- 560 square inches of total cooking space
- Three cooking grates
- Enameled steel construction
- Temperature range between 200 and 700 degrees F
- WiFi Enabled with a proprietary app
- Forced air flame acceleration
- Charcoal hopper holds 10 pounds of lump or 16 pounds of briquettes
- Removable ash catcher
- One side table
- Four wheel cart
- Made in China by Masterbuilt
Full Review – Masterbuilt Gravity Feed Digital Grill & Smoker
- WiFi enabled Charcoal Grill
- High Cooking Temperature
- Smoker and Grill
- Unique Design
- Limited Construction Quality
- Long Term Durability Unknown
- Lowest Temperature is 225 degrees
- High Charcoal Consumption
Pellet grills are all the rage these days. Their set-it-and-forget-it technology makes them appealing to a market that has been moving from fast and easy grilling to low and slow smoking. Now Masterbuilt has produced a charcoal grill that promises all the advantages of the modern pellet cooker with the superior power of charcoal. The Masterbuilt Gravity Feed Digital Grill & Smoker has an external charcoal tower. A blower fan accelerates and controls the combustion rate allowing for easy temperature control that can be set on the grill itself or via a WiFi-enabled app.
One great thing about this grill is that it doesn’t matter what kind of charcoal you use. It will take lump or charcoal briquettes and holds enough for more than 10 hours of cook time. More charcoal can easily be added during the cooking process. Ash falls into a removable catcher for easy clean-up. In most every way, this is a charcoal grill that is as easy to operate as any of the best pellet cookers. Plus, charcoal is a more powerful fuel so this grill can hit temperatures above 700 degrees and do so in less than 15 minutes of preheat time.
The lowest temperature this grill can hold consistently is about 220 degrees, which might be a little high for hardcore smokers, but it is still a good barbecue temperature. The reason this grill won’t go lower is that there is a minimum rate of charcoal combustion necessary to keep the fire alive. Since this grill doesn’t work by depriving the fire of oxygen, it can only maintain a certain level of fire. It also doesn’t do anything to hold in heat. The fire has to keep burning at a certain level which can be affected by wind and weather.
The Masterbuilt Gravity Feed Grill is an innovation in outdoor cooking. It combines everything we like about pellet grills with the power of charcoal. It is hotter than pellet grills but can still be managed remotely with relatively precise temperature control. It is clean and easy to use and it works. And it really works. Yes, this is a Masterbuilt. It is lightweight and its durability is going to be something we wait to find out about. However, it is cool. If that is something you are looking for, buy it. You will probably be able to cook a better steak than most any pellet grill, while still smoking briskets.