Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 50
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rstans Solid Grill
Got this to replace a similar grill that rusted out. This grill is robust and easy to put together (faster with two people); my 14 year old daughter helped me and it took less than an hour. Large grilling surface, adjustable coal rack and sturdy construction is what I was looking for; this grill has all three. The only reason I gave it only 4 stars is there are a lot of gaps between the lid and body; I know this is not a smoker and was not looking to use it as one (have a separarte smoker for that); however, my previous charcoal grills had lids that close together allowing me to control the heat with the top and bottom vents. The gap on the back of the lid is huge, like a gas grill. I will have to adjust my cooking style but I am very happy with this purchase; great product for the money.
April 9, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by burton123 Dent and Cheap Material but good functionality
I bought it yesterday and assembled immediately. It took around 2 hours for me. There were some dents in products which was a little bit annoying however it didnt affect the assembly. I made the curing by following the instructions before first use so will see the results.
This is a big charcoal grill and has some good features like cranking leveler, but the materials are cheap. The cooking surface is not as thick as the other cast iron grills.
Another thing for the charcoal starter users. I have a big starter and i filled fully yesterday for curing. It was only enough for about half of the grill. So be aware, this grill is BIG for charcoal users :)
April 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris An Awesome Grill
I bought this grill about 3 months ago and have loved it from day one. It assembled easily enough with minimal tools and time; and the grilling experience is great. I prefer charcoal grills over gas, and there's plenty of room for as much charcoal as one would need for even a good sized party,etc. I'm not sure why others have complained about peeling or heat issues as I've had none with regular charcoal or even with hardwoods. The unit seems to be manufactured well and should last me for years to come.
July 8, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo lasts for 2-3 years
I bought this about 3 years ago on fathers day; the overall metalis on the thin side, and that is to be expected, BUT the charcoal holder has rusted through and now I have to either scrap it or find a piece of metal to reinforce it. Do-able if you just need a short term cooker
June 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by johninbaltimore this will be my 3rd summer with this grill and it is awesome. it took me a few hours to put it together but if i had some help (you know how men are) it would not have taken as long. my grill is the talk of all my bbq's. grill is well constructed and has a ton of cooking space. if you rather cook outside with charcoal like me(if i wanted to cook with gas, i'll cook on my stove) this is the grill for you. be sure to get a grill cover.
March 21, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by hunnybunny this product is very good the crank girll is superb
The grill is a beauty . the storage space under is very large and it is very sturdy. it holds a lot of coals so grilling is fast..the grill space holds plenty of meat and cleans easier than others.
the hood of the grill itself is a bit shaky and the handle gets hot if left closed..use the vents..i highly recommend this grill
October 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BADBOB This product have the features I need to enure great Bar-B-Q
This grill is the best grill that I have ever own. The adjustable charcol holder enable me to slow down the cooking process to ensure tender bar-b-q at all time. Also, the temperature gauge lets me know how hot the fire is. This is the best.
July 1, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mysteryonion Going bigger without burning a big hole in the wallet
First I'll get these out of the way... the cheap parts.
#Plastic handles for the vents will fall off after a couple of uses.
#Plastic fittings for the lid handle will go soft if installed the way instructed.
#Lower attaching areas may buckle if screws are set too tight.
#Coal height adjuster is flimsy or just say weak looking.
#Gauge of metal is on the thin side.
#Drawer is primitive and not strong enough for heavy things likewise the other side.
#Coal door handle gets too hot to trust the little rubber sleeve.
All that being said, I like this thing. When you don't take the short comings for granted, then working with or avoiding problems is easy. If you get the fender washers... you know the stamped thin metal finishing washers, put it between the lid and the plastic fitting to reduce the possible melting. Add a few washers to the cart portion to give some extra strength. Coal door should get a large plate of metal to act as a heat shield and dissipater. I have not tried yet, but will figure out a simple spring to keep the coal pan more stable.
Grilling: Goes well. The adding of small chunks for small top offs was fine not great. Larger re-stoking of the coal will require the cast-iron to be moved off. Heat control is as it alway... timing and rate the coals go out as I use chunk charcoal rather than bricketts. I've got the thing up to a heavy 580 (by read of the dial thermometer) at one point and 15lb of beef and a rack of oink with veggies and dogs later, I grade it as a pleasure to use compared to my dearly departed little Weber and heat areas were easy to control. All the things that went in, came out with no surprises. Yes, this is a step up from little 6 burger cooker to lets say about 36 burger? I've used those non adjustable big rental grills... church cook out and the Brinkmann is a more serious char-griller's piece of equipment. It will do the job and if you take some steps, it will last longer than the plastic vent handles... might make wood handle for it? It may look like a $400-600 fancy charcoal grill, but it is not and will possibly fall apart before it rusts.
May 13, 2012