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Old 07.06.2021, 07:34
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Got a Lotus Grill ?

I was looking at them for tabletop use, quick BBQ on the terrace without firing up the regular BBQ in the garden. Like a raclette.
And also to take camping instead of the little gas stove.

Q : For camping would it work? Can i boil a pot of water on it for example?
Q : Generally any good or just an extra gimmick?


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Old 07.06.2021, 08:55
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

One of my friends have it and we used (seeing) it at the lake once. Its good for about 4 people max. The meat was cooked better than any traditional coal grill.

Easy to start and takes very little space.

Take the "smoke free" claim with a pinch of salt.

I will definitely buy one if I do frequent BBQ trips away from home, but the amount I do doesn't justify the purchase
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Old 07.06.2021, 09:15
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One of my friends have it and we used (seeing) it at the lake once. Its good for about 4 people max. The meat was cooked better than any traditional coal grill.

Easy to start and takes very little space.

Take the "smoke free" claim with a pinch of salt.

I will definitely buy one if I do frequent BBQ trips away from home, but the amount I do doesn't justify the purchase
Thanks for the info ..

One of my reasons is that we have an 'upside down house'. Kitchen and living area upstairs but the garden with BBQ is downstairs.. For a quick family BBQ dinner it's a pain in the ass to take everything down to the garden. Would be easy on the upstairs balcony.

Just a bit hesitant to take get one to replace the camping stove in case it's no use for boiling water, to cook or pasta etc..
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Old 07.06.2021, 09:20
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

In-laws have a generic copycat version of this from Landi/Coop/Migros (Not sure which) and we took it camping several times. It's very handy I have to say

The upside is quick, efficient and more or less self contained & straightforward to clean/use.

The downside is that the receptacle can hold a small quantity of briquettes that can be used fairly quickly (<20-30min) and so you simply continue to add more to continue the fire/grilling if you have additional quantity

All in all, I definitely recommend - especially for picnics, camping or ad hoc hiking/grilling somewhere
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

No idea about raclette, but a quick bbq on the balcony is exactly what we use it for. It's perfect for a couple pieces of meat or bratwurst, it takes only a few minutes (like, five, if even that) to produce full heat. If the coal is dry there's pretty much no smoke in our experience. Using up last year's can be a different matter though.

The lotusgrill design seems to be less than perfect to boil a pot of water because it diverts the hot air away from the center, and the center plate isn't completely flat so there's very little direct contact with the pot that transfers the heat directly. I would expect something like this to be significantly faster, combining the two may yield the best results when camping (if you have space).
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

FWIW, Kuhn Rikon make a very handy raclette gadget for BBQs and indeed we enjoyed it with the Lotus copycat

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Old 08.06.2021, 09:33
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

Thanks for all the replies .. Sounds perfect for what I want so I'll get one today ..

For camping, space is limited due to our big tent+extension, two kids, far too many clothes, all the comforts and having a mini countryman .. Even with the roof box it's a struggle.

But for the casual BBQ at home it sounds ideal, we keep the garden BBQ for guests, all day in the garden stuff ..
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

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I was looking at them for tabletop use, quick BBQ on the terrace without firing up the regular BBQ in the garden. Like a raclette.
And also to take camping instead of the little gas stove.

Q : For camping would it work? Can i boil a pot of water on it for example?
Q : Generally any good or just an extra gimmick?

Edit : LotusGrill -- bad title
+1 here! Yes great for Camping and you can boil a kettle of water on top of it. Biggest advantage is the speed of getting it going. I'm not overly taken with meat that is BBQ'd upon it and prefer a more classic grill where one grills over the coals. Overall though, they're very good!
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Old 07.06.2021, 10:04
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

I have one and it works well. Low smoke but don’t use inside…..the thing heats up quickly, use Briketten and you have an hour or more of decent cooking. It is easy to clean too.

I use it as a second grill to take to the lake and so on.
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

We also have one and it's great. We even use it indoors but keep a window open so as not to set off the smoke alarm - though that has never happened.

I don't think you'll be able to boil water but I guess a fondue could be possible if you melt the cheese first on the regular hob, though I've never tried it.
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

Got one, about 30cm diameter. Perfect for 2 regular meat cuts, sometimes too small for a large cut. Great to grill at home, so the one enjoying the balcony is me, not one of those grill monstrous gas grills.

The no smoke feature is for the charcoal. It delivers, little to no smoke while getting the charcoal on fire. But, the meat fat falling on the burning charcoal will create more smoke than your neighbors tolerate

There was a fondue accessory but no that useful because controlling the heat in burning charcoal is a challenge. I stick to my tiny camping gas stove. I guess it could be used to more stuff, but I have my camping stove since 15 years ago, and it keeps working.
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

We do exactly this. big bbq outside for main events. if its just the family we use the lotus and its great. really fast to get going, you can cook a decent amount on them, easy to clean and carry around.
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Re: Got a Lotus Grill ?

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I was looking at them for tabletop use, quick BBQ on the terrace without firing up the regular BBQ in the garden. Like a raclette.
And also to take camping instead of the little gas stove.

Q : For camping would it work? Can i boil a pot of water on it for example?
Q : Generally any good or just an extra gimmick?


Edit : LotusGrill -- bad title
We have one, it's quite good imo. If you want to use it for a few people.

I was always tempted by those big grills but realised we don't really need anything like that.
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