Char-Griller’s Wrangler is a generic BBQ barrel style charcoal grill. This same design is offered by other manufacturers and Char-Griller makes the same basic barrel in a few different sizes with slightly different features. This one has an adjustable height charcoal tray, removable ash pan, side shelf and front shelf. The uncoated cast iron cooking grates rust easily and need ongoing maintenance.
Although these grills are popular, inexpensive and offer 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.
Wrangler Charcoal Grill
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427 square inches
Mid-Size(about 21 burgers)
212 square inches
Char-Griller makes some of the cheapest cookers on the planet. Many of their models are round, horizontal charcoal grills and smokers. Budget conscious buyers often can’t pass up the Char-Griller price tag and many models are very popular. Unfortunately, novice cooks aspiring to slow smoke with wood are drawn to Char-Griller’s super cheap offset smokers. Offsets are already difficult to work with and Char-Griller’s tin can, drafty construction has been a source of consternation for generations of first time smokers. But in recent years they introduced an intermediate level offset smoker called Grand Champ which costs more than their cheapo offsets but is a viable starter smoker for aspiring stick burners. We also like their Grillin’ Pro gas grill and Akorn kamados which offer a lot of bang for very low bucks. Char-Griller is becoming a brand to watch.
Published On: 11/26/2014
Last Modified: 1/30/2023
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