I have purchased 3 or 4 of these in the past 10 years.
The first edition was solid, and lasted 5 years.
The second edition, only lasted two.
...the newest version can't even last one year. Once Upon A Time... this grill had wooden handles,
collapsible legs with quick-release cotter pins,
grates that were close enough together to keep food from falling into the fire,
and enough weight to prevent the grill from blowing over in mild wind.
I took that grill to work once a week, and grilled on it at home every day.
It was solid, portable, and easy to use. Walmart should have stuck with the original design.
I would rather pay $50 for the original than $19.88 for it's replacement. The handles are now plastic and have "heat gasket" washers (which are just paper/graphite) to keep the plastic from over-heating... but the heat transfers through the bolt itself, and destroys the plastic threads--so the plastic handles break off anyway. The legs are no longer sturdy tube-steel, and collapsing the feet requires the use of hand tools (though, the feet on this years edition do look sturdier than last years). The grates are so wide apart now, that the coals drop from the grate when half spent, and I have a much harder time keeping food from falling into the fire. The air-vents, are on the wrong side of the grill now (so you have to walk around to the back of the grill to adjust the air-flow)--and the back of the grill doesn't have a handle! ...leaving you to try to use the handle on the front as leverage to adjust the sliding air vent--which inevitably results in wobbling the grill instead of opening the grate. ..and when the grate does finally slide, the shaking often has caused my food to fall into the fire! The grill is so light weight that I keep bricks by it to keep it from blowing over in the wind... and the bottom has COMPLETELY RUSTED through in less than one year! I am not sure how to convey my disappointment.
The original size and design of this grill was such that it easily out cooked the webber smokey joe... it had Much better air-flow adjustments, a secondary grilling surface for smoking vs searing, but now-a-days this grill just doesn't cut it. You might as well just purchase 2 grates, some bricks, and a pair of flexible grill mats (for a roll up lid) -- or the Webber Smokey Joe JR siver edition (not the gold edition). hope this review helps...
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