What do you guys use for grills?

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  1. jm88

    jm88 Member

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    This is the second year for us using the PUP and I am still learning what we actually use and what we don't use as far as packing so I can eventually cut down on the amount of stuff we bring! For example, I have found that using the stove from the PUP installed outside has been working great rather than using the portable stove. One thing I would like to hear is what kind of grills you use. I have a Coleman Roadtrip grill that I have had for probably 8-10 years and while I love the interchangeable grates and that it has a stand, it is rather heavy and takes up a lot of room. I put it on the floor of the PUP when we travel, so that part works OK, but mostly it doesn't seem to be working that great lately. One side is definitely hotter than the other because when I make pancakes, they take a lot longer on one side even when they are set at the same setting. I also notice when grilling, I can hold my hand on certain areas over the grate and be able to hold it there for a long time while other parts I can't even hold it there a second, so it is pretty uneven. I don't remember if it has always been this way or not. But back to the point, what kind of portable grills do you use that cook well? I tend to use it a lot for steaks, chicken, fish, etc. along with cooking pancakes, bacon, etc. on it.
     
  2. Arlyn Aronson

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    Well, we used a simple Coleman, 2 burner white gas stove. But i should add, meat is generally cooked over da camp fire.
     
  3. Rik Peery

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    I have a 2 burner Coleman(propane), small square 1 burner Coleman(Butane), a Jet Boil, & a small Weber charcoal grill, sometimes use the fire/coals for foil dishes...the 1 burner Coleman & the Jet Boil I always bring, the other 2 see limited use depending on how long & # of people, usually just the wife & I...***Cast iron skillet is ever present...
     
  4. NorcrossFlyer

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    I have a Camp Chef Explorer and got a cast iron 2-sided griddle for it. Packs up nice and gets hotter than a blow torch.

     
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  5. BikeNFish

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    My pup came with a grill that attaches to the side of the camper, but I don't like to grill so close to the fabric so I use a Weber Portable grill.
     
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  6. J Starsky

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    I've got a fleet of three cooking options. A Coleman Grillin' Griddle (cira 2000s), Coleman 2 burner, and lastly whatever portable grill I haven't broken yet. Newest was $12 closeout in winter Menards clearance - and I've already broken both handles :grin: We've never used the propane in the pup, and the dark side camper will never see food cooked, maybe prepped, unless I decide a birthday cake is required! We were talking about a crockpot in the TT...
     
  7. Sjm9911

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    I got a cheap char broil portable propane grill for 30 bucks. Probubly will not be great , but it's compact. I do have a iron grate for over the fire pit, but it's to much of a pita to use. Grill is untested.......
     
  8. cam_1100

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  9. soft 17

    soft 17 Active Member

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    +1 for the Camp Chef and we also use a Blackstone table top 17" griddle. Never used the inside stove.
     
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  10. DanLee

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    I use the inside stove when it's cold, but generally cook outside on a Coleman 426 (white gas three burner). If there's a grill at the campsite, I use that with charcoal or set up a folding grill over a pile of charcoal. Sometimes I'll take a Weber Go-Anywhere propane grill if I know there's a fire ban.
     
  11. DerekCamperDad

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    +1 for the Camp Chef too.

    One half has a cast iron griddle, other has their BBQ box. Has worked great so far. I also have a couple of Coleman dual propane burner stoves, Coleman single burner and a Cuisinart All Foods Rollaway. Still figuring out what works best for us. I like the Camp Chef the best, but it is a bit of a pain due to us usually camping in bear territory which means it needs to be packed up after every use. Mostly likely we'll stick with the Camp Chef and maybe the single burner as back up.

    Only used the inside stove to heat up water when the kids needed a wipe down before bed.
     
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  12. Arlyn Aronson

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    Our little camper puts space at a premium when looking at all the stoves other folks bring along, although we do like to eat well...:)
     
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  13. Shaman1

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    I have a "Walkabout Grill" that I always take. Anything else is based on where I'm camping and which camper I'm in.
     
  14. Rusty2192

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    I have a Weber Q100 (Now called the Q1000) and it’s great.
     
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  15. DJS12354

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    We do all the cooking outside. Use a Coleman stove that has been converted to propane and a small footprint gas grill purchased from WalMart.
     
  16. jm88

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    Wow, so many great ideas. Thank you! I do notice a lot of those Camp Chefs at the campground but wasn't really sure how they worked. I looked them up briefly and see all the different accessories you can get so that looks pretty nice. They sure seem pretty popular. I also see a lot of the Roadtrip grills like I have and the tabletop Weber Q. Maybe I'll check one of my burners and see if it is clogged or something. I only have more trip planned this year so maybe I will look into new things for next season. Can you grill a steak pretty nicely on the reversible griddle/grill for the Camp Chef? Does it fold up/set up/clean up pretty easily?
     
  17. Wecamp04

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    I have a bunch of different grills,really depends who and where we go as to what I take, my camp chef weekender is my favorite.
     
  18. Sneezer

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    I use a camp chef weekender, Weber q1200, Coleman Road Trip and a Coleman Eventemp stove. All but the Eventemp have been adapted to run off the low pressure quick connect on the camper. I also use a tee with extension lines off the tank for high pressure stuff.

    I got rid of the inside stove to reclaim counter space.

    Try blowing out your burners. They may be clogged a little. If you did a lot of grilling they may also be clogged with food bits.
     
  19. myride

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    I also use the camp chef pro 90 model along with the camp chef grill that sits on top of it.....as for a griddle.....camp chef cast iron again.
    May be a bit bulky and a tad heavy but they all ride in their own bags inside my Utah and I'm never shot of space.....if you know the Coleman Utah they are natorious for lack of space.
     
  20. Fixitup

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    Either the campfire or rvq for the meats, and camp stove for everything else. Very little cooking done inside. Mabey some biscuits or cookies in the oven.
     

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