High-Priced, Quality Griller and Smoker
The Char-Griller 1224 is in the higher price range of grillers, but offers 830 square inches of surface area and the possibility for dedicated smoking and grilling. It has an independent firebox, cast-iron grates, and removable charcoal drawers. It also features a built-in temperature gauge.
830 square inches total cooking space
The Char-Griller 1224 has 580 square inches of space on the main grill and 250 square inches on the firebox, for a total of 830 square inches of surface area. This puts it ahead of the pack for comparable models, and is ideal for large parties or for people who want the choice to smoke or roast meat in bulk.
While they are made of incredibly durable cast-iron, the grates on this unit are advertised as being nonstick; this has not proven to be accurate according to many users. However, the cast-iron grates are a boon by themselves, as they are very durable and will not warp. However, because they are iron, you will need to be sure to clean them thoroughly after each use with steel wool or a similar rough brush.
The side firebox is the standout feature on the Char-Griller 1224, and makes it easy to smoke and slow-cook meats to perfection. The side firebox has a total of 250 square inches of storage space and allows you to smoke and grill at the same time. You can either grill directly in the firebox or smoke meats in it.
Removable charcoal drawers
The charcoal drawers on the Char-Griller 1224 slide in and out independently of the grates, making it easy to add more charcoal and clean the ashes out. There is no need to lift or slide the grates during cooking, making it hassle-free and speedy.
The built-in thermometer on this model makes it especially useful as a smoker, as it helps you maintain a steady temperature over time without constantly having to open it and releasing all the smoke, or having the smoke fly into your face.
Difficult to move around
Because the Char-Griller 1224 has only two wheels for four legs, it is one of the bulkier grills to try and move. At 146 pounds, it isn’t necessarily a two-man job, but it might be difficult for one person to move this grill.
Hard to assemble
Many users have reported that the Char-Griller 1224 is difficult to assemble by following the directions and that they have had to figure out how to assemble it on its own. While this isn’t prohibitive, as it’s only a problem at the very outset, it is something to keep in mind if you aren’t very handy; you may want to recruit friends who are good at putting things together to help you assemble it.
The Char-Griller 1224 is an ideal grill for anyone who is interested in smoking their meat as well as grilling. Since you can grill or smoke meats on either grill while still using the other, it’s very versatile; its large surface area is also ideal for anyone interested in grilling in bulk. The cast-iron grates are an excellent feature, and the built-in thermostat helps make grilling and smoking easy.