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163 of 170 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2005
I've had this BBQ for over 3 years and use it almost every week to drag it to beaches, camping etc. It's very portable and gets the job done. I've cooked chicken, pork, hotlinks, corn and just about anything you can think of on it just fine.

It does go out on occasion when it's very windy, but you just light it back up. There's one trick that I find helps a lot, I wrap the grille in special BBQ aluminum foil (that has holes in it). It seems to make the grill more efficient -- and also, I've never cleaned it since I just put new aluminum foil every time I use it.

I love this grill and have recommended it to many friends -- it's cheap and has a perfect form factor. You can even put your gas tank, tongs, lighter and other accessories into the grill while you're carrying it to the beach -- awesome!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
Reviews are all over the place for this thing - which is to be expected I guess. Also, here on Amazon I suspect this same grill is being marketed under different brands because I'm seeing the same photo for various manufacturers. In light of the fact it only costs $30, yes, it's a cheap solution and probably a bargain by most accounts. I won't comment on the ineptitude of people using it and expecting the world for this price though.

Assembly Instructions are excellent (requires a screwdriver and 30 minutes).

The table legs on mine will fold up but won't cover the lid locking it in place. Perhaps it isn't supposed to do this but there are raised notches in both ends of the lid that leads me to believe it is. For now, I just use a really short bungie cord stretched over each leg to keep the lid on during transport.

Heat: For its size, it gets the job done. For me it really only has one setting which is wide open for everything. It cooks really slow without the lid so I control the heat by adjusting the lid slightly leaving small gaps but usually just keep it fully covered. There is good ventilation underneath and on the back. I get 3 uses per bottle at full blast. Total of about 7 good sized steaks (two at a time) and about a dozen burgers (6 at a time). That's 3 meals at about $1 per meal fuel cost. Like most cheap grills, the end closest to the regulator is the hottest but this grill is better than most at distributing heat even with that flaw.

The drip shield (mounted just over the burner) is flimsy and will bend easily. It's also flat which helps distribute the heat but grease will puddle up and cause a lot of flare-ups depending on how lean your meat is and how much carbon build up you have on it.

The main reason I give it 3 stars is because of the difficulty to clean. There's a heat shield plate attached on the inside bottom with a half-inch gap that traps all kinds of stuff and is difficult to access. (You can't remove it). And I know people don't meticulously clean their grills after each use and the flimsy drip shield (above) is hard to clean after a good carbon build up because it bends so easily. After the last 3 uses I'm about to clean this thing again thoroughly and I'm not looking forward to it. There are also long and wide slots on the bottom for air and grease drippings so be careful what surface you put this on.

But it is compact and perfect for travel. For extended trips I've discovered that if you remove the cooking grate you can pack in 4 propane bottles under the lid - just lift off the drip shield and set it directly over the burner to protect it from the weight.

Overall, depending on how well you take care of it, a grill lasting a couple of seasons for this price should be considered an excellent bargain. This thing doesn't pretend to be anything other than a $30 cooker. 1 star off because the legs don't latch over the lid unless I bend them. Another off for the heat shield design which really could have been made to remove for easier cleaning (But like everything else these days, I suspect the Char-Broil lawyers required it to be bolted down to avoid potential lawsuits from the idiot-section of our species).

UPDATE: Ignitor got wet and quit. Lighting it the old fashioned way now. Also, I think the regulator is going bad because this thing is starting to take forever to "heat up". Once it gets going though it cooks fine.

