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#1 User is offline   Texas@Heart 

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 01:27 PM

I have been considering a new Master Forge grill from Lowes. It is a charcoal model, not gas. I have read a lot of not so good things about the gas models here on the forums, and it is making me hesitate. I can't seem to find it on the Lowes site, so I'm not sure if it is a last years model or what. Here is a Home Depot link to a similar Brinkmann one: Brinkman. The Master Forge version seems a lot more heavy duty and better built than the Brinkmann one. The crank to raise and lower the coal tray has deep chunky threads that look like they would last, and it is very smooth operating. The front load door is cast iron with heavy duty hardware.

I guess I am just worried that there is something that makes it too good to be true based off the majority of Master Forge opinions here and on other sites. Another plus is the price @ $200. Any opinions would be great. Also, if anyone can find this thing online, that would be great too. I've tried but to no avail.

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  Posted 09 April 2010 - 01:55 AM

View PostTexas@Heart, on Mar 26 2010, 11:27 AM, said:

I have been considering a new Master Forge grill from Lowes. It is a charcoal model, not gas. I have read a lot of not so good things about the gas models here on the forums, and it is making me hesitate. I can't seem to find it on the Lowes site, so I'm not sure if it is a last years model or what. . . . The crank to raise and lower the coal tray has deep chunky threads that look like they would last, and it is very smooth operating. The front load door is cast iron with heavy duty hardware.

I guess I am just worried that there is something that makes it too good to be true based off the majority of Master Forge opinions here and on other sites. Another plus is the price @ $200. Any opinions would be great. Also, if anyone can find this thing online, that would be great too. I've tried but to no avail.


If the grill you're referring to is the one I'm thinking of, then I too have also been considering the Lowes Master Forge Dually Charcoal grill item #177898 model number DGO576CC

I saw a flyer for Lowes showing it as a "New!" product in March; attempts to find it online were only visible by relying on a search engine cache which showed it was on the Lowes website as recently as January of this year, but was no longer visible.

As of this past week, it now seems to be visible on the Lowes website (link in the first sentence of this post).

$200 seems like a good deal, but I haven't been able to find any other info about it online. The few reviews on the Lowes website are vague (one person said it is their first grill; another said they assembled in 1.5 hrs and the most recent says they're waiting to see if it doesn't self-destruct).

The use of a crank to raise/lower the coal tray is an excellent idea that I don't see on many other box store models. I think my only concern may possibly be the front load door for the coals-- it implies that by loading the coal from the front you'll be tilting the chimney starter 'just so' to pour the coals in... one slip and someone's got a hole in their shoes. I would like to hear other people's experiences with the front loading for the coals and if my fear is unfounded.

The lid material is described as "Used for cold rod steel"-- everything I've searched for says it means that cold steel was used so it's got a smooth finish, but is not quite as tempered and tough as molten steel would have been. Anybody with real-world experience with this grill that can elaborate on how well it handles the heat? Does it melt from flareups? :)

My intentions are light duty-- that is, maybe grilling a few times a month to serve maybe 6 people max.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:54 AM

View Postvprasad, on Apr 8 2010, 11:55 PM, said:

If the grill you're referring to is the one I'm thinking of, then I too have also been considering the Lowes Master Forge Dually Charcoal grill item #177898 model number DGO576CC

I saw a flyer for Lowes showing it as a "New!" product in March; attempts to find it online were only visible by relying on a search engine cache which showed it was on the Lowes website as recently as January of this year, but was no longer visible.

As of this past week, it now seems to be visible on the Lowes website (link in the first sentence of this post).

$200 seems like a good deal, but I haven't been able to find any other info about it online. The few reviews on the Lowes website are vague (one person said it is their first grill; another said they assembled in 1.5 hrs and the most recent says they're waiting to see if it doesn't self-destruct).

The use of a crank to raise/lower the coal tray is an excellent idea that I don't see on many other box store models. I think my only concern may possibly be the front load door for the coals-- it implies that by loading the coal from the front you'll be tilting the chimney starter 'just so' to pour the coals in... one slip and someone's got a hole in their shoes. I would like to hear other people's experiences with the front loading for the coals and if my fear is unfounded.

The lid material is described as "Used for cold rod steel"-- everything I've searched for says it means that cold steel was used so it's got a smooth finish, but is not quite as tempered and tough as molten steel would have been. Anybody with real-world experience with this grill that can elaborate on how well it handles the heat? Does it melt from flareups? :lol:

My intentions are light duty-- that is, maybe grilling a few times a month to serve maybe 6 people max.

