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Old Smokey Charcoal Grill Review

Unchanged in over 70 years, the Old Smokey Charcoal Grill is a classic of outdoor cooking. Made of rust-resistant aluminized steel, this is the little grill that can. If you want to do some serious charcoal grilling and don’t need a lot of space, then you can save yourself a lot of money and get this one. The Old Smokey is one of my all-time favorite charcoal grills.

Old Smokey #22 Charcoal Grill
Old Smokey #22 Charcoal Grill

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Despite its small size of only 27 inches tall and 22 pounds in weight, this grill provides a cooking area that is comparable to the renowned 22-inch Weber Kettle, which sets the standard for all other grills. It offers ample space and can safely be placed on any non-flammable surface. This grill, along with its two smaller versions, is ideal for those who require a portable option. Despite its compact size, it offers all the functionality and versatility you need.


  • 21-inch diameter cooking grate for 345 square inches of grilling area
  • Aluminized steel construction
  • Large bottom rotary vent, two top vents
  • Weighs 22 pounds
  • 27-inch total height
  • Made in the USA by Old Smokey Products Company

Old Smokey Charcoal Grill

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The Old Smokey Charcoal Grill is a beloved and timeless classic that has garnered a devoted fan base over the years. The company has remained at the same location since 1923 and has been crafting grills since 1953. Remarkably, the current iteration of the Old Smokey Grill utilizes the same design and materials as the original grill that was introduced almost 75 years ago. With proper maintenance, these charcoal grills can last for many years, provided that the ashes are regularly cleared out and that they are not left out during hurricane conditions.

The reason these grills last so long and have been largely unchanged 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 Charcoal Grill 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 stacked 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.


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