Master Forge Charcoal Smoker/Griller Review
The Master Forge Charcoal Smoker/Griller, like the notorious El Cheapo Brinkmann line, is a low cost bullet smoker aka water smoker. Like Brinkmann bullets, this Master Forge smoker is tough to use. Charcoal is burnt in a pan with holes running along the side. No charcoal grate is included to raise the coal off the bottom of the pan, and no dampers are included either. The poor design hampers air flow and doesn’t facilitate adjustments, making air control, thus temperature control, very difficult indeed.
The bottom base latches onto the mid-section so it may be picked up by two handles on the sides. There are two 188 square inch chrome plated wire cooking grates.
The low-low price on these cheap bullet style BBQ smokers has found an audience in the big box stores. We can’t recommend them. They are a far cry from quality bullet smokers like the venerable Weber Smokey Mountain.
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Grill, Smoker, Combination Grill and Smoker
188 square inches
Small (about 9 burgers)
188 square inches
Published On: 12/2/2014
Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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