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Its a shame to see all the negative comments about such a great little flat top. Then as I read, I see they're made by folks who don't really know how to use it, or care for it, or had a problem that really wasn't the products fault. Ive had it for 6 months now, and its fed about a thousand folks so far and operates exactly as it was intended and advertised. If you're in the market for a good, "run of the mill" flat top, this is as good as any and at a reasonable, competitive price.
First saw the outdoor griddle at Academy Sports a year or so ago but the brand name was Blackstone, made in USA with cast iron burners. Went last week and purchased one but it is now an Outdoor Goumet, (Academy Brand) made in China with stainless steel burners (won't last near as long as cast iron) The sad part about this Academy griddle is that the price for this cheaper model is still the same as the American Made Blackstone. I have used it and will ejoy it even though the griddle doesn't fit ... flat on the stand. I wish Academy would have stayed with the Blackstone, made in the USA.
Bought this grill over a month ago. Instructions are not the greatest and most reviews discuss it being 6 hours on average for sssembly which is about right. I had mine freight delivered which it was not handled very well along the road. I had to bend back many parts myself to make it all fight. The grill itself operates fine but the griddle rusts badly if not used every few days. The paint or coating not sure what it is supposed be in the sides on the grill tops sides has peeled away ... after the first uses. Same with the smoker box. The grill is really attractive but quality is just not that great. I would've preferred paying more for a higher quality grill. Not unhappy with my purchase but I can tell it won't be a longterm item now so I would not buy this brand again.
Only had it 3 weeks, seems like pretty decent product. The cover is a "must have" and is very well made. My grill arrived in a beat up box due to shipping and took about 3 hrs. to assemble. A couple of flanges had some minor bends that were easily straightened and the weld on the charcoal lifter was broken so it wouldn't lift. I re-welded it myself and it works fine ( there's no way you could get it all back in the box to send it back) Take care of it and it should last a while. Keep the griddle ... and grates oiled with cooking oil so they don't rust. Another thing, you need to grab one when they get them in cause they go fast.
Bought it a couple of weeks ago and have used it a few times already. Propane side works great for a quick BBQ evening, charcoal for something with the family on the weekend, and the smoker for that brisket. So far its been amazing in those regards. You're sacrificing some grill surface space by having both propane and charcoal, but I have yet to have any problems. My biggest complaint is the amount of work needed to put it together. I did appreciate the fact that the screws all came with a +1 ... just in case, but almost everything needed assembly, and I feel some of it could have been done for you.
Not hard to put together and for the cost its got everything. It could be made better but I would expect to pay a lot more
Been using this model for almost 2 years and couldn't be happier. I also have a Weber Smokey Mountain and a Yoder Wichita stick burner. While each has its issues and merits I find myself going for the Pit Boss probably 80% of the time because it is so versatile, easy to use, and just does a great job. The temp will fluctuate some during a long smoke (as all pellet burners do) but not enough to hurt the food. Being able to set the temp and let a brisket or pork butt go all night without having to ... constantly tend the fire is awesome. I got this on sale for$ 399 and consider it a steal at that price... has to be the best deal going on a pellet smoker.
First cook on this grill today (brisket). Worked perfectly and held temps after my getting to know the grill. Auger speed adjustment is a great feature.
I've had this grill for half a year now. It's good. I don't know about 16 burgers at once though LOL, maybe my burgers are just big. Either way, I use it for meals and gets the job done. I have a propane - huge- event grill that I was using, but this is better for just the family. About lighting the coal, I have no idea what the person in the other review is doing wrong. There is a trick to opening the bottom, you have to kind of lift, then pull to open it. I though it was stuck the first ... time, then I figured it out. I've cooked steaks, burgers, roasted chile, etc... The little temperature gauge helps out too.
Perfect size! Saves on charcoal! Heavy duty grates! I have been using it 3-4 times a week for over 3 years!
