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Our test winners are the Folding grill by Deuba and the Pop Up Grill by Relags: Both convince by a high mobility, a good ventilation system and an excellent grilling performance. Our favourite with the test grade 8.9!

We tested 7 camping grills for you and paid special attention to mobility, air supply, and handling.

There's nothing better than an outdoor barbecue with friends. During your next camping trip, in the park around the corner or by the lake, a good camping barbecue is a must.

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last modified: 08.09.2020, 9:02
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Our winner: Relags Pop Up Grill Our winner: Deuba Folding grill Landmann Kettle grill Piccolino Review Ferraboli Mini Grill Review Esbit Stainless steel charcoal grill Review Nexos Mini grill  Review El Fuego Charcoal grill Tulsa Review

Relags Pop Up Grill

Deuba Folding grill

Landmann Kettle grill Piccolino

Ferraboli Mini Grill

Esbit Stainless steel charcoal grill

Nexos Mini grill

El Fuego Charcoal grill Tulsa

Test seal: Relags Pop Up Grill, Rating 1.75
Test seal: Deuba Folding grill, Rating 1.75
Test seal: Landmann Kettle grill Piccolino, Rating 2.1
Test seal: Ferraboli Mini Grill, Rating 2.15
Test seal: Esbit Stainless steel charcoal grill, Rating 2.2
Test seal: Nexos Mini grill , Rating 2.35
Test seal: El Fuego Charcoal grill Tulsa, Rating 2.4
  • Even distribution of heat
  • Comfortable to transport
  • Quick assembly and disassembly
  • Even heat distribution
  • Adjustable air supply
  • Comfortable to transport
  • Can be used on both sides
  • Even heat distribution
  • Ventilation supply adjustable
  • Attachment for keeping warm
  • Grill tongs included in delivery
  • Even distribution of heat
  • Ventilation slots
  • Foldable legs
  • The grill grate is height adjustable
  • Plug-in system
  • Integrated handle on the grill grate
  • Even distribution of heat
  • Well suited for transport
  • The grill grate is height adjustable
  • Compactness
  • Even heat distribution
  • Adjustable air supply
  • Attachment for keeping barbecue food warm
  • Adjustable air supply
  • Suitable for transport
  • Requires little charcoal
  • Air supply is not adjustable
  • Unsuitable for transport
  • Sharp edges
  • Unsuitable for transport over longer distances
  • The air supply is not adjustable
  • Open on both sides
  • Housing gets very hot
  • Not high quality processed
  • Closure is loose
  • Heat is not evenly distributed
  • Grill area is very small
  • Not smoke-free

Versatile and innovative grill. Ideal for transport.

Convinces with a great grill performance, high wearing comfort, and flexibility.

Except for the loose carrying handle, the grill convinces in all areas.

Great device! The handle could be more ergonomic.

Its compactness and wearing comfort are particularly convincing. The air supply, however, is improvable.

Despite qualitative deficiencies, the grill does its job reliably.

It requires little charcoal, but has suboptimal heat distribution for the small grill surface.

Range of functions
Grilling performance
Scope of delivery Barbecue grill, legs, inserts Housing, 4 barbecue grills Housing, handle, grill grate, grill tongs Housing, grill grate, carbon plate, windscreen, lid, legs Foldable charcoal grill, Stand, Grill grill, Removable handle, Charcoal bag, Carrying bag, Sealable bag with 5 screws, Windscreen, 2 protective films Lid, Handle, Ventilation, Support legs, Charcoal grill, Grill grate, Warming grate, Grill grate Handle Base unit, Inner shell, Ignition plate, Coal container, Grill grate, Carrying bag
Packaging Plain Plain Illustrated Simply printed with pictures and information Attractive, printed with information Plain Attractive, printed with information
Quality of instructions Good Good Good Good Very good Very good Good
Additional warranty - - - - - - -
Width 28,0 cm 41,4 cm 35 cm 52,0 cm 30,0 cm 35,5 cm 35,5 cm
Height 44,0 cm 40 cm 71,7 cm 18,0 cm 36,5 cm 23,5 cm
Depth 28,0 cm 29,5 cm 35 cm 25,6 cm 22,9 cm 36,0 cm 35,5 cm
Weight 1300 g 3400 g 1500 g 5300 g 2799 3 kg 3000 g
Grill type Charcoal grill Charcoal grill Charcoal grill Charcoal grill Charcoal grill Charcoal grill Charcoal grill
Product type Pop-Up-Grill Camping, table, folding and suitcase grill Kettle Grill Camping Grill Foldable Grill Camping grill Camping and table grill
Housing material Sheet steel with Teflon coating Stainless Steel Aluminium Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel and plastic
Heating of the housing High High High High High High Low
Grillage material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Grillage coating Chrome plated Chrome plated Chrome plated Chrome Chrome plated Chrome plated Chrome plated
Grill surface 28 x 22 cm 36 x 23 cm 30 x 25 cm 29 x 22 cm 36 x 34 cm 31 x 31 cm
Work surface - Optional - Possible at the edge due to low heat
Height-adjustable grillage - - - 3-stage 3-stage - -
Integrated lid - Optional - - -
Fuel Coal Coal Coal Coal Coal Coal Coal
Heating time Approx. 30 Minutes Approx. 40 Minutes approx. 35 min approx. 35 min approx. 45 min Approx. 50 Minutes Approx. 25 Minutes
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Tested products

