Field Test Report PAC-FLAT Backpacker's Grill
- The following is my first Field Test report. Comments are
appreciated so that I can improve it prior to posting.
Field Test Report
47 yrs old
SF Bay Area
I backpack throughout the west, most often in Northern CA and
Oregon. I make about 10 trips a year.
Product: PAC-FLAT Backpacker's Barbecue Grill
Manufacturer: Bondco Inc.
28 Sarina Drive
Commack, NY 11725-1815
Field Test Report Details:
Location: Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur CA
Conditions: Dry, calm winds and warm (80's)
Although I had performed some initial tests at home as reported in my
Initial Report, on June 28 I used the grill for the first time on an
actual backpacking trip. It was just an overnight trip from Pfeiffer
State Park to Sikes Hot springs. The hike in is along the Pine Ridge
Trail, which is in the Coastal Range of California. The hike starts
with a healthy increase in elevation and is a bit up and down all the
way to Sikes (about 10 miles). After arriving at Sikes, and taking
a relaxing 2 hour soak in the hot springs, I set up the grill to cook
a 1 1/4 inch steak. I had frozen the steak prior to my departure, and
wrapped it in bubble wrap, so it was still cool when I unwrapped it.
I was traveling light (except for the luxury of the steak and grill),
so I had my alcohol stove with me. I usually use about 1 oz of
alcohol to heat 3 cups of water. Based on my experience at home, I
put 2 oz of fuel in the stove. As noted above, the conditions were
ideal for cooking. Little or no wind, dry and still quite warm. The
Grill took about 5 minutes to heat up and start cooking the steak.
The heat fairly even and I did not have hot spots that some others
have complained about. This could be because the flames from the
alcohol stove heated covered and heated the steel plate fairly
evenly. After about 10 more minutes one side of the steak was cooked
and I was out of fuel. I refilled the stove with another 1.5 oz and
turned the steak over to cook the other side. The steak stuck to the
grill a bit and since I was using a fork to flip the steak (no
spatula) I had to hold the grill with my pot holder as I pried the
steak off the grill to flip it. As the fuel ran out, my steak was
cooked medium rare.
Clean up was not as bad as I expected. A handful of river sand, some
liquid soap and a modest amount of elbow grease and voila, the grill
was clean enough to repack. My windscreen got splattered with grease,
but adding a little alcohol to my cleaning mixture helped. I did
throw the Grill into the dishwasher when I returned to fully clean it.
Pros: At this time of year open fires are not permitted in Ventana
due to the dry conditions of the forest. Therefore, being able to
cook a steak on a grill using a camp stove was great. After hiking a
good part of the day, biting into a juicy steak was an exceptional
experience. Although I might not take the grill on an extended solo
trip, I will continue to use it on weekend trips, which are my most
common type of trip.
Cons: I had to use quite a bit of fuel to cook the steak. I have not
cooked a steak using my MSR Whisperlite, so do not have a basis for
comparison. However, the fuel use using the alcohol stove, while
workable for an overnight trip, would be excessive for a longer trip.
I plan to take the grill on a one week trip in Oregon next month. I
will be hiking with 4 friends, so the extra weight for fuel and the
grill will not be as much of a factor. We will be cooking steak the
first night out and garden burgers, falafel and, hopefully, trout
thereafter. Stay tuned.
- Hi John
The report looks good. That steak sounded damn nice ....!! I have made
some suggestions below for you to consider.
At 05:39 AM 02/07/2002, you wrote:
>Manufacturer: Bondco Inc.### Could you please refer to the relevant section of the Survival Guide
> 28 Sarina Drive
> Commack, NY 11725-1815
and include any applicable additional information as required such as
product weight etc.
>The heat fairly even and I did not have hot spots that some others### Should this read the "The heat SPREAD fairly EVENLY ... ?
>have complained about.
>This could be because the flames from the## I would suggest you delete the first "heated".
>alcohol stove heated covered and heated the steel plate fairly
One other suggestion John. You mention a "alcohol stove." It might add
value to the report if you provide a name for this stove or if it is home
made, maybe a link to a webpage or a very brief description so that we can
get a better picture of what you have used with the grill.
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