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Old 13.06.2018, 20:23
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I wonder why they named it "Smokey Joe"?
It does smoke, but only when starting up. After that, and certainly with the lid on, it is pretty good.
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Re: Portable charcoal BBQ

Tried my lotus grill out on the weekend - what a power horse, it worked a treat!!

It was a bit of a bitch to clean but I think you could try using alfoil.

I saw that its currently 89- on Galaxies' deal of the day

https://www.galaxus.ch/en/s4/product...l-bbqs-7326640
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It was a bit of a bitch to clean but I think you could try using alfoil.
I found that the secret lies in soaking... and getting rid of the grease residues as soon as possible - don't let it sit overnight.

What worked for me like a charm last time (unlike after my 1st use when I left it overnight and then spent 3 subsequent days ribbing it with various approaches):
1. A friend first threw it into dishwasher - but I guess any immediate "wash" will do
2. Apply a mix of vinegar and baking soda paste with a sponge
3. Dip it into hot water + dish washing liquid (+ some more vinegar and baking soda if you wish) - let it soak for 12+ hours
4. Use the brush (I used plastic dish thing, basically from IKEA, but messing should be fine too; not sure if it will damage the stainless steel - shouldn't) and some grill cleaning spray/foam (I found something bio at Migros)
5. Profit

It is a process but now it's shining perfectly spotless.

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I found that the secret lies in soaking... and getting rid of the grease residues as soon as possible - don't let it sit overnight.

What worked for me like a charm last time (unlike after my 1st use when I left it overnight and then spent 3 subsequent days ribbing it with various approaches):
1. A friend first threw it into dishwasher - but I guess any immediate "wash" will do
2. Apply a mix of vinegar and baking soda paste with a sponge
3. Dip it into hot water + dish washing liquid (+ some more vinegar and baking soda if you wish) - let it soak for 12+ hours
4. Use the brush (I used plastic dish thing, basically from IKEA, but messing should be fine too; not sure if it will damage the stainless steel - shouldn't) and some grill cleaning spray/foam (I found something bio at Migros)
5. Profit

It is a process but now it's shining perfectly spotless.
OMG. Thank you. Lets hope boozed up me remembers this next time
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Old 25.04.2021, 09:59
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Re: Portable charcoal BBQ || LotusGrill experience

Use my Lotus Grill XL yesterday for the first time. I had read some comments here or elsewhere where people were complaining about the grill not running hot enough.
Absolutely untrue - what you need to do is pay attention to the ventilator speed, that's how you can really fine tune the heat being produced by the burning charcoal. If you crank the fan it will get HOT and very fast!

Charcoal load - for two people half a basket will be plenty for the quick steak, bratwurst, etc.


SMOKE: if you plan to use on a balcony in a multi tenant building, do note that if you grill fattier foods, like proper sausage (i.e. salsiccia, luganiga, that kind of coarse ground and fatty stuffing) - you will get smoke (and you might upset your upstairs neighbors...).


The "smokeless" refers only to the charcoal burning process. It never smoked, even during the initial startup.
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Old 25.04.2021, 12:45
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Re: Portable charcoal BBQ

I have the Lotus Grill (not XL), I like it and I confirm what written above.

The shape of the grill and the location of the burning coal does reduce the chances of fat dripping on burning material, but not to 0%.

The important rule for cleaning the stainless bars is, as always, to act immediately before the grill cools down. There are countless recipes, even kitchen paper soaked with water and lemon juice should work, the important thing is to not let the dirt rest.
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Re: Portable charcoal BBQ

Fortunately, we live on the op floor, so the only person who ever complains is my wife (and only when doing heavy smoke and forget to close the kitchen door)

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Fortunately, we live on the op floor, so the only person who ever complains is my wife (and only when doing heavy smoke and forget to close the kitchen door)

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Lotusgrill take only a few minutes to provide full heat (probably partially subject to the coal's dryness). I find that far more useful as it makes a bbq'ed piece of meat an option even for a very quick meal.
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Re: Portable charcoal BBQ

But they do burn the grass, and sadly, most people leave them behind because too hot to transport and are a real fire hazard, and truly not environmentally friendly.
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But they do burn the grass, and sadly, most people leave them behind because too hot to transport and are a real fire hazard, and truly not environmentally friendly.
Complete horsemanure.

Lotusgrill are designed to serve as tablegrill. Their side, too, is warm to the touch but not hot, you can lift them with your bare hands even on full blast. We have the small version, it's routinely placed on the table without any burns or discouloring. Admittedly we generally place it on a plate just to be safe (there's burning coals inside!), but it shouldn't be necessary.

Besides, with some triple-digit cost apiece they're too expensive to be used one-way for most people.
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But they do burn the grass, and sadly, most people leave them behind because too hot to transport and are a real fire hazard, and truly not environmentally friendly.
"Most" people leave behind a Lotusgrill??

Even the Swiss aren't rich enough to do that!
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But they do burn the grass, and sadly, most people leave them behind because too hot to transport and are a real fire hazard, and truly not environmentally friendly.
A lotusgrill is not at all disposable or cheap, so maybe you are thinking of the disposable "one use" ones.
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