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Sneak Peek: UPDATED Review - Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Grill + Smoker!

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  • RichardCT
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    I was losing a lot of partially burned and a few whole briquettes through the grate. It was annoying trying to separate them out from the ash to re-use them, so I stopped that. I did find a fix on youtube; buy some flat kabob skewers (5 will do nicely), cut to length, and weave over the central rod and under the flat metal on both ends. Works like a charm!

  • BBQPhil
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    From my experience as a design engineer, if you see a weakness in one area, there's a high likelihood of weaknesses elsewhere. The product is a window into the thinking and methodology of the company, its priorities, and its values.
    Last edited by BBQPhil; August 1, 2020, 03:36 PM.

  • Baconshire
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    Maybe I am just trying to justify my purchase in my own head, but I am happy to pay $500 and make a few fixes that will cost a few bucks then pay $600 or $700 with no hassles. I can see the benefits of paying more for no hassles, but all in all it is a great cooker when it works! Thanks for the great and thorough review through the whole process!

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  • bbq_sector21
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    Thank you very much for updating your review and informing us of your long-term experiences with this cooker. As someone who was considering purchasing this unit or the larger version, this is very helpful information.

  • Huskee
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    Thanks Uncle Bob!

  • Uncle Bob
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    A couple of oft repeated situations are reinforced here. One is the disappointments that emerge when a product prioritizes being built down to a price instead of up to a standard. The second is how this adjustment to the rating and the thorough explanation of the whys underscores the integrity of the product reviews on this site. Particularly noteworthy considering the undue poop storm over the Smokefire dance earlier.

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  • DavidNorcross
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    This review process has been great to watch and read. Thank you

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  • Bkhuna
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    NEVER EVER buy the first run of a model. Stick with companies that have a proven track record. There are exception of course but in general, you get what you pay for.

    I would never again consider a Masterbuilt product.

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  • Huskee
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    I've said many times in conversations with my colleagues that they'd have been better off, in my personal opinion, making this a $600 or $700 cooker and used better parts. I am with you there. But, still, if you can change a fuse then you can bypass the switches if they go bad ("not that I officially endorse bypassing safety switches").

  • Huskee
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    For sure. (and thanks!)

  • Huskee
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    Agreed

  • rickgregory
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    thanks for the update. I can't see spending the money on something, though, that breaks like this, regardless of price point. They obviously designed this to the $499 price point vs just saying "OK, we'll use better wire and switches etc" and increasing it to $599 or even $749.

    I and I think others would seriously consider it at that price. Decent pellet grills start there, after all

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  • zero_credit
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    Huskee Well done. Appreciate the update! What are you going to do with yours? Keep it I hope?

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  • Polarbear777
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    Silver is about right. They still haven’t shipped replacement switches to me but I don’t really need them. If you have some expertise it’s not that hard to keep it running and when running is a joy to cook with. They could have at least used better switches and wire greater than 20 gauge.

    I’ve run it through dozens of long and short cooks now and the firebox brick seems to be holding up ok, even though it looks awful in there.

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  • Huskee
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    Our updated review of this cooker is finally live.

    Max and I worked hard to address the quality issues many of our readers experienced, that I eventually faced as well. We contacted Masterbuilt many times, had some disappointments, some beneficial interactions, and he and I spoke at length many times before deliberating on how to adjust the review.

    The main review, here, has been updated as of today 7/20/2020. We dropped our Platinum rating to Silver.

    Faults notwithstanding, we still feel this is a groundbreaking cooker. The quality issues, while alarming and shouldn't be part of the experience only a few months in (much quicker for others), aren't impossible to get around. We hope Masterbuilt chooses to use some higher quality components for future versions. But, the fact remains it's a $500 cooker, not a $2100 cooker, so we feel we're being as fair and transparent as possible in our re-deliberation and re-reviewing.

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