Owned now for four months. I grill almost everyday in the warmer months, so this grill has been put to the test. Cant beat for the price! I chosed this grill since it was american made. I smoke on it alot on the weekends using the snake method. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 overall Pros-American made, price, size-tall lid to fit chickens and pork butts(fits two) works amazing as a smoker, very light and easy to transport Cons- short, bottom charcoal plate needs replaced with grate and moved up ... closer to grill grate. charcoal chokes itself out badly And has trouble searing.
I bought my 1st old smokey when I was newly married at 19 and I have tried many grills and always go back to this one! It lasts forever and smokes the food fabulously! My new husband swears by the gas grills and we got 1 last Christmas and it's ready to be thrown out already....so I am heading to Academy soon to buy a Old Smokey (I will wait 2 weeks to see if I'm a winner however!!
My third one over a period of many years. Light weight but holds heat well enough for burgers, steaks, chicken or sausage. I put a large pan in the bottom for the coals to set in to make it easier to dump out.
My boyfriend and I were looking for a small, portable charcoal grill for under $50 and came across this 18" Old Smokey. We gave it a try and are so glad we did! It's like a grill AND a smoker. It's lightweight, easy to use, and the food tastes great! Looks cool too. I only wish it had come with longer legs.
Have only used it a few times but can already tell it's the best grill I've ever had. Cooks great on lower heat no flare ups meat stays juicy. Easy clean up. Infrared is the only way to go......
I bought this grill because it looked very nice . when I got it , it was in so very many pieces that i spent several hours putting it together . I love it . I love to cook on it , but would NEVER buy another one that I had to work this hard to put together .
I was looking for a grill for our apartment around $200. Found this grill online and fell in love with it. It took a couple of hours to assemble and it is much bigger than it appears in photos. I've only gotten to cook on it twice since we got it but it works great. There are no spots and the criss cross grates prevent food from falling through to the flames. Speaking of flames I did not experience flame ups while cooking burgers like I have with other grills.
Got this grill about a month ago. It's an awesome grill. cooks even, no flare ups so far. The crosshatch grill grates are perfect. The only thing it's missing are hooks to hang your utensils.
I've always wanted a kamado grill but I could never bring myself to buying a big green egg. So I started shopping around and with all of the add ons you get with this, it is clearly the best value out there. It even includes the ceramic deflector plate which is $50 with other brands. The side shelves are unbelievably sturdy. Much better than big green egg and others. Looking forward to years of use!!!
I got this grill last month for father's day, and have used it 4 times. I had been researching kamado grills for a while but didn't want a steel one which would rust in time. Didn't want to spend big green bucks for a big green egg. Then I saw this big black egg at Academy. It is half the price of a BGE but fully its equal in all ways. It includes a ceramic deflector disk which costs as a extra for the green one. Precise temperature control. Well built. Great grill.
I have the large Blackstone and very well pleased but I seen this smaller one at Academy and was impressed so I purchased. I cooked on it several times and was NOT pleased with the coating on the griddle surface, being experienced in cooking on a different brand and a collector of antique cast iron I am very experienced in seasoning cast or steel. I took the griddle top and had it sand blasted, then seasoned it 3 times with Flax Oil and a final seasoning with Crisbee, now it is as non stick as ... Teflon. If you purchase one try to remove this non stick surface that they put on. You will be better satisfied after the fact.
I bought a month ago and have used a lot. Very good quality
First I have to say service at the Tuscaloosa academy on July 3rd was awesome. Went in looking for a grill, of course on the day before the 4th, selection wouldn't be very good. Found the grill I wanted on their display board but wasn't on the floor, an associated asked to help right away and found me one in the back, loaded it in my truck and asked to tie it down. I was in and out in 30 minutes. The grill is great. Perfect for what I needed. Seems to be good quality. Big enough to do a lot or ... put charcoal to one side an do a little. Grilled burgers and hot dogs for the 4th and just grilled some fillets and chicken. Had no complaints from the family, must have been pretty good. Thanks Academy for great service and products.
