“ Brand: Brinkmann / Fuel Type: Coal „
So what is it about this BBQ. It's big, heavy, and looks like a steam train. But fire it up and you have a BBQ that can cook and/or smoke a great deal of food. The results are really tasty. It comes unassembled in a large (and heavy) box. This box has a label warning that two people are needed to lift. They are right, unless you have a trolley or some form of lifting device. Once opened you have a set of fairly readily identified parts along with a myriad of nuts, screws, washers and bolts! The instructions should be read a couple of times before attempting assembly. It can be easy to miss something, that will mean having to take things apart to reassemble. Another reviewer mentions how difficult it is to put together. I can agree to some degree. But if you bother to sort and count the nuts, etc. it makes the job a great deal easier. I got confused and swapped round the bolts that hold the hadles with the ones that support the cooking grills. Only discovering this AFTER I had fired up the BBQ. So be careful, and you should be OK. The Brinkmann can take a large amount of coals/wood, and thus can cook a great deal of food. If you are an occassional BBQ'er who only cooks for a couple of folk, then this BBQ is not for you. I have used it to cook whole chickens (average size bird in about 2 hours) and legs of lamb (similar time). I would recommend the purchase of a cover for the BBQ. Mine showed signs of rust after a couple of weeks out in the British weather. Also, you should buy some form of pot to catch the fat that drips out of the hole designed for just that purpose! I was surprised how much was produced by a couple of pound of sausages. All in all, I am very pleased with the Brinkmann. My kids certainly like the results of my labours. Give it a go!
I bought this pitmaster BBQ from costco wholesale in May, and have used it on 5 occasions so far. It took 2 hours to build, ( by a very accomplished Tradesman / husband ) and he found it very complicated with hundreds of parts , similar but different screws and hard to follow instructions. For the inexpierienced D I Y er, it may be very awkard to assemble. The finished product was very heavy but very sturdy and at a good height for tall people to cook at. It looks like an oil drum on its side, sliced into two, hinged at the back .There is a wooden handle, a wooden shelf at the front, 4 legs, two of which have wheels. A second handle is used to roll it about. There is a chimney from the rear of the BBQ, and two vents. The cooking area is very large, and so far I have only needed to use half of it. It is a charcoal BBQ, there are 3 cooking heights, the top height is excellent for slower througher bbq with less burning and better cooking.With the lid down it is possible to smoke food, this is a long process of about 2 hours and I have not tried this yet. There seems to be a design fault as it is very easy for sausages to fall down the back of the grill into the coals. The lid is useful as it keeps the coals hotter and also can act as a rain or wind guard. The BBQ looks great on a patio, but needs to be covered to protect it from the rain.