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Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsmans Charcoal Grill Review

Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsmans Charcoal Grill
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If you were to ask many of the best cooks in the world what they most like to cook on, the vast majority would state that cast iron cookware rates right at the top. The Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill is made completely from heavy duty cast iron and comes with a two position, pre-seasoned cast iron grate that measures 17 1/4 by 9 inches. This durable hibachi style charcoal grill is perfect for use on the deck or at the next tailgate party.

In the Box

Unlike many charcoal grills that come completely disassembled, the Lodge Sportsman’s charcoal grill comes practically ready to use. The cast iron base has a pre-installed draft door to help regulate heat levels, and the carrying handle is already attached. The base must be screwed to the fire bowl, and the only other piece is the removable cooking grate. Assembly takes approximately five minutes. Each part is carefully packed to ensure nothing rattles around in the box and causes any physical damage.

Overall quality is exactly what everyone has come to expect from Lodge, one of the most respected names in cast iron cookware. As the entire grill is made from cast iron it is coated in a rust preventative to help slow down corrosion. The result is a soft uniform dark grey, almost black finish that looks like it will last for many years. Included in the box are:

  • Cast iron grill base
  • Cast iron fire bowl
  • Pre-seasoned cast iron cooking grate
  • Care and use manual
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First Impressions

Out of the box, the Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill appears to be carefully cast and designed to last forever. The overall fit and finish are remarkable, exactly what everyone has come to expect from Lodge brand. However, even though this is intended to be a hibachi style grill, it does not come with a lid. While all cast iron cookware must be seasoned from time to time, the Lodge L410 comes with a pre-seasoned cooking grate. This should help reduce the amount of sticking most people experience the first few times they use a new cast iron cooking utensil.

There seems to be plenty of depth for charcoal or firewood and having two different adjustment levels should make it possible to cook a wide variety of meats and other dishes. The design of the Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill is such that it produces enough heat for grilling and frying, something that most other small charcoal grills struggle to achieve. Among the features are:

  • 17 1/4 by 9 inch pre-seasoned cast iron cooking grate
  • Draft door for regulating air flow and heat
  • 2 Different levels for the cooking grate
  • Limited lifetime warranty on all parts

Performance

There are a number of advantages to cooking with cast iron as any reputable cook can attest to. But of these, the simple fact that cast iron distributes heat more evenly than any other material may be one of its best attributes. Thanks in part to the design and in part to the cast iron used to make the Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill, heat from the coals is distributed incredibly easily across the entire cooking surface. Although the cooking surface is supposed to be pre-seasoned, it should still be coated with cooking oil before use.

This can be accomplished with a paper towel and a bottle of cooking oil or by using one of the many sprays on the market. In fact this needs to be done several times as the grill is used to build up a good layer of seasoning to ensure foods do not stick to it. Alternatively cooking a few greasy meats such as sausages will help speed up this process.

Final Thoughts

Cast iron is the ultimate cooking surface and the Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill offers the best of both worlds. Cooking is accomplished with charcoal or wood to provide excellent flavor and the cast iron grate ensures even cooking temperatures across its entire surface. While it won’t smoke meats, this is an excellent choice for those who love perfectly cooked meats fresh of the grill.

Reviews from Amazon customers are generally good with almost all customers agreeing that idea behind this cast iron grill is good. Those customers that mastered how to season and use this grill loved it. They appreciate the fact that the grill cooks without anything sticking, something that can be attributed to properly seasoned cast iron. This grill is however difficult to master and because of that there are some that are not happy with their purchase. Customers do advise putting the grill up on bricks because it does get very hot and will burn tables and other surfaces. Also the grill is very heavy because it is made of solid cast iron. Several customers complained about how hot it got and how the high heat would ruin the seasoning. This can be regulated by the amount of charcoal in it. Finally there have been a few faulty units that were poorly casted and as a result broke either in shipping or after the first use. This grill can be recommended if you are willing to take the time to research and learn to use it properly.

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