I bought this grill 3 weeks ago. Today I used it for the first time. The grate that holds the charcoals the slots are too big causing the charcoal to fall through the grate half burned. Also if you put charcoal that is small lumped they will fall right through the grate unburned
I bought a competitors griddle first however returned it because the legs where flimsy and the unit was unstable. Rather than trying another unit, I decided to buy the larger - much larger 50" griddle. I took it to the river to feed 18 people. It work great! if you do a lot of cooking; this is the best thing ever. It has become my new backyard favorite cooking tool. The only thing keeping it form a 5 star is the actual top itself. If you buy a unit, make sure the cook top does not "rock" back ... and forth. Its large, heavy and is difficult to keep level from the welding process during fabrication. With that said, my second cook top didn't "rock" but it sags slightly in the middle. fortunately it sags in the middle and to the front so oils and run off from cooking doesn't pool on the cooking surface. I went to a restaurant supply and bought some higher end griddle spatula and a high end cleaning/scraper tool. Clean the top with a squirt bottle of water and paper towels after each use. Finish up with a light coat of Pam or peanut oil after each use and it will season perfectly over time.
I found attaching the handle to the lid very difficult after that it was easy to assemble. I was surprised that it was not flimsy for the price it is worth the $20 dollars. Spray the interior with vegetable oil before your first use and it will prevent it from rusting. Happy with my purchase!
Purchased grill specifically for the beach and when I go fishing, however i've used it to do some backyard grilling and it's great. Easy to clean up after grilling and certainly can put out it's share of heat!!!
I received this grill two weeks ago, and I am pretty pleased so far. It is very well constructed, and has great weight to it. My only complaint is that the charcoal grate sits almost 10 inches away from the food grate; therefore the cooking surface does not get that warm. I simply had to purchase some bricks to bring the heating grate higher to create a much hotter cooking surface. Very simple fix, and I love everything else thus far.
My grill arrived fully assembled just in time for Father's Day weekend. I've done a few test burns and I'm very satisfied with the performance. It's very durable and solid. It has a vented coal tray so there's not much charcoal wasted. The one issue I noticed is that if you are using the top rack it is difficult to reach the back of the bottom rack so using them simultaneously is a challenge. Other than that it's a hit.
6/3/2017. After doing some research, I choose this grille. Even though it has no side burner,(which I do not use) I like the closer.sitting burners. This grill cooks evenly and the heat is easily control. Had it up to 575 while seasoning the grates, and believe it will easily go above 600 +. Have done a brisket, ribs and steaks so far, and all came out tinder and juicy. The reason I did not give it 5 stars was they assembled it there and had installed the tool hooks backwards and the left side ... table was not installed right, cosmetic stuff. I am very pleased with this grill. DD
received this 4 burner outdoor gourmet grill as a gift over a year ago. It cleans up easily and it's the only grill I ever had that the burner igniter works every time -- even after sitting idle through a long Maine winter
I am very pleased with my ole smokey bought a month ago
I had the original version of this cooker for quite a while and I loved though it could be hard to get along with. The old version had a wonky gas control valve that was difficult to adjust and limited heat output. This updated version has a much better valve and can get plenty hot. I find this cooker to be perfect for minimalist backcountry camping for 1-2 people, up to 4 people depending on what is being cooked. I drive a compact vehicle, so space is a premium for me. I did kabobs for 3 hungry ... adult male hikers last night and they came out great. Toasted bagels on the griddle this morning was mixed- watch the heat!
We have had this new grill for about 2 months...4 football games and absolutely love it! Here is a list of what we have cooked on it so far: Breakfast: Eggs Griddle Ham…Bacon…Pork Roll…Sausage Links Griddle Pancakes Griddle French Toast Griddle Coffee / Tea Stove Top Lunch: Chili Stove Top Baked Beans Stove Top Hot Dogs Grill Steaks Grill Chops Grill Kabobs Grill Shrimp Griddle Scallops Grill or Griddle Fish Griddle Pizza Griddle Sausage Griddle ... Hamburgers Grill Ribs Grill Vegetables: Asparagus Grill or Griddle Mushrooms Griddle Onions Griddle Tomatoes Griddle Corn on the cob Grill or Griddle Stir Fry Pot / Dome Soup Pot / Dome