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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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While this grill stands only 27 inches tall and weighs only 22 pounds, it has a cooking area comparable to the 22-inch Weber Kettle, the benchmark grill that all others are compared to. You get the space, and this grill can be set on top of any non-flammable material. This grill, and it’s too smaller versions are perfect as portable grills. All the function and versatility in a little package.


  • 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 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 75 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 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 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.

Derrick Riches
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.



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