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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

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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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      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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        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

          2. 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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              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.


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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.

                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.

                  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!

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