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This is quite good value for the price
on 28 July 2014
This is quite good value for the price. Compared to other portable designs it's great that this can carry hot coals and the build quality is very good for the price. However it does have some pretty big design flaws. There is no bottom ventilation, so it takes some serious air blowing to get this thing really hot. You can cook without blowing air, it just doesn’t get real hot or last very long. I’m planning on drilling holes in mine to allow ventilation, but this option isn’t for everyone. In addition to the ventilation issue, they’ve used flammable paint! My first unit caught fire after getting quite hot and Amazon sent me a replacement. There were quite a lot of flames happening when it caught fire so you’re probably okay if you avoid that. Also, if you put the lid on with the ventilation holes open, it will put your coals out. The reason why BBQs have vent holes on the lid is to allow you to slow cook / warm your food, but the design of this means even with the holes open, your BBQ goes out.
I don’t know if similar but more expensive units have these same issues, they may very well do. If I were looking for something to last more than one or two summers I’d probably look at something else. As it is I’ll be using this, it’s just not perfect.