Great Addition to an already great line
This is an absolutely fabulous product which greatly compliments the Biolite Stove. By adding a few inches of height to the combustion chamber of the stove it makes fuel utilization somewhat easier. It does smoke with cooking but this is not a disadvantage but a benefit. It flavors the meat wonderfully and I also add hickory, apple or mesquite smoking chips while cooking at home. It remains very fuel efficient (I was able to fully cook 6 pounds of meat with 1 - 4 foot dead branch about 1 inch in diameter). It cooks slowly enough for the fat to melt off the meat and the fat then runs down the unit into the combustion chamber adding both flavor to the meat and fuel to the fire. It gets "dirty" but doesn't really need to be cleaned. The plastic cover keeps any food waste products from getting on anything else. It you desire to cut down on weight you can replace the plastic cover with a drawstring bag (I made one from Tyvec which is lightweight, tough and waterproof). Putting a full load of fuel into the combustion chamber after you are done cooking will also combust almost all remaining cooking waste products. Control of the cooking heat is excellent but takes a little practice. The various ares of the grill have heat variations due to the distance from the combustion chamber but this also varies due to the air/flame rotation caused by the fan. The flap over the combustion chambers is easy to adjust how much heat is being distributed laterally vs. vertically and it stays put in the position you adjust it to without having to be blocked in place. Although primarily designed for grilling it is also useful for simmering food in pots placed on the grill and its construction makes it quite stable. This unit is an absolutely vital piece of a long term survival kit as well.
First time users
The food you place on the grill will stick to the grill like any use of a grill the first time. To avoid this slightly oil the grill with a thin coat of oil. A better suggestion is to cut an onion (better to use vidala onion or any big onion) and use the cut side on the grill by rubbing the cut side all over the grill when the grill is just starting the heat up, this gives the grill the right amout of oiling for food not to stick and your food will not taste like onion. To control the amout of heating time the food is cooking for start by cooking the item of food away from the fire first on both sides to help lock in the juices of the food and progressivly move the item of food towards the fire. Why? The BioLite Stove burns very hot, it's that good. Where the fire burns hottest heats up a lot quicker charring your food more quickly and eventually burning it because your food needs to be throughly cooked (like meats, pultry, and fish). Instead oil the gril, via onion or slight coat of oil, keep the fan on low once the fire starts to go, place food on outer far end (south of fire source)of grill, cook both sides there first to lock juices, then move towards the center of the grill to finish off. For fruits and veggies to get that quick charred look using the grill towards the heat source is actually better and quicker, just remember to pre-onion or boil. Grill works amazing! Cooking times vary differently depending on rain, rain cover, region, or wind conditions. Test was done indoors. Will update when using in windy and rainy conditions. Hope these tricks help to better use your BioLite Grill.
After being impressed with the biolite stove, I could not resist the purchase of this grill. I was skeptical at first at how much heat would be produced, and how well the heat would be distributed, but I was blown away. The first time I used this grill was at a park where we had planned to used one of the built in charcoal grills, but they were all in use. I set up the biolite grill and was up in running in about 2 minutes, far less time then it takes for charcoal to be ready to cook on. At first, I did not think the grill would produce enough heat so i really loaded it up with wood and quickly found out that there was plenty of heat and it was also evenly distributed. This grill saved our picnic and did a phenomenal job of cooking, sausages, burgers, and hotdogs. We even roasted some marshmallows after we finished eating the main coarse.
Great accessory to the BioLite CampStove
I've owned this grill for about 1 week, and I've grilled bison burgers on it in my backyard and venison while on lunch break, volunteering at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. The design is well thought-out, expanding on the CampStove's innovative features like foldable legs and stainless steel construction. The grill surface has 3 different temperature zones (a convenient feature) which are caused by both the grill shape and the fan's twisting effect on the flame direction. I found tongs to be one of the better tools to use to manipulate the food on the grill, although the grill has a lip, so your spatula won't just slide the food off the grill onto the ground. Adding wood to the stove is fairly easy. The parts (grill body; flame spreader/fuel lid; and grill grate) come apart easily for cleaning. The plastic cover makes it a cinch to transport after using. It is compact, easy to use, & nice to look at.
More than doubles the stove's usefulness
We bought the Biolite camp stove as a safe alternative to a campfire, with small children in the camp. It is great and useful, but using anything more than just a pot or small pan is nearly impossible. We finally went in for the grill attachment, and we LOVE it! It makes the stove so useful. We can now cook a large variety of meals at the campsite.
The only downside is the difficulty of clean up. It is stainless, so stuff wipes off fairly easily, but the underside of the grill rack is difficult to clean because of the shape, which I'm sure they designed for strength and minimal weight. It's a trade off that makes clean up a bit more difficult, but the product is still super useful. We would buy it again.
This grill worked great! I used hickory wood chips in my unit. It works kinda like a smoker grill. my burgers cooked in 10 minutes and had a nice hickory smoke flavor. I tried some thick chicken breasts also and they cooked in about 20 minutes. It cooks meat very evenly due to the screen beneath the grate. cleans nicely also. you could burn hickory, mesquite, cherry, or applewood chips in it for whatever flavor you are looking for. there is a learning curve on keeping a constant supply of heat. a small handful of woodchips every 4 minutes worked for me. I give it an A+.
I have used this numerous times both at home and in the field. Have cook burgers, veggies, pork chops and steak. If using woods such as apple or hickory, you get some really nice flavors. Clean up is a bit of a pain, but, if you can rinse it with water and then put in the dishwasher when you get home, all is well. I did learn that when cooking a lean cut, such as flank steak, it needs some external source of fat, so a little bit of olive oil here and there helps. All in all, a great product.
Best Grill Ever
I was already a big fan of the BioLite and this grill has sealed it for me. The best thing I ever bought. Works awesome. Cooks the best burgers I've ever tasted. If you used drift wood on the beach, it smokes the food great. A bit messy to clean up if you let the juices run down into the grill. Don't cut the meat on the grill. It attracts tons of attention. I find myself praising it over and over to strangers. Maybe I can get a sales commission. If you are considering buying this, DO IT! You'll be thankful.
Great compact smoker/BBQ system
This grill imparts a lot of smoky flavor to your food! Not much wood needed, I have used wood chips or twigs. Both work great! Good for car camping and backyard BBQ. A bit bulky for backwoods camping but the advantages of power charging might make it worth lugging around. You might just want to travel with the stove alone if you are really watching weight and space. However, Yummy smoky food awaits those who bring this grill with them!
Great Addition to Have
With the grill attachment I cooked perfect steaks. I was impressed with how evenly the steaks cooked throughout. I had been concerned that there would be either too much heat or not enough heat and they wouldn't cook properly. Not so. It was just as easy as cooking on the grill at home. The grill isn't very easy to thoroughly clean while in the field but you can put it's plastic cover on until you get it home again.