Outdoor Camping Grills can be either a simple steel rack or first class using a portable great outdoors gas grill on a stand. The big difference in what level of camping grill to cook with is all based on type of camping, small, or large group, and length of stay.
Let's go with common sense to start with. Hiking on a trail or for that matter hiking in to your campsite dictates that you should only bring just a grill rack or maybe a small 1 burner Coleman stove. Face it, unless you have a small army of volunteers, hauling nothing more than a camp stove is about the best way to go.
If you have a drive up campsite, obviously you expand your camping grill options. For just one or two people, a camp stove will usually suffice or just a grill rack.
There are a couple of other outdoor camping grill options however to look into. A small portable gas camping grill that has 2 or 3 burners with its own collapsible stand may be perfect for the outing. This type of grill still uses the disposable gas cylinders, but the cooking surface allows for a lot more camping menu choices.
These types of outdoor camping grills can also fit easily into a PopUp camper or a Van if you like doing most of the cooking outdoors. However, there are many varieties of small charcoal grills that do a good job of cooking the meals as well. These are usually 1 to 1 & 1/2 foot in diameter and are about 1 to 2 feet tall. The charcoal usually lasts about 30 minutes and they can be started quickly. As long as the meal won't take more time than this, this tabletop grill may be what you need.
Finally, if you have a large group or you plan on a lengthy stay in the great outdoors, then a great outdoors gas grill would suit the situation the best. These usually have at least a 5 gallon refillable propane tank and can be anywhere from 3 to 5 burners or more.
Look for grills that state that they are "dual fuel". This means that the jets at each gas delivery point can be changed out to ones that burn natural gas. With this type grill, you can use natural gas while you are at home, and by changing out the jets, use propane fuel while camping.
Another option with these larger grills is if you have a rack designed for frying fish or as many people do now during Thanksgiving, turkeys. Since you already have the camp cooking equipment at your campsite, you might as well take advantage of all its possibilities.
One grill that we found that is the most versatile it the Volcano Stove or Crisis Cooker. This is a semi collapsible stove, made out of steel coated to resist rust. The heat source can be either wood, charcoal or gas. This grill allows you to boil, bake, fry, or bake with small bundles of wood, 6 charcoal briquettes or propane gas. Worth the money, great for camping or at home.
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