Grills and Ice Chest

Open top grills – are good for using charcoal or small pieces of wood. Even though this grill is portable and can use either small pieces of wood or charcoal, the limiting factor is its size. Only small steaks or small sausages will fit on this grill.

With this device someone could easy cook for a small group of people. The user is not limited by propane of liquid fuel. As long as there is a supply of sticks or twigs this grill can be used. Try not to use wood with a lot of sap, such as pine as this will leave a residue on the food.

Outdoor cooking grill

Pull behinds have limitations because of the trade off in lowered fuel economy and the amount of fuel that is required to use this size of pit. Keeping the wood dry is another problem. If the wood is in an uncovered truck bed, during a rain the wood will absorb the water, weighing down the truck and causing worse gas mileage


Stationary Grills are not designed to be portable. These kinds of grills require at least 2 people to load in the back of a truck. Most grills of this type are to big to fit in the trunk of a car, but might fit in some SUV’s.  Some of these grills have a weak spot on the legs. Applying pressure to the side of the leg could cause it to break off. Extreme care must be used when handling these types of grills.

Single burner stoves are good for single or two people. Recently I switched over to a dual fuel stove in an effort to get away from propane. There are some multi fuel stoves on the market that can use white gas, regular gasoline, kerosene and some stoves can even use diesel.

Dual burner stoves are a good choice for portability and cooking for a family unit. These stoves come in a wide range of fuels – such as propane and coleman fuel (white gas). A dual fuel or multi fuel stove of this type would be a good choice.

Cooking on the road – the tail gate of a truck offers a good portable table. Most trucks have a tail gate big enough to cook off of and use it as a table.

If you do not drive a truck, consider buying a good quality plastic table to bring with you. Do NOT bring metal forks or spoons with you that you will have to wash. Use only disposable eating utilizes. Disposable utilizes are a good choice for disease control – there is nothing to wash, just throw them away.

Ice Chest

Rubbermaid ice chest are junk – avoid them at all cost. I have 2 rubbermaid ice chest and they will not keep ice frozen for 24 hours.

Coleman or Igloo are good brand names to consider.

Two ice chest next to a barbecue pit on a trailer

Igloo makes a 5 day ice chest, this is what I have and recommend. When the air temp is below a certain degree, ice will stay frozen for 5 days. The chest style makes sure you can put important items on bottom where they will stay under the ice.

Look for a ice chest for a handle, this makes moving it around a lot easier. Look for at least a 54 quarrt ice chest – anything less and you will limited on the amount of food you can keep cold.

The size of the ice chest should be limited to what you can carry in your car/truck. A truck should not be too limited, however, some truck companies are making trucks with rather short beds. Ice chest size might be important depending one what type of truck you have and what else you are carrying.

Cars are limited by trunk size. A small mid size car might have problems carrying 128 quart – 4 foot long ice chest. Because of the size of a car trunk, a lot of people will be limited to 54 quart ice chest. Some SUV owners might be able to transport a 96 quart with ease.

Then there is the ice consideration. The bigger the ice chest – the more ice you will need to fill it up.