STOK Gridiron 1-Burner ReviewPrice: $195 List | $189.26 at Amazon Pros: Great cart system, cool interchangeable grill inserts, built in thermometer
Cons: Can't grill on low temps, flimsy wheels and lid latch
Bottom line: Complete with a burly cart style 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.
Weight (pounds): 57
Cooking surface area (inches): 348 sq in
The STOK Gridiron is an aesthetically pleasing stand-alone, cart style, single burner grill. It's the most portable of the three 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.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Gridiron puts out 15,000 BTUs, one of the three highest fuel output models we tested. Only the Coleman LXX had more, at 22,000. The Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away Portable also has a BTU output of 15,000.
This 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 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 LXX received a high score in this metric due to the fact that it has two independent burners that can be controlled individually. The Smoke Hollow Vector Series also scored well in this area because it also has dual burners and a third smoke burner as well.
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 LXX is also a cart style product and the winner of our Editors' Choice award. The LXX weighs seven pounds less than the Gridiron. The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet is the lightest contender tested, weighing a mere 15 pounds.
Ease of Transport
Due to its unique folding/unfolding system, this model was a breeze to transport with minimal effort. We deemed it the easiest to transport of the three cart style models we tested.
The Coleman RoadTrip LXX 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 simply 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.
The Gridiron has a 348 square inch porcelain-coated cast-iron grill grate. It is the second largest cooking surface tested with only the Smoke Hollow Vector beating it out by 19 square inches. The Gridiron 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 Blackstone The Dash also has a unique cooking grate that grills on one side and is a griddle on the other.
The Gridiron did not score well in this metric. The burners are exposed and often blew out in high winds. The Blackstone The Dash and the Coleman RoadTrip LXX 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.
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 we gave it the highest score in the ease of transport metric of all the three cart style products tested.
— Valentine Cullen
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