OWNER REVIEW - Grilliput Portable Grill - Phillip Bradshaw
- Grilliput Portable Grill
Name: Phillip Bradshaw
Height: 6'-0" (183 cm
Weight: 180 lbs. (82 kg)
Country: United States
Date: December 1, 2007
I've been backpacking for around 15 years, mostly in north Georgia or
North Carolina. I typically hike around 12 miles per day depending on
terrain and consider myself a lightweight hiker, but not really
ultralight. I take a weekend trip (3-day, 2-night) about once a month,
and a weeklong trip about twice a year, including one dead-of-winter
trip around February.
Manufacturer: nuardis GmbH
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer Website: http://www.grilliput.com/index.php
Weight as Listed: 19.75 (560 gm.)
Weight as delivered: 19.75 oz. (560 gm.)
Length (packed, disassembled): 11-3/8" x 7/8" dia. (28.9 cm. x 2.2 cm.
Cooking Area: 10" x 9-1/8" (25.4 cm. x 23.4 cm.)
Total Pieces: 19
Material: Stainless Steel
Description: The Grilliput is a stainless steel, portable grill that
packs into itself, making the packed size and shape about that of a
runner's baton (as they describe it on their site I couldn't think
of a good comparison).
I bought this for my wife, who wanted a way to have better meals while
on backpacking trips. I found this and thought it would make a great
alternative to other grills that I've seen which fold flat, but still
remain rather bulky. The Grilliput seemed better because the grill
stores inside itself: everything fits inside of one of the main tubes.
It came in a blister pack container with the packaged Grilliput and
assembly instructions, which seemed fairly complicated until I did it
four or five times in my living room.
Upon opening the Grilliput, I immediately looked at all the pieces and
thought that a piece was sure to be lost; 19 pices total, including:
one (1) large tube with a ring at one end and a receiver for the
screw-on cap; one (1) smaller tube with a notch at one end for
cleaning the grill rods; one (1) threaded screw-on cap for the larger
of the tubes, four (4) threaded legs, two (2) threaded hooked bars,
and ten (10) rods that serve as the cooking surface.
The tubes act as the main compartment for the rest of the assembly.
All the pieces fit into the tube with enough room to easily pack it,
but not so much that it adds extra weight or gives it a lot of room to
move around inside and make noise.
The Grilliput has made its way into my pack more than expected. I find
when I'm already carrying meat for grilling, I hardly notice the extra
weight of the grill. It's big enough to cook two medium-sized steaks.
It weighs about as much as any other grill I've seen (less than many),
but is much more compact than any I've seen. It also does a pretty
good job of warming a cup of coffee or soup (however, take care when
removing the mug from the fire).
I've used it on a few trips, ranging from the beaches of Sapelo
Island, Georgia in August, to the Sipsey Wilderness Area in northern
Alabama in early spring. Temperatures and weather were all
accommodating, with no rain and mild temperatures.
In my opinion, assembly is the biggest drawback of the Grilliput. The
website says it takes less than five minutes, of which it took every
second when I first got it. I have found it is easiest if you follow
the instruction exactly; if you stray from the written directions, it
tends to lead to problems later down in the assembly process. Now that
I've used it quite a bit, the assembly isn't much of an issue, but I
think it's a catch-22: you don't get good at assembling it until you
use it a good deal, which can be a deterrent in bringing it in the
I was afraid I'd lose a piece eventually, but I haven't yet. I've
found that the only times that the pieces aren't put together, either
packed or assembled, are when I'm in the process of assembly or when
I'm cleaning. When cleaning, I take care when laying down the pieces
and keep them all together.
Cleaning it has also exceeded my expectations. I let it sit in the
fire for a while after cooking, which helps burn off any leftover food
and helps remove some of the grease that gets on it from the food.
When cleaning, I grab a handful of wet sand or the small rocks in
streams and grab each rod, with the sand in my hand, and run it up and
down the rod, then rinse off the sand or dirt in the water. This seems
to do a good job of removing any cooked-on crusties, but doesn't do
much for removing the grease from the cooked food. Washing the grease
off with biodegradable soap is easy once the majority of the food is
removed. Doing this makes it easier to pack the rods into the tube. It
comes with a notch in the smaller tube which is used to run the small
rods through, but it doesn't work very well unless the debris is
pretty large, in which case I can tap it on a rock and knock it off.
In use, the Grilliput has proven durable. I tend to be rough on my
gear, but it's held up well. A few of the rods that make up the
grilling area have bent a little, but not enough to keep from using
it. Any bends were minor, didn't show any signs of kinking or
buckling, and were easily mended by hand.
I still worry about losing a piece, but I haven't yet, so it's not too
much of a concern. My only concern now is whether I'm willing to carry
a couple extra pounds and eat well, or save the weight and just eat
Overall, I've been delightfully surprised with this grill. I don't
carry it on every trip; it's proven too heavy for extended trips or
trips that I'm carrying more than normal (during winter treks), but
has been great on short trips or basecamp-style trips. I find it's
most oftenin my pack during summer, when my pack is lighter and the
weather is good for grilling. One of my last thoughts is that if
you're already carrying a couple of steaks into the backcountry, you
can afford to carry another pound for a grill to cook them in a proper
Pros: Great Design
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