Pros: Weight, Intake, Exhaust, Fit & Finish, Cast Iron, Ash Catcher
I had looked at these a year or so ago, and liked them but he price tag was $169.99. So last week, or whatever reason, they were on clearance here in AZ at some Home Depot's, I had to get one..just had to. Clearance price of $49.99!
Got it out of box and put together.. Probably took about an hour. Crescent wrench and screw driver was the only things needed
Heavy duty thermo recessed in the lid. Great shiny orange porcelain coat on lid.
I was really impressed with this (doesn't take much). Fits snug and feels like quality. Style is nice too.
Cast iron grate & grill grate insert
Charcoal Chimney installed in the center can be removed at any time
Ash catcher, and air intake control
Legs, wheels, and base plate. The wheels are heavy thick plastic.
1st load of charcoal goin in to burn out the junk.
Comes w/ a "paper cage" which sits up in ash catcher for igniting. I just set in 2 parafin cubes instead
Almost a full chimney load.
And she's off
I left the lid on & went outside. This thing got hot fast.
Here's how to control the air intake. Lil diff than my other kettles but similar to a Gold One Touch
Intake all the way open
The thin blue
Exhaust all the way open
Lifted the center grate w/ the included tool, and spread out the chimneys worth of coals, and let it burn for awhile
Now onto the food. I cut up some whole wangs, and cut off wing tips
Mad Hunky Hot Wang Rub of course
Loaded up the chimney again, w/ much less charcoal this time.
The lid has 2 hanging hooks which is nice.
All fired up. Chimney stayed in the center for this one, so I could indirect the wings w/ some pear wood.
Cruisin along steadily @ 350+
Here they are about 30 mins later.
Centered them all over the chimney for a few mins to get a nice final char
Split em up into 2 batches. Warmed up some Texas Petes Buffalo and Honey Mustard on the stove.
Honey Mustards close-up
So far, I've got nothing but good things to say about the STOK. It was a heavy duty grill. The box was over 60 lbs, and you can feel it when you go to move it around. My Webers will always dominate, but this thing at half the price was 100% worth it. Call around if you're in the market, I've found a couple Home Depot's still selling em at that price. You've got my recommendation on it