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Those of you with a small balcony or tiny patio don’t have to miss out on the fun of a backyard barbecue. The Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Charcoal Grill is the perfect size for a limited outdoor space. For a small griller, it has a good amount of cooking space, too.
This griller uses charcoal, so you get that authentic grilled taste in your meat. While other grills can cook a mean steak, this one brings you back to the days of fire red briquettes and marshmallows on the ends of sticks.
Features to Love
- Large cooking space
- Cast iron grates
- Stay cool handle
- Side shelf
- Easy assembly
- Fuel Type: Charcoal
- Dimensions: 31w x 21d x 44h inches
- Weight: 50 pounds
- Cooking Surface: 250 square inches
Cast Iron Grates
This tough material can stand up to a ton of abuse, but it needs to be cleaned properly. You could season this like a cast iron skillet, too.
In some grills, you’ll be trying to prevent scratches, but with this kind of grill grate, you’ll be trying to keep rust from developing. Nobody wants rust on their food. Coat the grill with vegetable oil after each use to prevent rust.
Once you’ve seasoned the grates and gotten into the habit, you’ll be able to have lovely cookouts on your balcony or patio.
Side Shelf and Drawer
On the sides of the griller are two added features that we love. One side has a wooden shelf where you can hold your finished food or the ingredients you’ll need during cooking.
On the other side of the grill is a drawer for adding charcoal and removing ash. This is a handy feature that make this piece of cooking equipment simple to clean.
Some people like to keep the ash and build layers of flavor with their grilling while others like a fresh, clean space for new charcoal. This allows you to pick the right amount of cleanliness and flavor for your personal preferences.
Stay Cool Handle
When you close the lid of a barbecue grill, you run the risk of having the entire lid become incredibly hot. You won’t need oven mitts to open the lid on this griller, though. It has a handle that will stay cool no matter how fire-engine hot the lid gets while cooking.
Side Air Vent
This grill could easily be used as a smoker for making incredibly tasty smoked meat. The side air vent controls how much air will enter and how much smoke will exit the grill.
A sealed grill will shortly extinguish your fire, which is the opposite of what you want in your grill. Some people add wood chips to one side of the grill with charcoal on the other.
This gives a flavorful punch to the meat, but you have to control the air flow to get the best result.
Wheels for Mobility
If you’re putting this grill on your balcony, there’s likely no reason to move this constantly. On the other hand, we won’t tell you what to do with your grill.
The wheel are sturdy and able to handle frequent moves. On a small patio, you might want to move it from one side to another as you set up for a party. We don’t know what you’ll do with the grill, but there are wheels for your convenience.
Double Steel Bottom
The amount of heat from the charcoal briquettes on the bottom of the grill can cause stress to the metal. This is why there is a double steel bottom to this griller. You won’t have to worry about the bottom falling out of this griller over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
You mentioned seasoning. Do I need to wash the grates before use, too?
Before using your griller, you can wipe down the grates if you’re worried about dirt. It’s always best to avoid leaving water on the grate. Instead, coat it with vegetable oil and let it burn off over a few hours.
Can wood pellets be used with this grill?
You can certainly use pellets in this grill. Some customers have mentioned using homemade, soaked wood packs for smoking.
Is it difficult to assemble?
The grill comes with instructions for assembly. Most people didn’t find it too difficult to assemble at all.
The Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Charcoal Grill is a terrific little grill for a limited space. Imagine if you live in a second-floor condo with a balcony, this is the perfect grill for that type of limited spacing.
It’s also good for the patio if you want a personal griller that can handle intimate meals for two. It’s an easy grill to use when all you have to do is toss in some charcoal and add a few burgers.
It’s a sturdy, well-constructed steel grill with cast iron grates that can stand up to high temperatures.