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STOK Gridiron 1-Burner Review

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.
STOK Gridiron 1-Burner
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Price:  $195 List
Pros:  Great cart system, cool interchangeable grill inserts, built in thermometer
Cons:  Can't grill on low temps, flimsy wheels and lid latch
Manufacturer:   Stok
By Valentine Cullen ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 18, 2019
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  • Output Power - 25% 7
  • Control - 25% 5
  • Portability - 20% 4
  • Cooking Area - 20% 9
  • Wind Resistance - 10% 4

Our Verdict

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 nine different inserts such as a pizza stone, cast iron kettle, chicken roaster and more, all available for purchase separately. 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.


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Pros Great cart system, cool interchangeable grill inserts, built in thermometerExcellent cooking performance, smaller and lighter than mostSuper non-stick grill surface, easy to clean, snazzy side tables, excellent temperature control, wind resistant, always starts first tryGreat value, secure lid, good size and heat output, stainless throughoutSturdy, hot, lightweight
Cons Can't grill on low temps, flimsy wheels and lid latchMoody wind performanceHeavy, no lid latch, disposable aluminum grease trap inserts fly away in the wind, can be challenging to attach disposable propane canister at firstBurner easily disengaged, imprecise burner controlToo hot for cooking some foods
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Rating Categories STOK Gridiron 1-Burner Napoleon TravelQ 285 Weber Q 1200 Smoke Hollow 205 Char-Broil Grill2Go X200
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Specs STOK Gridiron... Napoleon TravelQ 285 Weber Q 1200 Smoke Hollow 205 Char-Broil...
Total BTU 15,000 12,000 8,500 10,000 9,500
Weight (pounds) 57 pounds 26 pounds 31 pounds 17 pounds 22 pounds
Cooking surface area (inches) 348 sq in 285 sq in 189 sq in 205 sq in 187 sq in
# of burners 1 2, u-shaped 1 1 1
Grill material Porcelain-Coated Cast Iron Porcelainized cast iron Porcelain-Enameled Cast Iron Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Packed Size (inches) 40" x 12.5" 24" x 20" x 10" 15" x 26" x 14" 27" x 17" x 12" 23.5" x 15" x 14"
Piezo Ignitor Electric Yes Electric Yes Yes

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.

Performance Comparison



Output Power


The Gridiron puts out 15,000 BTUs, one of the highest fuel output models we tested. Only a few have more raw power.

Control


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.


Portability


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.

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 STOK Gridiron 1-Burner and its unique folding system that was simple and effortless to use.
The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner and its unique folding system that was simple and effortless to use.

Other cart style grills 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 of the Stok Gridiron does a lot of legwork to help its portability.

The STOK is the only cart style model we tested that can be stored on its end.
The STOK is the only cart style model we tested that can be stored on its end.

Cooking Area


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 circular section in the center of the grate is removable and there is nine different inserts available for purchase from the STOK website.
The circular section in the center of the grate is removable and there is nine different inserts available for purchase from the STOK website.


Wind Resistance


The Gridiron did not score well in this metric. The burners are exposed and often blew out in high winds. When they stayed lit the heat remained usable and high.

Value


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 the price we expect more durability.

Conclusion


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.

The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner standing on its end  the Coleman RoadTrip (previously tested) in front and the Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away Portable top right.
The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner standing on its end, the Coleman RoadTrip (previously tested) in front and the Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away Portable top right.


Valentine Cullen