1st place: Relags Pop Up Grill

Test seal: Relags Pop Up Grill, Rating good

The Pop Up Grill convinces above all by its compactness. The grill can be assembled and disassembled in no time at all. In the carrying bag included in the scope of delivery, the grill can be conveniently transported from A to B. The grill is easy to carry and can be easily removed. The Teflon-coated sheet steel housing makes a high-quality impression. The heat is evenly distributed over the entire surface of the grill. The air supply is not adjustable, which is not necessary in view of the many holes in the lower insert also compellingly since the briquettes are supplied sufficiently with oxygen. All in all a very practical and innovative device. Definitely recommendable.

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Deuba Folding grill - thumbnail Test seal: Deuba Folding grill, Rating good

2nd place: Deuba Folding grill

The Folding grill from Deuba makes a qualitative impression. The special thing about the grill is that you can use the lid as a second grill surface. In this case, the wooden handle acts as a stand. The transport of the folding grill proves to be very pleasant due to the low weight and the grip that fits well in the hand. The grill has four ventilation slots that you can adjust manually. The charcoal briquettes are supplied with oxygen in an optimal ratio. The heat is evenly distributed over the entire grill surface. All in all, this is a great appliance with nothing to complain about.

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Landmann Kettle grill Piccolino - thumbnail Test seal: Landmann Kettle grill Piccolino, Rating good

3rd place: Landmann Kettle grill Piccolino

The Kettle grill Piccolino by Landmann would make a high-quality impression but has a large and crucial deficiency. The handle attached to the cover is loose, wobbles during transport and gives you an insecure feeling. This premonition should, unfortunately, be confirmed, the nut has come loose due to the wobbling back and forth and the handle has come loose completely from the lid. The charcoal grill is not suitable for longer journeys without means of transport. Otherwise, I can only report positive things about the grill. The grill performance is excellent, the ventilation is adjustable, the heat is evenly distributed over the entire grill surface. You can take the lid off and on without hesitation because the handle does not heat up. A further plus point is the additional grill grate attachment to keep warm, from already grilled food, which you can put with the included grill tongs on the attachment.

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Ferraboli Mini Grill - thumbnail Test seal: Ferraboli Mini Grill, Rating good

4th place: Ferraboli Mini Grill

The Ferraboli Minigrill makes a qualitatively well processed impression. However, the grill has sharp edges in some places. You should allow about 10 minutes to assemble the grill. Due to the practical plug-in system, no screws and therefore no tools are required. In the stainless steel housing, which has ventilation slots integrated, the charcoal can heat up very well. The air supply is not adjustable, but this is not necessary because the charcoal briquettes are supplied with oxygen in an optimal ratio. The resulting heat is distributed evenly over the entire grill surface. Depending on your preference, you can position the height of the grill grate at one of the three height levels using the integrated handle. Especially cool are the fold-away and fold-out legs, which allow you to grill without a crooked back while standing. You can compress the charcoal grill into a carrying case in a few easy steps. However, the carrying case is not suitable for longer distances without means of transport, because the stainless steel handle squeezes your fingers after a very short time, which is also due to the weight of 5 kg.

