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Owning a Class B Camper Van is a lifestyle full of compromises. And since our Winnebago Travato doesn’t have any outside storage, we have to compromise with our “stuff”. So there are some camping accessories we just elect to do without (rather than store them inside the van).
Sadly, one item that hasn’t made the cut lately is the grill. Both Stef and I love the taste of grilled food, and it just feels like that’s what you should be eating when you camp. But typical grills can be pretty large, messy, and difficult to clean. That’s a bigger deal than you think when you have to store the grill in the same cabinet as your clean clothes! That’s why we were excited to see the Flatpack Grill and the Flatpack Mini at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. These grills are so small and so easy to clean, it’s tough NOT to find space for them. Have a look:
And get this – you can cook on the Flatpack Mini with 6 charcoal briquettes! You could make fires for a week with Kingsford in a Zip-Lock bag! And that mini grill is seriously the size of a paperback book. The larger Flatpack Grill is maybe the size of a coffee table book. Whichever one you get, they’re both really small, and you should have no problem finding room for them in even the most space-challenged RVs.
You can buy the Flatpack Grill on Amazon here. The Flatpack Mini seems to be really new. Expect it to show up directly from Uco at their Ucogear.com website soon!
The Flatpack Mini is now appearing on the Ucogear website. You can find it here!
I have it on good authority that they expect it to be in stock and shipping by the end of this week. Woot!
If i didn’t want to cook on the ground could I set the grill on top of a plastic bin I have stowed under the bed? Would the radiant heat melt it? Or, if I set a cookie sheet on the plastic bin & put the grill on that, would that work?
I don’t think the radiant heat would melt the plastic. But the cookie sheet is a solid idea in any case!
Both the UCO Flatpack and the Mini version come with a canvas case now. It’s got a velcro closure and a leather patch on it.
We bought the mini, and it lives in our outdoor storage box.
I got one of the larger ones, tested it (thumbs up), and designed a storage case for it. I posted general sewing instructions on my blog. I also have two suggestions for more efficient use, over and above what its manufacturer seems to recommend.
Fantastic write-up! I just read through it and I’m pretty impressed.
I was holding out for the Mini, but since you’ve posted the sewing instructions, I’m tempted to make myself the case and get the regular sized one.
Have been using this one the last year. Folds flat, too. Has a charcoal grate. Only downside can be the actual grill grate can move around, say when something cooking sticks to it. So, use a couple of “bulldog” clips to secure it.
Already checked uco dot com and the Mini is not there yet. The good news is, though, that the larger flat-pack is still listed at $39.95, price not yet hiked to the $49.95 mentioned in the video. “We want the Mini! We want the mini!” ((Do ya’ think that might help get it out faster?) Although, if the regular size had that über-cool pouch like the Mini does, I’d be sorely tempted…
I can sew now (sorta).
I could always make one!
The ability to cook more than two burgers would be useful sometimes…
What a cool little grill! I’ll be getting a Mini for sure!
I know! I plan to keep bugging them until the Mini is Generally Available.
Tell them you know at least one old guy who’d buying one, because of this quick review. I’m getting tired of lugging my Cobb Grill around.
Will do!! I’m bugging them weekly until it shows up!
Nice find! I’m hoping you’ll try one out and do a full review!
I intend to – but I want the Mini.
I just heard from the manufacturer – the mini should be in stock by the end of February.