Lodge L410 Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill Review
Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill
The Lodge L410 Charcoal Grill is a portable, yet sturdy, hibachi-type grill. It is made of cast-iron, which makes it very durable. It’s ideal for camping, picnics, tailgating, even in the patio or out in the yard. The grill is compact enough to fit into smaller spaces, and storage won’t be much of an issue. Also, the grate is pre-seasoned, and thus ready to use right out of the box. Charcoal goes in through a flip-down door for easy access. The Lodge Sportsmans’s Grill L410 also has two levels of temperature control: One is through a draft door, and another is through the two adjustable heights of the grill. It also does not include a lid.
Out of the box, there is no assembly required. All you have to do is place the grill grate on top, and it’s good to go. There are no screws, nuts, bolts, attachment points, or locking bars to bother with. The Lodge Charcoal Grill, L410 only comes with the essentials, making it very simple to use. No bells and whistles, and a lot of people do appreciate this. You can go straight to grilling right away; and more so, because it comes pre-seasoned.
Being made of cast iron, the Lodge L410 Hibachi Grill can be a bit heavy, at 15 kg. This may not be a problem for most people; but for those looking for a lightweight grill, the weight may be an issue. Some people may even consider the Lodge L410 pre-seasoned too heavy to be “portable”. The attached handle should help in carrying it though.
Despite its weight, the really good thing about the Lodge Hibachi Charcoal Grill is how durable and sturdy it is. With almost every single part made of cast-iron, this grill is as strong as you would expect it to be. It will always be stable while in use, unlike grills made of lighter materials. Those things tend to be flimsy and feel so fragile. Of course, that will affect cooking performance too. If you can’t expect a grill to stay put while cooking, then you’ll be worried about the food falling over too. But with the Lodge L410’s cast iron build, stability is not an issue at all. You can focus more on making the perfect steak, burger, or sausage.
The cast iron material also helps in distributing and retaining heat in the grill. This translates to better fuel efficiency too – you can heat the grill with less coal. But then, this means that the grill is more suited to high-heat cooking. So it isn’t a good idea to do slow-cook recipes on this grill. It’s best for small cuts of meat, which cook quickly in high heat. Large cuts and whole chunks of meat are not advisable, since the high heat will only cook the outside but leave most of the inside raw or under cooked.
But when used for grilling burgers, sausages, or small steaks, the Lodge Cast Iron Hibachi Charcoal Grill performs beautifully. The cast-iron grill grate would also leave the meat with lots of nice sear marks.
A nice consequence of the high heat retention is that the grill stays hot for a long time, even after the coals are put out. This is useful if you need to keep freshly grilled food warm for longer. It gives you some allowance to grill ahead of time; no need to rush.
Loading charcoal into the Lodge Cast Iron charcoal grill is easy-peasy. Just open the front door, shove in the coals, and light them up. You don’t have to take out the grill grate. This means you can add coals even while grilling.
There are two ways to control the heat in the Lodge Pre Seasoned Cast Iron. One is through an air intake on the bottom of the front door, which is pretty straightforward. The second way is a little more indirect – flip the grill grate on its back to adjust how high it is from the coals. Still, it’s a nice added level of heat control. This is important, as there are no knobs to adjust the flames in a charcoal grill.
The cooking grate measures 17.25” x 9”, giving a total cooking area of 155.25 square inches. It has room for two large chicken breasts, three average-sized burgers, or four ribeye steaks. These would be good for up to 4 people. You can even use the grill to boil a small pot of water. In fact, you can even use pans on it.
It’s a good idea to clean Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s grill thoroughly after every use. It can be hand-washed, but there are specific instructions for washing and maintenance. Make sure to follow those instructions, or else the grill could be easily damaged. After washing, dry it well, and store it in a dry place. To protect it further from rust, you may also want to cover it.
After several washes though, the grill will need to be re-seasoned. Again, make sure to follow the instructions for re-seasoning the grill, so it won’t be damaged too early. Following Lodge Sportsman’s grill instructions carefully is very important. If you do, the Lodge L410 grill will last you several years.
Overall, the Lodge Sportsman’s Grill L410 is a good choice for those looking for a portable grill and has high heat capacity. Being very simple to use is also a great feature. Just make sure to follow the cleaning and maintenance instructions to keep the grill in tip-top shape.