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Old 02-25-2011, 09:05 PM   #15
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I cook a lot of Shrimp, Chicken, Steak, and Burgers.
I tear a 3 inch ring off top off of charcoal bag to start the charcoal.
Don't need to buy or taste starter fluid.
Use indirect heat for chicken.
Great for 2 people. Kids? , then forget about it.
I reuse the coals and put the dust in the fire ring.
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If you check out my profile photo, you will see the Q sitting underneath my awning on an aluminum folding camp table. This is where we put it when not in use. We do not grill under the awning. Even in the rain.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:16 PM   #17
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Shades of 'the best portable grill' thread.

This is what I have been using for 6 years. Awesome performance, incredible flavors. LOVE IT!




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Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill -- Price: $380. Stats: 21 inches wide by 12 inches high by 13 inches deep. Features: Grilling surface of 155 sq. inches uses infrared to cook fast. Tripod stand available. Website: www.solairegrills.com

LABOR DAY WEEKEND NEEDN'T MARK THE END to outside barbecuing. Nor do late-season cookouts have to be restricted to the patio. The compact Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill works well on the boat, on the tailgate or at your favorite hillside spot for taking in the fall foliage. Weighing in at a luggable 20 pounds and supplied in a carry bag with handles, it's the perfect grill for a remote feast.

Petite in everything but cooking power, the Solaire Anywhere churns out a formidable 14,000 BTUs, better than many ordinary backyard grills. The key to what's different is inside the box, above the gas flames -- a ceramic grid that heats evenly and gives off infrared rays.

We found it more than a match for our giant Weber gas grill, and a fine addition to a small patio. It heats from cold to cookworthy in about three minutes, and cools off fast enough to be carried away 15 minutes after shutdown.

The cooking surface, which is 15 inches by just under 10.5 inches, is large enough to handle eight outsized hamburgers or four hefty steaks. Cleaning is a cinch, since the heat quickly burns off food residue. And there are no coals requiring disposal.

The Solaire is constructed from high-grade stainless (and for salt-water boating, there's an even tougher, corrosion-proof version). The grill runs on propane -- either portable one-pound bottles or ordinary 20-pound tanks.

It's made by Rasmussen Iron Works, a private company known for making high-quality gas fireplace inserts. Rasmussen also makes larger patio grills, costing $1,200 to more than $5,000.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:40 PM   #18
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Ahhh, grilling. The way of life. I have both kinds at home...no, not country and western...charcoal and gas. Which one gets used depends on the food to be cooked and the weather. I NEVER use briquettes. If I cook charcoal, it is only natural lump charcoal and I use a chimney starter. No lighter fluid.

That being said, I spent the last two years travelling with a Wal-Mart charcoal grill in the Airstgream. I had one plastic tote that held the grill, the charcoal, the chimney, wire brush, starting paper, lighter. If there was a picnic table available at the campsite, then I used it to cook on. I never caught the table on fire. In abscence of a table, I carried my own "camp kitchen" which is made of metal slats. Ash disposal...usually stayed in the grill and got packed up. I dump when I'm near a fire pit. For weather durability, you can't beat charcoal in my opinion. It will start (chimney) in almost anything short of a downpour and wind only helps fan the flames. Smoke...my wife thinks the smell is sexy. I stand in the stream of smoke. Hot spots...what grill doesn't have hot spots? My Weber kettle at home has hot spots depending on how I shake down the 'coal. My propane grill has hot spots. Know where they are; use them to your advantage.

There's one problem with charcoal...the cool down time. I like to grill even at a brief stop (rest area). With a charcoal grill, you've got 15 min to get it hot and then you've got to wait 2 hours to cool it down. With propane, it's hot in 2 min. and it's cool in 15. So, this year I am implementing a propane (again, Wal-Mart) grill. I have bought a 6 foot propane line that adapts the screw-on "disposable" connection to any large propane tank connection. For most things, I will connect to the AS tanks and fire. I carry disposable tanks too and will use them if required (i.e. rest area). Everything will still pack into the tote previously used...just now there's more space.

For both grills ('coal and propane) both are roughly the same size. I can cook for my wife and I plus the kids with no issue. If we have multiple courses grilled (corn on the cob, then chicken) then I have to cook one course at a time. Typically at meal time when camping I don't sit at the table for very long before heading back to the grill.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:53 PM   #19
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Stainless Tabletop Grille from Lowe's

We have Grillware Stainless Portable Tabletop Propane (disposables) Grill, at about $75.. Folds closed, neat when cooking, folding legs OK for ground or picnic table top.. We travel with it in back f Excursion, with a couple cylinders secured in plastic box.. No ashes, no charcoal, no major flames to deal with, and slanted drip shields let fat run into removable slide-out tray at bottom.. When folded, can be carried like small suitcase...

