The Bottom Line
- Double layer hood for heat retention
- Small footprint for small spaces
- Basic grill for a good price (around $200USD)
- Low BTU output for the size
- Thin steel construction
- Two 15,000 BTU stainless steel "p"-shaped burners
- 346 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 455 square inches
- 30,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Push button piezoelectric igniter
- Aluminum end cap, double layer hood with center mounted temperature gauge
- Fold down side tables for storage
- Enclosed cabinet with internal propane tank storage
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Imported from China by the GHP Group Inc. exclusively fro Lowes' Master Forge Brand
Guide Review - Master Forge Small Space Gas Grill Model# MFA350CNP
A few years back Char-Broil introduced their Urban Grill. This simple, 2-burner gas grill (using their Quantum infrared technology) really hit a market niche. As it turns out there are a lot of condo and apartment dwellers who can have a gas grill but needed something small. This year, Lowes, who has exclusive distribution of the Char-Broil Urban have introduced a Master Forge brand version of this same grill (I'm sure Char-Broil isn't too happy about it), costing about $70USD less. The Master Forge Small Space grill comes from first time grill maker GHP Group (actually a Chinese importer) and, all things said, isn't a bad grill.
What makes this grill good is its simple design. For $200USD you get a small, 2-burner gas grill. That's it. No side burner, rotisserie burner, or other fancy extras. This means that this grill is a little more focused on quality as a grill than other, comparably priced grills. The dual layer hood holds in heat so even though this grill is a little underpowered it still can produce a pretty good amount of heat.
On the other hand, this grill, like most gas grills under $250 isn't a great grill. While it is competent for most grilling features the 2-burner design and small cooking area are not going to give you the ability to cook a lot, or a lot of different kinds of food. Of course that's the point. If you are looking at this then you don't want to grill for a lot of people. Other than that, the metals are on the thin side and this grill is prone to rust. Don't expect it to last for several years, keep it covered (probably on your balcony), keep it clean, and it should last you a couple of years of good grilling.