Customer Reviews: Fire Sense Notebook Charcoal Grill
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on March 30, 2009
The Good:

I bought this grill for this summers motorcycle camping adventures. I can't think of a better use for this grill. Narrower main body section gives many options for tying down, and on my bike (a shadow 750) the bottom "foot hole" was able to go over and around my sissy bar and sit on my rack. Pretty sweet. 2 up camping now comes with a BBQ!

The Bad (at least for motorcycle camping):

It is a bit flimsy (but quite stable when open for grilling). With care, I am expecting to get about 50 or so BBQs out of it. After it falls apart I am planning to go to a metal shop in town and have it re-fabricated in some heaver gauge steel. I would be willing to have a little heaver (and smaller) grill for motorcycle camping if it was durable. The grilling surface is large. Expect to need about 3 pounds of charcoal to get it going well, 6 pounds (an entire small bag) of charcoal for a full grill to feed 4+ people. This makes it a requirement to setup camp, and then ride out to get groceries and charcoal. Messy.

I've BBQ'd for years and have to say the "action" on this grill is quite good. If you really have a need for an extremely portable grill, I would definitely recommend it. If you are just looking for a smaller grill for car camping or porch cookouts I would recommend the more traditional Coleman and Weber portable grills with a lid and better durability.
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on November 26, 2013
I was excited when I received this grill. A lot of the reviews were good and I had watched a couple different videos about this grill. It looks like a great solution for truck camping when I want to grill away from the main fire.

I wish I had tried this out at home. Instead, my first use of it was when I pulled it out of it's box and set it up at our camp. The grill is very poorly made and would not assemble properly. Once you fold open the grill, you're supposed to swing out the side panels and clip them to the opposing door. The clip are incapable of holding on to the opposing side of the grill. You have to use the actual grilling rack to hold it all together. This gets a lot worse once the grill is warmed up. If you disturb the grilling rack, the grill will pop open another inch. It's incredibly unstable.

Take a look at the pictures to see exactly what I'm talking about. Judging by comments from a couple years ago, the quality of this grill has declined significantly.

I received this grill last week and have already tossed it in the recycle bin. A charming waste of money.
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on June 8, 2009
I had been wanting a foldable grill and didn't even know they existed until I came across this one on Amazon. It not only saves TONS of space on my small patio but it delivers in quality of food too! I've had a few bbq's with this grill so far and the quality of food has been phenominal. I find the easiest thing to do is to buy one of those small charcoal bags that all you do is light it - no need to open the bag. It fits perfectly in this grill. The cleanup is very easy and not messy at all. And I absolutely love that it folds up to be about 1/2" wide. It takes up no room at all on my patio. I gave up my Weber big grill for this one - great decision!!! I highly recommend this grill as it is great for serving about 6 good sized burgers and about 4 hot dogs on the grill at the same time. When I had it delivered at my job - a couple of co-workers had me open it and display it for them. Then after that weekend of testing it out, I reported the good news to them and they bought it too. If you're looking for a small portable, durable, inexpensive, & reliable grill -- get this one!!!
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on May 8, 2011
I bought this grill because I have a small RV camper with limited space. The grill worked great except the grill is on very top with no sides so hot dogs can easily roll off. Also after one use, the paint peeled off and looks terrible. Seems like they could have used heat resistant paint like other grills. Once nice thing is after you finish cooking, you can throw in a couple of small pieces of wood and have a small camp fire. It is made of very thin material so it cools off fast once you dump out the coals so you can pack it up for travel. It would be nice to have a carrying case as it is nearly impossible to put back in the box. Other than that is exactly what I have been looking for for years.
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on June 14, 2010
Very light
Decent Price
Doubles as a Fire Pit
Easy to Clean
Takes up very little storage space, either at home or during your travels.
Uses charcoal or wood as a fuel

Grill portion, not made of stainless steel - chrome plated steel.
Product arrived with some damage to the sheet metal - since I do plan to USE this and know it will get damage, I opted not to return.
I used a hammer and "adjusted" the metal.

