein for the countertop. Picture courtesy of Challenger Designs website.|
The Challenger Designs cart arrives via freight service. I was shocked at how light this was for an all-metal cabinet. The driver loaded it right into the garage for us.
|The cabinet is shipped in safe and secure packing. I was wondering what was in the box on top. Turns out it is just a box of nothing to fake warehouse workers from stacking things on top of it. Pretty sneaky.|
|The working area of the Challenger Designs Torch 48 is about 24" x 25". Compared to a standard stock Egg table, this table has a more compact footprint (48" vs. 60") so it fits in more places, but you only lose about 6" of working area.|
|The counter surface is textured, which will help hide fingerprints, smears, and such.|
|The doors fit tightly, secure, and tightly aligned.|
|The best part is the storage, tons and tons of DRY storage! The stainless shelves are easy to keep clean and are long-lasting.|
|The hardest part was deciding what to put where.|
|The cabinet doors are hung with heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant hinges.|
|The pull-out drawer is heavy-duty, made out of metal instead of plastic. This is where I keep my go-to equipment. The weather-proofing is tight enough that I don't worry about this stuff getting wet. I keep a Thermapen, ChefAlarm, TimeSticks, hot gloves, my Flame Boss, and disposable food gloves in here.|
|Instead of relying on flimsy stock slide rails, Challenger attaches the drawers with sturdy aluminum blocks. The result is a drawer that opens smoothly and steadily.|
|The cart handle doubles as a towel rack.|
|It is a lot more work to build these tables with the seamless bullnose edges and corners like this. But not only does this look better, but it also prevents snag and pinch points.|
|The heavy-duty, locking casters make the Challenger Designs Torch glide around on the deck, even when fully loaded with an Egg or Kamado Joe in there.|
|The cabinet seams are weatherproofed by a snug fit and tubular foam insulation surrounding the cabinet opening. I left my table out in a storm to test the water resistance and the cabinet was dry after the rain.|
|When I used to race in triathlons, I preferred a bike with aluminum tubing for light weight and rigidity. Challenger designs use square aluminum tubing for the same purpose.|
|In case you are curious, a standard BGE long table cover will fit over the Challenger Designs Torch. They sell a cover that is a more precise fit, but I already had this Egg one.|
I had extremely high expectations for the Challenger Designs Torch 48, and they have actually exceeded my standards. This is a well-designed and crafted grill table that is the gold standard, in my opinion.