Just because you are camping it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy a hot meal. Instead of resigning yourself to hot dogs roasted over a campfire, you can easily enjoy burgers, chicken, vegetables and even grilled cheese sandwiches with a portable grill. Designed specifically for campers, these grills are lightweight, compact and generally easy to use. Before you rush out and buy the first camping grill you see there are a few factors that you will want to consider.
One of the first things to think about is your budget. Camping grills are priced according to size, materials used in construction, and who the manufacturer is. In this case it is often worth it to pay a little more for a well known brand, especially if this means that the camping grill also comes with a warranty. The last thing you want is for the grill to quit working in the middle of the camping trip.
When it comes to deciding on the size you will be slightly limited. Remember you will have to carry the grill to and from your camping spot. If the grill is too bulky or heavy to easily carry, chances are you just made an expensive purchasing mistake. In general most camping grills are large enough to hold up to 4 regular size burgers or a couple of pieces of chicken at a time. If you think that you might need more cooking space you might want to consider adding a backpack grill to your gear. These single burner grills are inexpensive, lightweight and extremely easy to use.
The fuel source is another important aspect to consider. You can find camping grills that use kerosene, propane, butane, unleaded gas or Coleman (white) fuel. I recommend propane since these grills are usually inexpensive, easy to operate, and lightweight. Another advantage to a propane camping grill is that many can be adjusted to fit the size of the tank. This way you can attach a 5, 10 or even 20 pound tank depending on the length of your camping trip. If you’re not sure what size propane tank you’ll need, a good tip to remember is that most patio grills come with one that weighs 20 pounds. The only downside to using a propane camping grill is that the cost of the tanks can add up over time.