A campfire grill is a fun and easy way to prepare an outdoor meal.
Whether you're a camping enthusiast or just enjoy the occasional backyard fire, a well made grill designed specially for an open fire makes the job a lot easier.
Let's face it, cooking over a campfire is great but you can only cook so many things on a hotdog fork or skewer. Sometimes you just need a bigger device that allows you to cook food in larger quantities.
Or what about cooking a steak? Wouldn't it be nice to turn your campfire into an instant barbecue grill?
Well you can.....and it's easy if you use the right device.
Plus when cooking over an open fire it gives you the opportunity to cook with woods like apple, pecan, almond or even mesquite to add delicious flavoring to your meal.
With so many different options on the market I'll admit, choosing the right camping grill can be difficult. So, before you rush out and make a purchase let's compare a few different options.
Camping grills are available in all different shapes and sizes. The first style we purchased was an inexpensive folding model constructed from lightweight metal.
At first glance, the device looked pretty functional. The folding design allowed for easy storage and since it was lightweight I figured it would be less weight for me to carry to the campsite.
After a few meals I quickly realized we needed something better. Here's why.....the folding design was very unstable.
I found it hard to keep the device open without the legs shifting and collapsing on itself.
Also, the height is not adjustable so unless you decide to pack along some cement bricks, the food is too close to the fire and the lightweight metal warped from the heat.
In the end the lightweight folding design seemed like a good idea, but it was just too unstable and the thin metal didn't last. It was a disappointing purchase.
I had the opportunity to cook some hamburgers over a different, much better style of grill called the Wimpy's Swing-away Campfire Grill.
What a difference! The grill worked great! Here's what I really liked about the design.
It's easy to set up and easy to install near your fire pit or campfire. An adjustable chain allows you to raise or lower the cooking surface depending on the amount of heat you need.
When it's time to flip your food simply swing the grill away from the fire. No more burning your hands over the flames or getting a face full of smoke.
Plus, the grill has a large cooking surface and it's made from strong, sturdy materials. Not like the cheap flimsy folding grill I mentioned before.
If you're looking for a quality, sturdy grill with the added luxury of being able to swing your food away from the fire when it's time to flip or serve your food, the Wimpy's Swing-away Camping Grill is a great choice!
While the swing away design of the Wimpy's Camping Grill is nice, sometimes when you're cooking steak or hamburgers over a campfire, it's nice to have a unit that doesn't hang from a wire.
Don't get me wrong, the adjustable wire is great for controlling heat, but it can move around a little bit when you're trying to flip a bunch of hamburgers.
If you're looking for something that's less prone to movement when flipping your food, check out the Titan adjustable campfire grill.
This design uses a stake pounded into the ground next to your campfire and a large swivel style grill plate surface to cook nearly anything you could image.
You can swivel the grill away from the fire like the Wimpy's grill, but this style does not have the cable so I feel it's a little easier to flip foods like hamburgers which commonly get stuck between the grates.
Are you interested in cooking almost anything over your next campfire? Do you want a large, stable cooking area that's easy to set up and will make your camping neighbors jealous?
I strongly suggest looking into a good quality camping grill. Although a good grill is somewhat pricy at first, they will last a long time.
I recommend spending the extra money upfront and stay away from the cheap folding models that will quickly fail. Buy a strong, heavy duty grill and you'll be much happier.