My new Masterbuilt charcoal grill is a piece of shit
A charcoal grill is basically a steel bucket with legs, right? How could you screw it up? Well Masterbuilt found a way. The hand on top of the grill lid has broken in half after being lightly dropped on the ground, and even if I could glue it back together one of the screw sockets has melted so it can't attach to the lid anymore. The grille itself is made of steel rods which are so thin they have started sagging in the middle from the heat of cooking. I have to put it over my knee and bend it flat after every use. All this wear and tear has happened after only 5 - 6 uses.
Part of this is my fault for cheaping out at the store. With Masterbuilt you really get what you pay for.
I agree...shouldn't be that hard to make a competent grill (some of us lack the budget for greatness, so merely competent is fine).
For what it's worth, I have an Aussie (MECO) Walkabout grill that has turned out to work OK for me...wait for them to go on sale (I think I spent $25-30 at Home Depot, and usual price is $40) since hardly worth list price of $60.
It doesn't "do everything" but works fine for the usual suspects (chicken, ribs, burgers, sausage, steaks) and with the cover down will even do indirect cooking.
Sorry you had to put up with a dud...hope you can get your $ back.
Pretty much everything Masterbuilt makes is cheap shit. I believe the company's name is some kind of poor ironic joke
Weber charcoal grills seem over priced until you try one. Sure they look simple but, there is a reason why Weber Kettle grills are a legend. It was a really great purchase for $30 plus sales tax for me.
I use my grills pretty hard too. In fact, over this holiday weekend I just added 400#'s of charcoal to my personal stash which was down to ~150#'s.
The Lodge Sportsman grill/hibachi gets a good workout too.