The Bottom Line
The problem with most portable grills is that they just can't perform like their full-sized cousins. This is the exception, an exception that really wouldn't work in a larger grill. This wood burning grill has a fan built into the bottom that blows air through a fire chamber accelerating the fire to ridiculous temperatures. This means that this portable will probably do a better job of searing a steak than the grill you have sitting on the back porch.
It can take a little time to get used to how this grill works (and it is very important to read the instructions thoroughly), but once you do this might just become your favorite grill.
- Produces very high cooking temperatures
- Adds smoky flavor
- Good quality stainless steel
- Uses fuel that may not be readily available
- 154 square inch stainless steel cooking grate
- Produces the equivalent of 65,000 BTUs
- Push button piezoelectric ignition
- Five-speed adjustable fan
- Weighs 17 pounds
- Uses 8 D-batteries, car power adapter or standard electrical outlet
- Made in China
Guide Review - Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill
A good portable grill should be lightweight, easy to carry, and powerful enough that you don't regret not having a full sized grill at your disposal. The Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill is all these things. The unique design not only makes it incredibly powerful but keeps the exterior cool so it is safe to use on any surface and in most any location (outdoors of course).
This grill works like this. Open up the unit so you can access the fire chamber. Start a small fire with a solid fire starter (like a paraffin wax cube), put a small, but solid piece of wood on that starter and turn the unit to its lowest setting until the wood starts burning. Now you can turn it up to high and in a few minutes the cooking temperature will be over 1,000 degrees F.
Yes, that is correct. This is one of the hottest grills on the market, producing temperatures of those very expensive, full sized infrared grills.
I know that many people like the flavor of smoke, but that some do not. For those that don't, this might not be the grill for you. Because of the accelerated combustion, this grill can actually produce a good smoky flavor in a pretty short period of time. It isn't overpowering, but if you don't like it, you might not like the food that comes off this grill.
Another point is that the Cook-Air needs untreated, natural wood chunks as fuel. The manufacturer can supply these, but at $30USD a box, which they say will last between 40 and 70 "meals". It is possible to use other wood in the grill, but it is a consideration to make before buying this grill.