By Eric Brotman
I’ve had portable grills in the past, ones that used small propane canisters to supply fuel for the fire. Canisters have a good safety record, but I always felt a little uneasy around them. If they became hot in storage, if they were flawed in their manufacture, if a child found one and played with it improperly — the worries were there.
Then I found the Grilliput, an ultra-small grill named after an island where tiny people live in Jonathan Swift’s famous novel, “Gulliver’s Travels.” It’s made of stainless steel parts designed in Germany. Unassembled, the device fits into a cylinder resembling a flute. It weighs just 20 ounces and sets up in three or four minutes.
Heat for the grill is provided by an accessory called the FireBowl. It looks exactly like a stainless steel kitchen steamer, only without holes in its metal leaves, and will hold kindling or charcoal briquettes. Just get the wood or charcoal going and place the Grilliput over the bowl. The FireBowl weighs 12 ounces, making the entire grill set weigh 2 pounds.
The Grilliput conveniently grills food for two people. Its grilling surface, at 10” by 9”, will handle a couple of good-sized steaks, or several smaller cuts of meat, chicken or fish. Meals for more than two people are possible if the grill is filled with hot dogs or kebobs.
The clever design appeals to people of all ages and makes for good conversation around your RV, especially when showing the Grilliput to new friends and neighbors for the first time. The Grilliput sells for about $25 at Amazon.com.