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What’s the Best Portable Camping Grill?

I love to grill—steaks, veggies, sausages, anything. How can I bring my grill camping with me?

What’s the Best Portable Camping Grill?

Not this. Photo: Delmas Lehman

Portable grills provide better, more consistent heat and easier cleanup than backpacking stoves or open fires, and they're not all the car-camping behemoths of yesteryear. Modern grills vary a great deal in their weight—from three to 24 pounds—and use either wood or propane as fuel. Wood-fired ones are generally lighter to carry in, and can be carried onto planes. Propane units are obviously less fuss, since they heat consistently for over three and a half hours on a standard one-pound canister.

Before you buy, consider whether you need a grill at all. The easiest solution would be to toss a steel grate over two flat rocks in your fire circle and be done with it. That’s not a bad idea, especially if you carry along an easy-to-clean stainless steel cook surface such as Rome’s Pioneer. But stand-alone portables provide more even heat for your culinary adventures, and they can be set up anywhere. Here are our favorite new entries and old stand-bys.

BioLite Portable Grill
Esbit Foldable Barbeque Box
Coleman Fold N Go Grill
Camp Chef Rainier 2 Burner Grill
Pro-Iroda O-Grill 1000

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