Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 150
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FanaticalDIYer Good entry level smoker
I gave this unit an overall rating of five stars, because with minimal modifications it is a very useful smoker. Out of the box it is a great grill, but the quality of the smoker design is poor at best. The unit is difficult to maintain temperature, and it leaks smoke from everywhere. Additionally, the cheap steel bends with heat.
With that said, if you seal the unit with high temperature silicone (food safe RTV) and some sort of high temperature rope, you can resolve the smoke leaks. To resolve the uneven temperatures across the unit I cut a disposable deep pan in half to use as a heat deflector, and then I used disposable cookie sheets to direct the smoke throughout the unit. The last modification I made was to lower the chimney using a three inch dryer vent.
The end result is a unit that is a great grill, and the best value smoker you can get for the money. If you are looking for a smoker instead of a grill, you should get an upright or an electric upright. Their temperature is easier to maintain, and they are easier to smoke on. However, if you want a grill and a smoker, this one is great with a few modifications.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mrhills3rd Great Grill
I bought this grill to replace the one I use to have that was just about like it. This is a great product and I highly recommend it. The only thing I don't like about this grill is its thermometer. It only has words. No numbered degrees scale. I added my own thermometer that I bought at Home Depot.
June 25, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by magnanimi mad about this grill
when this product got to my house i was super excited, i have been in the market for a grill of this type for a while and while i am fully aware that this grill is on the lower end of the quality price spectrum i did not expect the problems that i got with it. first off, it arrived damaged, i did not make a big deal out of this because the damage was aesthetic and did not reduce functionality, so i ignored it and continued. second, the heat in the smoker burned the paint off the outside of the smoker fire chamber the second time it was used. third, during the same use the heat also popped the weld on the lid to the smoker chamber. i am very disappointed in this grill and am contacting char-broil about it. the welds were pathetic and could have been done better by my 7 year old son and the fire i had in the chamber was well within what should have been acceptable limits. i must sadly not recommend this grill
April 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brazosriver Good grill for the money.
Bought this smoker from Walmart. Put together was easy. Missing the axle. Went to Walmart and they were no help at all. Contacted CharBroil and within 4 days had a replacement axle. CharBroil customer service was fantastic. This is not a heavy steel smoker. I bought this one to last until I get my BBQ hut built then will build a brick smoker. Drill smome small holes in the bottom of the fire box to let water drain or it will rust out. Not too many holes 1 or 2. cover with foil while cooking. Follow all break-in instructions and this smoker should last.
July 3, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MsBBQ Looks the part
I was excited to finally get the grill, but looks are deceiving. It did not cook like I thought. The indirect doesn't work without side box. It's a mess to clean up other wise.
July 23, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Allen45 Charcoal tray rust quick
I love the cooking space but my charcoal tray rusted through. When I saw the cost of replacing the charcoal tray and fire grate on the website, I have to ask myself is it worth the price knowing it will potentially rust out again. Grill is only a year old.
July 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by iwilllive4ever Love This
I will never go back to Gas Grilling. This is one of the best BBQers I have owned. Thank You Home Depot.
April 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rozy Single Mom Dream Grilling
The size of this grill is just perfect for me. I can BBQ a little or a lot and it cooks better and faster than the in doors oven. It was so convenient to have free shipping to get this grill home when you only have a car. Simple and quick transaction.
April 16, 2013