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Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill

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  1. dsopac
    "Best portable hibachi"
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    Jun 24, 2013
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    Pros - Very durable and sturdy
    Cons - Be careful when transporting because there are loose heavy cast iron pieces
      I've been wanting one of these for years now but couldn't justify the 120.00 price tag.  Finally found a used one for 40.00 last year and use it minimum two times a week.  All the struggling and hassles with the old school cheapo hibachi with the two grates that keep falling out of the holder are now gone.  With the old style I would never let my 3 and 5 year old near that thing but with the lodge logic I make them grill and flip the food without worrying about the hibachi falling apart on them.  The grill body is nice and deep so ashes aren't flying around as much when it's windy and it seems like the fire lasts longer using less charcoal.  When we are done cooking we take the cooking grate off and toss a log in there for a mini fire pit.  It sits on an old wooden crate with no problems. 

      Since I bought this used I didn't know about all the loose cast iron pieces because when sitting the grill is very sturdy.  All the pieces are heavy and luckily none broke or hurt anybody the first time I dumped the ashes.  Now I just use my kids shovel and ash clean up isn't so messy.  After a couple hours the ashes build up so just open the draft door and sift with a chopstick for better air flow. 

      Bought another one yesterday not because anything is wrong with the old one but because I wanted a back up one.  It cost 69.97 shipped, even to Hawaii so I couldn't pass it up.
  2. ski-freak
    "Lodge USA Made Hibachi Grill"
    Pros - Nice Hibachi Style Grill that Cooks/Sears Great; Well Made in the USA; Easy to take with you; Cooks a small meal with only a half chimney of charcoal.
    Cons - While it has a nice bail handle to make carrying easy, you need to remember to remove the draft and re-loading doors and stow them inside.
    This is a nicely made Hibachi Grill you can take with you! It's made by Lodge in the USA - the same people that make those great skillets and dutch ovens. The Lodge Cast Iron Cooking Grate has two heights, Lodge-emblem up and Lodge-emblem down, which gives you about a 2 inch difference in height over the coals. The 17.5 X 9 inch oval Cast Iron Cooking Grate leaves nice Sear Marks on your food. I seasoned mine with Flax Seed Oil and little sticks to it. At home I place this grill on a slate table and use it when I only want to grill a couple of steaks - and only want to burn a half chimney of charcoal, and there's no need to fire up my big smoker/grill.

    The whole grill is not too lightweight at just over 30 pounds, but comes with a nice bail handle to make it reasonable to carry at your side. Do remember to stow the draft door and re-loading flap inside the grill when transporting/carrying it so they don't accidentally fall off - and hurt your foot. It makes sense to give some thought to where you plan to place it when tailgating, as it gets pretty hot. If you're going to cook with it placed on a picnic table, then you should at least bring along a roughly 16 X 24 inch piece of plywood to place under it to protect the table.

    I paid $80 shipped to my door, which I think is an excellent value.
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