The Wolf and Grizzly Grill M1 Edition Kit – the next perfect piece of camping gear?
According to Wolf and Grizzly, “the Wolf and Grizzly Grill M1 Edition is a two-piece, compact stainless steel grill that you can bring anywhere and sets up in seconds while only weighing 2.2lbs. Every component of Grill M1 – from the frame legs to the bolts and screws – is made out of stainless steel, so you don’t need to worry about the low melting point of aluminum or the low stability temperatures of Teflon.” This 100% stainless steel item rings in at $99.00 USD, so the question is, is it worth it?
Kit Contents – Wolf and Grizzly Grill:
- Rollable grill surface
- Foldable grill frame
- Premium carrying case
- Custom cleaning tool
- Microfibre cloth
- Compact Allen key
Stars (out of 5): 4.5
Price: About $100.00 + shipping
Pros: Compact, quality material, lightweight, simple
Cons: Expensive compared to similar products
Specs: made of 304 stainless steel for high temperature, 120 square inches of cooking space (about 11 x 11 inches), 30-pound load capacity, weighs 2.2 pounds, can lay flat or be raised to 6 or 8 inches tall
Quick Summary of Wolf and Grizzly Grill
For camping cooking equipment, the Wolf and Grizzly Grill M1 edition is wonderful. It is extremely functional, easy to set up, and versatile for various forms of fire/flame cooking. It holds weight and performs just fine in the open fire, thanks to the quality material this product is made out of. Also, it’s insanely lightweight and compact, which is a big requirement for living in a van. It is on the more expensive side but is worth the money if you are looking to invest in something long-term. I don’t really see this item breaking, damaging, or malfunctioning due to heat.
To test out the Wolf and Grizzly Grill M1 edition, I decided to make shrimp boil foil packets for dinner, based on a recipe from Fresh Off the Grid. I figured that for the first time using the grill, this was a good and simple recipe that wouldn’t require too much turning or attention, so I could focus more on the grill.
Before I started the food prep, I opened up the grill to get an idea of how to set it up. The first thing I noticed was there weren’t any instructions provided. Now that I know how to set it up and realize how simple it is, that’s no problem at all. However, for a first-time user, instructions probably would have been helpful. You really only need the two main pieces to set it up, the rollable grill surface and the foldable grill frame.
The foldable grill frame literally just gets opened by pulling the frame apart. The rollable grill surface has a metal ruler-type piece that swings around and latches onto the opposing side of the grill, forcing the frame to straighten out and removing its “rollable” function. Then, there are small wire strings on each corner of the grill, with three different stoppers, depending on how much flexibility you want the grill to have. We just did the loosest for the first time around. You simply pull the corner strings of the grill and latch them into the corners of the frame. It’s seriously so easy.
I’ll be honest that I didn’t really think about how much I was opening the frame, or that it could still hold the grill up just fine at half-height, so I had the grill fully extended to its tallest ability of 8 inches. With a fire ring, this did make it a little difficult, as I balanced the frame on the rocks. In theory, I should have just flattened the frame completely and balanced that on the rocks. When it is fully set up, the grill is 10.83 x 11.02 inches and can either lay flat, or be extended to sit 6 or 8 inches tall. When all of the pieces are rolled up and put away in their carry case, the entire thing is only about 3 x 12 inches. It is extremely compact.
This thing was more durable than I anticipated! It holds up to 30 pounds, which I believe. The give and flexibility of the grate might seem untrustworthy at first, but I think this would go away after one or two uses. There may be a product that is a little thicker for more durability, but then we’ll start sacrificing size and portability. The material it is made out of is really what makes the grill of quality. The entire thing is made of 304 stainless steel, which allows me to not have to worry about temperature or leaving it in the fire for too long.
After removing the food, I just took the grill out of the campfire and set it aside to cool. After a while, I was able to clean it off, which was definitely necessary. There was a LOT of soot on the frame and grill. I can see how this can easily become thrown in with dirty camping equipment. However, with a quick wipe down, I was easily able to fold it back up and into its tiny carry bag.
It’s worth noting that this product is more expensive than its comparable items on the market. It just depends on how high of quality you’re willing to spend your money on. It’s true what they say: you get what you pay for. This is a product that you would buy once and likely would not have to replace it for a very, very, very long time. There is also a one-year warranty, which is nice. If I was only an occasional camper, I would probably go with a cheaper option. However, as somebody who has campfires many times a month and often cooks in the fire, especially during the summer season, I can see why it makes sense to invest in a good quality grill like this.
Conclusion on Wolf and Grizzly Grill
The entire product is wonderful, with its only downfall being pricing. $100 isn’t honestly that bad for camping equipment, especially something that will last. If you are a regular camper/backpacker/vanlifer it makes sense to invest in this grill. This is especially true if you have an interest in cooking over a campfire or coals often. If you are the occasional 1-2 times per year camper, a cheaper (both in quality and price) product makes more sense.
Compare to similar products and gear:
- Camp Chef Lumberjack Over Fire Grill 24”
- Front Runner Spare Tire Mount Braai/BBQ Grate
- Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill
- The Perfect CampfireGrill, Pioneer, 18-Inch Diameter
- All Stainless Tuscan Fireplace Grill (by Grillin an Chillin)