Spoiled from the built-in grill at our Las Vegas Lot, we found ourselves wanting a portable grill setup. I started, as always, researching the bejeebus out of things (Lehnanne’s words, not mine).
Here are the thoughts that went into the decision:
- We have an all-electric coach, so I didn’t want to deal with little (or big) propane bottles. The smell, need for inspection ( at certain bridges & tunnels ), the cost of propane, yet another fossil fuel, etc.. Thus, propane was out.
- Natural Wood grills seem to need a LOT of tending to maintain temperature. They also take a while to get up to temperature and are large and/or heavy. Sure, there are add-ons and modifications to ease this temperature maintenance chore, but what if there was something.. smarter.. and more integrated that just works out of the box?
- This lead me to Pellet fired grills, of which Traeger Grills seem to be the reigning champ. However, their portable unit doesn’t get very good marks compared to the rest and the grill isn’t particularly “smart”. The Traeger also require 120v AC power to operate.
As posted last Friday, we left Fort McDowell ( Eagle View RV Resort — Warning: they no longer accept USPS deliveries ) and decided to make the drive to Ruidoso, NM a 2 day affair. The thinking for this was that the weather peeps were calling for rain / snow on Saturday in Ruidoso, so I wanted to be highly functional upon arriving ( 4 hrs x 2 days and early arrival, vs 8 hr and late evening arrival ).
We didn’t really anticipate much as the forecast was for less than an inch accumulation, and it had been over 60 F the day before. OH BOY, were we in for a SURPRISE. (more…)