Over the years I've owned many grills and worked in several outdoor spaces, yet one thing remains the same: you always need a place to put stuff, and you don't need to buy the extra expensive grill with all the drawers and cabinets! Instead, check out this DIY project that'll give you all the storage and prep space you need.
My husband and I, itinerant apartment dwellers and disdainers of stuff, have been inducted into the cult of the grill. We love it. We can't get enough. When discussing what to make for dinner, my husband inevitably asks, "Can we...grill?" Inevitably, I nod, already plotting our next charred experiment. And it's all thanks to this new, incredibly compact, and easily-carried Element grill from Fuego.
We showed you what is quite likely the prettiest grill we've ever seen, but we're not done browsing grills this summer. We're currently very interested in the Cobb grill, a tiny yet powerful tabletop grill that was named the 2001 Invention of the Year by Time Magazine. What's so great about this little grill? Well, to start with, it only uses 8-10 charcoal briquettes.
Item:The Element Gas Grill by Fuego Price: $449-$649, depending on the model Overall Impression: It performs reliably and admirably! We love the design of the inner and outer burners, and the small footprint of the whole thing. It's a fine-looking yet fully functional accessory for summer parties. Highly recommended!
The Element Grill by Fuego is quite possibly the prettiest grill we've ever seen. Its sleek styling and tiny footprint made us wonder if it was the ultimate grill for city-dwellers. Well, we've had a chance to poke, prod, and play with this grill and now it's time for the verdict:
When you think of sleek and beautiful design, grills are not the first thing that come to mind. They tend to be bulky, awkward, and monochromatic. So when we heard a rumor of a grill designed by the former director of industrial design for Apple, we were totally intrigued.
Here's a question from reader Amy, who lives in Manhattan. Any city-dwellers able to help her out with this good question about grilling?
My boyfriend and I have just bought a brand new propane grill from Home Depot with dreams of cooking out all summer long. But it seems propane tanks are illegal in Manhattan. Do you know what the rules/loopholes are surrounding this? Surely we can't be the only people who have a propane grill? Also, if it is illegal why would they sell them at the Manhattan Home Depot!? Please help us else our dreams of tasty grilled meats will be shattered!
When we moved into this apartment, the landlords told us, "Oh, and feel free to use the grill," waving vaguely toward the back yard. The first time we decided to take them up on the offer, we stood looking at this strange assembly of steel and thought, "What the...?!"
Since then, we've learned to love the quirks and benefits of our retro backyard grill. In honor of the last days of Grilling Month, take a look!
When we grill out, we frequently save the grill for the meat and make the other dishes inside. Usually we do this because it spreads out the work -- one cook mans the grill, another tends to the sides.
But if you do want charred, grilled vegetables to go with your steak (or if the vegetables are the main event), you might look into getting a grill basket. See our thoughts, below...