The Char-Griller charcoal grill is made from steel, powdered coated black. The internal grates are cast iron, the supports chromed steel. This model is 50” x 29” x 42” in size. The cooking area is 580 square inches, with a 270 square inch warming rack. The stand is made from tubular steel, with 8 inch wheels on two of the legs. There’s a wooden table on one side, a condiment basket on the front, and a rack between the legs. It also has a built-in temperature gauge in the lid. This model also comes with an ash pan and adjustable charcoal grates. Assembly required.

I would say this outdoor charcoal grill is in the large category when it comes to cooking area. There’s plenty of room here for the larger families and small parties. Assembly this beast wasn’t the easiest, but it wasn’t too bad, particularly if you’ve done similar things before. The stand is simple tubes of bent steel with supports bolted on, but it’s sturdy enough, if not exactly elegant. The two large wheels make moving it simple, even when lit. The wooden preparation tray at the other end doubles has an handle, so no problem there.

The temperature control method of this Char Griller charcoal grill consists of repositioning the grates on lugs on the sides of the grill, in effect hanging the food over the charcoal. This isn’t the best solution, and is a bit fiddly. And of course you need to be wearing oven mitts when doing it, while also making sure you don’t drop or spill the food.

Almost everything about the Char Griller charcoal BBQ grill requires you to access the inside of the drum. So cleaning, adding more fuel, etc. means lifting something out of the way. They do provide the tools for this, but it gets old real quick.

Overall, the CharGriller charcoal grill isn’t a bad BBQ, but it could have been better, in design, finish and function. In the end I think it comes down to your budget. If you need a large cooking surface for occasional family gatherings, you’ll be able to produce decent food in large quantities, and for a decent price, with this charcoal grill.

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