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Old 01-22-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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EcoQue Grills

Anybody have any experience with these grills? Once known as a Pyromid. The hygienist in my dental office was raving about it today. According to her, it cooks well with only 15 briquets, and folds flat for easy transport. She and her husband have used the same one for over 20 years.

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I have seen them locally at MEC (a Canadian store much like REI). They get good reviews, and the concept would fit in well to the minimalist idea behind our smaller trailers. Other than packing the briquettes, it sure would not take up much space. I would like to try one.

I do like the versatility of our Dickensen BBQ, as we bake, fry and grill on it, plus the ease to get going and clean up, but this definitely looks worth a look.
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I have one of the original Pyromids, which were designed and made in Bend, Oregon. I even bought mine at the factory. They are an interesting concept. The original grill top had holes in the stainless steel which left interesting grill marks. I see that the new tops are diamond shaped. What I like: portable, stainless steel, does get VERY hot and I mean hot so you have to watch food carefully, it does use little charcoal. What I don't like: you still have to deal with briquettes, it is difficult to regulate the heat, the stainless is heavy (even thought it folds flat, it isn't light) not as versatile as some other units. The company went out of business years ago and this bbq disappeared. Someone must have bought the patent because I always thought it was a very clever design. I saw that you can get one on Amazon US for $49 plus $10 shipping and handling.

I now prefer my gas canister CADAC (available at Canadian Tire) an Australian product. Easier to light, more versatile. I have an example on my website of this grill and pictures of our food:

https://sites.google.com/site/ouresc...aves/bbq-grill
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... the concept would fit in well to the minimalist idea behind our smaller trailers. Other than packing the briquettes, it sure would not take up much space...
Isn't that a bit like saying "other than the pile of radioactive fuel, nuclear reactors are clean and convenient heat sources"? Bags of expensive and messy fuel that is essentially uncontrollable eliminate any charcoal cooking device from consideration for me.

Unless I'm missing something, other than the charcoal, the system is a metal box. I am unimpressed.
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I have one of the original Pyromids, which were designed and made in Bend, Oregon.
Good input. Your pros and cons are very similar to others I have read online, though many still seem to like to stick with them as their pros outweigh their cons for the units intended use.

The concept is similar to what many people (including myself) have used for cooking on fires in backcountry use are the many available folding wood stoves of all sizes. Not everyone's cup of tea, but they do serve a good purpose.
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Isn't that a bit like saying "other than the pile of radioactive fuel, nuclear reactors are clean and convenient heat sources"? Bags of expensive and messy fuel that is essentially uncontrollable eliminate any charcoal cooking device from consideration for me.

Unless I'm missing something, other than the charcoal, the system is a metal box. I am unimpressed.
Seriously, comparing charcoal briquettes to nuclear waste? Your condescending tone is really sinking to new lows.

And yes, since you ask, I do think you are missing something, like the benefit of keeping things at a simplistic level. Read some of the reviews, lots of folks happy with this unit, and just because it is not your first choice (heck, it is not mine either), it does not make their decisions wrong.
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It wouldn't be my first choice all the time, either, but what intrigues me is that this is highly reminiscent of the old hibachi-style cooking…no cover to this grill, nor is there the heavy cast-iron body. And, as much as I use propane, I still enjoy something cooked over a wood fire or charcoal now and again.

Tim, I appreciate you sharing your actual experiences with the older Pyromid model. It pretty much mirrors what my hygienist shared. I believe I'm going to give it a try!
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It wouldn't be my first choice all the time, either, but what intrigues me is that this is highly reminiscent of the old hibachi-style cooking…no cover to this grill, nor is there the heavy cast-iron body. And, as much as I use propane, I still enjoy something cooked over a wood fire or charcoal now and again.

Tim, I appreciate you sharing your actual experiences with the older Pyromid model. It pretty much mirrors what my hygienist shared. I believe I'm going to give it a try!
Actually, there is a cover if I'm understanding your statement. It isn't shown in the picture on the forum but if you look on their website you will see it. The cover is great for windy days and intensifying the heat. It wants to collapse if you remove the whole cover, but it has two flaps at the top that can be opened to check on and turn food. I notice that the little table I bought with mine does not seem to be available. I love the table made of aluminum angle material with a stainless insert. The legs remove and fit flat inside. The original table was designed to hold the Pyro-mid flat in one compact unit. If anyone is interested it will dig it out and take a picture.
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Good input. Your pros and cons are very similar to others I have read online, though many still seem to like to stick with them as their pros outweigh their cons for the units intended use.

The concept is similar to what many people (including myself) have used for cooking on fires in backcountry use are the many available folding wood stoves of all sizes. Not everyone's cup of tea, but they do serve a good purpose.


Seriously, comparing charcoal briquettes to nuclear waste? Your condescending tone is really sinking to new lows.

And yes, since you ask, I do think you are missing something, like the benefit of keeping things at a simplistic level. Read some of the reviews, lots of folks happy with this unit, and just because it is not your first choice (heck, it is not mine either), it does not make their decisions wrong.
I agree with you Jim. My biggest problem with briquettes is starting them.
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I agree with you Jim. X2
How are the briquettes ignited in the EcoQue ?
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If you are truly looking for something compact that uses charcoal or other fuels look below. When we only had a CRV I was trying to save weight any way we could. I found the UCO Grilliput, originally designed for back packers. You really can't get any smaller or lighter for what this does. I bought the fire bowl (which could be used separately for a small fire) with the grill. In one of the pictures you will see I added the tri-fold splatter shields you can get for your stove top to block the wind and hold the heat in. (Oh, I edited, by the way, that is a concrete table not wood or plastic, wood grain is from the forming boards.)

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