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jbeletti
06-21-2005, 07:26 AM
Hey gang,

I am wondering how you grill out when camping.

For me, I carry a little Smokey Joe charcoal grill and use Match Light charcoal. But when I can, I like to use the grill section of the campsite's fire ring when present. I clean it off, then place my Smokey Joe cooking grate on it.

Sometimes I setup one of those tripod cooking grates. Mine is one of the larger/taller ones (only one I could find) and it is a real pain to setup and to store.

I am seriously considering a small portable gas grill. Maybe one of those Weber Mini Qs.

What works well for you?

Jim

mowmoney
06-21-2005, 07:56 AM
We have a small gas grill. I think it's a chefmate or something like that we got at camping world. The legs are detachable so it stores nicely and you can get a bag to carry it in also. It's just like your grill at home only a little smaller.

We tried the grill that is a solid top rather than a grate but didn't like it because it didn't give the burgers and steaks that same flavor you know?

Good luck and happy grilling. :)

jbeletti
06-21-2005, 09:03 AM
mowmoney,

I hear ya on the flavor. I am looking at the Weber Baby Q and one thing I want to look at is how the heat is conveyed to the food. If there is a flame that heats a solid metal cooking slab, then I won't want it Sounds barbaric but I want that "flame on flesh" flavor.

I did see a small retangular Sunbeam model at WalMart yesterday. It had folding legs and a warming rack above the cooking grid. The gas valve assembly seemed a little hokey though. Only $23!

Thanks for the input - the search continues...

Jim

bajaron
06-21-2005, 02:16 PM
Jim

I went through the same problem when trying to deceide what grill to get. I went with the Weber Q grill with folding stand. it cost more than i wanted to spend for a camping grill but O'well. I think it work great. I just follow the instructions in the book that came with it and it's cook's just great.:)

jbeletti
06-21-2005, 03:13 PM
Ron,

Thanks for the feedback. I went out to Ace Hardware today and looked at both the Q and Baby Q. It's usually just the wife and I so I am favoring the Baby Q. It gives me more room than the Smokey Joe and appears to be real sturdily built.

I priced the Baby Q, Rolling Duffle and Vinyl Cover on Buy.com and Amazon.com today too. I think I just got a coupon in the mail for 10% off at Ace. If so, I'll get it there.

Jim

Tom of Ypsi
06-21-2005, 03:13 PM
I have the Coleman Road Trip Grill and love it, in fact there are now 6 members of our camping club that have it. With the interchangeable grills I can do eggs, hamburgers, steaks or whatever by just changing the grills. I hardly ever cook in doors.

jbeletti
06-21-2005, 04:15 PM
Hi Tom,

Thanks for that! I like the Sport model. (http://store.colemancampingstore.com/corospgr.html)

I think I'll have to find a big camping/outdoor gear retailer and check this out.

Thanks again,

Jim

Dusty
06-21-2005, 06:36 PM
I use a coleman road trip gril, its great, especially when there is more than two of you, a couple of dislikes, the grill plates, have a solid center and dont really cook even, and they are a real pain to clean up. other than that, I love it.



Dusty

BluegrassMan
06-21-2005, 07:35 PM
Hey Guy's:

Nothing fancy or expensive here, a Sunbeam table top gas grill that used the green bottles of gas from the Wal-mart - Sam's. I may get a little Snobish and buy a stainless steel table top model. Just my $.02 worth.:p

jbeletti
06-21-2005, 08:15 PM
Thanks everyone for all the input.

Check-out this thread on RV.NET about the Weber Baby Q and the Coleman RoadTrip models. (http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15706369/srt/pa/pging/1/page/4.cfm)

One of the posts in that RV.NET thread reminded me to check Consumer Reports. I did but the Coleman RoadTrip models were not reviewed. The Weber Baby Q was though. They rated it 60 out of 100 or Good. In their words "unexceptional". I don't know, I still think I like it best.

Found that Ace coupon too - $15 off. I just may pull the trigger on it tomorrow.

Jim

Cheryl
06-21-2005, 09:35 PM
My husband wants to take his parents' full sized Kenmore gas grill. He says it would only take a few minutes to assemble/disassemble. It is like new and they can no longer use it.

jbeletti
06-21-2005, 09:43 PM
Cheryl,

That's more work than I want to do but I can't blame our husband for wanting a nice grill on the road. I'd love to have my full-size, yet small Ducane grill from home for the road.

While my storage basement on the Landmark is huge, I sure am filling it up fast. I'll be taking up a bit more when I replace the Smokey Joe with the Weber Baby Q (or whatever I end up with).

