If you love a good BBQ and want to cook meat fast when throwing a party, picnicking, camping or just grilling for your family, you may want to consider the Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill. Because it’s very portable, so you can easily take it anywhere you want. The grill’s durable construction ensures that it can withstand various elements, take a bit of a bump and it’ll last for a long time. You don’t need to worry too much about cleaning it, thanks to its removable ash pan. The Char-Griller 2-2424 is a little gem!
This clever little grill can also be used as a side fire box by attaching it to a barrel grill from the manufacturer, Char-Griller. By doing so, you will get 250 sq in of extra grilling space, which is smaller than the Weber Original Kettle, but still a good size. You can mount the 2123 Wrangler, 5050 Duo Grill, 2828 Pro Deluxe or 2137 Outlaw on the grill without any problem.
Video – Char-Griller Side Fire Box 22424
Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill Features
– Removable ash pan for easy coal clean up.
– Offset for Texas style smoking.
– Attaches to all Char-Griller barrel grills (2123, 2828, 2137 and the 5050 Duo Gas and Charcoal Grill).
– Use as a table top grill or horizontal Texas style smoker.
– Fits the Chargriller Pro Deluxe, Wrangler, Outlaw and Duo as a Side Fire Box.
– Heavy steel construction, Cast iron cooking grates, 250 -square inch of primary cooking space.
– Sliding drawer for easy access to coals and ashes.
– Easy dump ash pan.
– Stay Cool hood handle.
Our Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill Review
The Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill is ideal for serious grillers. It’s is made of heavy steel, but it only weighs 41 pounds. Due to the durability of the grill, it is very easy to carry around. You don’t need to worry that it’ll get damaged while being transported. The unit was built to look like an old log smoker from the 1950’s and has short legs that don’t fold. Given that the unit measures 18.5″ x 16″ x 17″, the Char-Griller is one of the smaller models you can buy. Even if the legs don’t fold, you should not have any problems with the grill’s storage.
The small size of the unit also means that it will not take up a lot of space. It’s ideal for those with limited space indoors and outdoors. The 2-2424 is fuel-efficient and affordable. It’s among the most reasonably priced charcoal grills out there. Because the grill is highly portable, it’s very good to use for picnics, tailgating and camping as well as for grilling with one or two individuals. You can store it on a garage shelf or in the closet.
Char Griller 2-2424 Size/Design
It’s made of heavy steel, so the fact that they’ve kept the weight down to 39 pounds is really impressive and adds to its portability. Because of the heavy steel, the 2-2424 is also extremely easy to transport, without the risk of it getting damaged en-route. The whole unit is an incredibly secure reinforced cylinder shape on short legs, built to look like an old 1950’s log smoker, with the only drawback on portability being the legs, which don’t fold. Although, given that its measurements are 18.5 inches of length, by 16 inches of width, by 17 inches of height; the 2-2424 is already very small, so buyers shouldn’t have a problem with size, even without folding legs.
Using the Char Griller 2-2424
If you are hosting a BBQ party, you can set up a kebab bar where your guests can prepare their own skewers or use the unit to grill some appetizers while you cook larger chunks of meat or vegetables on a larger grill. One good feature is that it comes almost fully assembled, so you don’t need to worry about putting it together yourself. You only need to do a few things such as tighten the bolts. Maintenance is also not a problem because the grill is equipped with a detachable ash pan. You just need to remove the pan to get rid of the leftover coal and ashes.
Although you have to give the ash pan a good pull to remove it, you will be glad to know that it does its job well. Ash won’t be mixed in the meat or vegetables that you are grilling. Since the entire grill is porcelain-enamel coated, you can get rid of dust and dirt with one swipe.
Char Griller 2-2424 Performance
The assembly process of the 2-2424 can hardly even be described as a process, because it comes to you almost fully-assembled, with just a few things to do, like tighten up bolts, which always come from the factory, not fully screwed in. After that, it’s a case of washing out the cast-iron, and grilling.
One thing I want to immediately draw your attention too, is that the ‘Duel Usage’ feature of this grill, has some mixed benefits. If you have a Char-Griller Pro Deluxe, Wrangler, Outlaw, or Duo; you can connect the 2-2424 up to it and use it as a Firebox for smoking. The problem comes from the fact that once you’ve done this, you can no longer use the 2-2424 as a grill.
So, if for example you had a Duo, which is not a very portable piece of equipment, and you connected the 2-2424 up to it, you’d now no longer have any portable grill; it’s a smoker forever. So, if you’re wanting to go camping or tailgating any time soon, don’t take Char-Griller up on their duel usage option.
I’ll try to help you decide, whether you want to use this as a grill or as a smoker, by explaining what it does in the grilling arena. This is a totally amazing portable grill because it has 250 square inches of cooking space, which is a lot more than what you get on most grills in this price range. And, it’s 250 square inches of quality space, with glorious cast-iron grates, of exceptional thickness, that will unsure, even, moist, flavour-filled steaks and ribs, that taste like a chef just came over to your campsite and started grilling.
