A great many people have asked me for more details about my Le Creuset portable charcoal grill. It’s now over twenty years old, sadly no longer made, but still full of life and serves me extremely well when I go on holiday.
It all packs up neatly into a plastic box and the component parts are:
The rotisserie and motor unit
It assembles really easily, just insert the legs into the cast iron base, the fold the sides into position and secure with the stainless steel drip tray. After that it simply about deciding whether to grill or to spit roast, placing the grill in the appropriate position and slotting the cooking grate into position.
My friend Stuart designed a pop riveted improvement that allows the cooking grate to be raised even further – a godsend when cooking particularly fatty foods on a good heat.
The secret of its longevity is the quality of the cast iron and stainless steel, if there is a weakness it’s in the mild steel legs and I’ve had to treat these in the last year.
I guess this barbecue has been a victim of its own success, top quality therefore expensive compared with a cheap kettle grill and because of its longevity, no repeat sales.
It’s a great design and such a shame that it’s no longer available. Now that we design and make our own range of charcoal grills we have considered making a copy in stainless steel.
To enhance the design it would be interesting to see if we could incorporate a lid so that you could smoke on it too but given the cost draw-backs would anyone buy one?
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