I have yet to figure out the best way to organize all my stuff so it works best for me. By the end of my first full camping season with it, I should have a better sense of it (end of season trailer project!).

Jim

mowmoney
06-21-2005, 10:08 PM
I asked the other half and this is what we use.

I wasn't sure on the earlier post.

The legs come off and it all fits into a bag you can get. We got ours at Camping World.

We had the table top models but they didn't seem to cook as quickly, then we tried the grill 2 go but it didn't taste the same, finally we decided on this one, it breaks down small only takes a minute to set up and cooks just like your full size model at home or whatever. It's called Broil King Porta Chef. I don't know how to get the link on here but if you go to www.campingworld.com and you can find it easily. Good luck and of course let us know what you decide for sure.

Phil Smith
06-22-2005, 05:36 AM
I bought the Baby Q a few weeks ago. I have used the Olympic from Camping World for years but after the great success on my home Weber I decided to break out the folding money and get the Baby Q. It works great but does run a little hot. Also requires the taller propane bottles which tend to run a bit more expensive than the more common short fat ones. Guess you can't have it all!

Phil

phranc
06-22-2005, 06:31 AM
What Phil said..........does run a little hot ,on high setting . so I use a lower setting or open lid from time to time . Actually low setting is not that low. The Baby Q is nicely finished and I would assume because it is a weber parts would be available.. Now the gas bottle trick,, I wrote weber and called to find out if there was a replacement for the ring that holds gas bottle in place . They said to me to just source gas bottle(long type) Hardware store in welding dept. I said " It's a camping grill and I would think I could buy propane gas at Dick's or Camping World or Where ever. Ok solutin for holder ring is to take off the lower screw that holds it in place and bend the ring to fit larger ,shorter bottles. Or ,what I did was to take holder ring off altogether and support bottle end with an appro[iate sized jar or can top. Fits nicely in front compartment of present Jayco..I assume it would fit in front compartment of Bighorn or L'Mark..
BTW.. I am going to Syracuse this AM to look at a Bighorn ..

Cheryl
06-22-2005, 06:53 AM
While my storage basement on the Landmark is huge, I sure am filling it up fast. I'll be taking up a bit more when I replace the Smokey Joe with the Weber Baby Q (or whatever I end up with).

I have yet to figure out the best way to organize all my stuff so it works best for me. By the end of my first full camping season with it, I should have a better sense of it (end of season trailer project!).

Jim Nelson plans on adding a shelf to have 2 levels for storage. I believe he is going to put it all the way across the main (largest) compartment, but not the very front.

nemo45
06-22-2005, 08:07 AM
We have a Coleman Road Trip and I have to tell you that is one great grill. It is a little hard to clean up because you put water in the bottom for grilling, but it really does a great job and is big enough to grill steaks for six people at once. I use a small refillable bottle (about 5 lb.) that fits really well in the basement with the grill. I took it to Canada with me on our fishing trip and cooked 5 T-bones and a rib-eye on it at one time.

jbeletti
06-22-2005, 03:37 PM
nemo45, Cheryl, phranc, Phil Smith, mowmoney, BluegrassMan and Dusty,

Thank you all for your input. It really did help me decide.

I ended up going with the Weber Baby Q. I also got the vinyl cover, the rolling duffle and the large LP tank adapter/hose.

I plan to look for and purchase one of those small 5 gallon LP tanks. I carry 1 or 2 of the long LP (soldering type) cylinders with for my campfire starting torch so I will always have some backup gas for the grill with me.

Planning to innaugurate the grill at my office/warehouse tomorrow by grilling chicken and skirt steak for a small potluck we're having. Nice to get used to using it before I take it camping.

While I did read a lot of posts on RV.NET about these grills yesterday as well, I got lots of fast, current and relevant feedback here on the Heartland Owners forum - thanks a lot gang!

Jim

bryanb70
08-27-2011, 12:30 AM
i use a grill caddy 500 from bennett-reitz manufacturing

cableman
08-27-2011, 06:27 AM
We use a kenmore stainless grill from sears. The most important thing is the grate. Get something that cleans up easy and you will be so much happier in the long run.

bacaye
08-27-2011, 09:05 AM
Oh Jim!!!! The Weber Q...We have the baby Q and the 220 Q for when we need a bigger one. This has gotten Bill into doing the grilling big time. We always use a virgin olive oil bath and covering meat with seasoning before we put it on the grill. They suggest room temp before putting beef and pork on the grill. With Riley seasoning you will always be a winner. Absolutely love this grill...No flare ups...catches grease in a trip pan...so easy to clean. Barb

bacaye
08-27-2011, 09:14 AM
Great choice!!!! We have had no problems with anything running hot. I guess we are slow cookers...lol We also have the stand but found it was more of a pain so we either use a table or end of a picnic table. Because of the setup you do not have to worry about grease dripping. Make sure you get a set of the little disposable drip pans if you got the Baby Q. You can even take paper towels to give the pan a quick wipe after throwing the grease away and reuse a few times.

mjatwalker
08-27-2011, 09:21 AM
You can't go wrong with a Weber Q grill.

