The Bottom Line
- Charcoal and Gas Grill and Smoker
- Three independent cooking zones
- Poor quality gas burners
- Thin metal construction
- Bare cast iron cooking grates
- Single hood for two cooking chambers
- Brinkmann Support
- One 341 square inch charcoal cooking chamber
- One 341 square inch gas cooking chamber with two 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 862 square inch total cooking area
- Side mounted charcoal firebox for smoking with cooking grate and removable ash catcher
- Charcoal grill has a front panel door to access charcoal and an adjustable coal grate
- Cast iron cooking grates and a porcelain coated steel wire warming grate
- Two independent hood mounted thermometers
- Electric (AA battery) on knob igniters
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Manufactured in China by Brinkmann exclusively for Home Depot
Guide Review - Brinkmann Triple Function Charcoal/Gas Smoker 810-3830-S
The Brinkmann Triple Function grill will let you smoke ribs while you throw steaks on a charcoal fire and burgers over gas burners. Sounds like a versatile grill that provides for all your potential needs. The problem is, like most multifunction grills is that it doesn't do any of them well.
On the gas grill side you get a dual burner cooking chamber that is low on power (24,000 BTUs under 341 square inches of cooking area). The burners are low quality stainless steel and the internal components are prone to rusting (as is much of this unit).
On the charcoal grill side you get an adjustable cooking cooking grate so you can adjust the cooking temperature and a front mounted door so you can access the fire while cooking. This is a working configuration but, again, the components are not heavy enough to handle very high temperatures. The manual warns against using lighter fluid and instead recommends a charcoal chimney or self lighting charcoal. While this is good advice for anyone the reason is the risk of fire and damage to the grill.
Mounted on the side of the grill is a firebox for you to build your fire for smoking. This allows the charcoal grill space to be turned into your smoking chamber. There is a cooking grate in the fire box so you can grill over charcoal while smoking, but when you lift the firebox lid you will loose smoke and heat in the smoking chamber. Air flow is controlled by awkward vents on the firebox, the grill hood, and in the partition separating the gas chamber from the charcoal chamber. The instructions say you need a fireproof glove to adjust the vents while cooking.
The construction of this grill is lightweight and prone to rusting. You are asked to oil all parts of the grill and to very carefully maintain it to keep it in working condition.