Grilling is almost synonymous with the RV lifestyle. There’s nothing like wrapping up a long day of enjoying outdoor activities with friends and family than with a good old fashioned cookout.
But obviously, you can’t exactly pack up your outdoor grill and bring it along in your RV. Luckily, there are many portable grills on the market that you actually can pack up and take on your next adventure.
Why a gas grill?
A gas grill is the best option for a portable alternative, even if you swear by your charcoal grill at home. Gas grills are a better option for RVs because they’re way easier to transport. And much easier to clean up when you’re done. You also get faster ignition and they heat up faster than charcoal grills so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time messing with your grill.
They’re also much easier to clean and more environmentally friendly than charcoal models. With all of these factors in mind, here are a few more aspects that you should consider when shopping for a portable gas grill for your RV.
Size is incredibly important when considering what model of a portable gas grill to buy. Ideally, it needs to fold up into a compact version of itself in order to fit into the storage compartments of your RV. Many portable grills come with side tables and stands, and while these are very convenient for outdoor cooking purposes, you also want to make sure they are collapsible.
At the same time, you’ll also want to consider how many people you’re going to be cooking for. If it’s a family of 4, a standard 200 square inch cooking surface may be sufficient, but if you’re planning on more than that, you’ll want a bigger model, which can be more expensive. Most portable gas grills range from 100 to 300 square inches.
You want the best value for your purchase of a gas grill, so you want to make sure it’s made with the most durable materials. Stainless steel is the best material to look for in your portable grill, since it is resistant to corrosion and holds up well in many different weather conditions. You should also look for a cast iron grilling surface, since cast iron holds heat and cooks meats extremely well.
Fully stainless steel grill models can be very expensive, so you may have to compromise with just parts of the grill being made with this material. A stainless steel lid or burners would be the most beneficial stainless steel parts to look for.
This Smoke Hollow Grill is stainless steel
and has a lid that locks for transport.
The power of the heating mechanisms and burners should also be a factor in your final decision on a portable gas grill for your RV. Easy to use ignition and heat controls (that don’t require a flame) are essential so that you can effectively and efficiently control your grill.
It is beneficial if you can find a model that lets you control how many burners you use at a time in order to reduce the amount of gas the grill uses. A typical portable grill has 1 to 4 burners, but again, consider how many people you’ll be cooking for when making your final decision.
Want power? This Coleman Road Trip Grill
has two burners that combined, put out 20,000 BTUs.
Plus it has a fold-out stand.
Heating power is another important factor for your portable grill. This is usually measured in BTUs. This measurement shows you how fast your food will heat up and how much time you can save. The higher the BTU rating, the better.
Of course, price may be the final deciding factor in your search for a portable gas grill for you RV. Most portable gas grills go for about $300 and last around 3 years, according to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association.
Knowing this average, along with the value of certain materials and features of the portable gas grills described above, should leave you with a comprehensive sense of what to look for when shopping for your RV grill. Below are a few of the most highly recommended grills suitable for travel and the RV lifestyle.
Hitting the road in your RV doesn’t mean you’re confined to cooking in your RV kitchen. Bring along a portable gas grill and get grilling outside — wherever your adventure takes you!