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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the coleman fold n go grill/stove, have used it a few times with no problems, i have the grill and stove rings, i dont have it but there is a griddle accessory for it as well

Compact size was the thing for me

heres a link
http://www.colemancanada.ca/Catalog/GRILLS.Roadtrip,2000005045.en.products
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: coleman fold n go Reply with quote

I will second the recommendation on the Coleman fold n go. My wife and I just finished our year-long road trip in our westy and it worked great many times. It fits perfectly in the luggage rack.

We have the grill, stove top and griddle accessories for it. The griddle is awesome for pancakes, eggs, etc. The stovetop is ok, but not nearly as good as the westy stovetop. The grill top works great, except that cooks very hot. There's no thermometer or anything, but grilling steak or anything else went very quicky. We only turned it up to the "low" setting, or else it would fry! In other words, it's a very efficient little grill. Vertical space is somewhat limited, as the clamshell lid provides only a few inches of clearance.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which version of the Coleman do you guys have?
The 2-burner, or the one with the cast iron grill surface?

I have the 2-burner stove, and I hate it. It holds the pots way too high above the flame, which wastes propane. It takes much too long to bring a pot of coffee to boil in the morning.

2-burner:
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2-Burner-Fold-InstaStart-Stove/dp/B000F7T2MU/

Grill:
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Fold-InstaStart-Portable-Grill/dp/B001RU04XK/
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI - CL Los Angeles has a Magma listed for $75
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/boa/2985159236.html
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-PerfectFlow-Insta-Start-Grill/dp/B000BPEE4M/

Anybody try this one? It looks like it combines the best aspects of the normal Coleman grill and stove.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up a Camp Chef Everest stove last year from REI. It seems they are on sale right now for $70. I love mine: 20K BTU per burner. Probably more powerful than the stove I have at home! It's a bit heavier (10 lbs) than the Coleman, but is worth it, IMO, especially if you really like to cook, as I do.

I also sprung for a cast-iron single burner griddle to cook steaks, French toast and what not:

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Single-Burner-Reversib...amp;sr=1-1
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

berkeleyjack wrote:
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-PerfectFlow-Insta-Start-Grill/dp/B000BPEE4M/

Anybody try this one? It looks like it combines the best aspects of the normal Coleman grill and stove.


The wife and I have had one of these for a couple of years. It works perfectly for us. We used to carry a stove and a grill. We use both sides for pans/skillets if we aren't grilling. I keep meaning to buy a small griddle to use on the grill side.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Solaire grill, it uses infrared. Gets to 1,100 degrees in three minutes. Not the best for slow grilling needs but for steaks and other meats it is one of the best grills out there. All stainless steel and made in US. Only downside is the cost. Around $300 its bit pricey. Best steaks you'll ever have.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any experience with these?

I am a sucker for small and compact!

But is it any good?

http://www.georgesports.com/gs60139.html?utm_mediu...Qgodpn4AmQ


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCRCuLjr0So
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a Weber Q and feel it's one of the best small grills on the market. It cooks much better than the Weber Gensi$$$$ we have at home. In fact, we now cook on the Q at home if it's just the two of us. We picked up the griddle that fits the Q and can make pancakes, bacon and eggs at the campsite. We carry it on one of those tailgate cargo carriers, a la Dragonfly rentals.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the years, I have used a bunch if things on the boats or in the Westys. Most of which I was not satisfied with the range of heat, length or the control of heat. Thought that the quick disconnect on the Westy tank would help to alleviate the first by giving more options.

Honestly, I have not used anything on the quick disconnect this year but a freestanding burner for a lobster pot.

However, I do recommend one of these little gems. Has a stone heat spot on top for a quick sear, the vents on side for some direct flame and a ring around the bottom to catch runoff. Cleanup was quite minimal on the Westy stove.

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At around 12.5 inches, it can go just about anywhere and in the rain saturday night, cooked up some bulgogi on the Westy stove quite nicely. Although my van will smell like gochujang for weeks the meal was great.

