On edit: See my updated Thumbs Down review of the Coleman Stove Grill. After using it for a while, I am really disappointed with it.
This was my initial review:
I really like the new Coleman Stove Grill — for the most part.
I love the powerful burner that gets hot enough for stir fry, very fast boils, and easily adjusts down to the slowest simmer. Since I only cook greasy or aromatic dishes outside, the one burner is sufficient. I usually cook low-mess foods inside on the Casita’s 5000 BTU burners anyway.
My main reason for wanting the Coleman unit was because our Weber Baby-Q gets so greasy and nasty and is too hard to clean while we are out camping. Also I liked the idea of not having to carry both a camp stove and a grill.
So when I use the Coleman grill, I cover the pan underneath the grill and the surrounding area with cheap aluminum foil (with a hole punched it it to allow grease to drain into the drip pan). All that foil is probably overkill, but it’s worth it to me. All it takes to clean the stove and keep it sparkling is a quick wipe down with Windex.
The grill itself is another matter. Even though it is teflon coated, it still gets the typical burned on greasy food deposits. I tried soaking it for an hour in hot soapy water after using it, and alternatively, just generously spraying it with Windex and letting it set for a half hour or so. Both methods seemed to have about equal results. It still takes scrubbing with a nylon pad to get the mess off — most of it anyway.
But at least I end up with a grill that is pretty clean instead of the mess I had with the Weber.
The burner unit is a lot closer to the grate on the Coleman than it is on the Weber, so there’s a learning curve involved in getting the heat right. Also, I used to close the lid on the Weber when I grilled on it, and I don’t with the Coleman because I don’t want the inside of the lid getting crusted on grease, so that’s another difference that I’m having to get used to.
The first time I grilled chicken, one side was charcoal because the heat was too high. I did chicken again tonight and set the heat too low. It got done, but didn’t have the crispy brown outside that I like. So the next time, hopefully I’ll get it right.
I like grilling on the Weber better, but I like camping with the Coleman better. So I’ll use the Weber on the deck at home and carry the Coleman when we go places.
I’ll close with dog pictures. 🙂