Master Forge Dually Charcoal Grill

Average User Rating:
4/5,
By:
Master Forge
  • Device Specifications:Cooking Surface Size (Sq. Inches).....800.0Grill Height (Inches).............................64.2Heat Thermometer...............................YesRotisserie..............................................NoWarming Rack......................................YesGrill Depth (Inches)...............................28.6Tool Holder............................................NoLid Materia............................................Used for cold rod steelExterior Material....................................SteelAssembly Required...............................YesRemovable Ash Catcher........................YesEasy-dump Ash Pan..............................YesCooking Grate Material..........................Porcelain-Coated Cast IronSide Shelf...............................................YesGrill Color/Finish.....................................BlackGrill Width (Inches) ................................50.77I haven't had an opportunity to use the grill yet, because I plan to do the gasket upgrade. Since this was an addition to complement my other grill, I can afford to take my time (since the parts aren't as easy to get as I'd hoped). I had the grill assembled for free, so I can only speak to the finalized product as far as construction's concerned. The only design flaw has been pointed out by the majority of reviewers on Lowe's site. The lid is over-sized and thus would facilitate substantial heat loss, causing one to waste a good amount charcoal.

Recent User Reviews

  1. wiscogrill
    4/5,
    "My First Charcoal Grill"
    Pros - Solidly built. Side Trays, Big Wheels - Easy to Move, Price, Adjustable Fire Tray, Removable Ash Tray, Appearance
    Cons - Very Leaky, Needs Modifications, Not Good For Smoking
    I bought this grill with wedding gift money in the spring of 2012 after doing a ton of research online and in-store. A lot of the grills I looked at appeared to be great online, but when I saw them in person, they were pretty flimsy. The Master Forge is a tank! Nice heavy walls and solid joints. The cover doesn't feel like it will fall off when you open it. I got it at Lowe's for $199 which makes it a great value. There are several things I like about this grill.

    First of all, it looks really cool! The beer opener on the front is not that handy, but it definitely adds to the appearance. I'm 6'4" so it's a little awkward to use, but I do anyway just for the novelty of it.

    The porcelain coated cast iron grill grates clean up nicely and still look like new after 3 summers of use. The day after cooking I bring them into the kitchen and scrub them with a Brillo and hot soapy water. Then I wipe them dry with paper towel and then wipe on a thin coat of vegetable oil before putting them back on the grill. Be careful not to chip the porcelain or they will rust. So far, mine are in really good shape.

    I use a metal slotted spoon to rearrange the coals and to scrape out the ash when cleaning. The spoon dangles neatly in one of the side holes next to the lid when closed. Emptying the ash tray needs to be done after every cook, otherwise there's too much ash and it will spill under the grill when you're taking it out. Sometimes I have to open the front fire door to rearrange the ash so it will slide out without spilling on my deck. The paint on the ash tray peeled off during the first season. Not a big deal because it's not visible when in place. But to keep it from rusting, I repainted it with high heat black spray paint in the off season (I don't do as much grilling in the Wisconsin winters) and that paint job has held up until now. If I don't get the grill covered before it rains, the ash tray will fill up with water. I hate that because it makes it harder to clean out the ash. I store it under a cover outside on the deck all year long.

    The fire tray has enough space to do multi-zone cooking or indirect cooking. I usually only have coals on 2/3 of it and leave the other third for a "rescue" spot. The tray is easily adjustable to wherever you want it with the turn of a crank. I love that!

    The trays on either side come in very handy and are quite sturdy. I modified them by adding 3 s-hooks to hang tools.

    The main drawback of this grill, and the reason I don't rate it higher, is that temperature control is tough to achieve. There are big gaps all over this thing and smoke comes out on every side. The side vents are not very useful because they don't close tightly. The chimney looks cool, but it's not tall enough to provide adequate draft. You could add a second chimney or replace it with a taller one to remedy that, but there's really no point unless you fix all the leaks like MountainHawg described. Thanks for that, btw! Without modifications, smoking on this grill is simply out of reach.You'd be better off with a standard Weber Kettle.

    I've been successful in making up to 4 beer can chickens, pizza, salmon, steaks, roasted corn and other regular grilling on my Master Forge. Rumor has it I may be getting an electric smoker for Christmas! I joined this forum to aid in my research for the best smoker for my family. I'm really looking forward to learning how to smoke ribs, brisket, turkeys and prime rib, etc. This is my first post.
  2. mountainhawg
    4/5,
    "Second Master Forge Dually, this time I modified"
    Value:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    5/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Feb 8, 2013
    Purchase Price:
    150.00
    Pros - Nice size fire box with easily adjusted fire tray, porcilin grates that clean fairly easily, fairly sturdy, flanked by two shelves, removeable ash tray.
    Cons - Exhaust vent does not close completely, has large openings that need sealing, other leaky spots that need seals, side vents are loose and cannot be easily made air tight
    I bought one of these many years ago and swore I never would by another since it was such an open grill with smoke pouring out of it. Lowes had one at deep reduction, the last in store showroom model,

    and I decided to buy it. Why? Well I had become a member to this site and found it was not too hard to close up opening with high temp sealer and fire rope. So $45 later I have a fairly tight Dually that is about 97% more a smoker than when I got it. I used High temp sealer around the door and fire rope along the back front and sides. 1" for the back and sides and 3/8" for the front. I did all of this before doing the break in burn with the veggie oil all over it along with an oily smoke. I also bought a good cover to protect the grill turned smoker-grill.  

    The Thermometer in the front looks nice but became useless after the first fire. 

    I do like the looks of the grill and the 4 wheels are useful. I grill on the driveway and we have swirlling winds so I am forever moving it around. The removable ash pan is too narrow height wise and most of the time when removing a ton of ash will spill on the ground. 

    I can maintain a very good constant temperature in the grill cold and warm smoking now by adding a coal or two every 20 to 30 minutes or so and I am happy with that. 

    So summing it up, with some work, you can make a fairly decent grill/smoker out of the MF Dually. They are not expensive when on sale and I feel fairly justified buying the second one knowing with some work, I could get the grill/smoker I needed.  
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  3. rdnewman
    4/5,
    "First year with my Master Forge"
    Value:
    4/5,
    Quality:
    4/5,
    Ease of Use:
    4/5,
    Purchase Date:
    May 29, 2010
    Purchase Price:
    199.00
    Pros - Large space, solid construction, can add fuel w/o opening lid. Easy adjustments. Bottle opener!
    Cons - Weak charcoal pan, not well sealed.
    This was my first real charcoal grill.  I had mostly grilled with gas before, but wanted to take my outdoor cooking up a notch.  Spent the year getting comfortable with doing 3-4 hour cooking sessions with it and really like the results.  I almost always use lump charcoal, but often use a few sticks/chunks of hardwood too.

    Without it being an offset cooker, am able to build the fire to the left and slide grates for indirect heat as I like it (can only remove grate from left side, have to slide grates left to remove).  Hard to put in additional fuel through front opening, but still working that out.  I've more spent time figuring out good times to open the grill to both turn the meat and simultaneously add fuel without too much interruption to cooking.

    The weakest part of the grill is the charcoal pan.  Warped almost immediately and was very flimsy to start with.  I expect it to burn out in the next year or two.  Would love to replace with a heavier duty pan (or reinforce it somehow).

    You must remember to season this grill a few times with spray oil and high heat.  It will then be reasonably rust free.  If you don't though, I'm sure you'd have a rusty mess in just a season.

    Overall a good grill for me to learn my, ahem, chops on.  Would buy again.

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