Many changes to this newer model...most are for the worst:
Light-weight stamped steel lid hinge assemblies are very flimsy...old model was die-cast aluminum;
One handle on front of grill, on the lid, so you can't safely wheel the grill even a few feet while cooking...can't say I'd trust the snap lock/latch on the lid to hold while moving it...old model had two handles on the front...lid and bowl;
Ash reciever air intake controls are not air tight enough to hold down the fire when cooking larger pieces requiring extra charcoal...fire takes off like a freight train, and once it's too hot, it's too late. Also, there are only two intakes instead of four, which translates to hot spots on two opposing sides of the grill, while the perpendicular sides of the hot spots will allow the charcoal bed to die out. Combustion air is very un-evenly distributed throughout the coal bed, and the old model had a rotating ring with 4 holes inside the ash reciever which is controlled by one lever...not the best, but far better than this newer version, and gave much more evenly distributed combustion air, hence a more evenly burning bed of coals;
***The upside is that it has a porcelain cooking grate, unlike the older model which was chrome plated...chrome doesn't last very long before it wears off.
I used my newer model (purchased a year ago to accompany my old grill) 2 or 3 times and decided to put the new unit's grates into my old grill to upgrade it. I haven't used the new one since, and don't plan to. I gave up fighting the frustration and nearly ruining my ribeye steaks and pork chops.
Newer models are built entirely too light-weight, and it doesn't take much abuse to break them.
If you want a really good grill with an air tight cooking chamber intake control, go with a weber kettle. I have a 18.5 one touch gold and never had an issue or complaint. From indirect pork loins, to steaks, chops, chicken and fish...it has such fine adjustment of intake air, and such an air-tight chamber when the lid vent is closed that I even use the grill to put hot coals into from my smokers and other grills to snuff them out so I can reclaim them to use another day. That takes a tight grill chamber to kill briquettes, and the weber kettle will do it in about 2-3 minutes.
Incidentally, with an 18.5 wbere kettle, I can cook as much f0ood as I would in the 22.5 Uniflame simply because there are too many cold spots which won't cook anything at all if you have a reasonable amount of control over the fire. So, smaller grill, less briquettes, and cooks just as much food, then kills tyhe briquettes for another day. How can you beat that?
I recommend staying away from this one (or any of the "cheap" grills) if you are serious about outdoor cooking. Spending even twice as much will yield a very enjoyable cooking and dining experience, and with proper selection, they will grill/roast most anything your heart desires, and last for years and years. Enjoy your summer cooking with a good grill. By the way, I live in N/E Wyoming, and I cook outdoors all year, 2-3 times per week average...rain, sleet, hail, snow or shine. Why? Cuz it's too good of food to pass up the opprtunity to create it.
Note: in the review where it asks how often I used this product, I clicked never, because I won't use it again...
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