This is a very well made portable grill, it is very high quality. If you take a look at some of my other reviews you may get the feeling that I know (or think I know) something about grilling. I grill often. At the moment I have 4 charcoal grills, 2 smokers, and 1 propane grill (the propane grill hardly ever gets used, except by my wife) yes, I know, its a sickness. But in my defense each grill has a purpose and gets used for different things.
Let me get back on topic here. I was looking for a portable grill to add to the collection. We have a few camping trips on the schedule and there is nothing better than cooking meat over fire when you are camping. Most of the portable grills I have looked at seem pretty cheap. They are made of thin gauge metal, have inferior grates, and I would classify them more as "disposable" rather than portable. When I get something I want it to last. This Cuisinart grill is made of thicker gauge metal, has porcelain enameled grates, is very well designed, looks great, and you really get the feeling that this grill will last a long time. Exactly what I was looking for.
I received my grill on Saturday and have already used it twice. Yes, I know its only Monday morning. I told you, I grill a lot. This grill has performed flawlessly each time. Like any grill you must use it and figure out how to use it properly. Each grill works slightly differently and you need to learn how it works best. This grill is pretty easy. I left the top vents wide open and controlled temps by adjusting the bottom vent. I also had to use the "lift" feature a couple of times to move the coals to keep them burning the way I like.
Things I like about this grill, - its sturdy and well built. - it looks great. - the cooking grate is very durable and will last for a long time. - it has a temperature gauge. - it is lightweight and has big handles so it is easy to carry. - it has a unique grill lift system to lift the cooking grate out of the way so you can adjust the coals or add more.
Things I do not like about this grill, - the charcoal tray is a sheet of metal with 1/2 inch holes. I normally like a charcoal tray with more holes, or a grate, so there is more air flow and I do not have to adjust the coals once or twice during cooking. Although with the easy grate lift system on this grill it is not really that big a deal to adjust the coals while the food grate is loaded with food. - the instructions were a little off. But luckily the grill is so easy to assemble it is not really a problem. And I am sure Cuisinart will adjust the small discrepancy on the instructions for future models.
This is a very well made grill and I expect it to get a lot of use and to last a long time.
ps: my second oldest son unpacked and assembled the grill. It took him under 6 minutes to unbox the grill and have it fully assembled. It is very easy.
Our family loves to grill. Whether it's charcoal, propane or electric it's a great way to cook. It's been a while since we've used charcoal, not because we don't like it, but because propane is just quick and easy for weeknight dinners. So when I was given the opportunity to try out the Cuisinart GrateLifter Portable Charcoal Grill I was more than happy to do so. When it arrived I immediately opened it and put it together. This was the easiest grill I've put together in a … more
Superior outdoor cooking with the flavor of charcoal and the quality and convenience of Cuisinart. The Cuisinart GrateLifter Charcoal Grill features a novel cooking grate lifting system giving access to the charcoal bed without having to touch the dirty cooking grate. With the lift engaged, the grate raises effortlessly out of the way when you open the lid - you can also choose to open the lid without lifting the grate. This lets you start the coals, add coals for extended cooking, or brush the coal ash in to the ample collection bin without ever touching the grate! Other features include a large, family-sized cooking surface, precesion air flow system for accurate temperature control, lid mounted temperature gauge, a robust table stand, and an attractive and durable porcelain enamel coated lid.