Master Forge Portable Charcoal Grill Review

Our family loves grilling out – at home and when we’re camping. Though we had a gas grill for a while, it only took a couple years for us to turn back to the flavor that only a charcoal grill can give.

Master Forge portable charcoal grill

Last summer, we replaced our old worn-out grill with a new Master Forge table top model. Costs and quality are very important to our family. We don’t have a lot of expendable cash, so we always try to find affordable items that will last a good while.

Portable Charcoal Grill Specs

The Master Forge portable charcoal grill stands about 12 inches high with the lid closed and 23 inches high with the lid open. The cooking area is about 14×14 inches square with a firebox depth of about 4 inches. The coated metal is durable, heavier even than our old grill (which lasted over five years).

Standing on two metal legs, the grill has a hinged lid that can be lifted with a plastic handle. The plastic resists heat so it’s safe and easy to lift the lid while the grill is hot. (Keep a potholder nearby just in case, though!) The lid also has an adjustable vent so you can keep in or let out heat as needed. portable charcoal grill review The two racks fit perfectly inside the grill. Using our chimney starter, the fire starts well and keeps burning hot for a long time. We’ve successfully grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and chicken.

Obviously, a grill of this size doesn’t make sense for large-scale grilling of several meats and a variety of vegetables all at once. For our own simple family dinners, though, this charcoal grill is just the right size.

The legs can be folded under the grill for easy storage or transporting, which is great when we go camping or just to the park for a picnic. portable charcoal grill review The Master Forge charcoal grill costs $20 at Lowes – in my opinion, a great price for a grill that should last us several years.

What type of grill does your family use?


  1. Dominik Gabriel says:

    I do not know who you are, but I like you random citizen!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    We don’t have a grill. :( We’ve been thinking about getting something small like this though as we live in a town home and have a pretty small patio.

  3. Robin Wilson says:

    I could just kick myself. I would walk by that grill every day and think that for $20 there is no way that it is any good. But after reading your review (thanks for being so thorough!) I will buy it in a heartbeat if I see in Lowes! We have gone without a grill all summer because of our cash flow!

  4. samantha s says:

    I love the idea of a portable charcoal grill. Even for long road trips it would be perfect.

  5. Julie Simpson says:

    I see so many people using gas grills what is the difference from cooking on the stove? I was raised on charcoal grills and will never stray you get actual flavor and in winter in mi it’s great to grill

  6. This is perfect for an outing. I don’t do well with propane grills… but this would not be intimidating to me. Thanks for the review and information.

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