For this week’s review I was sent the HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Grill from Kyle Kromidas at Well Traveled Living.
Well Traveled Living is a designer, importer and distributor of outdoor living products. The company was established in 1998.
The HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Grill is a portable grill that is constructed of high heat resistant painted steel and is Made in China. The grill stands at a height of 14.18 inches when fully assembled (Assembled Dimensions: 11.82” L x 17.53” W x 14.18” H, Weight 8.32 lbs) and folds down to 1 inch when not in use. This grill can be assembled in less than 30 seconds with no tools required.
The HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Grill comes with a charcoal grate and a tri-fold cooking grate. These grates sit inside the grill with the 2 foldable side panels up against them to hold them in place for when you fold the unit up when not in use.
I pulled out both side panels and removed the grates. As you can see in the picture below the grill has a V-shape to it once that’s done.
I placed in the charcoal grate and the tri-fold cooking grate after that. Once that was done it was time to do some grilling.
Once I had the grill outside I filled it around 65% full with some Kingsford Charcoal (about half a chimney full). Then I lit the charcoal with my Looftlighter and placed in a couple cherry Mojobricks Baby Bar-B-Qubes as well. Once the charcoal was ashed over a little I placed on some asparagus I had marinated in a little lemon juice and Italian dressing.
After a few minutes had passed I put on some burgers seasoned with a little Draper’s BBQ A.P. Rub (Love that rub!).
The charcoal was burning pretty hot so it didn’t take long before the burgers were ready to flip. I also flipped over the foiled asparagus.
Once the burgers were pretty much finished cooking I placed some cheese on them. Then I removed the burgers and the asparagus from the grill to bring inside to eat.
The HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Grill is a very easy grill to setup. To be very blunt and honest, that is pretty much all I liked about it.
The grill feels very cheap and flimsy and doesn’t seem like it will hold up very well in the long run. Plus, I really didn’t like the hot ash falling out the little holes on both sides of it. It made quite a mess and I worried about the hot ash falling onto our very dry grass in our backyard and starting a grass fire.
This grill gets very hot to the touch, so be sure to keep kids away from it. It’s also not safe to move once it’s in use.
The HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Grill has no lid since it’s a hibachi-style grill, so it takes a while for the coals to burn out when you’re done using it.
I personally do not recommend this grill for use in a backyard setting, but for those that may be interested, you can find it here.
For more information on the HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Grill please visit their Website.
Make sure to check back next week for another BBQ Tools & Tech Review!