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Greetings fishandfly!

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There is a similar grill to kevin's at SAMs club. Would anyone think it would be nice to have a way to mount a support for it up by the a frame? Since it is run from the propane I figure it may be nice to give it a home rather than setting it on a little table. (also due to having young kids it would better to keep it high and off a table.
The manufacturer of my grill actually offers a bracket that allows the grill to be mounted to cylinderical post the size of most Airstream tongue jacks. The entire is based upon clamp-on/slide-in technology so there aren't any permanent attachments when not in use. You can read about this device at:

Napoleon Prestige II Grill Accessories

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Good luck with your investigation!

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That is exactly what I was thinking. Awesome.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:33 AM   #22
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I always thought I might set up a bracket for my old Force10 bbq that I saved from my old sailboat. Seems like the perfect portable grill.
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Quote from above: "This is what I have been using for 6 years.
Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill -- uses infrared to cook fast : www.solairegrills.com"


I have heard a lot about IR grills, including that you cannot turn your back on it when grilling, lest you want to eat charcoal. The idea sounds intriguing, however, I am hesitant to try it. Any comments?
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:40 AM   #24
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Keep it Simple

I have a Weber Q 200 which is the same as the 100 only a tad larger and also a little heavier. I really like the grill but don't like the weight. I carry it in the bed of the truck in the cover it came with and place it on a table if provided or will use our fold up metal table we take everywhere.

I don't like to have to bring along a bunch of "stuff" when I camp. We use the small propane bottles rather than having to bring along an extra propane tank with the hoses. The grill stand mentioned earlier looks like a great idea but then I would have to carry one of these around and quite often the rear end of my truck is not always in the best spot for cooking. I try very hard to "keep it simple" when I am out on the road.

I have seen folks bring their entire BBQ set ups from home complete with the rolling cart. I have the room but do I really want to create more hassle? I like charcoal over gas but then, I would have to pack the charcoal and figure out how to dispose of the ash, which isn't really that big of a problem when you are camping.

Choosing a BBQ is one of those things that will be challenging. They all have their benefits and their problems.
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I want the bracket to be a bit more compact than what is shown and for it to be pinned into position behind the bottles. Arrive, pull a couple pins to to position it and repin, set little stainless grill on mount and be done.

I hate think of carrying a bunch of stuff, but don't know if we will survive without the ability to grill with ease. What other kind of food is there? MRE's.
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Quote from above: "This is what I have been using for 6 years.
Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill -- uses infrared to cook fast : www.solairegrills.com"


I have heard a lot about IR grills, including that you cannot turn your back on it when grilling, lest you want to eat charcoal. The idea sounds intriguing, however, I am hesitant to try it. Any comments?
It cooks so fast and so completely that you won't have time to turn your back. Blink twice and it's done!!!!

Actually, it does take a few burned steaks or very well done burgers to get used to the cooking speed, but once you master the technique....it's AWESOME!!!!
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Sounds good. Might have to try one out.
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We use a coleman round partygrill

- We carry a round Coleman PartyGrill (propane) from Cabelas, Bass Pro or Target, about 60 bucks. We sometimes use the campground grill using wood, cooking with embers. Yep, we support local eats...foodies.
- We use disposable cylinders, but just started trying to refill these ( 1/2 full) We store the disposable cylinders just forward and between our two main tanks in the propane compartment of our AS.
We do have a 6' hose with no problems.
- The ash remains in the fire ring.
- Our grill does have legs that snap in place and we place our partygrill on a little folding table, or put it on the picnic table at our campsite.
- The Coleman comes with a bag, all parts fit within the grill and cover, it fits in the truck bed.
-Easy cleanup, 1/4 twist and the lower portion comes off and wipes clean easily. Grill too...
- We usually set the grill up on the picnic table or our folding table.
- We are on our second grill, cooking on it for over 5 years.
- Cooks our steaks and Pollo Asado, chicken perfectly.
-Grill is not Wind resistant as the sides are very close to the grill height. We did add a domed cover some time back (thrift store stainless cake cover) to add some smoke, heat to the cooking.
- No cold spots but the center section can get hot, I like to stay with the grill.
- The Coleman round PartyGrill only cooks for the four.
One last point is that with the cooking grill off, you have a nice single burner stove.
Works for us, versitle and along with the extending forks, basket and grill we carry for campfire cooking, meets our needs.
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