By: Max Good
On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code.
The Brinkmann 28″ Barrel Style Charcoal Grill is a generic device offered in similar versions by other manufacturers. This one is smallish and stripped down to the BBQ basics. It has an adjustable height charcoal tray, removable ash pan and porcelain coated steel grates.
Although these grills are popular, inexpensive and offer relatively large capacity, we suggest you consider a Weber kettle instead. Although the cooking surface is smaller, Weber’s superior construction provides much better heat control and will last forever.
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.
Published On: 11/26/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021
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