Upgraded portable grill from charcoal to propane - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen Lifestyle | Camping, Fun & Hobbies > Around the Campfire - The Art of Camping Well
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-21-2015, 06:29 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
kalm_in_NJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Edison
Posts: 104
New Jersey
Upgraded portable grill from charcoal to propane

We (by we I mean me ) cook mostly outdoors while camping but don't like spending a lot of time setting up. So a few weeks ago I decided to upgrade our outdoor charcoal grill setup (chimney and kettle) to a popular single-burner Weber Q-1200 propane grill that stores perfectly in our very small single-axle 16 footer basement storage.

Propane is definitely the way to go. We no longer have to bring along 2-3 bags of heavy, bulky, (and probably unhealthy) charcoal briquettes in the RV. And what a difference in setup speed and performance! It all sets up in 5 minutes or less.

The biggest challenge was indirect cooking with only one burner. I thought this would be impossible but it turns out you can top one side of the grill with some aluminum foil (no holes) or use an aluminum foil pan/dish on one side for the same effect.

After searing meat, veggies, etc. on the open flame, drop them onto or into the foil. Then check with a digital thermometer every so often until finished cooking.

Part of what makes camping so great is great food. Also great company.

Wishing you BOTH this summer!

Ken
__________________

__________________
Ken & Lin-Marie
2013 Chevy Traverse + Factory Tow Package
2014 Coleman LT CTS16QB + Anti-Sway Hitch
High-Energy JRT (Jack Russell Terrier)
kalm_in_NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 10:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
wildwest450's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Sparta
Posts: 1,676
Tennessee
That grille is the best purchase i've made for the camper by far. It will get up to 600f for searing steaks. The next best purchase is getting an adapter kit and 10ft of hose so I can run it off our propane tanks, buying those 1lb bottles was getting old.

There's a company that makes a bumper mount holder specifically designed for that grille, that's my next purchase.
__________________

__________________
2014 Aerolite 213 RBSL
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
wildwest450 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2015, 03:53 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Orangeburg
Posts: 87
South Carolina
[sarcasm]Bah! I am surrounded by heathens![/sarcasm]


On a more serious note, I prefer charcoal over propane for cooking; the coal adds flavor to the items being cooked. Now that I might be officially over 21, I like to cook with whatever flavors I can get. And yes, I smoke Boston Butts on my regular smoker when we're not out camping as that is about a 12 hour job.
__________________
Bill & Anne + FBs Athena, Jada & Cupcake
Wilson III: 2015 Ram 2500 6.4L Gas 4x4 4.10 CC SRW
Gypsy II: 2013 Kodiak 279RBSL with table & chairs instead of a dinette
Mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2015, 01:18 PM   #4
Member
 
Jeyboy170's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Maricopa
Posts: 23
Arizona
While I dont consider going from charcoal to gas and upgrade, rather a downgrade!! I prefer charcoal. That being said, gas is way more convenient. I do the charcoal at home though.

Thats one of my big purchases planned for the new trailer is the bumper gas grill...I have the outdoor kitchen and that bumper grill would work perfect for the set up.
__________________
2015 Kodiak 299 BHSL
2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Jeyboy170 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2015, 06:29 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
kalm_in_NJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Edison
Posts: 104
New Jersey
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mole View Post
[sarcasm]Bah! I am surrounded by heathens![/sarcasm]


On a more serious note, I prefer charcoal over propane for cooking; the coal adds flavor to the items being cooked. Now that I might be officially over 21, I like to cook with whatever flavors I can get. And yes, I smoke Boston Butts on my regular smoker when we're not out camping as that is about a 12 hour job.
Yeah I loved the taste of charcoal too but it just took too darn long to get the coals ready, etc. and that's time we'd rather use to explore the trails.

Ken
__________________
Ken & Lin-Marie
2013 Chevy Traverse + Factory Tow Package
2014 Coleman LT CTS16QB + Anti-Sway Hitch
High-Energy JRT (Jack Russell Terrier)
kalm_in_NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2015, 09:55 PM   #6
Site Team
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Sprung Leak
Posts: 3,137
North Carolina
I prefer charcoal. Have 3 Weber grills and a smoker. I also have propane for when the weather is too crappy to use charcoal. One of my main activities when camping is grilling.

Aaron
__________________

__________________
There is madness to my methods
2015 Coleman CM16FBS(traded) 2016 Concord 300DS
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid following along
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Dutchmen RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT. The time now is 06:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.