Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill Review
The ongoing debate whether you should use gas or charcoal grills can lead to bitter arguments among grilling enthusiasts. Smoke Hollow decided that they will not take sides. That is why this company decided to offer a combo BBQ unit. Their Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill offers you both options in just a single product and even throws in an infrared burner and a smoker box. The end result is that we got a unit that certainly doesn’t lack versatility. This review has the goal of finding out whether this product is worth your money and can it be a smart investment.
Here are a couple of basic facts about the product:
- Dimensions: 82 x 23 x 54 inches
- Weight: 218 pounds
- Cooking surface: 1,245 square inches
- Heat output: 42,000 BTUs
- Fuel: Gas (liquid propane) or charcoal
Before we continue, there are a couple of notes we need to mention. First of all, the heat output amount is total,and it includes the three main gas burners and the infrared side heater. The info on the cooking surface sublimes all the available grilling area in this unit, including both gas and charcoal sections. Finally, you should know that you can use wood chips to fuel the smoker box, which adds the third alternative of fueling to the Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill.
We want to start with vital information,and that is why we are beginning with talking about the cooking surface. In the model we tested, the total amount of grilling space available was a whopping 1,245 square inches. In theory, that means you can cook for fifteen to twenty people at once on this unit. However, there is a catch. Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill is a combo unit,and both options can work simultaneously. However, it is tricky to keep them under control at the same time. It’s like operating with two grills at once, which can be tricky even for experienced grillers. That might restrict you from using the entire cooking surface at once. However, you will still be able to host a barbecue party and invite the neighborhood if you use only half of the available grilling space. Not to mention that you can make use of the side burner and the smoker box.
Now, considering that we are actually reviewing two products in one, we will do something that might seem a bit unusual. We will divide the features between the gas and charcoal sections of the grill and list them separately.
Gas Grill Features
Three Stainless Steel Burners
We didn’t measure it, but there are over 600 square inches of the available grilling space. That includes both the centralgrates and the warming rack. For that amount of surface, you need sufficient heat output to secure proper hotness. That is why the Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill equips three burners that can deliver 10,000 BTUs each or 30,000 BTUs in total. It might not seem as much, but it does an excellent job of providing the required heat output. It’s the other components that are then in charge of heat retention and distribution, but we will talk about them later.
For now, it is important to mention that the burners are made of stainless steel which ensures excellent durability. That is the preferred material for this component so you can rest assured that everything will work correctly for an extended period.
Cast-Iron Cooking Grids
We mentioned the heat retention in the previous segment,and it’s the cast-iron cooking grids that do most of the job in this area. They make sure to use the maximum of the heat they receive and transfer it to the food to secure that it is nicely grilled. The cooking grates are coated with porcelain to prevent food sticking. In fact, even the warming rack has a porcelain finish, which means that there is no chance for your food to burn because it got stuck to the grids.
These have become the usual feature when it comes to gas grills. In fact, this feature might be taken for granted, but you can see how much it matters once you don’t have it included. In this case, the flame tamers do an excellent job. They are placed between the burners and the cooking grid. Their task is to catch any grease that falls through the grates and vaporize it. That way they improve the flavor of the food, but they also protect the burners and extend their lifespan.
Removable Grease Tray
The drippings that manage to get through the flame tamers without getting vaporized are transferred to the grease tray. This is a removable pan that collects waste and makes the cleaning process less of a hassle. You need to ensure that you take it out and empty it from time to time. You can wash it with detergent and warm water,or you can use disposable trays.
Electronic Ignition System
We covered everything except for the most critical part – starting the unit. This will be a much more comfortable job with the gas section that with the charcoal grill. The gas-fueled part of this product has an electronic ignition system. It operates on batteries,and the only thing required on your side is to press the small button on the front panel. The fire will light up,and the unit will be ready to arrange your food on it in a matter of minutes.
Charcoal Grill Features
Adjustable Charcoal Pan
Let’s move to the charcoal-fueled section now. Before you start it, you need to load up the coals. You do that by inserting them in the charcoal pan that is located below the cooking grids. The thing you will notice while doing that is that the container is adjustable. It has several preset levels that you can choose from,and that is how you can control how direct you want the heat transfer to be.
Control the Heat with the Air Damper
Just like you are used to with charcoal grills, you can control the heat with the help of the air intake damper. It works like in any other BBQ – if you want to decrease the temperature provided by the coals, you will close it almost entirely. Naturally, if your goal is to starve the fire, you will entirely close the damper,and the charcoals will cool off in a matter of minutes.
On the other hand, if you would like an extra spark of heat delivered to the cooking grids, you can open the intake damper all the way. That is how you add oxygen to the fire,and we know that it’s what causes the flame and the temperature to increase. You can also monitor the temperature on the thermometer located on the lid. The temp gauge shows accurate information and can be extremely helpful to ensure you have theproper amount of heat delivered to the cooking grids.
The same formula used for the gas-fueled section of the Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill was applied here. The cooking grids of the coal-fueled half of the BBQ unit are made of cast iron to secure the best possible heat retention. The porcelain finish is also noticeable. We tested the product on several occasions,and we haven’t experienced any issues with the food sticking to the surface.
Ash Removal Tray
One of the problems you face when using a charcoal grill is the ash residue that makes everything difficult to clean after a grilling session. Fortunately, this unit comes with an ash catcher tray that is removable. This pan collects all residues and makes the cleaning process effortless. The only thing you need to do is take out the pan and clean it.
