- Sept.3, 2007
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Our Gadget of the
A Moveable Feast
Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill
-- Price: $380. Stats: 21
inches wide by 12 inches high by 13 inches
deep. Features: Grilling surface of
155 sq. inches uses infrared to cook fast.
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LABOR DAY WEEKEND NEEDN'T MARK THE END
to outside barbecuing. Nor do late-season cookouts
have to be restricted to the patio. The compact
Anywhere Portable Grill works well on the boat,
on the tailgate or at your favorite hillside spot
for taking in the fall foliage. Weighing in at a
luggable 20 pounds and supplied in a carry bag with
handles, it's the perfect grill for a remote feast.
Petite in everything but cooking power, the Solaire
Anywhere churns out a formidable 14,000 BTUs, better
than many ordinary backyard grills. The key to
what's different is inside the box, above the gas
flames -- a ceramic grid that heats evenly and gives
off infrared rays.
found it more than a match for our giant Weber gas
grill, and a fine addition to a small patio. It
heats from cold to cookworthy in about three
minutes, and cools off fast enough to be carried
away 15 minutes after shutdown.
The cooking surface, which is 15 inches by just
under 10.5 inches, is large enough to handle eight
outsized hamburgers or four hefty steaks. Cleaning
is a cinch, since the heat quickly burns off food
residue. And there are no coals requiring disposal.
The Solaire is constructed from high-grade stainless
(and for salt-water boating, there's an even
tougher, corrosion-proof version). The grill runs on
propane -- either portable one-pound bottles or
ordinary 20-pound tanks.
It's made by Rasmussen Iron Works, a private company
known for making high-quality gas fireplace inserts.
Rasmussen also makes larger patio grills, costing
$1,200 to more than $5,000.