The heat control is pretty good as well, and many will be surprised by how effective the dampers are, because you don’t expect as many adjustment choices on these small portables, as you’d get on a larger, more expensive grill. My only problem with the dampers was that I wished there had been more.
To help with the cleaning, the 2-2424 Char-Griller comes complete with a removable ash pan, although you have to give it a good pull before it’ll come out. That said, it does its job well, so you’re not eating ash in the breeze, and the whole thing is porcelain-enamel coated, so debris comes off with one wipe.
Video – Char-Griller table top griller conversion to fire box
Transforming To A Fire Box
In case you have decided to transform your Char-Griller 2-2424 into a side fire box, you don’t need to worry about the process because it is very easy, especially if you are a bit of a home handyman. You just need to remove the ash pan and grates from the unit. Use a 7/16″ wrench to get rid of the end damper plate from the grill.
Lift the side box, then install the top bolt and two lower bolts with spacers. You can then install the remaining five bolts around the grill’s damper opening. Now, tighten the bolts and check everything. Re-install the grates and ash pan. You can now enjoy 250 sq in of extra grilling space and Texas style smoking. Keep in mind that once you assemble the side fire box, you cannot undo what you’ve done. The 2-2424 won’t revert back into a table top grill.
My advice would be to disregard the duel usage function, unless you are a good handyman, and just use this as a grill. Unless you really like smoked meat of course, in which case I’d say go for it. With 250 square inches of space, cast-iron grates, and some excellent dampers, I think most people will be so overwhelmed by the grilling experience they won’t want to change.
Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill Customer Reviews
“So, I read all of the reviews about rust and peeling paint after the first use and went ahead and got one for Father’s Day anyway. I followed the instructions for seasoning the grill closely. My wife and I are avid campers and the grill has been on several trips already, one of them being a week long. I only use lump charcoal, which grillers know burns very hot. I have cooked roughly 8 meals on the grill, and it still looks brand new. No peeling no rust. However, I take the time to spray the grill, inside an out, with a thin coating of grilling oil after every use, wiping off the excess with a paper towel.
The cooking temperature is easy to control, and every meal has turned out perfectly. I would not only recommend this grill to others, but I already have. I make a point of showing off the pristine appearance, noting that it only takes a little extra care to maintain. I am extremely pleased with the grill’s performance. The grill is a little heavier than many portables, but I like that feature. It lessens the chances of it being knocked over. To me, the grill is worth more than the 66 dollars I paid for it!” …. Read More
“I purchased this to use as a side fire box on a large grill, which was not a Char-Griller grill, but this would also make a nice table-top grill. It has some weight to it, which shows it’s made of a decent heavier gauge steel to hold the heat & is very sturdy. Mounting this as a side firebox required a moderate do-it-yourself skill level. There is a knock out on the side of the grill for using as a side firebox, but there are lots of spot welds, which took an hour or so with a hammer & screw driver to work my way around to remove the knock out. I used a sawzall to cut a matching opening in the side of the main grill, drilled mounting bolt holes & mounted it to the main grill.
The Char-Griller comes with legs for the table-top use, which I modified and used for support on right angle support brackets that I bought at a home store. I’ve smoke ribs & brisket so far, works great!!! I also used this as just a grill, it has heavy duty cast iron grates. The coal grate is not far below the cooking grates, so not much charcoal is needed to just use it as a grill, or it will be easy to burn/over-cook if you have too much charcoal in it for grilling. I recommend this. Good quality, heavy duty.” …. Read More
Video – Char Griller 22424 Review
Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill Review Verdict
The Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill might be small in size, but it is very portable and durable. Its body is made of heavy steel and the cooking grates are made of cast iron. Since everything is porcelain-enameled, clean-up is not a problem at all. You can move the grill without any fear that it might be damaged. It also has a good damper system and heat control. However, although it’s not a major problem, it would be better if there were more dampers fitted.
If you add the side fire fox to the charcoal grill, you will benefit from 250 sq in of extra grilling space and a smoking chamber that allows for Texas style smoking. You can also use the table top legs to build a portable grill. With the Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill, you can enjoy grilling meat in your backyard, in the park or when you’re camping. It’s a great choice for BBQ lovers who want a durable and portable grill that they can use and carry anytime and anywhere they want!
Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box
- Removable ash pan for easy coal clean up
- Offset for Texas style smoking
- Attaches to all Char-Griller barrel grills (#2123, #2828, #2137 and the #5050 Duo Gas and Charcoal Grill)
- Use as a table top grill or horizontal Texas style smoker
- You can go from a grill to a side fire box, once done you cannot go back to the grill