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Over the last several years, Aldi has sold many grills and smokers under the Range Master brand. Range Master is not a company; it’s a private label that Aldi uses. Aldi sources grills from different grill manufacturers, rebranding them as Range Master. We’ve seen propane grills of different sizes, charcoal grills, and electric smokers. If you’re looking to have an outdoor party, Aldi usually sells the goods, at least at some point.
Aldi doesn’t sell all their grills at once. Instead, throughout the spring, the grocer usually rolls out a grill every few weeks or so. I can’t promise that will happen every year, since Aldi is known to change things, but in the past that’s been the pattern. Most years, Aldi usually has at least a few grills of one kind or another sitting on their shelves between May and June, and sometimes later. Aldi sometimes also sells grills in time for tailgate season in the fall.
This open thread is devoted to one of those grills, which, at the time of this post, Aldi sold in early May. We write open threads about products we have not yet tried for ourselves, and our goal is that this will be a place where people can share about their experiences with the product.
What We Know:
The Range Master Heavy-Duty 24″ Deluxe Charcoal Grill (Product Code: 700681)is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. At the time of this post, the grill costs $94.99. This is less than most other grills of this size we’ve seen online.
The grill comes with a 2-year warranty, serviced by the email address [email protected] I have no idea who this company is, other than the fact that it is registered out of Beijing, China and has serviced some other products, including the Gardenline Outdoor Fire Column. I’m not sure who makes the grill, and while I’ve looked around online, I can’t find anything that looks like a direct match.
The grill measures 45.28 inches long, 26.38 inches wide, and 42.13 inches tall. The grill has a 372 square inch heavy-duty cast iron grate cooking surface and a 237 square inch porcelain-coated warming rack. The grill has an adjustable height charcoal tray with crank to customize cooking temperature, and a front access charcoal door to load and adjust charcoal. In addition, there is a slide-out pan for easy cleanup.
The grill also comes with some storage space, including a folding side shelf that comes with utensil hooks and a bottom shelf for extra storage. The two-wheel cart design allows for moving the grill around. The grill also comes with a built-in temperature gauge and a bottle opener.
What We Don’t Know:
One serious consideration with grills is how long they last. We’ve learned, the hard way, that not all grills are created equal, and some of them — even some with name brands — can rust out in a few years. (Our own best experiences with a grill have come through Weber, but your mileage may vary.) For that reason, we don’t know how long this Aldi grill is built to last.
Have you used this grill? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.