Gear & Equipment
Cool Find: Camp Chef Over-The-Fire Grill
"The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king. Fetch him beers."
— Walker Lamond, Rules for My Unborn Son
You're dealing with a guy who's in his element cooking over the fire. It's a thankless chore, yes, to endure smoke in the eyes, and it's a merciless dance to balance the air flow with hot coals — yet there's no more satisfying sizzle than the one you make with pure flame, secret sauce and raw meat. I've made steak fajitas, bacon-wrapped shrimp cocktails, smothered chicken, carne asada, and others with this baby. I only tell you this to establish a little cred, because writing about a chunk of metal that sits over the fire so you can baste and char a tasty animal seems like a waste of pixels. I've gone back and forth on this for weeks now and decided to let it fly. So here goes. What could be so special about this grill?
Easy. It's featureless. It's just robust expanded steel grating with folding legs. End of story. The beauty is in brevity.
Go hunting for a campfire grill, you'll find all kinds of bells and whistles. Extending poles and all kinds of jazz. But when it comes to whipping up tasty grub, would you rather be dicing garlic cloves or solving a puzzle with extendible poles? The Camp Chef Lumberjack over-the-fire grill not only summons essential ruggedness in a name like lumberjack, but offers no surprises. Just fold out the steel legs, plant it in the fire pit, ready some coals, and get to work. Or kick back.
The only reason I give it some air time today is because every time I've whipped this out at a campfire, more than one agape mouth has uttered, "Whoa, Mark, nice grill. Where'd you get it?" It's like the merits of this grill speak for themselves. You won't lose a hotdog through the grating because it's consistent all the way across. The grill is heavy because it's made of nothing but steel, but the unit folds flat to an inch thick so it's super easy to store. Sure, I've had my detractor buddies scoff at the legs as too flat on the bottom. My response is dig a better pit.
Summary: Badass, inexpensive, and painless. Definitely a cool find.