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Esbit Stainless steel charcoal grill - thumbnail Test seal: Esbit Stainless steel charcoal grill, Rating good

5th place: Esbit Stainless steel charcoal grill

The Stainless steel charcoal grill by Esbit was processed qualitatively well. The special thing about the grill is that it is incredibly compact. In just a few steps you can fold up the appliance and transport it in the practical carrying bag. The heat is evenly distributed over the entire grill surface. The grill grate is height-adjustable in three steps. Ventilation slots are integrated on the sides of the casing to supply the charcoal briquettes with oxygen. However, the grill does not lack air supply, as the charcoal lies open on the charcoal plate. With the included windscreen, you can protect the charcoal from wind blasts and swirling embers. However, since the wind direction can change and there is only one windshield for two open sides, it would be advantageous to have another windshield available.

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Nexos Mini grill  - thumbnail Test seal: Nexos Mini grill , Rating good

6th place: Nexos Mini grill

The Mini Grill from Nexos is not high quality manufactured. The closure makes an unstable impression and you have the feeling that it could come loose at any time. In addition, a screw hole is not punched. For the grill to engage properly, you have to help a little with your strength. To the positive aspects: The air supply is adjustable on both sides and on the lid. The heat is evenly distributed over the entire grill surface. In addition, the grill has an additional attachment to keep the grill food warm.

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El Fuego Charcoal grill Tulsa - thumbnail Test seal: El Fuego Charcoal grill Tulsa, Rating good

7th place: El Fuego Charcoal grill Tulsa

The El Fuego charcoal grill is the only electric grill in our test. The blower, which regulates the air supply, can be operated manually. The coal container is remarkably small. That's why you don't need much charcoal to start the grill. All the faster you can start grilling. Since the grill should be smoke-free according to the manufacturer, no igniters, but fuel paste is used. However, the grilling process is not completely smoke-free. You should definitely not use the appliance in closed rooms. For grilling on the balcony, however, the grill is ideal. The charcoal briquettes remain in the charcoal container all the time. This poses a problem because the heat does not spread evenly over the entire grill surface. The actual grill surface is much smaller than expected. The charcoal grill has in comparison to the other tested devices quite a little power. You should definitely plan a bit more time for the barbecue evening despite the quick heating.

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Relags - Pop Up Grill

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  • In order for briquettes or charcoal to start glowing, they need oxygen. The more oxygen there is, the more heat is generated.
  • Only start grilling when the coal is covered with a grey layer.
  • To prevent the meat from getting too dry on the grill, sprinkle the meat with salt 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  • Wrap the grilled meat in aluminum foil so that it stays warm and does not get dry.

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Transport
  • Barbecue performance
  • Handling
  • Processing
  • Functional scope

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the camping grills. First, the scope of delivery and functionality are checked. The grills are assembled according to the manufacturer's specifications before the first test runs. The appliances are then filled with beech charcoal briquettes and the heating time is measured. A thermal imaging camera is also used to measure the temperature of the grills and the outside temperature of the appliances. The heat distribution and possible safety risks are also checked.

In order to be able to judge the grill achievement and handling still more in detail, all kinds of grill property are prepared on the grills. How the food tastes at the end, however, has no effect on the grading. In the course of the test, the wearing comfort of the camping grills is also assessed. For this purpose, the devices are worn for about 45 minutes, whereby passengers also change to buses and trains.

thermal image of a camping grill
Thermal image of a test candidate

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the stress of everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

The history of the grill is probably related to the use of the fire about 300,000 years ago. Even then, our ancestors kept skewers with pieces of meat from the freshly shot hunting spoils over the open fire. It can be assumed that man could only develop so well through the discovery of fire. Barbecuing is one of the oldest methods of making food edible. Because with this preparation form one could do completely without cookware.

Different grill methods were developed worldwide. The probably oldest fireplaces (with hot stones), which were used for food preparation, discovered researchers in China and France. Our ancestors were very inventive when it came to the art of grilling. The cooked food was more digestible for them than raw food. It is therefore quite possible that people discovered the advantages of grilling technology in many places at the same time.

In Europe, the forerunners of the grill were the barbecue skewers over an open fire.

While the natives of South America stretched open sheep, goats and large parts of cattle on an iron cross and slowly cooked them over the fireplace, the European ancestors roasted their animals on a spit.

It is also proven that the Romans already used a grill in the 4th century AD. Our German word "grillen" derives from the Latin "craticulum" and can be translated as "small grill".

