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Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill Review

Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill
Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill

Cook-Air Wood Fired Grill

Derrick Riches

Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Features
Portability
Durability

Specifications

  • 154 square inch stainless steel cooking grate
  • Produces the equivalent of 65,000 BTUs
  • Push button piezoelectric ignition
  • Five-speed adjustable fan
  • Weighs 17 pounds
  • Uses 8 D-batteries, car power adapter, or standard electrical outlet
  • Made in China by Cata Marketing Inc.

Full Review – Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill

PROS

  • Produces Very High Cooking Temperatures
  • Lightweight
  • Adds Smoke Flavor

CONS

  • Fuel Not Easily Available

A good portable grill should be lightweight, easy to carry, and powerful enough that you don’t regret not having a full-sized grill at your disposal. The Cook-Air Wood Fired Portable Grill is all these things. The unique design not only makes it incredibly powerful but keeps the exterior cool so it is safe to use on any surface and in almost any location (outdoors of course).

This grill works like this. Open up the unit so you can access the fire chamber. Start a small fire with a solid fire starter (like a paraffin wax cube), put a small, but a solid piece of wood on that starter, and turn the unit to its lowest setting until the wood starts burning. Now you can turn it up to high and in a few minutes, the cooking temperature will be over 1,000 degrees F.

Yes, that is correct. This is one of the hottest grills on the market, producing temperatures of those very expensive, full-sized infrared grills.

I know that many people like the flavor of smoke, but that some do not. For those that don’t, this might not be the grill for you. Because of the accelerated combustion, this grill can actually produce a good smoky flavor in a pretty short period of time. It isn’t overpowering, but if you don’t like it, you might not like the food that comes off this grill.

Another point is that the Cook-Air needs untreated, natural wood chunks as fuel. The manufacturer can supply these, but at $30USD a box, which they say will last between 40 and 70 “meals”. It is possible to use other wood in the grill, but it is a consideration to make before buying this grill.

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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Recipes

  • Smoked Beef Back Ribs
    These fantastic smoked beef back ribs are tender, smoky, and spend a mere 3 1/2 hours on the grill.
  • Smoked Au Gratin Potatoes
    Smoked au gratin potatoes are the new and improved version of a comfort food classic. A delicious, easy recipe!
  • Smoked Venison Tenderloin
    Tender, marinated smoked venison tenderloin served with a delicious pineapple, ginger, and rum sauce.
  • Smoked Onions
    These delicious smoked onions, are easy to make, and have a fantastic smoky, caramelized flavor.
  • Hot Cheeto Queso Mac and Cheese
    From-scratch queso mac and cheese topped with pulverized Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Comfort food and snack food all in one!