The Need for Mini Grills
My wife and I recently went on a three-day trip partially to get away from our children and partially to have some alone time that we had not had in over thirty years. We deliberately took a small portable grill and two portable gas grills. We found the gas grills to be convenient but they just did not give us the flavor that we wanted. We ended up using the portable charcoal grill almost exclusively. We had better flavor and it brought neighbors from all around us to stop in to see what we were cooking. We visited for a while and exchanged recipes about how we prepared and cooked various items. Almost all agreed that cooking with charcoal or wood was the best way.
A large number of them live in apartments and have to follow the rules of the management company that manages the apartments. This means that they grill either with gas or electric, that all depends upon whether or not there is a policy against open flames.
Have you ever lived in an apartment and had the desire to grill something but had no way to do so? Have you ever lived in a duplex and had a desire to have barbeque and not be able to have it? Most apartment buildings restrict or even prohibit the use of grills. Partly due to the threat of fire and resident complaints and partially due to the cost of cleanup due to smoke damage. There should never be a charcoal or gas grill used indoors for those very reasons.
No need to worry. Most apartments today have open air balconies and patios that are not restricted in most cases. The grill manufacturing industry has seen the need for smaller more versatile grills than ever before.
There are a wide variety of mini-grills available today that were not available a few years ago. The grilling industry is showing a trend of mini-grills going upward for the next 5-7 years. The number of grills in growing by leaps and bounds. The price varies from $20.00 upwards. Some of which are over $1000.00.
Here is a partial list of the mini-grills available today:
Weber QW 1200 is a 13″ gas grill.
Everdure is a 10″ portable charcoal grill.
Lotusgrill is a 12″ charcoal grill that heats rapidly and is compact.
Napoleon Travel 285 is a portable grill with 285 sq in of cook space and uses gas.
Cobb Compact CO800 is a 12″ charcoal grill with teflon coated grates. It is very easy to transport.
Barbecook Joya is a 10″ charcoal grill that is easily transportable.
Char-Broil Standard Propane Gas Grill has 187 sq in of cook space with a chrome-plated grilling grate and the legs fold over the top of the grill for transportation.
Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Table Top has 205 sq in” cook space. It is made of stainless steel and is easy to carry. It has a compact design with a locking lid and folding legs and a very large carry handle. It uses a one pound canister of propane but it can be converted to a 20 pound tank.
Weber 1211001 Jumbo Joe Portable Grill is a gas grill with 240 sq in of cook space. It has a diameter of 18.5 inches made of plated steel. It is rust resistant and has an aluminum dampener and ash catcher. It has a glass reinforced handle.
Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill has 250 sq in cook space. It has cast iron grates and a removable ash pan. It can also be attached to a number of Char-Grill’s other products as a smoker. It may take a little effort to transport but cooks really well(worth the carry).
Lodge 2410 Pre-Seasoned Charcoal Grill has two adjustable temperature cooking levels. It is a hibatchi style grill. It has a flip door used in regulating heat. It must be washed by hand otherwise you will lose the seasoning and have to re-season and possibly void the warranty.
Isumer Portable Foldable Tabletop Charcoal BBQ Grill has 278 sq in of cook space(196 on the main and 82 on the warm rack). It has four folding legs that fold next to the body of the grill. It is easy to carry and has many uses and stores in a small space.
The list that I have shown here is not all inclusive by any means. There are some wonderful grills to select from.You will have to decide which one you prefer and how much you want to pay. I did not list any electric grills here at this time.
I would look for names like: Masterbuilt Grills; American Gas Grill; Coleman; Char-Broil; Char-Grill; Weber; JiaWang; E-Rover; or Bull Outdoor to name a few.