Portable cooking tools come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. On one end of the spectrum, we have ultralight isobutane stoves or micro wood stoves, which are great for heating single-serve dehydrated meals. However, they're obviously not ideal for cooking large cuts of meat or food for a group. On the other end, there's something like a barbecue grill or smoker — you can wheel it around or throw it in your truck for a tailgating session, but it's only portable in a loose sense of the word.
The middle ground is occupied by what we'd consider car camping gear. These cooking tools are big enough for use by a whole family, but small enough to pack into the trunk of a passenger car or be carried to a beach bonfire. They'd also be a good option for a longer-term bug-out scenario. The new Kojin Grill from Japanese camping gear manufacturer Snow Peak falls into this category.
The Kojin Grill is a 22-inch-diameter stainless steel cylinder that packs down into two pieces. The base features three folding legs as well as charcoal trays and grill grates nested inside. A folding wall panel installs atop the base, and features doors as well as a series of notches where the grates can be installed at various heights.
This setup can be used as a smoker, an enclosed oven, a barbecue grill, or a combination of these functions. You could have one dish baking inside while another grills on top.
The unit weighs 40 pounds and measures 2.8 by 2.3 by 1.9 feet when fully expanded. It's quite pricey at $730 MSRP, but given our previous experience with Snow Peak gear, the build quality and materials are likely to be solid. For more information on the new Snow Peak Kojin Grill, go to SnowPeak.com.