This was the heaviest grill/smoker could find. Overall assembly was ok. Missing some washers but no big deal. Did some additional welding to strengthen and cover poor spot welds. Lids don't fit tight so plan on building gaskets for smoker. I put some gasket on the firebox split. Smoked a brisket and temps were a little challenging. Opening into cooking chamber allows to much heat on left side of brisket but put bricks in the opening to baffle the flame. Overall happy with the grill. Guy at
... read more academy was awsome and gave a nice discount over some product finish issues that were not that big of a deal. Looking for a custom fit cover. Char broil should make a custom like they do for their smokers
9 months ago
We just received our new grill in time to use it Memorial Day. It took 3 guys about 2 hours to put together without to much trouble. First use we smoked a pork butt using the wood in the box and the butt in the charcoal grill part. Temperature was fairly easy to control and kept it about 200 to 225 degrees for 5 hours. 2nd time we did hamburgers on the gas grill and heats quickly an keeps the heat. 3rd use we did 2 racks of baby back ribs over charcoal. Very impressed with all 3 functions
... read more and extremely glad we chose this grill. Heavy duty and made extremely well. Our wire rack located in the bottom for storage keeps coming out of the holes to hold in place but can fix by bending.
I purchased this smoker after doing my homework for a couple of months and I made the right choice. It is a very heavy smoker which is good for smoking because it will hold heat better then lighter models. I also love the fact that I can take a rack out and put in in the firebox and also use it as a grill. Last weekend I was smoking butts and ribs and at the same time grilled steaks and wings on the same rig. I would recommend this product to anyone that is tired of cheaper smoker that rust out
... read more and doesn't hold heat well. Great product! And also great customer service at my local Academy helping me getting it loaded up! Thank you!!
1 year ago
Best of the Best
I cook a lot. This is the best backyard smoker I have ever owned. Temperature is easy to regulate. Cooks even and does not require a lot of attention .
Well made out of good material
Absolutely love this smoker. Assembly was easy, took about 45 minutes. Listened to the suggestions others had on their reviews like using a larger cast iron pan and using wood chunks instead of chips. Glass on the door a plus to monitor the meat. Temperature gauge fairly accurate. Smoker is so simple to use, monitor, and food turns out great!
Grammy and Gramps
7 months ago
Best present ever
I bought this for a Christmas present and it is the best present and smoke we have ever had. With a large family, this smokes perfectly no matter what is inside, ribs, salmon, cheese, beans, roasts, even hot dogs and sausages. I with there was a way to add chips without burning fingers but otherwise, best smoker, yet!