THE SITUATION: The struggle when it comes to camp stoves is the balance between having space to cook food for more than one person while keeping the thing small enough so it doesn’t require a trailer to get to the campsite.
A SOLUTION: The Volcano 3 Grill Stove fits into that comfortable equilibrium. It’s for car camping only, weighing in about 25 pounds. The clever, circular stove can quickly collapse into a 5-inch tall cylinder that fits into a carrying case, making transportation easy. The 13-inch grill has room to throw on a package of hot dogs or four or five burgers. What really makes the Volcano stand out, however, is its versatility.
DETAILS: When you extract the grill from storage mode, the volcano-shaped stove gives you plenty of options, starting with the choice of charcoal, wood or propane for fuel. Accessories are available for cooking options: add a Dutch oven or wok, which fit neatly into the stove; a flexible top can be used for smoking and baking; and you can even add a griddle for pancakes in the morning. The stove stands on three legs, allowing you to use it on a patio, and the double-wall construction minimizes the heat transfer to other surfaces. You could even use it for tailgates or roasting marshmallows in the backyard.
AVAILABILITY: Go to volcanogrills.com.