By: Max Good
On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code.
Like many of Brinkmann’s Charmglow grills, this enormous contraption is discontinued. The compelling picture above offered visions of grandeur – a spectacular outdoor kitchen in a box. Take a hard look at the price tag then look again without rose colored glasses. This “luxury” patio island is poorly designed and poorly constructed with cheap materials.
Still there’s no denying the list of features is long: 2 – 15,000 BTU U-burners in the middle, double 12,000 BTU side burners on the left and a 12,000 BTU sear burner on the right. Adjustable lights hang overhead. Large work surfaces left and right with drawers under each. A warming drawer under the main burners. A built in 1.7 cubic foot refrigerator and an enclosed cabinet with a slide out LP tank drawer.
Brinkmann often makes decent grills considering the low low price, but you’re asking for trouble with this big BBQ beast. True, you sure get an awful lot for your money, but 800 bucks could go a long way in buying a modest, solid, dependable grill that will last decades instead of a couple years.
Charmglow was one of the early brands of gas grills. At some point in recent times, Brinkmann acquired rights to the name and produced a variety of low cost Charmglow gas grills. Brinkmann’s Charmglow line is no longer manufactured although many models are still floating around and available for purchase. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Charmglow.
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.
Published On: 11/19/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021
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