About BBQ Dragon

BBQ Dragon promises it will revolutionize the way you light your summer barbecue. They claim it will heat up a charcoal grill faster than a gas one. It’s essentially a stainless steel, AA battery-powered clamp-on fan with an adjustable speed and an exotic name. But is it worth the purchase price?

BBQ Dragon is an invention that initially got its legions of fans (and backers) from a successful Kickstarter campaign. In case you don’t know, Kickstarter helps inventors, musicians, filmmakers and the like raise money to fund their dreams. In the case of BBQ Dragon, it was created by George Prior and successfully funded March 27, 2014; George raised $103,307 towards production. (No BBB info is currently available.)

How BBQ Dragon Works

BBQ Dragon’s dimensions are 8 x 3 x 15 inches and it weighs 2.5 pounds. It is made from stainless steel with plastic black handles. They say it can be charged with AA batteries or NiMh rechargeable batteries they say are optional, but don’t tell you how to order them.

To use BBQ Dragon, they say to light your charcoal grill like you normally would with lighter fluid. After a minute, clamp the BBQ Dragon on the side, point towards the flame, and adjust the fan. They claim in under 10 minutes you will have a grill that is not only ready, but 3 times hotter than its gas counterpart.

To prove this, they run a contest between a gas grill and a charcoal one using the BBQ Dragon. The simple, amateur-looking HD video on the website does show that the BBQ Dragon is hotter (a temperature gauge read over 600 degrees vs around 200 for the gas) but there is no way to know if it is edited to create these results.

BBQ Dragon Pricing, Shipping, and Returns

BBQ Dragon costs 2 payments of 24.95 plus $9.95 S&H for a total of $59.85. (They split the cost in half to make it sound cheaper.) BBQ Dragon is covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee, minus S&H and what it costs to ship back.

BBQ Dragon Privacy Policy and What You Should Know

BBQ Dragon emphatically states on its Privacy Policy page “WE WILL NEVER SELL OR GIVE AWAY YOUR INFORMATION”. They add “personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used.” For this, we give them a “high-five” for taking the high road when it comes to personal data collection.

Bottom Line: Is BBQ Dragon a Scam?

This seems like an ernest, legitimate product that was created by a barbecue lover and has found a strong circle of followers, both via Kickstarter and now as they roll their product out to the world. We applaud them for their respectful Privacy Policy. There have been a few complaints of BBQ Dragons not holding their charge and late shipments from Kickstarter, but the general buzz is quite positive, especially in colder regions. If BBQ is really your thing or you want to be the next “Patio Daddy-o,” we say shop with confidence.

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1 Consumer Review for BBQ Dragon

Average Consumer Rating: 1.0
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Bottom Line: 0% would recommend it to a friend
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    I have sent two emails on their website requesting information on how to get a replacement part (i.e., battery cap) for the BBQ Dragon Fan. To date, no one has contacted me, plus there is no Customer Service phone number on their site. I like their product, but there is no customer service available to assist with problems.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jul 15, 2018

      Frank R.

      Ditto for me. The only thing I got from BBQ Dragon when I asked how to get a replacement battery cover was to sign up for their email. Luckily, I am still able to position the battery cover, so that the fan still works.

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