I still give it 3 stars because of the reasonable price and the fact I can store bottles under the lid but I'll be upgrading to something that puts out a few more BTU's.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
I've read a lot of reviews some bashing this grill some saying its great. My take on it is that's this is one of those products that with care and attention will last years. I bought it to cook out of my RV and it has done wonders I've tried to keep it clean and its pretty much my only grill. I absolutely love it its cooked some of the best steaks I've had and not to mentions burgers, dogs , and sausages. I don't recommend ever dropping it or abusing is more than needed. The secret here is keeping every part of it clean which in all honesty is not a hard task due to the simplicity of components. Its low priced but this day in age you have to watch every dollar there's no excuse. This little girl has played for itself in spades. If your frugal buy this little grill. My handle broke but it was my own fault . So I won't remove a star .
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75 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2000
We do a lot of "camping" at stock car racing events, and for years have used a worn-out cast iron hibachi to grill the burgers and dogs. While burning charcoal on the old hibachi always succeeded in getting us fed, it was long overdue for replacement.
We decided to upgrade to a portable gas grill, and this is the model we bought. It has truly been night and day from the hibachi!
Just the fact that it has a lid was a huge improvement! And what a concept to not have to wait for the coals to burn down, only to fight to keep the fire consistent. The grilltop is not only larger than the hibachi's, but much more stable than the 2 "paddle" style tops the hibachi used.
Overall, I am very pleased that we replaced the hibachi with this grill - for the price, it can't be beat as a portable grill!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
How Great Is Amazon!! I bought this Item used, so when it came with the screws in a small zip lock baggie and the box looking a bit battered I was very skeptical. But when I put this grill together, and lit it to see how it would perform, well I just couldn't be happier! It took me about a half an hour to put together, mostly because I took my time and made sure I followed the directions to the letter. I didn't have any problems putting it together, and when I attached the propane and lit the grill, it lit like a charm! The grill heated up very nicely, and rather quickly. Then I put the flame out, and it cooled down in good time, and was very easy to flip the legs up over the grill top and store away. I can't believe how nice this little grill will be on my small covered balcony, and I'm absolutely over the moon about the great price! I would recommend this item, for anyone looking for a small, portable, and easy to assemble grill. I absolutely recommend this seller, for getting this item to me quickly, and in good shape. BTW when I lit my grill for the first time it was pretty breezy, and the flame stayed lit beautifully.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2007
Just got back from camping - and this little grill really worked well. We were able to cook kabobs, burgers, and with the use of a griddle pan even bacon and hash browns on it. Heating is fairly even, though there do seem to be a couple of hot spots. Nothing that can't be worked out my moving things around a bit once you know they're there. Very portable as well. Lid comes in very handy to speed cooking - and if it's windy. Hard to beat for the price.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I own this grill and it is very portable and very
inexpensive, great for cooking for up to 15 people.
Very light, cooks steaks and chicken in no time flat.
The legs flip on to secure the lid for easy carrying.
A great grill at a fantastic price.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
The included pressure regulator did not work right out of the box. I could not turn it off! Not only is that dangerous, but it leaks out an entire new bottle pretty quick, and it leaks even faster on warm days! That said, maybe its just a bad batch of regulators?
Bottom line, you buy a $30 portable grill, you shouldn't expect much, it is made cheaply and you can tell from the box it comes in. However you would think it to at least be able to turn off a flammable gas when switched to the locked and off position.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2001
I received this grill in the mail...promptly. Although it was a little flimsier than I'd like, it is still a great grill. The ease of setup and the cooking ability that you get are worth WAY more than the price. NO MORE LAVA ROCKS!!!
Do yourself a favor...buy either this one or the Weber portable. But look at it this way, for the price of the Weber, you could buy TWO of these!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
This is an excellent little grill. I have used it a couple times and I have had no problems with it. I am an expert when it comes to grilling and this does an excellent job. I had no problems getting diamond grill marks, great color and smokey flavor with this grill. If you are having problems using this grill it is not the grills fault.

I give this five stars because of what I am using it for. I use it when I do not want to light charcoal and use my real grill. Sometimes it's nice to cook a few burgers or brats and not have to mess with a big charcoal grill. This doesn't really compare to a real grill with cast iron grates, but it does what it needs to do. It folds up great for transporting and you can use it with a big propane tank with the hose adapter.

If your looking for the best grill and getting the best flavor you need to invest in something bigger with cast iron grates. You also have to use charcoal and wood chips to get that wood smoked flavor. If you want something that takes up very little space and is easy to transport this is what you want.
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