The Bottom Line
You would think that a portable grill shaped like a tool box was just a novelty, but this unit is actually very practical. You can load everything you need for grilling (including the charcoal) inside the unit and take it along with you everywhere. Not only is this unit a good working portable charcoal grill but it won't break the bank either at around $50USD. While you can certainly load up a lot of charcoal in this unit, be careful not to overheat the grill or you will burn off paint from the body. Also, the lightweight construction means you need to take care of this unit so it doesn't get damaged.
- Highly portable and easy to store
- Low cost charcoal portable
- All parts store inside and locks closed
- Good grilling qualities
- Thin construction
- You need to be careful with your fire not to damage the unit
- 18 pounds total weight
- 173 square inches of total cooking area
- Largely sheet metal construction
- Heated components (grate and shield) are porcelain coated.
Guide Review - The Tool Box Grill Pro
One thing I particularly like in any portable device is that it can be carried in one hand. The tool box design of this portable gas grill is that you can load everything including tools and charcoal inside the unit and carry it from the top handle (one handle). This portable can get you grilling quickly and gives you enough space to feed a family or a small gathering. It also gives you some versatility with its closed lid grilling. You could even grill indirectly by building your fire on one side, but that isn't going to give you a lot of space.
The drawback of this grill is its lightweight materials. As for the thin metals used in the body of the unit all you need do is take care of it and it will be fine. If you need a rugged grill that can take a lot of punishment then this isn't the grill for you.
While this unit has its limitations it isn't a bad value for the price. If you can or don't want to spend more on a portable gas grill then this one is a good choice.
While it isn't hard to get a charcoal grill right, this unit is practical and versatile enough to make it a good portable unit.