The Bottom Line
- Gets hot
- Can be carried with one hand
- Grease catcher isn't easy to clean out and leaks if full
- Rubber band that holds it together is awkward and fragile
- Uneven heating
- 159 square inch porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate
- 8,000 BTU tubular stainless steel burner
- Push button piezoelectric ignition
- Weights 13 pounds
- Removable grease pan
- Frequently pictured shoulder strap is sold separately.
- Made in Taiwan by Sunrise Life Products for Fuego
Guide Review - Element Portable Gas Grill
In testing the Element Portable I was impressed with the heat output, certainly more than enough to put a good sear on anything grilled. The combination of the 8,000 BTU burner and the porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate, designed to make the most of the flame, makes for a hot little grill. There is a cool spot in the middle of the grill but easy enough to accommodate for.
Folded up and with the locking strap in place, this is a lightweight little grill that is perfect for the park or beach. One item to point out is that this grill is frequently pictured over the shoulder, but that shoulder strap is an additional item and does not come with the grill so the display is a little deceiving.
On the down side, the grease catcher is a small bowl underneath the grill. To remove this the cooking grate has to be removed, a cotter pin pulled out and the bowl dropped out the bottom. The bowl does not fit tightly to the grill (too allow air to flow into the grill) so if it is full and the grill tipped, grease will pour out the bottom. Before packing up the grill has to be cleaned out. This is typical of many portables, but from some of the reviews I have seen online a feature that several people find to be a problem.
Additionally, the rubber locking strap is somewhat awkward to remove and I am not confident that it will survive a lot of abuse, like sunlight or cold temperatures. It looks cool, but probably not all that practical in the long run. The band on my test unit lasted one year stored in my garage.