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Masterbuild gravity fed digital charcoal grill and smoker

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£699 free postage, and option of 12 months free interest credit. £58 quid and pennies a month

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I've seen those types of grills in the US before.  That sounds like a cracking deal to be fair.  I've just watched the video.  It looks an awesome bit of kit.

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I can see that but you could just pay the full price cash up front and save nothing which would be even worse . Might order.

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Yes.  Shipping I guess but even that does not explain it.  Also rust issues which is fair enough, supposed to oil the parts that can rust and its fine.  But Weber build no rust ever on the kettle i have for so long now, might go for it but no rush.  The Facebook fan group i see shows brilliant cooks and lots of mods and discussion, it is very well established community. Some  people have fan problems but nothing that can not be fixed.  One person has been doing beef jerky on one at 70F, Amazing

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I could probably fly to the states the difference £324 but again shipping is cost, not like i can pack in a suitcase though

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PROS

  • WiFi enabled Charcoal Grill
  • High Cooking Temperature
  • Smoker and Grill
  • Unique Design

CONS

  • Limited Construction Quality
  • Long Term Durability Unknown
  • Lowest Temperature is 225 degrees
  • High Charcoal Consumption

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Specifications

  • 560 square inches of total cooking space
  • Three cooking grates
  • Enamelled steel construction
  • Temperature range between 225 and 700 degrees F
  • WiFi Enabled with proprietary app
  • Forced air flame acceleration
  • Charcoal hopper holds 10 pounds of lump or 16 pounds of briquettes
  • Removable ash catcher
  • One side table
  • Four wheel cast
  • Made in China by Masterbuilt

Review

had mine for a few weeks now and i have to say i’m pretty impressed with both the smoke and grill aspects. Biggest ‘complaint’ i have is not being able to ‘easily’ remove charcoal that i’ve filled the ‘hopper’ with. I could just remove the grate thing and have it all fall down in the ash bucket, but that’s not as big as the hopper or chamber that the charcoal is loaded into. Given, it’s not often you’d want to do that, but sometimes i would like to do the wood chunks in layers with charcoal, but then next time i cook, i might not want the wood. This is the method i’d try to use for a long smoke if i didn’t want to have to go throw a few chunks in the ash bin every hour or so. I was skeptical about the ash bin being a good place to put the wood chunks but i did it with ribs yesterday and it worked great. Great smoke ring and the ribs were super moist even though i overcooked them a tad (one rack fell in half when i picked it up if that tells you anything). The ability for it to get up to 700 degrees is awesome.. i’ve grilled numerous steaks on this thing and i have to say, i prefer it over my 4 burner weber gas grill anyday. Seriously, great for searing, the grates even have a beveled side for smoking and a flat side for searing. I do have some problems connecting it to wifi, but that could be because of where i have it right now.. i’ll know once i move it closer to where my router is at. If that starts working and i can use my app to monitor/control things, that would give me a full 5 stars worth of happiness. I guess bottom line is if you are ok with ‘cheating’ but still want that wood chunk smoke that you can’t get with other smokers and also have the ability to get a great charcoal sear on your steaks, this is probably the best option out in my opinion

 

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The thing is, this grill seems to do it all. 

Low and slow, ability to add smoke by choice of wood, control via internet and high heat searing. It’s 50% cheaper than Weber’s Smokefire and has more features as you can’t control this via an app, or add extra smoke and it gets hotter than the Weber and the Broil King pellet grill yet costs half the price. 

No doubt the build quality is not going to be visually as good but there’s only a 2 year warranty on the broil king costing £1500 anyway. 

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