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Old 04-22-2017, 05:32 AM   #1
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Son of Hibachi, anyone?

Has anyone tried one of these?

Look to be relatively lightweight, highly space efficient, and perfect for one or two

http://www.sonofhibachi.com/
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:43 AM   #2
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Interesting design.
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Looks pretty gimmicky in my opinion. Getting the coals loaded just right, and ignited to the perfect grilling temp/state, could be challenging before the fire loses its prime temperature. Also, once the two sides are lowered for grilling, is there enough air circulation to keep the coals hot? Give me our old Weber Smokey Joe Jr. with vent holes in the bottom any day. Yes, harder to store the spherical shape.

Als don't like using chemical starter, upon which this system depends apparently. Yuk!

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Old 04-22-2017, 06:09 AM   #4
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It has very good reviews, and can be laid on its side to use as a small Oven.

One could probably use a non chemical fire starter instead of lighter fluid, which I also hate...

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I might be interested in road-testing that device if I hadn't just bought and adapted both of the current UCO portable grills for Interstate transport (my review and testing of the UCO Flat Pack here).

It does sort of concern me about the weight of that hibachi - 17 pounds, bearing in mind that my folding bicycle is only a few pounds more than that. But the portability design looks promising.

Reviews of the Son of Hibachi are mixed on Amazon but with grill products they often are, because non-gas grills take some skill and patience to operate.
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Old 04-22-2017, 06:22 AM   #6
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Yep, but we have always only used charcoal...the only way to grill, in the opinion of late hubby...and the BBQ sites give it high marks.

Only for relatively thin and quickly cooked foods...no slow roasting a pork shoulder, etc.

Grills have been very challenging for us, traveling in the Interstate.

Either carry a small one, that must be moved and shifted around every time you stop for the night, or buy a disposable when you want to grill while traveling, and then throw it away.

One of the reviews references one of these that is 35 years old.


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Charcoal solution as mentioned before. Storage is weakest link in chain. Spherical shape is bulky. So be it!

https://www.amazon.com/Weber-10020-S.../dp/B00004RALL

9.5 pounds.

Pretty easy to bake in it too if experienced.

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Old 04-22-2017, 08:42 AM   #8
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Has anyone tried one of these?

Look to be relatively lightweight, highly space efficient, and perfect for one or two

http://www.sonofhibachi.com/
Dang, I had one of those back in the mid 70's. Lived in Hawaii at the time and would take it to the beach for cookouts. It worked great for us. Very nostalgic.
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Have had one for years and it works great. Fires up like a chimney starter with one sheet of newspaper (with a squirt of veg oil on it). Open it up and it is the same size as a standard Hibachi.

When you are done, fold it back up, let it self clean for a couple of minutes then put it back in the pouch.

Cons: the grills are prone to rust while stored. The pouch gets pretty dusty with fine ash in fairly short order.

Great for bear country because you can store it after use (or hang it in a tree)
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:15 AM   #10
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Ahhh...a little vegetable oil as starter.

The video I saw on this item shows a single piece of paper towel, squirted with lighter fluid , to start.

The items construction is such that an updraft from the base to the top gets the coals going in shirt order.

The cast iron could probably have a light coat of oil on it to prevent rust in between uses...I do that with my DO I carry.

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Another option.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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We like the original 14" Weber smokey joe.

Amazon also sells this very well designed carry bag. No mess.

https://www.amazon.com/Weber-6555-Sm.../dp/B007CYJHME
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We have this Weber grill and it fits nicely behind our bunk beds: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works great. I am able to store charcoal, starter basket, tongues, etc. all inside of it.
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I am able to store . . . tongues, etc. all inside of it.


Hope the former owners of the tongues don't mind . . . Ouch!



PS -- Or maybe you grill beef tongue?

Tongs for a good laugh this morning!
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I like the small, compact and efficient nature of this grill, and that they have been around and used for decades is encouraging.

While the Weber grills are nice, and have also been around a long time...used to be our standard grill for the patio when there were hordes of growing kids and family to feed....even a small Weber would be a storage challenge inside an Interstate.

I'm leaning toward this item, and will let y'all know if I get it and how it performs.

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Will look forward to your thoughts Maggie. From the (not-to-scale) illustrations, it looks like the grill surface is really close to the charcoal, and that there is no way to put a cover on, and us it as an oven easily (with the coals under only 1/2 the grill surface).

The storage aspect definitely works for you, but its usefulness as a grill/oven remains to be seen IMO. Also, once lighted and lying open, is it possible to add more charcoal to each side, or to move the charcoal around at all?

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Old 04-26-2017, 10:41 AM   #18
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It's apparently been useful to many people for several decades, Peter, tho it's use is certainly more limited than a regular sized grill.

But then, that is its intended purpose.

I don't need to convince anyone, as it matters only that it would work for me, as it has many others.

I just wanted to know if others had experience with it, and some do. I also thought it was a good item to put out there as information for those doing space challenged travel.

The instructions say it is good for fish and thin cuts of meat, and as shown above can be used folded and on its side for a small oven, tho I don't see using it that way....I carry a Dutch Oven, and we all know what those can do.

For me, in an Interstate and by myself, this would cook vegetables, kebabs, chicken, fish, pork, or a steak, and not take up so much space as to be prohibitive.

It is also outside cooking, good for lots of reasons.


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You can leave the grates about 1/2" above the coals which is great for Churasco. The top slot is about 2 1/2" from the coals which is better for chicken or fatty cuts. I have never had a problem cooking anything. You can leave 1/2 of the grill in the vertical position which allegedly will help broil but I have never needed to do it.

No, there is no cover so no baking or real broiling but that's why I have an oven.

The neat thing is when you zip it back in the "snuff pouch" it goes out almost immediately and any charcoal that wasn't consumed can be recycled into your next grilling cycle.

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Old 04-26-2017, 11:31 AM   #20
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Thanks for that voice of experience.

Leaving half up would be a nice windbreak, if needed and only using one side.


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