On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code.
Brinkmann Charcoal Bullet Smokers are also known as El Cheapo Brinkmanns or ECBs for short. They come in a few different styles: Gourmet, Smoke 'N Grill, Sportsman and Cook'N Ca'Jun II. The El Cheapo price makes them very popular, but we can't recommend any BBQ ECBs primarily because there are no vents in the dome and air control is really hard. Click here to read more about how to use Charcoal Bullet Smokers.
All models sell for about 70 bucks except for the fancy stainless steel one that tries to go for $200.
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On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code. As of November 30th, 2015 they are no longer selling products, not accepting returns or exchanges, and not honoring warranties. It appears one of their biggest client, Home Depot, stopped ordering and that pushed them over the edge.
Brinkmann is known for super low priced cookers, made for frugal people. Quality and price are close to value brands like Masterbuilt, Char-Griller and Master Forge, but Brinkmann is a small step above and sometimes offers interesting and useful value added features. Brinkmann is one of the largest BBQ manufacturers in the United States, angling for the market of price driven rival, Char-Broil, but lacking that company's focus and innovation. They have a thousand and one models and some have merit considering the price, but many of their products are more of the same cost driven stuff with a different logo on the lid.
Brinkmann is widely distributed online and at brick and mortar outlets, including big box stores.