Char Griller Pellet Grill Review

Char-Griller is an interesting brand. They offer very cheap charcoal grills, yet often very well made. They have products, such as the Akorn Kamado grill, which are excellent bang for the buck. There are also other grilling products that aren’t that good. However, overall, they are an excellent brand for the budget conscious. Or, if you’re a first time buyer, a great platform for you to learn from. In this Char Griller pellet grill review, you will see that most of their products are worth buying.

Specifically, the topic of discussion will be the 9020/9040 wood pellet grill. It has a few things going for it. For example, the design is a mirror image of the Traeger Lil Tex Elite. However, the Traeger is much more expensive. So much more, that a first time buyer won’t even consider it. And, the 9020/9040 have things that you won’t find on products this cheap. Without further ado, read on for the details

Char Griller Pellet Grill review: the details

char griller pellet grill review


First of all, let’s see what it is. It uses wood pellets, and it is pretty economical in that regard. However, if you cook at higher temperatures, you will need a decent supply. The best thing going for this grill is the price. Entry level buyers, or first time buyers, will jump at it. And, the price is absolutely suitable for what you get. It isn’t a charcoal grill, nor a gas grill, but the grill will make your next barbeque party a pleasure.

Let’s face it – you won’t get an extremely high quality grill. It won’t reach extremely high temperatures either. And it won’t last you forever. However, at that price, could you honestly complain? Both models, 9020 and 9040, target the buyers with low budget.

The Pellet Grill has a digital controller. The controller has 10 different temperature adjustments. It also has an LED board that shows you the internal temperature. There’s even a “smoke” control button, for eight different options on the amount of smoke produced. Overall, it doesn’t give any advanced functionality, but it does what it does very well.


If you’re curious about the numbers, here they go. They are absolutely the same for both the 9020 and 9040 model.

  • The cooking area totals 580 square inches. If a burger takes around 20 square inches, this is enough for 29 burgers at a time
  • The heat goes up to 36,000 BTUs, which should be plenty for your basic needs
  • There is an electronically controlled pellet feeding system, with precision temperature control
  • The cook grates are porcelain coated cast iron, which guarantees durability
  • You will find a drip pan, which you can clean up very easily once you’re done

Final verdict

To round up the review, the Pellet Grill is a decent product. However, it doesn’t excel particularly in any field. But at that price, you can’t really expect it to, either. It is enough for a basic experience, and has all the bells at whistles you’d expect from it. If you know how to set it up for the meat you’re cooking, you will be absolutely fine with it.

It isn’t a portable grill, due to the size and weight, and unlike some gas grills, getting the temperature right can be a problem without a thermometer. This might be a minor downside, and if you can’t shut the grill cover completely, expect temperatures about 10 degrees lower.