Old Smokey #22 Charcoal Grill Review

Old Smokey #22 Charcoal Grill


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  • Simple, easy to use design
  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Inexpensive
  • Aluminized Steel and No Paint Prevents Rusting and Chipping


  • Lightweight Construction


  • 21-inch diameter cooking grate for 345 square inches of grilling area
  • Aluminized steel construction
  • Large bottom Rotary vent, two top vents
  • Weighs 19 pounds
  • 27-inch total height
  • Made in the USA by Old Smokey Products Company

Full Review – Old Smokey #22 (Large) Charcoal Grill

The Old Smokey Charcoal Grill is one of those iconic grills that has been around for decades and has a hugely loyal following. The company has been in business, in the same location, since 1923 and has been making grills since 1953. The Old Smokey Grill you buy today is made with the same design and the same materials as the original grill nearly 65 years ago. These charcoal grills can last for decades as long as you clean out the ashes and avoid leaving them out in hurricanes.

The reason these grills last so long and have been largely unchanged in all this time, is because of the simplicity of design. Let's be honest, there isn't a lot to a charcoal grill in the way of parts and complexity. The Old Smokey works well and lasts because it is so simple. Simple to use, and simple to take care of. The Old Smokey company got their start making large cans and buckets. Basically, this charcoal grill is two metal buckets stack at the opening.

The Old Smokey #22 is 27 inches high and sits on the ground. There are optional leg extenders that will lift it to a full grill height if you wish. The grill is 22 inches in diameter at its widest part and has a 21-inch cooking grate. The bottom has a 16-inch damper and there are two vents on the top for temperature control. The whole unit fits together tightly and you have sufficient temperature control for low and slow smoking.