Portable grill design has only gotten better, and the technology from most of the larger units keeps filtering down to their smaller brethren. Improved fireboxes, accurate thermometers, quick-connect fuel lines all make grilling while outdoors fun and easy. Check out some of the features that make these portable grills suited for boaters.
A portable grill should be easy to operate. Look for large handles and knobs, and a connection system that makes hooking up a propane tank a breeze. You’ll also want a thermometer that’s easy to read, and an electronic ignition that provides matchless starts.
Wheels and a sturdy handle are added features you might want to consider. Both make it much easier to get the grill to and from the boat. Weight is another factor to consider if you’ll be moving the grill on and off your boat every time you go out.
In addition to grilling, there may be times you want to boil water or cook something in a pot. If that’s the case, consider a unit that includes both a grill and a stove surface. Many will accommodate pans up to 10 inches in diameter.
If it’s likely you’ll only be preparing smaller items, say hamburgers and hot dogs, finding a model with a smaller grilling surface should work just fine. A grill with a surface area around 100 square inches will still cook smaller meals while being ultra-portable.
Be sure to check any hinges or latches and the frame of your prospective grill. Thin metal or cheap plastic might work fine at first, but over time, especially in a marine environment, you’ll wish you had the best hardware available. A cast aluminum firebox should work for most, but you can also check out units made from stainless steel.