Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 82
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by virginiaGerson Great idea.
Its a great idea. I love that I can do both types of cooking. The downside is the gas area. This started to show light rust about 6 months after I bought it. About a year after I purchased it I need to replace everything in the interior. I am not sure if its worth replacing all of the interior elements because there is so much rust in the barrel. Parts have totally disintegrated.
August 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MSPgriller Excellent example of the best of both worlds!
I must admit that assembly wasn't the most convenient experience but it all came together easily enough relative to other projects of similar size and instruction detail.
The really wonderful part has been in the use of both the coal and gas for a solid party performance! I grill on the coal and then slide it over to the gas to stay warm and/or use the gas to prepare things wrapped up in foil so they don't occupy coal space. Having both options is wonderful and paired with the coal chimney I bought at the same time the prep time to have a good bed of coals is minimal.
Overall I am very, very pleased with the grill for the price and performance. Bring on summer!
May 21, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by frustrated Dont Waste your Money!
This is the worst grill I have ever purchased. The entire bottom of the gas side has completely rusted out after barely two seasons along with the gas tubes, heat shields and brackets that are supposed to hold the heat shields! Worse is Brinkmanns customer service. I have called three times only to be "placed in the que" for a return call which happens to be an automated response. I have also tried to email customer service directly through the website, only to receive an "internal error" message 7 times. I have also emailed customer service directly and have yet to receive a response for over a week now. Terrible product, terrible product, terrible customer service. Complete waste of money!
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GrillKing Nice for the price
As with all things, you get what you pay for, I read the reviews before purchase, and yes it was a little difficult to assemble at home, but not bad. Both the gas and charcoal sides work well, by adding a stoneware plate suspended under the charcoal cooking surface, I got some very good results as far as smoking goes.
I will agree that the metal is a little sub standard, but by cleaning it regularly (and I mean REALLY cleaning it, taking out the burners etc etc , not just a quick wipe down of the grilling rack) mine is still holding up well after 2 years.
As long as you baby this grill, it will last much longer than the bad reviews say.
All in all, a good grill FOR THE PRICE !
April 27, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hawker Thin metal
The metal tubes and heat shield holders don't last. I used it less than a year and you don't have replacement parts. Be very careful with this brand.
April 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Andre Great grill if you know what you're getting
I got this grill for father’s day and couldn't be happier after several months of use. The assembly took some time but the directions are clear. Just don't over tighten the bolts and be sure to follow the curing steps after assembly. I haven’t had any issues with rust like many others have reported. I think the rust issue has more to do with grills in general. The metal will rust almost immediately if it gets wet. That’s most non stainless steel grill. The carbon created from using coal or propane reacts with water and creates an acid affect that dissolves metal. The secret is the cover. If you don't get the right one or go too cheap IT WILL GET WET AND RUST!! You need a vented, thick material, 65 inch cover that goes all the way to the ground. Brinkmann makes one that fits this grill perfectly (obviously) for about $30. If it’s too thin the chimney will puncture it and water will get in, if it’s not vented any condensation or moisture will get trapped under the cover and rust the grill. I went through 3 covers before I figured this out. If you accidentally leave it open to the rain, don't panic. Simply heat it up using the propane side to allow the water to evaporate. Then while it’s still very warm wipe it off with a damp rag and the rust stains will come right off. If the rust gets too thick, sand it down to the metal and recoat it with some high heat spray paint. If you don’t deal with rust quickly the heat will help it spread and kill the grill but that’s the same for most grills.
This grill does take some extra care to keep it in tip top shape but 5-10 minutes of cleaning after using it is worth the convenience of having a dual fuel grill. I just clean one side while I'm using the other side since I rarely use both at once. It keeps it from getting too dirty and I'm already out there grilling anyway. If you keep it clean and dry you will love this grill. If you don't then you will hate it and it will be a waste of money. If you're looking for something that requires less maintenance then stick with a stainless steel grill that won't rust or a barrel grill with thicker metal walls (this one has pretty thin walls for a barrel grill), that way it will take much longer (years) to rust through.
That being said, this grill is pretty good. Watch the propane side while cooking. The barrel shape doesn’t leave much space between the racks and the burners so drippings don’t have far to go to create a flare up. Low heat or even turning off one or two of the burners will give you better control of the temperature and flare ups. If you use it on high, like when you are cooking steaks, stay close to watch for flare-ups. The charcoal side is great for smoking and BBQing. It holds the temperature well as long as you utilize the vent and the chimney openings and it heats up the propane side enough (125-150 degrees) to keep food warm while you're still cooking on the charcoal side.
If you're skeptical about this grill, I hope my review helps answer any questions you may have. Good luck and happy grilling.
November 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dcatsmeow62 Love having the choice of gas or charcoal.
My husband likes charcoal and I like gas. It is so easy for me to just turn it on and cook without having to heat the house. Love it.
April 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hawgwild91 DO NOT BUY A BRINKMAN!
I purchased a brinkman similar to this in October 2011. I assembled it myself and it was not difficult. I bought a cover to help protect it. Within a month I noticed rust forming in many areas. Less than two years later, in July 2013 the entire bottom under the gas burner side collapsed after rusting out. I wrote Brinkman an email and all they could say was there was a one year warranty and "sorry". I went to Home Depot to shop for a new grill and noticed a lot of Brinkmans on the sidewalk. Do yourself a favor and look closely at those grills. They are all starting to rust and they have only been outside a few weeks. Buying a Brinkman is a waste of money.
August 23, 2013