Easy to assemble. Good size for grilling ribs, chicken, roasts or just about anything. Very sturdy.
I was VERY disappointed that this grill had a manufacturing defect. A third of the way through assembly, I found the slots for the charcoal tray brackets were 3/8 to 1/2 inch too short. I could not mount the shaft assembly. :( I have pictures to share with the manufacturer if a rep will contact me. I had to box and return it. Customer service was outstanding although it was not easy to find a phone number. I will continue to shop at Sears, though.
I bought this grill a few weeks ago to replace my 10 year old Masterbuilt grill of similar size and design, and I'm extremely disappointed.
The fact of the matter is, that I ordered this grill from Sears, on-line because it was not available in store to even view. Had I been able to look at this grill in person prior to purchase, I certainly would have continued looking elsewhere.
The construction of this grill is so flimsy that the heat box flexes to match the contour of the ground. The result is that the lid will not close flush unless the grill is parked on an absolutely flat and level surface.
Cooking 2 inch fillets was a breeze on my old grill. The charcoal tray on this Kenmore does not elevate close enough to the cooking surface for adequately searing the outsides of thick meat for maintaining fully cooked and tender steak without stacking charcoal 3 layers thick, which adds too much weight to the charcoal tray who's elevator shaft is only 9mm in diameter so it flexes entirely too much to lift the left side of the coal table evenly with the right.
The charcoal tray itslelf is of reasonable strength. It is built of a thicker gauge steel and reinforced with an X brace, unlike others I have seen. Still, it, like other similarly designed charcoal trays does not allow proper ventilation for heating coals, and is a real chore to clean between uses. Replacing the included charcoal tray with a custom "drop in" tray made from well vented heavy duty expanded steel was actually planned prior to this purchase. This is a change I made to my Masterbuilt after the first season, and has been spectacular for the last 9 years. The expanded steel sets in to a custom tray holder made from 1.5" angle steel, which attaches to the elevator mechanism the same as would the factory tray. The large perforations in the expanded steel vent beautifully, and makes cleanup take literally a ten second job. I simply lift the expanded steel from the tray about an inch, then drop it back into place, the ash falls to the catch pan, which is then dumped in my fire pit.
The elevator mechanism itself, aside from the main shaft being too thin for it's length, is needlessly over-complicated, has too many moving parts, and depends on thin guides attached to the flimsy sides of the grill for keeping the tray level.
The catch pan is IMO, of adequate size. Others may disagree, saying it should be deeper. I clean my grills between each use, and the pan will handle the waste of a full charcoal tray. I will say however, that the waste pan is of both poor design and construction. The heavy brushed metal handle is a bit much for such a flimsy tray, and the front lip of the tray protrudes past the edge of the heat box which causes it to fill with rain water, further limiting it's life, and creating a muddy mess if it's not emptied before a rain.
Positive things I can say about this grill is that the air dampers are attached by shoulder screws so they will move freely over the life of the grill, without lubrication or adjustment. The dampers also have plastic covers on the handles to prevent the operator from being burned while adjusting air. The axle for the wheels is very heavy duty and will certainly outlast the rest of the grill by 20 years or more. The cooking surface is a 3 piece cast iron setup. While the thickness of this surface could be better, it is adequate and will last a few years, so there is no immediate need for replacement.
I'm currently using my old Masterbuilt grill while I make the necessary modifications for this grill to be usable. It is at least a very nice looking grill. I have thus far made my new charcoal tray holder, with 1.5" standoff's to bring coals to an acceptable distance from the cooking surface. I still need to make corner braces to remove the heat box flex, and get some round stock to replace the main elevator shaft. I won't be immediately addressing the waste pan issues as they don't impact my ability to cook properly on this grill, but I will make corrections later down the line.
I cooked for 20 years on a Webber kettle. I've cooked for 10 years on a similarly designed grill to this abomination. I'm not interested in gas or wood pellets, I just want a charcoal grill, with a big cooking surface, a warming rack up top, fully adjustable level control for charcoal, and good ventilation for temperature control. This grill will give me what I want, but requires too much additional work to get it there. This is not a purchase I'm pleased with!
The people they use for shipping are horrible !the box was torn apart all over things were just thrown in screws came falling out not bagged up the main piece is bent .I ordered from sears thinking they stand behind everything but shouldn't you make sure the people you hire to deliver is your responsibility to make sure your product arrives in good shape?i emailed two days ago now I'm calling at this point would NOT recommend to anyone!