Char-Griller tried to hop on the pellet smoker bandwagon with this halfhearted attempt at making a mid-size product. Had they introduced this closer to 2010 at the same price, it would have been a viable entry level pellet smoker. Now it’s a relic, made by a company with notoriously poor quality.
Although it does have an old Ortech style notched dial digital controller, which is better than the ancient 3-position Lo-Med-Hi controllers that are still floating around, you can get a much better BBQ pellet smoker in the same price range these days. Check out The Green Mountain Daniel Boone and Traeger Junior Elite.
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580 square inches
Mid-Size(about 28 burgers)
140 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: 12/1/2014
Last Modified: 2/24/2021
Max Good, Full time grill tester - Max Good, AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max bottles his own barbecue sauce recipes and now sells them around the country.