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Anyone have a charcoal hibachi that you just love?

thymetobake Aug 3, 2012 09:16 AM

I'm having trouble finding the charcoal variety in the stores. They seem to have mostly gas ones..??

So, I'm looking to order one online and seeking recommendations for brands/types, etc.

I'm also interested to know if anyone has other types of small grills that aren't called hibachi but are similar?

Thanks, ttb

  1. thymetobake Aug 4, 2012 11:34 AM

    Thanks everyone. I'm going to go with the Lodge after reading your different experiences and its reviews on Amazon.

    And thanks for the pic, DoobieWah!

    1. dcrb Aug 3, 2012 08:02 PM

      My vote goes to the Lodge Sportsman's Grill, which I have had for many years. The nice feature about it is that the grill grate can be set at two heights.

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        linus Aug 3, 2012 04:50 PM

        i use a thai bucket stove. if you live near any asian markets, they probably have them.

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          rasputina Aug 3, 2012 12:11 PM

          I really like the Lodge Sportsmans grill, we use it when we don't want to fire up the Big Green Eggs.


          1. Sid Post Aug 3, 2012 11:19 AM

            The Weber Kettle's are really good. The little "Smokey Joe" I bought at Wal-mart for ~$30 has served me well for the past 2 years. The Lodge is another good option but, with it's larger mass takes longer to heat up but, holds heat a little better.

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              BNB99 Aug 3, 2012 09:37 AM


              This may be exactly what you're looking for. It's heavy, but a terrific grill.

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                DoobieWah Aug 3, 2012 09:58 AM

                I've had this one for years and used to use it on my apartment balcony.

                I still use it for grilling small things. Very sturdy construction, (cast iron).

                I have even used it in my fireplace on cold or rainy days, (with the flue open of course!).

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                  rasputina Aug 3, 2012 12:12 PM

                  We love ours for grilling small items

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                  Harters Aug 3, 2012 09:26 AM

                  Dunno whether mine's called a hibachi or something else. Small, cheap, charcoal barbeque - readily available where I am and it's the sort of kit that most people would have. I don't know anyone with a gas powered one.

                  That said, mine hasnt been in use for over two years now - the weather just hasnt been sufficiently kind to cook outside.

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                    laststandchili Aug 3, 2012 09:25 AM


                    I was looking at yakitori grills, and ended up picking this up. It just arrived yesterday so I haven't had a chance to cook on it, but the construction is good. The only issue I have is that the grilling grate is a trifold contraption, and I'm thinking it might be a challenge getting it set in place once it's full of hot coals (I use a chimney starter for charcoal). I'm planning to burn primarily hardwood charcoal in it. Should be just the thing for kebobs, and grilling for the wife and I.

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