Made in China, the Kingsford Premium Charcoal Grill is a big hunk of spacious grilling. For less than $200, it offers a large 773 total square inches of cooking on porcelain-coated cast iron grates. It has two folding side shelves, utensil hooks, two independently adjustable charcoal trays with two doors to replenish coal, a removable ash pan, and locking casters. There are two storage sections, a tilt-out charcoal bin on the left and storage on the right, and the obligatory built-in thermometer (as always, we recommend you get an accurate digital grill thermometer). It comes with a 2-year defects warranty. Two adjustable dampers are located on the BBQ cook box and two more in the lid.
This one is a mixed bag. It does have great features. The dual charcoal grates let you cook at different temps, which can be a great plus, though we’d like to see the coals get just a little higher. Each side has its own charcoal door, but they’re both smaller than we’d like for easy access. The metal’s pretty thin, and the charcoal bin is even thinner and flimsier. The seals, while not airtight, should do a decent job keeping heat under the hood. It’s big with some nice features, but cheap construction to make it inexpensive results in compromises. Which is what the Premium Charcoal Grill feels like: a compromise.
Premium Charcoal Grill
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773 square inches
Large(about 38 burgers)
Kingsford is the biggest manufacturer of charcoal in the USA, converting more than a million tons of wood scrapes into charcoal each year. They began in the 1920s when Henry Ford found a way to turn wood scrapes from his Model-T automobile production into charcoal. The business was eventually taken over by E.G. Kingsford, a family member. It is now owned by The Clorox Company.
Published On: 2/14/2013
Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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