2psnapod2
08-27-2011, 09:24 AM
Wow, I wonder how many of these OP grills, have lasted after this 6 year old thread has been resurrected.

Jcullipher
08-27-2011, 09:47 AM
I have the Q100 and really like it, I carry a 20lb bottle with me to use with it and "campfire in-a-can". The grill is relatively light, easy to clean, which is done after several uses. I even put an iron skillet on the grate to cook bacon and eggs.

JohnDar
08-27-2011, 10:15 AM
OK, so it's an old thread with new legs, but we used a Baby Q for several years and finally got a Q200 this season. The Baby Q was great, but just a little too small at times. Now the Baby Q sits at home in the garage for winter BBQ'ing (I can safely ventilate the garage) and the Q200 rides in the BH. I got a 10 lb. tank for it. On the deck at home, we've got a full size Weber that gets used when we're home during the non-snow months.

scott b
08-27-2011, 12:40 PM
JB , you will love the Baby Q, we have had ours for two years and it works great, well made . Mine works with the small fat bottles no problem, I also bought the rolling duffle and it keeps it nice. I just bought a LED Light for mine made by weber that bolts to the handle on the Lid of your Q and it works great, it shines right down on the grill when your cooking at night, it was 24.00 but worth it when it gets dark out. Have fun ....Scott

bacaye
08-27-2011, 02:32 PM
Oh Jcullipher...I hear an iron skillet on our list of things go purchase. We were wondering if we could put one on the grill. Thanks for answering a question for us!!!!

shelsay
08-27-2011, 03:25 PM
We bought a Cuisinart All-Foods gas grill for our GC and liked it so much, we got rid of our big home grill and bought another Cuisinart for our deck.

Uncle Rog
08-27-2011, 04:33 PM
Hey there, for short trips we have used a Masterbuilt stainless table model for close to 6 years, it is pretty much bullet proof.
For longer expeditions we use a combo unit from the same manufacturer, out of Cabelas or Bass Pro.......
We can grill or smoke with gas or charcoal.............
For quick stops we use the 1# canisters, we have re-filled them for years, $4 new or re-fill for 25cents..........

elwaller39
08-27-2011, 05:21 PM
The Baby Q does a nice job. This grill heats even from one end to the other, which I enjoy very much. Take a wet paper towel and clean the grill right after you are done grilling while it is still hot. I have not found a nicer grill.

porthole
08-28-2011, 04:11 PM
Weber Q 200 and the heavy iron grate also fits most truck rim camp fire rings.

loafer
08-28-2011, 04:46 PM
Baby Q for us . Just the two of us so we have lots of grill space to work with .
Just my .02 cents worth
Bill

Birchwood
08-28-2011, 05:35 PM
We have a weber mini q 1000 series I think.Its ok but difficult to heat and clean but we
only use the disposable propane tanks so maybe with a larger tank you would get more
pressure(heat).Its strong and manoverable.

jbeletti
08-28-2011, 06:19 PM
Hey - this is cool. Talk about bringing a dead thread back to life :)

I created this thread over 6 years ago.

Michael - the Baby !, now the Q100 or some such was used with GREAT success for nearly 6 seasons! Marv (Smokeybare) has it now. I upgrade to the 200 series for more room. I teed it into the high pressure side of the door side tank using a Mr. Heater Extend-A-Stay system. Works great! Baked 5 whole garlic heads today and 20 slices of garlic bread. Yumo!

Go Weber Q!

Jim

2psnapod2
08-28-2011, 08:16 PM
If and when we go to a gas grill, we defiantly will be going with a Weber Q. If it will last for 6 years with all that traveling it must be a good product.

JohnDar
08-28-2011, 08:19 PM
Hey - this is cool. Talk about bringing a dead thread back to life :)

I created this thread over 6 years ago.

Michael - the Baby !, now the Q100 or some such was used with GREAT success for nearly 6 seasons! Marv (Smokeybare) has it now. I upgrade to the 200 series for more room. I teed it into the high pressure side of the door side tank using a Mr. Heater Extend-A-Stay system. Works great! Baked 5 whole garlic heads today and 20 slices of garlic bread. Yumo!

Go Weber Q!

