On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code.
The Brinkmann Professional Single Zone Charcoal Grill is a Home Depot exclusive for under 200 bucks. Standing nearly four feet tall and a little over five feet wide, it is powder black, features 2 side tables, has 576 square inches of main cooking surface and 202 on the warming rack. That's enough main grill space for a large family dinner. It has some other good features. There are porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates, and the warming rack is porcelain-coated wire. There’s a cranking adjustable charcoal grate that is accessed through a front door. Adjustable charcoal racks mean better heat control and we are fond of them. Underneath is a storage cabinet, and inside it an ash catcher. Large vents are in the back of the lid, and a vent on each side has a front-facing slide with plastic knob. There's a temperature gauge that you should ignore. Please get your own digital thermometer for accurate BBQ temp readings.
People who've bought it seem to like it, especially the large cooking space. It gets points for being easy to build, but common complaints are too many damaged parts before assembly and too many air gaps afterward. The ash catcher might be a little difficult, being recessed into the cabinet, but shouldn’t be much of a problem. The cover is extra, but you really should buy it: this isn’t tough enough to stand up to years of weather.
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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.