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Brinkmann 55 Gallon Drum Charcoal Grill Review

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Brinkmann 55 Gallon Drum Charcoal Grill

On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code. 

The Brinkmann 55 Gallon Drum Charcoal Grill is a generic device offered in similar versions by other manufacturers. As is often the case with Brinkmann, they throw in a few upgrades that are worth noting. The large steel wheels ease the task of moving this big horizontal BBQ drum. Brinkmann also offers porcelain coated wire cooking grates, much better than the uncoated cast iron grates on some other brands that require constant maintenance to prevent rust. Click here for more about charcoal grills.

Another asset is the adjustable height charcoal tray, always a nice feature that allows you to drop the coal bed low for roasting or lift it right under the grate for searing. There’s a chrome plated warming rack, a small door on the side of the firebox to scoop out ash, and an inaccurate bi-metal thermometer.

On the downside, construction is flimsy and loose. Air leaks in all around the lid and dampers making heat control, difficult.

Although these grills are popular, inexpensive and offer relatively large capacity, we suggest you consider a Weber kettle instead. Although the cook surface is smaller, Weber’s superior construction provides much better heat control and will last forever.

But if you want to go BIG for small bucks, Brinkmann’s 55 Gallon may be the answer.

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Product Information:

  • Model:
    55 Gallon Drum Charcoal Grill
  • Item Price:
    $ 129.00
    *Price Subject To Change
  • Made in USA:
  • Review Method:
    Looked Closely At It
    We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
  • Fuel:
  • Primary Capacity:
    711 square inches
    Large (about 35 burgers)
  • Secondary Capacity:
    360 square inches

Published On: 8/26/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

  • Max Good,’s Full-Time Grill Tester - Max Good is's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame and is the world's only full-time reviewer of outdoor cooking equipment including smokers, grills, pizza ovens, griddles, and more.


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