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A slight, small act of treason?

Been wanting a smaller unit for quickies and such. Been by my dealer 3 times to see a Mini, and he swears he's gonna call when he gets one, and he never has. Last time we were there, he said he had one, and hasnt unboxed it yet. 2 weeks ago now....

Came upon this US made, Lodge Sportsmans grill (hibachi) for not too much change ($63.67 to my door), and decided it might be JUST the ticket for burgers, and quickies for just the Missus and I. Plan to break it in tomorrow.

It seems well made (Lodge stuff is) and includes a draft control and 2 height grill surface. 

Anyone have any experience with this?  
When I'm not Eggin', I'm scootin'   Eggin' and 'cueing from Temecula Ca; an hour from San Diego, an hour and five minutes from Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles (yeah, right. With THAT traffic?)

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 5,281
    It's a nice little grill. Relatively indestructible, great for burgers, kababs and anything that needs a hot sear . Just cant smoke lo n slo on it, but for the price, you cant complain much.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,590
    Nice buy but a mini will replace it sooner than later.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,847
    I was considering one of those, but went with a Smokey Joe. Awesome little cooker. Large enough to do indirects plus it has a dome. Weighs nothing. Considerably larger grid than a mini too.

    Was looking for something to replace my too heavy too small mini. Found it in the Joe. For $30 instead of the ridiculous $400+ they want for a mini these days. As soon as I get my warranty replacement firebox, the mini will be on CL.

    Enjoy the Lodge. It is very similar to the hibachi I started out with in the 70s. Nice cooker.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • SandBillySandBilly Posts: 224
    I have the 410 Lodge, comes pre seasoned. I like it a lot. Just use they chimney starter and great for quick cooks. Will also use it to sear things like Tritip so I can transfer to the egg immediately to finish, without changing temps.
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 810
    My first grill was a Hibachi, great little grill. If all you want to do is grill, might work out.

    I did a tabletop Korean bbq with mine once with friends over. Quite fun.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.
  • nealcr1nealcr1 Posts: 146
    I have one and love it. Bought it last month. I will use it mainly for kabobs. Enjoy.
    Medium BGE, Large BGE, Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman, Digi Q II
  • Have had one for years it is at the mountain house. Have done ribs on it, but not the best for the job. Great for steaks, but I have to try and relearn how to cook non-BGE style.
    Bob
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,261
    It's ok to venture out of the egg world sometimes. I have a gasser at home I use sometimes and a gasser on the boat.
    Cookin in Texas
  • GogogordyGogogordy Posts: 283
    Yup, burgers and s'mores is basically what we'll use it for. So now I have my BGE, gassser, and the hibachi.
    When I'm not Eggin', I'm scootin'   Eggin' and 'cueing from Temecula Ca; an hour from San Diego, an hour and five minutes from Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles (yeah, right. With THAT traffic?)
  • My brother welded an extra support on his Weber Performer to hold one of these.  It is pretty cool.  He loves the hibachi, uses it all the time.  It makes a mean steak.

    John - SLC, UT

    Webers, Eggs, Bubba Keg

  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,277
    treason my ass that thing is awesome.  Every toy you add to your arsenal only enhances your capabilities & enjoyment factor.  Don't look down on it (or any other cooker) as something you settled for, rather push it to the wall & you'll be surprised just how much more it can do than you likely currently believe
  • Kesims22Kesims22 Posts: 2
    Replaced my gas camping grill with the Lodge, I use it all the time camping and love it.
  • Z_EggineerZ_Eggineer Posts: 537
    Will you use lump or briquettes with it?  Let us know how it turns out.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 5,525
    Cast Hibachi, from Lodge - great looking cooker. If anything like my cast "China" Hibachi you have to use briquettes, lump needs the airflow control, which these guys just don't have. 
    Enjoy the new arrow in your cooking quiver....
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • GogogordyGogogordy Posts: 283
    I will use lump and it does have a draft control (slider) on the front. Burgers and S'mores for 2 tonight...."film at 11"
    When I'm not Eggin', I'm scootin'   Eggin' and 'cueing from Temecula Ca; an hour from San Diego, an hour and five minutes from Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles (yeah, right. With THAT traffic?)
  • GogogordyGogogordy Posts: 283
    OK, inaugural burn/cook is done.  Made some delish burgers, and zucchini. Here are my observations:

    No stinky odors or chemicals upon initial burn for this entire unit is seasoned with veg. oil from the factory, not paint or some petroleum product.  

