The Cuisinart portable charcoal grill is made from steel coated. The lid is coated with green enamel, with some chrome detailing, the rest of the body and interior is black. It measures approximately 15” x 19” x 18”. The cooking grate is made from porcelain coated wire, and provides 240 square inches of cooking area. There’s a lid mounted temperature gauge, and a heat-resistant handle. The whole unit sits on a low stand which incorporates an ash collector.
If you’re looking for a portable charcoal briquettes grill, you can’t go far wrong with this model. At just over 20lb it’s easily manageable by most people, and the size allows you to slip it into the trunk of all but the tiniest car. There are even a couple of large handles on the sides. It looks good too, with it’s distinctive green lid. Just don’t forget the charcoal, although you can always buy it when you get to wherever you’re going. There is some assembly required when you take it out of the box, but it doesn’t take long.
Being a portable charcoal grill, it isn’t huge, but I’d still say there’s enough cooking space for a small family. Cooking with it is no different to any grill really. I like the way the grate lifts up to allow you to add more coals, or to adjust the heat hitting the food. It isn’t the hottest of grills, but it’s hot enough, and heats up pretty quickly, being small. There’s also good air flow through the vents. The stand is solid and provides good support, as long as you choose a sturdy and level surface to stand it on, of course. Otherwise it’s just like using any other BBQ.
Cleaning up afterwards is also easy, there’s an ash pan to empty, and when it’s cooled down you can take this handy charcoal grill to the sink, and it will actually fit inside some.
Now, this portable outdoor charcoal grill is priced higher than some models, but you get what you pay for. If you buy cheap that’s what you’ll get. If you want something a bit better, and with a 3 year warranty, it’s worth paying that bit extra for something like this Cuisinart.
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