The perfect companion if you plan an overnight car-camping trip or overland camping trip in your truck.
You can use either charcoal or wood as a fuel.
The fuel grill is perfect that when the fuel is burnt, the ashes fall through to the bottom of the grill and with a poker (wood stick), you can remove it.
Also from that same access hole (on both ends), it allows air to enter and help on maintaining the burn of the fuel.
A well thought out portable grill.

Check out the hyperlink for what I mean as a Expedition Overland Camping Trips.
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on July 22, 2010
It's an OK grill. Can't be moved with ease once lit. It's good for trips to the park with the way it folds up when not in use. I DON'T like the holes in the bottom because the coal dust falls out and this item cannot be put on say something (grass) that can go on fire. With the hole in the bottom there should be some sort of tray to catch the burned out coals that fall. I'm somewhat disapointed.
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on October 22, 2015
My wife and I do a lot of Truck Camping to maintain our sanity. Our pop-up truck camper is small, and storage space is at a premium. We bought one of these because it fits into one of our tiny cabinets. Overall, we like it. I just bought the stainless steel version, as after about 18 months, our original is getting tired. The grill part can be a PITA, as the crimps slide over to one side. We have had a few campfires in ours, and it will shorten the life of the unit if you do that. The lack of lid is a problem sometimes, but you can make a serviceable 'cover' from aluminum flashing easily enough. I, too wish it were made from thicker steel. We hate gear that won't last. Mostly because we hate throwing stuff away. For instance, we bought a Yeti cooler, because I got tired of fixing, then throwing away a broken down cooler every 4 or 5 years. They are a ripoff, but if they last 20 years, we have kept 5 or 6 plastic and foam Junkers out of the landfill. I will probably try and fabricate one of these from thicker steel when this newest one goes bad. You do have to take a few minutes to clean it up before storing, too.
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on June 11, 2013
We pull camper and do several weeks at a time. Used the grill less than 10 times and are disappointed in the flimsy construction. Very light weight material and no air draft control. Grate broke before even used it, where the sections were crimped. Also does not stay fastened on the sides, spreads so grates don't hook over the edges.
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on July 1, 2016
I need more stars - 5 isn't enough!!!
We have a vintage 1968 hard-sided pop-up camper so when we go out into the wilderness, space is definitely at a premium and necessities that fold for storage are in high demand. . We usually take a small cast iron (read - heavy!) table-top grill that doubles as a fire pit in high fire danger conditions but it takes up a LOT of space in the truck. I ordered this little grill on a whim the other day after seeing it in the "customers also viewed" list on an aluminum "collapsible fire pit" selling for almost sixty bucks. For under twenty dollars, I really couldn't justify not trying it out. It came this morning and I just ordered a second one so I have one to store in the camper and one for the park.

This little grill easily has the same amount of grill space as my regular charcoal grill, it folds flat for storage and even the two grates fit neatly inside the folded grill for storage! It's light weight BUT very sturdy with metal clips that pin the sides together. The air flow holes are well spaced and it has an interior grate to hold your charcoal off the very bottom and allow proper air circulations - this beast is awesome!
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on September 1, 2014
Here is what you need to consider before buying this: what am I going to use it for? If you said picnics at the park, you should try something different. I used this on a recent trip to Mt Rainier and broke it out to make some burgers. The entire frame gets super hot and it should go without saying, but don't touch it when you have lit charcoal inside. I knew this and still ended up burning myself. The next thing to consider is what to do with the hot dusty charcoal mess that you've just created. Make sure you have plenty of time for the thing to cool down.
Like other reviews, the frame was a bit bent and it was difficult to open. You'll learn the trick to bend and pop it back into place as you open it. Also, after you've prepared the charcoal, the grill doesn't exactly fit on nicely and it can be tricky to battle the heat to stabilize it. Maybe buy some fireproof gloves with this.
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