    The draft door is nice, can slow things down but not with the control of the BGE. But for grilling up some burgers etc...perfect.

    Requires minimal amount of lump to get smoking hot fast...the tilt-down door makes replenishment on the fly easy.  Dont over-fill cause there's no shutting it down and saving for next time. A little goes a long way.

    The pre-seasoned grill is not to be believed....non-stick to the Nth degree right from the box.  My burgers didnt even tear when I flipped them.

    When burger-time was over and S'mores time was near, my BGE grill-lifter works perfectly on the Lodge grill. Cross compatible accessories. Winning!

    2 hours later, it's cool to the touch making this a viable, portable cooker for the beach, etc.

    Final verdict: No regrets! It's not the same as a BGE, and thats exactly as I'd hoped it would be. As another poster said "another tool in the quiver" and a fine one too. Especially at the price of just a couple bags of lump!  And seems well made enough to last a long time, just like our Eggs are, and I like that a lot.










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    When I'm not Eggin', I'm scootin'   Eggin' and 'cueing from Temecula Ca; an hour from San Diego, an hour and five minutes from Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles (yeah, right. With THAT traffic?)
  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 421
    My dad picked one up at a garage sale for 5 bucks and he loves it  He also has an egg but when cooking for 2 it works great for burgers , chops n such
    only difference is his seems to have like 5 or 6 adjustable heights
    Ive been looking for one for myself too
    One LBGE
    soon to have a Mini Max
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
  • fletcherfamfletcherfam Posts: 797
    I too have committed treason, Amazon had them on sale for $59. I need something for camping and would like something easier to start when doing burgers and dogs (since I got rid of the gasser).
  • GogogordyGogogordy Posts: 283
    Perfect. It is what it is (and isn't). That is super portable, wood-fired, durable, and great for quick, tasty cooks for less than an army. 

     Isn't? An Egg, a smoker, or $400.

    havent replaced my BGE with it, but man for 60 bucks its a great addition to the BBQ collection...no regrets for me and hopefully for you either. Enjoy.
    When I'm not Eggin', I'm scootin'   Eggin' and 'cueing from Temecula Ca; an hour from San Diego, an hour and five minutes from Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles (yeah, right. With THAT traffic?)
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 2,850
    Picked one up just last weekend. At the Outlets in Lancaster, PA and saw the Lodge Hibachi. Have been looking at the Mini Egg for a while and haven't pulled the trigger yet due to cost. This will do what I need until I get the Mini. Quick sear, burgers or dogs while doing a low and slow, reverse sear. Great addition, and now the gasser goes out at the yard sale for sure.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • njlnjl Posts: 756
    Argh...I was in a store today that had all Lodge CI stuff 25% off and saw one of these little grills, but didn't pay attention...I was too preoccupied with the deals I was getting on a couple of big pans and a lid.  I don't even know what the grill was priced.

    The pans I picked up were priced right around Amazon pricing (before the 25% sale/discount)...so if I could pick one of these up for $45 + tax, is it worth it?
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,244
    Very cool. I've looked at those in the past, but have never pulled the trigger. Someday, I'll probably get one just to shake thiings up a bit.

    Richardson, Texas

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  • GogogordyGogogordy Posts: 283
    njl-$45 is a steal and YES its worth it.
    When I'm not Eggin', I'm scootin'   Eggin' and 'cueing from Temecula Ca; an hour from San Diego, an hour and five minutes from Palm Springs, and an hour and a half from Los Angeles (yeah, right. With THAT traffic?)
  • Ima get one! At least I will when I quit spending $50 - $100 each month on eggcessories.
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