I would look at the char griller with the side fire box, you can smoke or grill the grates are in four sections so its easy to lift one out and add more coals to the main grill area and super easy to add fuel to the smoke box and dump it as well the grates are cast iron not enameled cast iron, 50 bucks cheaper and you can smoke with it, the grill in the link is it without the smoke box its an extra 50 bucks and should be on the shelf at lowes next to the grill

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 02:44 PM

View PostTexas@Heart, on Mar 26 2010, 02:27 PM, said:

I guess I am just worried that there is something that makes it too good to be true based off the majority of Master Forge opinions here and on other sites. Another plus is the price @ $200. Any opinions would be great.


I just bought one last week. I'd been wanting to buy an open faced grill with a crank adjustable charcoal grate for awhile, but I haven't felt like spending $1k+ for a nice one (I'd rather spend that kind of money upgrading my smoker from a WSM to something like a Backwoods/Stumps/Klose).

My thoughts:

- Build quality is decent for the amount you pay, nothing great. Feels a bit more sturdy then a similarly priced Char Griller or Char Broil, although that's not saying too much. If you use a cover I'd expect to get a few seasons out of it, but not a decade.
- Cast iron cook grates are a nice touch, they seem like they'll last awhile.
- Crank assembly for raising/lowering charcoal grates is sturdy, the weak points are the hinges on the arms actuating the grate. If it fails that will be the spot.
- Like all these types of grills at this price point, it's not even close to airtight with the lid closed. That doesn't bother me a bit as I bought it to use as an open face grill, but if you want to do some convection cooking at lower temps there are better options (Weber Kettle etc).
- Definitely the best bang for the buck if you're looking for an open faced grill with a crank adjustable charcoal grate at this price point.
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 03:33 PM

I have a grill like that made from Royal Oak and love it. I have used it just about every week all year long for the last 3 years. I fix ribs, beer chicken, roast pork loin, asparagus, pineapple and the usual grill food. Cooking with the lid closed still works and adds to the things you can cook.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:33 PM

This grill is awesome, at least for the price it is! If anybody bought this thinking they were going to use it as a smoker, they're either ignorant or were misinformed. It's not a smoker! As for the front door on it, you don't necessarily need to use it, as this grill has a very clever way of letting you move the grates around so that you can access anything below the grates pretty easily. That's a feature that was missing on the Char-Griller Super Pro I've been using for the past few years. I really liked my Char-Griller, but moving the grates to add more lump coal was a major pain in the behind.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:35 PM

Oops! I should have been more specific. I think the Master Forge grill from Lowes is awesome.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:37 PM

Anybody have a rotisserie for their Master Forge grill? If so, what do you have, or what would you recommend?
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:51 PM

View PostKrabby Dave, on 09 May 2011 - 12:33 PM, said:

If anybody bought this thinking they were going to use it as a smoker, they're either ignorant or were misinformed. It's not a smoker!

Hi Dave, providing one is not ignorant, you can smoke meat, fish, poultry, cheese, fruit, vegetables or anything using a coffee can, providing of course you are smarter than the coffee can ;)


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Posted 09 May 2011 - 02:25 PM

View PostTubby, on 09 May 2011 - 12:51 PM, said:

Hi Dave, providing one is not ignorant, you can smoke meat, fish, poultry, cheese, fruit, vegetables or anything using a coffee can, providing of course you are smarter than the coffee can ;)


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I agree even thought the links dont work and I dont even know what the grill looks like. You can smoke in just about any grill with a little know how.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 06:32 AM

I smoke in mine a lot. My grill has the same design as this one. If I'm fixing BBQ I use my smoker because it's easier to keep the temps more even.
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 11:09 PM

Anybody have a rotisserie for their Master Forge grill? If so, what do you have, or what would you recommend?
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 04:08 PM

View PostTubby, on 09 April 2010 - 10:54 AM, said:

I would look at the char griller with the side fire box, you can smoke or grill the grates are in four sections so its easy to lift one out and add more coals to the main grill area and super easy to add fuel to the smoke box and dump it as well the grates are cast iron not enameled cast iron, 50 bucks cheaper and you can smoke with it, the grill in the link is it without the smoke box its an extra 50 bucks and should be on the shelf at lowes next to the grill

http://www.lowes.com/pd_44754-49769-2121_0...CategoryDisplay

I basically have this same grill...only difference is mine says "Kingsford" and the side and front trays are steel instead of wooden. Have had this grill almost 2 yrs now and love it. I am a heavy griller. Just spruced it up this week with a new coat of high temp black oven paint - looks as good as new :)
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Stone - how about a picture or two? We love any kind of grill porn here, and especially when someone renews an old grill!

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:35 PM

it looks like a decent grill, except i would rather have a dual chamber grill with dual hand cranks :)
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