Saturday, December 7, 2013

Most Compact Portable Grill

For anyone looking for a really small grill, here it is... the Iwatani Cassette Gas Grill. I've been trying to find this here in the US for ages, it is now available on Amazon. It still shipped from Japan though, but I'm more comfortable buying through Amazon than from an unknown oversea online store. Here is the Amazon link: Iwatani Cassette Gas Grill.
The description from Amazon is misleading, it says "grilled skewers only", this is definitely not for skewers only, but its best use for skewered meat hence it's called "Yakitori" grill. I have tried grilling steaks, pork chops, burgers, hotdogs, veggies, etc. and it cooked nicely done.

I really like the grill because of its smaller footprint, saving a much needed storage space especially in a small class B RV's. It cooks great and evenly heats up, unlike my Coleman grill which gets really hot in the middle where the burner is located. For skewered meat, it's the best way to cook at the table while picnicking, the kids loved it.

The grill only measures about 15 x 7 3/4 x 4 3/4-inches (LxWxH). It uses an inexpensive butane canister as fuel source. One would ask, why butane? Butane don't work well in cold weather. The Iwatani grill has an ingenious metal heater plate that warms up the butane canister as it cooks, so cold weather is not an issue anymore. The heat is adjustable with the simple turn of the dial; it also has an auto igniter built in. The grid for the skewer is adjustable in 3 positions and it's easy to clean. The only thing lacking is a lid, which I don't prefer using anyway.

The Iwatani Cassette Gas Grill

I made a storage box for the grill. The box is air tight when locked to prevent the grill from smelling inside the RV when stored. 

 The storage box is about 17 inches long, 10 1/2-inches wide, and 7 1/4 inches tall. The storage box is slightly wider than the grill to accomodate for the grill flame adjustment dial which protrudes about an inch or so from the grill body.

 Portable camping stove is also stored inside the grill storage box. I bought an inexpensive adapter for the stove so it can use the same butane canister fuel.

The new Iwatani grill storage box as compared to the old Coleman All-In-One grill storage box (black).

Coleman All-In-One grill with the lid handle replaced to save space. I still use the Coleman grill for tail gaiting, but for longer camping trips I carry the smaller grill.

Coleman has a smaller portable grill called "Coleman Fold and Go", it has smaller footprint which is a good alternative.


  1. Hi, the case you made is very impressive! What kind of wood did you use? And how did you manage to make it airtight?

  2. Thanks. The case is made of birch plywood, stained then coated with several layers of polyurethane top coat. The lip of the top lid is lined with weather proofing foam gasket for good seal.

  3. One possible grill alternative, if you can tolerate charcoal, is the UCO Flat Pack Grill, which just came out within the past couple of months. It's about 1.5 inches thick once folded. It is not sold with a storage case, but I fabricated one out of a piece of tarp (I've got a product review and sewing instructions on The Interstate Blog which is blogrolled at upper right if you are reading this on a non-mobile device). It's the only grill I've come across thus far that I would actually choose to store in our Class B. Even if it remains a bit sooty or greasy following use (a common predicament especially when boondocking because water supply is limited), the tarp cover should adequately protect the interior of the rig. Folded flat, it's small enough to store almost anywhere.

    1. I’ve came across a similar folding grill design a few years back, but this UCO grill is more compact when folded. We do use our grill quite often and prefers gas over charcoal for convenience. I like how you did the grill cover, nicely done, thanks for sharing.


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