Infrared Sear Burner
We will start listing the other features of the Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill with mentioning the infrared sear burner. This is the only model in the line of combo grills by this manufacturer that uses infrared technology for the side burner. It is located on the left side of the BBQ system and next to the gas grilling section. It can provide up to 12,000 BTUs per hour,and it is controlled via aseparate knob. Since the lid of this infrared burner can be closed, it can also double as aside table that you can use as prep space.
Four Casters at the Bottom
The product is massive with its 218 pounds, but it manages to stay mobile thanks to four casters. If you consider the bulkiness, it might be a bit tricky to move it across bumpy surfaces, but the fact that mobility is even a feature is a success for this unit. The rollers have a built-in locking option that secures the sturdiness. Once you place the product in the desired location, just activate this feature and rest assured that nothing can move your grill.
Side Smoker Firebox
A gas and charcoal grill is not enough for you? Good news! The Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill also packs a side firebox that you can use to smoke your food. We know that there are many lovers of smoked meat out there and it seems that the manufacturer is aware of that, too. That is why they included smoking as an option. The firebox works like a charm,and the result it delivers is comparable to the high-end smokers available on the market.
Wire Bottom Shelf
The model does not feature a cart or an enclosed cabinet, but it has a storage space in the form of a wire bottom shelf. The stand that the unit is set on is wide,and the rack is spread across its entire length. That enables a considerable amount of space for holding your grilling tools and other essentials. The only trouble is that the shelf has low height and you might need to lean or kneel to put things on it.
If you want your product to achieve the maximum lifespan possible, you will need to purchase a grill cover. Keep in mind that you should stick to the official one since the dimensions of this unit are unusual and there is a good chance that a random cover won’t fit. Unfortunately, the cover designed by the manufacturer is not of the highest quality. It will do a fantastic job in keeping your grill safe, but you might need to buy a new one each couple of years.
As for the other accessories, you should know that you can get replacement cooking grids or burners if the ones you have are not usable anymore. Aside from that, there are not many extras that the manufacturer provides. That is a shame because we were looking forward to having a rotisserie kit tested with this product. The good news is that you can buy off-the-bat rotisserie equipment as long as you ensure that the width fits into the grill.
Why Choose Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill?
That sums up everything you need to know about the Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grill. But what characteristics make it stand out from the crowd? Is it really worth to buy it instead of dozens of other products available on the grilling market? We believe so and here is why:
If we have to describe a sports term to describe this unit, we would say that it is an all-around player. It’s truly incredible that the manufacturer managed to include so many different things in a single product. You practically get two grills at the price of one, considering that it has both gas and charcoal-fueled halves. And like that is not enough, there is a side burner that uses infrared technology and a smoker box to smoke your food slowly.
All this also means that this product is phenomenally versatile. The range of temperatures that you can use for grilling is incredibly broad. Are you feeling like trying smoked meat? Perhaps you are in the mood for sear-marked steak with unique charcoal taste? Or you are looking for a quickly-grilled burger to indulge your hunger? Whichever it is, this product can deliver for you!
Choose the Model for You
Smoke Hollow offers several different models in its series of combo grills. They are mainly the same since they provide a mixture of gas and charcoal grilling. However, the difference is the size of the cooking surface, as well as the power of gas burners. The type of side heaters can also differ, considering that not all of them offer theinfrared technology. We believe we have chosen the best BBQ system in the entire series, but you are welcome to go with another model if you think that it is a better fit for you.
We noticed a massive product,and we expected it to provide sturdiness. We are glad that we were right. The weight of the product is 218 pounds, which means that it won’t move from wherever you place it. That is unless you plan on moving it and you can use the four rollers at the bottom of the stand for that.
As for the design, it looks beautiful and modern with the sleek black color. The cooking surface is impressive,and you can definitely host a BBQ party and serve your guests with this unit. But it’s the versatility that delighted us. The fact that Smoke Hollow 4 in 1 Gas Charcoal Grills brings all the benefits of both fuel types is enough to recommend this product to anyone. On one side, there is a charcoal grill that you can use to make that tasty food distinctive to this type of BBQ. But if you are looking for a more comfortable approach and a quick solution, just fire up the gas section and grill some burgers or hot dogs in a matter of minutes. On top of that, you can also smoke meat in the smoker box or use the infrared side burner to deal with high heat cooking. Versatility – thy name is Smoke Hollow!
It’s nice to see that all the features you would expect are present. The gas-fueled part has the electronic ignition, as well as separate control knobs for the burners. On the other side, adjustable charcoal pan and the air damper are in charge of controlling the heat. Both halves feature an oversized thermometer that monitors the temperature in the fireboxes to ensure the cooking process runs smoothly.
The cleaning process is also not complicated. We love the fact that there is an ash catcher for the coal section, while we are already used to the fact that the gas-fueled grilling unit features a removable grease tray.
Right off the bat, you will notice that this unit takes up a lot of space. With the width of 82 inches, it’s probably one of the broadest grills we have ever seen, especially in this price range. No part is foldable, which means you will need to ensure that you have enough space to store the unit. It is advisable to keep it in the covered area.
While we are on that topic, the quality of construction could be better. That is why you should ensure to cover the grill and protect it from rain or other severe weather conditions. If you want to get maximum durability out of this product, it will require proper care and regular maintenance. We also weren’t thrilled with the fact that the unit doesn’t come with an enclosed cabinet for storage space. Instead, you are restricted to using a wire shelf of low height, which can be troublesome for your spine.