The Bottom Line
This is really the improved hibachi grill. Highly portable and easy to use, there are some really inventive features in this grill and when they work, they work great. Folded up it is a charcoal chimney which gets it hot and ready to grill in less than ten minutes with virtually no fuss. It opens up to 170 square inches of cooking space (larger than a Weber Smokey Joe), and then folds up again (hot) and the ashes drop into the bottom.
This is classic, pure grilling without having to deal with the lid. The biggest problem isn't the design, or really anything about the grill, but the propensity for it to show up damaged or with other problems.
- Easy to light
- Fold up for easy transport
- Can be packed away hot with its special snuff pouch.
- Open grilling can be a little challenging for beginners
- Is known for manufacturer's defects
- 170 square inches of cooking space on a nickel plated steel cooking grate
- 18-pound total weight
- Cast iron cooking grates with adjustable height
- Enameled steel construction
- Fold up design with one hand carry
- Open grill design without lid
- Fold up to make a charcoal chimney for fast lighting
- Made in China
Guide Review - Son of Hibachi
Once upon a time, Hibachi grills lined college dorm balconies and got carted to parks around the world. The problem was that while these cast iron gems were great grills, they were not easy to carry.
Enter the Son of Hibachi (which has actually been around for a very long time). Load it up with charcoal and fold it closed. Open the top and light a combustible material in the bottom (like newspaper saturated with lighter fluid) and the charcoal lights quickly because of the chimney like design. After about ten minutes, fold it open and set the cooking grates where you need them and start grilling.
Once done, fold it back up and put it in the "Snuff Out Pouch" (available with the Combo Kit) and the oxygen is quickly consumed, the fire put out, and the ashes fall into the removable catcher.
All this sounds interesting and it would be just that if the grill didn't cook well. Of course and open grill doesn't need much more than a place for the fire and some cooking grates, but this grill is intuitive, hot, and fast.
So the idea is good, the problem with this is and always has been the execution. While I haven't personally seen it, many people have complained about broken parts or other damage to the unit. This charcoal grill is clever, but it takes a pretty high attention to detail and good manufacturing to make it a great grill, which it simply isn't. I have to say that I really like this product, but over the years the quality of it has declined and there have been problems, making this a buyer beware kind of grill. And, let's face it; at around $100USD for the full kit, it is a pricey grill considering you can get a good, but cheap hibachi for around $45USD.
I really recommend getting the Combo Kit for this grill. Yes, it brings the price to around $100USD, but the added features are what really makes this portable.