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Old 02-15-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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Portable Kitchen - the ideal AS Charcoal Grill

I am relatively new to Airstreaming, full timing (and wintering) now for 5 months. However, I am not new to outdoor cooking. Before I owned a 29' chunk of aluminum, I owned this 29" cast aluminum cooker. Prolific in the 1950's, the Portable Kitchen has recently been revived. Awhile back, I saw one in a store, and was reminded of the one my neighbors owned when I was growing up. One day, as I drove my hulk-of-rust (steel cooker #3) to the dump, it dawned on me that I needed the Portable Kitchen. Three Amazon-clicks later . . . .

The PK is Wally B. inspired in every way. Simplicity, efficiency, shape, weight, and built to last (My grandchildren will be fighting over this one). By reflecting 93% of heat, cast aluminum cooks beautifully (lump charcoal only please!!!) and it slips into a trash bag for easy, clean travel onboard my AS.

Now I own two. One is in my back yard on the Carolina Coast thumbing its nose at the prevailing salted winds. The other is out in the hither-yonder, nestled beside my '72 Ambassador. They compliment each other in every way.

Here is my official nomination to make the Portable Kitchen the "official" Airstream outdoor cooker.

Portable Kitchen Cast Aluminum Grill and Smoker | Best Charcoal Barbecue Grills
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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Nice! Where ya winterin'?
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:36 PM   #3
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My grandfather had one of these, he must have purchased it in the 70's at least and let me tell you, cooks great and lasts forever. My youngest brother inherited it and still has it today. Although I don't recall the brand name. But looks like the pics.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:46 PM   #4
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And if you have a baby, a few mods and you have a mini airstream stroller.
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And if you have a baby, a few mods and you have a mini airstream stroller.
You are right. Air holes top and bottom.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:17 AM   #6
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Very cool, and looks so lovely next to your trailer!

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I sold aluminum in the '60's for Reynolds and won one of these in a sales contest. Never cooked better in anything else, but lost it in the '70's during a divorce. Still miss it, the cooker, not the first wife!

I think I'll retrace that part of my life, the cooker that is!
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:55 AM   #8
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I cannot believe it....I have one of these sitting in the barn at my place down South. I will pull it out, clean it up, and plan to use it...coming out at the ABQ restoration Rally.
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I sold aluminum in the '60's for Reynolds and won one of these in a sales contest. Never cooked better in anything else, but lost it in the '70's during a divorce. Still miss it, the cooker, not the first wife!

I think I'll retrace that part of my life, the cooker that is!
OK, I'll add one:

Got a shotgun for my wife, Yup, best trade I ever made!


Great looking cooker too, I like it!

Can you attach some Tabasco lights on it, a nice wrap aroung window to watch the food cook, maybe rig up a ball hitch at one end and some brake lights at the other?

Oh O, I see a contest coming on that crazy idea!
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It just won't look right until you add some seams with rivets.
To really look cool you should do 13 panel end caps.
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I inherited mine a year or so ago, -- that my father bought ca. 1956 -- and reviewed the
Portable Kitchen PK 99740 Charcoal Grill
on Epinions after reading a couple of reviews which showed lack of understanding.

As I wrote in the above I feel that a PK and a Dutch Oven are a marriage made in heaven. Think of the cooker as having the same virtues: heats up with minimal fuel, maintains heat with minimal fuel, and is easily adjusted for different tasks.

Mine came with a rolling folding cart that makes for easy packing back into the truck. But maybe the oem FIRESTONE tires are at their age limit?
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:11 AM   #14
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PK's were originally made in Tyler, Texas. (they moved to Little Rock , Arkansas later.) The one in your photo, with a single vent on top, must be one on the very first.

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