The Lodge L410 came onto the market to excellent reviews, but that doesn't mean its any good. All that's means is the first few people who bought it, where happy with their purchase. I've been grilling for a long time, so I thought, who is better placed to put it through a few tests to establish whether it's really that good. This Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill Review will inform buyers, about what they can expect, if they choose to purchase this grill.
- 2 adjustable heights
- Easy Assembly
- Already seasoned
- Great heat regulation
- Made out of cast iron, so durable
- Buyers must wash it by hand
Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill Review:
The L410 comes at measurements of 19 inches in length, by 8.2 inches of width, and it is 10.2 inches tall. The weight is just 30 pounds, so the L410 gets high grades in terms of portability, in fact there aren't many grills out there, that will be easier to transport than this one. I really can't fault the design, which is compact, yet functional and with it being made out of cast iron, it shouldn't rust and will last a long time.
A pre-seasoned grill is one that has been coated with vegetable oil, or some other substance, so that it doesn't rust while waiting to be sold. This means it is ready for buyers to use as soon as it's been assembled. Cast Iron that hasn't been pre-seasoned, needs to be washed, baked and dried, prior to use. Most grill manufacturers don't pre-season their grates, so while it doesn't add anything to the overall performance of the Sportsman's Charcoal grill, it's certainly nice, that they thought of this and it definitely saves time for buyers.
While assembly is a non-issue (it comes almost completely assembled), the size maybe a problem for some. If your going to be cooking predominantly for 1-4 people, then you'll be very pleased with the L410, but any more than that will be stretch. Where quality is concerned, there are no limitations with the L410, as it cooks amazing food. The trap door mechanism, which is not something I've seen work well on other grills in recent years, is fitted perfectly here for immaculate heat regulation. Food heats up evenly, all of the time, and this performance is complemented by the excellent cast iron grates.
The most interesting thing about the L410, is it's terrific solution to the problem Weber solved with hinged grates. The problem I'm referring to is how one adds more charcoal to the grill, without first stopping and removing the grates. Flames reduce with wind, charcoal burns out; for whatever reason, grill enthusiasts need to add more charcoal regularly, and the process can be annoying. If anything, Lodge have simplified the solution even more, in that you don't even have to touch the grates to apply charcoal. You just open the trapdoor and push the charcoal in. It works as well as hinged grates.
The L410 heats up quickly, and will cook a burger in less than 10 minutes. It has a simple, yet fast ignition system, and a handy 2 level cooking surface, but before you go out and buy it, there are some problems. Cleaning it's cast iron surface, needs to be done by hand, and it'll need a tough scrub. This is because the L410 isn't porcelain-enamel coated, but it also isn't in the high price range of grills that are.
The Lodge L410 is priced between $100 and $120, and it offers an excellent eating experience, with sensational, evenly cooked meats, and 2 levels of surface. It doesn't need all that much charcoal, heats up quickly, and has an interesting trapdoor mechanism for heat regulation; but it's more difficult to clean than porcelain-enamel grills. Buyers must weight up each of these factors, and decide which are more important to them. In my opinion, at this price it's an excellent buying choice. All things considered, the Lodge L410 is a great charcoal grill.