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Old 11-04-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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Question Looking for Suggestions for a New Charcoal Grill: Must Have Adjustable Charcoal Basket. Currently Considering Hasty Bake and MGrills...

My first major grill investment was a Bar-B Chef grill. Here’s a picture of mine, right before I sold it in 2010:




It was a terrible smoker, as it leaked like a sieve, but it was a great grill. I especially loved the adjustable charcoal grate. But, as it leaked so much, getting consistent solid temps was impossibility.

I really miss the adjustable charcoal grate feature, so I’m looking for something similar, but can also function as a smoker if need be. Here are the features I need:

· Cooking area: around 30”x 20”

·Adjustable crank-driven height charcoal basket

·Solid temperature control/doesn’t leak a lot

·Front loading door feature to add more fuel to charcoal grates

·Grill is on a cart with wheels for easy transport and moving

·Solid construction



From what I see so far, the Hasty Bake Legacy and MGrills M1 or B2(currently sold out) seem to fit the bill.

I know there are much cheaper grills in the $100-$300 price range with the same features, but I don’t think they will last long based on the reviews I’ve seen about them.


Are there other quality grills with these features and specs that are in the $1500 or less price range?

Looking forward to your feedback and suggestions!
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:11 PM   #2
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Check out Assassin Grills and Lone Star Grillz. Both are high quality.
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Just thought about it, Assassin's don't have any adjusting grates. Sorry Moose.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:28 PM   #4
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Check out Assassin Grills and Lone Star Grillz. Both are high quality.

I did, thanks!



Both make great products, but Assassin grills don't have an adjustable charcoal grate/basket that I can see, and the Lonestar is both too large and costly for my needs at $2500.



I'm looking in the $1500 and under price range.
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:16 PM   #5
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I've been debating on the Hastybake Legacy myself...grill and smoke
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We have two Hasty Bake Gourmets. Only complaint is they are not air tight so they will not snuff out the coals. The movable coal basket is a nice feature. The food that comes off this is good.
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It would be hard to go wrong with either Hasty Bake or M Grills. If I were buying to day I would go with M Grills after meeting and talking to Travis McGee at the SCA World Championships. Very well built, and Travis is a good guy.
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We have two Hasty Bake Gourmets. Only complaint is they are not air tight so they will not snuff out the coals. The movable coal basket is a nice feature. The food that comes off this is good.

That's helpful info, thanks!



Does the Hasty Bake hold solid temps while cooking?
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Having owned/cooked on both a HB Gourmet and M1... between the two, I would hands down go with the M1 for numerous reasons :)
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This thread is of great interest to me. I, too, have a Bar-B-Chef charcoal grill (different then the OP's) that I like, but have been looking to upgrade. I was seriously looking at an Assassin, but want the ability to raise and lower either the food grate or the charcoal grate. I appreciate all the replies so far.
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I've in kicking a similar purchase around for a while (currently grilling on Weber 26). I'm an Okie, so I had to look a the Hasty Bake and they are awesome. I've tried to research the M Grills B1 some, but haven't gotten as much info. The M Grills look heavier built but the HB looks like it'd be easier to clean out the ash.

Like you I eliminated the Assassin and LG becuause of fixed grates. I sometimes question that logic though. So long to short - still haven't pulled the trigger.

If you find anything other than these 4 that are worth consideration, let me know. I'll still on the case...
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https://www.bbqguys.com/napoleon/pro...charcoal-grill

This looks interesting. Not what I was really thinking of, but maybe.....
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What is the benefit of being able to adjust the charcoal basket?
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This looks interesting. Not what I was really thinking of, but maybe.....
I really liked this one Moose, nearly pulled the trigger but I escaped just in time
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https://www.bbqguys.com/napoleon/pro...charcoal-grill

This looks interesting. Not what I was really thinking of, but maybe.....
Interesting option. I'd totally forgotten they made one. What is a charcoal infrared burner though?
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