Recommendation for a <$200 camp BBQ?

Old Tanker

New member
I use a Scottle and Coleman for my stovetops. A baby Weber or hibachi would work as a compact charcoal grill. I can't imagine any way to bring a BBQ along - maybe a Weber Smokey Mountain carried in a trailer.
 

SBSYNCRO

Active member
I use a Scottle and Coleman for my stovetops. A baby Weber or hibachi would work as a compact charcoal grill. I can't imagine any way to bring a BBQ along - maybe a Weber Smokey Mountain carried in a trailer.
Yea prior to acquiring my Turtleback trailer, I've just relied on an old Pyromid folding charcoal/wood BBQ (14") but its a bit of a hassle to set up, light, and control temps on. I now have extra space so I'm going to allow myself the luxury of a propane BBQ (which I have NEVER owned in my lifetime).
 

Cummins_expo

Adventurer
After many years and many different configurations the Weber Q grill has been the best all around. If we don't have fire restrictions ( seldom) Weber Smokey joe
 

mep1811

Gentleman Adventurer
So I don’t have any experience with the cooking platforms you’ve listed, but...

I do have extensive experience with the Genesis Basecamp by JetBoil.

it seems to meet all/most of the criteria you are looking for. It is extremely compact, the dual burners are more adjustable than most stick and brick home stoves, and it is designed to be used at altitude.

Might want to take a look.View attachment 627648
How is it with grilling steaks?
 

rover rob

New member
I use my Volcano all the time when I go out. It is perfect for two, and I've cooked for 4 on it before. It collapses down to about a 22"x 10" disk. I pretty much always use it with Propane- with the BBQ size tank. As a propane campfire, it's a flame. That's about it - but with propane it meets Stage I restrictions. I haven't tried it with wood or charcoal, but I bet it would be nice. (I'm gonna have to give that a whirl) I've tried a variety of other portable grills that I purchased at Costco, and was never happy with the single-purpose and performance. I've had my Volcano a couple of years now and it's holding up well - except for the canvas bag. The stitching is coming out of the fabric handles where they attach to the bag. One modification I have made is to re-purpose a large, aluminum Wok lid to work as a cover. It's perfect for when you need to retain the heat.

Cons: Weight, it's not light. Hard to clean. Carry Bag is poorly constructed.

Pro's: Quality construction, heavy duty. Options for different fuels, also can be used as a smoker.
i love mine, get the middle rack if you buy this as it gives the ability to use charcoal closer to the top grate. best money I ever spent on a grill
 

SBSYNCRO

Active member
So the Volcano was sold out over the holidays, so I ended up getting a Napolean Travel Q 285 for Christmas. It really works extremely well and its so easy to use I'm even using it at home instead of firing up the Weber Performer charcoal grill (that I have used exclusively for over 20 years). It clasps shut and folds up (which makes it better for my purpose than the Weber Q, but it's still not as compact as the Volcano. Though I do question the performance of the Volcano as a propane BBQ with that single stove-type burner in the center. (is there a flame diffuser/spreader?).
 

rover rob

New member
yes it has a heavy steel diffuser plate . honestly I use the grates with lump charcoal more than the propane. with the hood it makes a great little smoker.
 

SBSYNCRO

Active member
Thanks for that clarification. Going back to my original post, I really was just looking for a good propane grill (already have several small portable charcoal grills that I really like). Sounds like the Volcano 3 is. very versatile, but better as a wood/charcoal grill than propane. Thanks again
 
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