The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner is an aesthetically pleasing stand-alone, cart style, single burner grill. It's the most portable of the cart style contenders we tested. It has a single side table, built in thermometer and best of all it has a circular section in the very middle of the grill that is removable and interchangeable with ten different inserts such as a pizza stone, cast iron kettle, chicken roaster and more, available for purchase separately.
STOK Gridiron 1-Burner Review
Cons: Can't grill on low temps, flimsy wheels and lid latch
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STOK Gridiron 1-Burner
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|Pros||Great cart system, cool interchangeable grill inserts, built in thermometer||Excellent cooking performance, smaller and lighter than most||Dependable, two burners, thermometer, large grilling area, high BTU output||U-shaped burner puts out a ton of heat, evenly||Great value, secure lid, good size and heat output, stainless throughout|
|Cons||Can't grill on low temps, flimsy wheels and lid latch||Moody wind performance||Heavy, difficult to clean, rattly||Rattly construction, large packed format||Burner easily disengaged, imprecise burner control|
|Bottom Line||Complete with a burly cart with interchangeable grill inserts, this is the best system tested for moving from collapsed to standing position, with a built in thermometer and side table.||Napoleon makes “no holds barred” grills for your backyard and for professional applications. Their travel version brings high end performance to a quite portable format.||A good, sturdy and reliable grill with tons of cooking space; it'll roll easily to your picnic or tailgate area.||A price-point grill with some of the amenities of top-of-the-line models.||This is the best value in a portable grill we've seen.|
|Rating Categories||STOK Gridiron 1-Burner||Napoleon TravelQ 285||Coleman RoadTrip LXE||Camp Chef Portable BBQ||Smoke Hollow 205|
|Output Power (25%)|
|Cooking Area (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (10%)|
|Specs||STOK Gridiron...||Napoleon TravelQ 285||Coleman RoadTrip LXE||Camp Chef Portable...||Smoke Hollow 205|
|Cooking surface area (inches)||348 sq in||285 sq in||285 sq in||200 sq in||205 sq in|
|# of burners||1||2||2||1||1,u-shaped|
|Grill material||Porcelain-Coated Cast Iron||Porcelainized cast iron||Aluminum||Nickel plated stainless steel||Stainless Steel|
|Packed Size (inches)||40" x 12.5"||24" x 20" x 10"||37" x 19" x 11.5"||22" x 14" x 15"||27" x 17" x 12"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Overall, this STOK model is edged out for any of our awards. However, the unique modularity of the grill surface and its general solid performance earn it your consideration.
The Gridiron puts out 15,000 BTUs, one of the three highest fuel output models we tested. Only the Coleman RoadTrip LXE had more, at 20,000. The Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away Portable also has a BTU output of 15,000.
The Gridiron has clear high, medium, and low flame settings, but the temperature is not even throughout the entire grilling surface. The front half of the burner has a hotter flame than the back, and the left side of the grill we tested cooks hotter than the right. We do appreciate the built-in thermometer which enabled us to regulate the overall internal temperature easily and also reach a perfect searing temperature.
If you're looking for a stand-alone cart style product, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE received a high score in this metric because it has two independent burners that can be controlled individually. The Editors Choice Naploeon TravelQ 285 also features two burners and can be purchased for tabletop use or with an integrated cart/stand.
Though it's the heaviest product we tested, the Gridiron didn't seem heavier than any of the rest of the cart style products, and we speculate that this is because it has the best system tested for adjusting from the folded to an upright position, and when folded and rolling the center of gravity is balanced nicely.
The Coleman RoadTrip LXE is also a cart style product and weighs fourteen pounds less than the Gridiron. The Primus Kuchoma is the lightest contender tested, weighing a mere 10 pounds.
Due to its unique folding/unfolding system, this model was a breeze to transport with minimal effort. However, lifting it into a trunk or truck bed is a strenuous affair.
The Coleman RoadTrip LXE and the Cuisinart All-Foods Roll Away both require you to lift the grill off of its stand to close it to a collapsed position, which takes a small amount of muscle. The Gridiron does not. It has a release lever that you push with your foot which causes the center brace to disengage, at which point you slowly and effortlessly lift the handle. The wheels roll slowly and gently towards the frame support (non-wheeled end of the stand) and when they stop rolling you tip the whole thing up on its end and tap the wheeled end into its locked position with your foot. Voila! We love it.
It stands on its end very securely and can easily be stored in this position. It's heavy, but the thoughtful design does a lot of legwork to help its portability.
The Gridiron has a 348 square inch porcelain-coated cast-iron grill grate. The Gridiron cooking surface is unique. It has a circular section in the center of the grate that is removable. There are nine different inserts available for purchase separately. The inserts include a smoke infuser, pizza stone, vegetable tray, cast-iron kettle, kabob and rib rack, griddle, grilling basket, chicken roaster and a wok.
The Eureka Gonzo Grill has a versatile cooking surface as well, with the ability to switch between grill top, stovetop, and griddle top.
The Gridiron did not score well in this metric. The burners are exposed and often blew out in high winds. The Coleman RoadTrip LXE received some of the highest scores in this metric.
The Gridiron is easy to transport and would easily fit into to any camp, tailgate, RV, or patio setup. It would also work well for day use as it is the easiest to set up of all of the cart style models we tested and it is well balanced and easy to maneuver and roll when collapsed.
We liked the Gridiron for its portability. We also appreciate the porcelain-coated cast iron grate, which sears well and is pleasingly non-stick. We didn't buy any of the separately sold grate inserts, but we think having that option is sweet and could potentially lead to some delicious culinary adventures. The wheels on the Gridiron are flimsy plastic that bent and squished the first time out on rough terrain. We were able to bend them back into commission easily enough. The lid latch leaves something to be desired as well. It broke well into the testing process, but it also was bent back into place. If it did break permanently, storing it in the standing position would no longer be possible because the grates would fall out. Very disappointingly, the starter failed to work often and had to be lit with a long reach lighter. For nearly $200, we expect more durability.
The Gridiron is a cool, versatile product that looks burly and grills nicely. We loved the system it has for going from a packed to standing position, and with versatile cooking purchase add-ons, you can turn this grill into nearly any type of cooker you desire.
— Valentine Cullen