Anytime I can spread out the work, the better for everyone. Grill yer own damn meat sweetheart Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Primus grill I bought off Ebay- (Watch and at times you can get for $55+ship)
it's a great little compact grill that will cook for (4) adults.
it fits under the back seat (in a XL Ziploc storage bag) and can hold 7 ears of corn to cook. or 6 boneless chicken breasts.

the fuel is quite efficient, so while the Butane isn't as available as propane green bottles, it's easier to fit a few spares inthe closet and I use a Butane cookstove for table top cooking.. this was a driving factor in my buying a Primus grill, and quality feels top notch..

Primus BBQ grill on Ebay

almo wrote:
Any experience with these?

I am a sucker for small and compact!

But is it any good?

http://www.georgesports.com/gs60139.html?utm_mediu...Qgodpn4AmQ


YouTube link:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCRCuLjr0So

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the fuel is quite efficient, so while the Butane isn't as available as propane green bottles, it's easier to fit a few spares inthe closet and I use a Butane cookstove



Restaurant supply house, and often at Costco or SAMs club you can find butane inserts. Used them often for remote food stations.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

berkeleyjack wrote:
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-PerfectFlow-Insta-Start-Grill/dp/B000BPEE4M/

Anybody try this one? It looks like it combines the best aspects of the normal Coleman grill and stove.


I've used this one for 3 years now. Tucks nicely under the rear seat for easy access. I line the bottom with aluminum foil to collect any grease or char. Makes for easy cleanup.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

while I would love an all in 1 wonder.
the cookstove portion looks designed for pots, and not for frying pans..
I don't like to put pans/pots ontop of the nonstick grill portion as the added heat burns off the non-stick coating.
so I am relagated to 2 seperate units. 1 for grilling, 1 for a stove.. but I use both that use Butane to keep me 1 fueled.

berkeleyjack wrote:
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-PerfectFlow-Insta-Start-Grill/dp/B000BPEE4M/

Anybody try this one? It looks like it combines the best aspects of the normal Coleman grill and stove.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

almo wrote:
Any experience with these?


http://www.georgesports.com/gs60139.html?utm_mediu...Qgodpn4AmQ




The last time I used a portable stove was like back in my liquid fuelled Coleman days! Decades ago! I have little experience with them....

Is a portable stove like that significantly less efficient at boiling water? (time/fuel required)

Any user input on ease (or possible?) of refilling that Primus LP bottle?

Any users leave their tongs on the ground while grillin? Wink (watch the video)

Thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
I have a Primus grill I bought off Ebay- (Watch and at times you can get for $55+ship)
it's a great little compact grill that will cook for (4) adults.
it fits under the back seat (in a XL Ziploc storage bag) and can hold 7 ears of corn to cook. or 6 boneless chicken breasts.

the fuel is quite efficient, so while the Butane isn't as available as propane green bottles, it's easier to fit a few spares inthe closet and I use a Butane cookstove for table top cooking.. this was a driving factor in my buying a Primus grill, and quality feels top notch..

Primus BBQ grill on Ebay

almo wrote:
Any experience with these?

I am a sucker for small and compact!

But is it any good?

http://www.georgesports.com/gs60139.html?utm_mediu...Qgodpn4AmQ


YouTube link:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCRCuLjr0So

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I think I'm gonna pick 1 up. I too like the insert can! Very easy to keep a few on hand in the van. We don't barbecue all that much but this could be handy for the few times we do. It does look like it can fit under the back seat nice and handy.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if I should start a new thread on this, but it seemed close to topic..

I'm wanting to connect a portable propane grill (or other propane camping accessory) to my 2ndary propane tank on the Westy. (I have one on the passenger side).

Somehow I've never been able to decode the proper combination of fittings to allow me to go from the tank regulator, to a quick-connect, to a hose with the female 1-lb bottle screw on type connector.

anyone ever set this up? What did you use?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busdepot carries the Extend a stay (soe does most RV facilities)
http://www.busdepot.com/53700

and there are a few threads with a remote grill hook up

here's one for examples
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=475371&highlight=extend+stay
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my Extend-A-Stay thread:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=245630&highlight=extend+stay
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