If you enjoy the simplicity of hibachi-style grilling, the Lodge Sportsman's Grill comes highly recommended. Reviewers like its durable cast-iron construction and easy operation, and many say it grills steaks, burgers and chicken breasts with perfect, juicy results. Keep in mind that there's no lid, so you can't slow roast a chicken, as you could with a kettle-type model. But if your goal is basic grilling and easy cleanup, users say this grill's a great choice.
Perfect for campouts. Reviewers say the Lodge Sportsman's Grill is versatile enough to cook any meal, from breakfast through dinner, making it the perfect accessory for campouts. Users report using it to cook up scrambled eggs in a skillet, as well as to grill pizza, steaks, fish, kabobs, chicken breasts and baked potatoes. It has no lid, so it's not suited to roasting a whole chicken (although one inventive user says you can approximate a lid by covering the chicken with a large upside-down skillet). Still, for sheer versatility as well as great-tasting results, reviewers say this Lodge grill is a tough act to beat.
They don't come simpler. The Lodge Sportsman's Grill is strictly no-frills, according to users, many of whom revel in its simplicity. One owner reports checking the temperature simply by holding a hand a few inches above the grill. "If I can hold it there for more than a couple seconds, it is not hot enough," the reviewer explains. Many add that cleanup is easy: You take the grate to the sink, scrub with a brush and hot water, and apply oil. Nevertheless, some find the grill is heavy to carry, and a few point out that because the grate has no "lip," round foods can roll off.
Hot, hot, hot! Because of its cast-iron construction, the Lodge Sportsman's Grill holds heat exceedingly well, according to reviewers, who advise treading with caution. One user, who notes that the grill takes a very long time to cool, advises, "Start grillin' early!" Another says, "Kids and clumsy people have no business near it." In addition, one owner notes the feet of the grill are not insulated and tend to get very hot, "so beware of placement on high-value surfaces." Finally, some say the door to the coal chamber easily falls off and can land on your foot if you're not careful.
Worth the money. We read virtually no complaints about the cost of the Lodge Sportsman's Grill. It's not particularly pricey to begin with, and most owners applaud its construction and expect it to last for years. One user states that the grill is "far better than cheap metal ones," and several appreciate that maintenance simply involves rubbing on some oil after cleaning. We read a few reports of rusting; one user advises covering the grill after it cools to protect it from moisture. The company says it stands behind the grill and promises to resolve all problems to the customer's satisfaction.
More than 610 users post about the Lodge Sportsman's Grill, giving it an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Most say the grill is versatile, easy to use and very durable, although we found a few wishing for a lid for greater versatility.
Review: Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About 100 users post feedback for the Lodge Sportsman's Grill on Walmart.com, giving it an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. Owners applaud its heavy-duty construction and say the price is right, although some complain that food can roll off, and it is heavy to carry.
Review: Lodge Heavy Duty Cast Iron Adjustable Height Sportsman's Grill, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014
John Heatherly is an expert on survival gear and he gives the Lodge Sportsman's Grill a thorough review. Of particular interest are the photos showing the various cooking adaptations Heatherly came up with using common kitchen items. He also notes the grill can be used for coal or hot-rock transport, as a Dutch oven and as a fire pit.
Review: Survival Gear Review: Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman's Grill, John A. Heatherly, March 19, 2013
The Lodge Sportman's Grill gets a good overview -- and 5 stars out of 5 -- on this grilling forum. The reviewer says the grate on this grill gives you two height alternatives. He talks about transporting it safely from place to place, noting it's heavy and gets very hot.
Review: Lodge USA Made Hibachi Grill, "Ski-Freak", June 17, 2013
In about 15 reviews, the Lodge Sportman's Grill earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. The general consensus is that the grill is highly durable, easy to use and imparts excellent flavor to foods. The one user complaint that knocks the product down to 4 stars does not review the grill; if not for that, it would have nearly a 5-star rating.
Review: Lodge Sportsman Hibachi Charcoal Grill - L410, Contributors to BBQGuys.com, As of April 2014