Good Idea on Kickstarter - For "state park" grills

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  1. Chaaalie

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    If this is not allowed, please let me know and I'll remove ... But I saw this on Kickstarter and thought my fellow pop-up campers might like this idea as much as I do.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2103190272/bbq-wingman-your-easy-grilling-partner

    Seems like a pretty good idea ... A "bolt on" extension that creates a shelf and tool hangers -- and a raised warming grate -- to make the typical post-mounted grills that are in many campgrounds and state parks.

    I have "backed" this project, but have no other stake in it's success (If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, I only get mine if they reach their funding goal AND successfully navigate the production process ... I only pay if they get enough pledges to hit that goal. There is a risk you could back a project and lose your investment ... So the fact this isn't too expensive is a plus, too.)
     

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    Wow, that's a great idea. Ingenious, really.
     
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    Re: Good Idea on Kickstarter - For "state park" grills

    People actually use those grills? I don't think I've ever seen one in use. To the point that they basically don't exist around here any more.


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    Re: Good Idea on Kickstarter - For "state park" grills

    You can buy a "table in a bag" for less, set it up by the grill, and have more space. Plus it works for a lot more things than these specific grills.

    But... glad to see people coming up with unique product ideas.
     
  5. Chaaalie

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    Good points ... There are a couple places I stay that still have them (the ones with the most militant ground-fire rules, typically) so I get to use them (there are also some non-camping parks in my area that have them in their picnic areas) ... And invariably my other portable tables get re-purposes by the wife or kids ... And I really like the idea that this could be single purpose, because that allows me to better control the level of cleanliness on my food surfaces.
     
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    Clever idea but I would use it only two or three times a year.
     
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    Re: Good Idea on Kickstarter - For "state park" grills

    I never cook with charcoal. The grilles I really hate are the ones mounted on the fire rings and can't be moved out of the way.

    The kickstarter device is creative but I doubt there would ever be much interest in it as a marketable product.
     
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    We've switched rings with unoccupied sites because of those fixed grills on them.
     
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    I pretty much only use charcoal briquettes for Dutch oven camp cooking ... In the grills I'll either use some lump or actual hardwood ... Not that much harder and if done right imparts great flavor on the right meals. (Yes, I'm the one that gets designated as camp cook whenever we go on multi-family camp outs ... So maybe that's why I like this idea so much.)
     
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    I see it as an idea 30 years too late.
    There are just too many alternatives these days IMO.
     
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    I'm gonna have to go with the general opinion here and say that, while it's a good idea that some would find useful, I haven't personally used one of those grills for years.
     
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    This is interesting to me ... Someone (other than me) is still using these grills, but who is it?

    Also, are all you guys now cooking exclusively on propane stoves? Camping and not grilling anything?

    I understand the convenience, but it just seems a little wrong to go "camping" and not have something cooked over an open (orange) flame.

    But it looks like I'm the weird one.
     
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    Most of the parks that have them here they are in real dirty. I have been for years using a propane grill for BQ cooking and DO.
     
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    I also think this is neat. I have never used one of these grills because they never look appealing but with this set up I would be happy to use it rather than our Coleman stove. Like grilled food.
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    Those fire pit grates work well to hold my pie irons over the coals.
     
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    I love it! Always a PITA not having a table nearby.
    I use the grills almost every evening when camping. I usually have vegetables in aluminum foil on the fire ring grill too!
    Arriving back at campsite after hiking all day, cold beer, building a fire to cook on. That's camping.
     

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