Jim

Whoa! Garlic heads and garlic bread?? Whadda you doing, watching a "Twilight" and "True Blood" marathon??

gmc
08-29-2011, 12:39 AM
I've used a baby Q for years and it is a great little barbeque.Used it yesterday at alpine as a matter of fact

rick_debbie_gallant
08-29-2011, 01:33 AM
Jim, Debbie eta I izan Weber Q220 (edo da 220 da) erabiliz. Dena den, gauza maite dugu. Nahiz eta bero bide guztien inguruan. Erraza garbitzeko. Heavy betebeharra, hau eztainua zigilatu ez. Bigarren mailako azpilak ez da pisu asko onartzen da arazo bakarra aurkitu dut. Horietako beefing Tad bat begiratu dut. Beste baino oraindik I 5 Flaming briquettes luke!Eta bai armarria zure elikagaien ideia handia olio batzuk eta zure gozagarri dira sukaldaritza da.Eta saltsa bazara guztiak erabiliz, joera batzuk ez makila papera itzulbiratu jartzea grate on nuke.Carmelized barbakoa saltsa baino hobeto ez.egin duzunean bakarrik biratu papera gainean ertzak eta zure janaria zerbitzatu plater jarri papera eta saltsa batera egosteko.Oh bai, ez du minik zure haragia parrillan 5 minutu parrilla itzali eta estalkia buruz gainerako utzi.Bakearen.

bacaye
08-29-2011, 02:28 AM
lol I learned a lesson...Be sure and check post dates!!!! Honestly, we have the Weber 100 and got it at Target when we were at Goshen and for just under $100. Got 2 love a SALE!!! Everywhere we looked we would see one!!! We have the 220..still in the box...but hoping Bill's last year Christmas present will make it out of the box soon. He thought it was too big to take in the camper when we went to Goshen. Now that we have the 100 we will use the 220 as needed on trips or use it at home. I say Go Weber Q too!!!

brianharrison
08-29-2011, 08:24 AM
Jim, Debbie eta I izan Weber Q220 (edo da 220 da) erabiliz. Dena den, gauza maite dugu. Nahiz eta bero bide guztien inguruan. Erraza garbitzeko. Heavy betebeharra, hau eztainua zigilatu ez. Bigarren mailako azpilak ez da pisu asko onartzen da arazo bakarra aurkitu dut. Horietako beefing Tad bat begiratu dut. Beste baino oraindik I 5 Flaming briquettes luke!Eta bai armarria zure elikagaien ideia handia olio batzuk eta zure gozagarri dira sukaldaritza da.Eta saltsa bazara guztiak erabiliz, joera batzuk ez makila papera itzulbiratu jartzea grate on nuke.Carmelized barbakoa saltsa baino hobeto ez.egin duzunean bakarrik biratu papera gainean ertzak eta zure janaria zerbitzatu plater jarri papera eta saltsa batera egosteko.Oh bai, ez du minik zure haragia parrillan 5 minutu parrilla itzali eta estalkia buruz gainerako utzi.Bakearen.

What's this? Secret language?

I still like the smell of Briquettes when someone is using them in a campground....

Brian

jmgratz
08-29-2011, 09:03 AM
We love our Weber Q200. Use it often and have the foldup stand for it.

mmomega
09-01-2011, 11:42 PM
Had the roadtrip but bought the Weber Q 3 trips ago, used it each time, and I like it a lot more than the Coleman. We haven't been able to use an actual fire or charcoal grill in TX since I can't remember when (burn bans everywhere) so this is all we use when alone.

Usually we go camping with another couple and my friend has an old plow disc, the center hub was filled and welded up smooth so you can't tell there was a hole there and two horseshoes welded opposite each other for handles so we use this as our make shift wok. You can cook dang near anything on it, just clean it with some paper towels and rock salt.
He has a full size propane tank and a stand to put the wok on. American Ingenuity at work :)

lwmcguir
09-04-2011, 06:53 AM
We like our Olympian SS grill. Works well and stows easily.

jbeletti
09-04-2011, 07:03 AM
Whoa! Garlic heads and garlic bread?? Whadda you doing, watching a "Twilight" and "True Blood" marathon??

John,

We had an after the rally, rally potluck in Michigan and I was bringing spaghetti and meatballs. What better side than yummy garlic bread. I used 2 huge loafs of bread with each cut in half - so about 40 pieces. It was all gone at the end of the meal :)

cookie
09-04-2011, 08:11 AM
John,

We had an after the rally, rally potluck in Michigan and I was bringing spaghetti and meatballs. What better side than yummy garlic bread. I used 2 huge loafs of bread with each cut in half - so about 40 pieces. It was all gone at the end of the meal :)
Aw man....I knew we should have stayed. Sounds yummy.

Peace
Dave