As soon as it was possible for our ancestors to domesticate farm animals, this was also the beginning of the agricultural cultures and thus a milestone was laid in the history of mankind. It is well known that in the old cultures, sitting together around the barbecue area promoted the cohesion of the whole group. For a long time, food was grilled and eaten unseasoned. Creoles probably brought the term "barbecue" along with refined spice recipes to the American mainland.

Another theory, however, is that French trappers put the whole bison on a grill and called it "barbe-à-queue". That means as much as "from beard to tail".

What was on the menu of our ancestors? In addition to bison, moose, and rhinoceroses, ancient cultures also knew bratwursts. In Rome, the so-called upper class could be served the delicacies of slaves. Apart from the "rich", hardly anyone could afford meat. The Egyptians, on the other hand, counted hyenas and crocodiles among their favourite foods. Bratwurst was first mentioned in a 1404 copy in Arnstadt/Thuringia.

The kettle grill was invented in 1951 and came on the market one year later in the USA.

In Bavaria, too, the foundation was laid very early on for a tradition of grilling and bratwurst. Thus the "Nürnberger Bratwurst-Glöcklein" was called even earlier in writing. In the USA, barbecuing enjoyed great popularity during the severe economic crisis. It should be noted in particular that a certain Georg Stephen invented the kettle grill in 1951. This allowed the meat to slowly and indirectly grill under the lid at low temperatures. In this country, people didn't really want to get excited about the barbecue method for a long time.

After American G.I.'s brought the grill to Germany after the Second World War, barbecuing started a triumphal march in this country as well. True grill fans can hardly wait for the start of the season. For a long time, the local "grillmasters" only used charcoal grills. However, in the meantime, they also turned to the electric and gas grill. Because there the annoying smoke and soot, which often annoys the neighbours, stay out.

A distinction is made between direct and indirect grilling.

Direct grilling:

With the direct grilling method, the food lies directly on the grill above the heat source. The food is exposed to high temperatures. To give your steaks or chops a nice crust, they are quickly fried.

After half the grilling time (up to 12 minutes) you have to turn the food over to cook it. This method is very suitable for sizzling steaks, hamburgers, vegetable loaves, sausages or for conjuring up tender fish fillets.

Indirect grilling in the kettle grill:

In 1952, George Stephen from Chicago launched the first kettle grill. The man had previously been looking for a grill with which he could gently prepare large pieces of roast meat and meat at low temperatures.

A kettle grill usually consists of two equal parts. The coal grid is in the lower part. The ventilation system gives the coals more oxygen so that they can give off a constant heat more quickly. You will usually find a stainless steel grate for the food above it.

The upper half of the ball is equipped with a handle, a thermometer, and ventilation slots. When grilling indirectly, the food does not lie directly on the coals (when grilling with gas, not above the burners).

The heat is arranged so that your food is not exactly above it. The lid remains closed and the temperature should be kept evenly at a low level. We also recommend the use of a drip tray.

With this grill variant, you can bring thick pieces of meat, whole ducks and chicken or also roll roast tenderly and butter softly on the table.


Smokers usually use large ovens, the so-called "BBQ Smokers". With this grill version, you cook your delicacies at very low temperatures. You use a firebox with fruit tree wood in it.

If you ignite coal or wood in the firebox, dry smoke is produced which is led directly into the closed cooking chamber.

Low temperatures and smoke characterize the smoking process.

The firebox lid remains open so that the fruit tree wood can develop its wonderful aroma.

With this slow and gentle method, your barbecue food does not dry out. There is also no fat burn. At cooking times around three hours and above (in the closed cooking chamber), you get enormously juicy meat.

The charcoal grill:

Barbecuing with charcoal is romantic but also expensive. You need up to half an hour until your grill is ready for use. Charcoal grills are available in a wide variety of designs. They are also made of different materials.

In addition to the kettle grill, you'll also find the column grill, a barbecue trolley or a swivel grill, a round grill and also the smoker.

The gas grill:

A gas grill is operated with propane or butane. The appliances make grilling much more comfortable than with a charcoal grill. They can usually be set in motion with a batteryless piezo ignition. Their burners are generally individually, steplessly controllable.

Therefore you can create different temperature zones. With a gas grill, you have the possibility to grill directly on very high heat and conjure up delicious steaks, crispy sausages or tender fish fillets.

A gas-powered model is also suitable for indirect grilling with a closed cooking hood and low temperatures. The heat in the cooking chamber is distributed similarly to a convection oven. On the market, you will find gas grills that are equipped with several burners.

Some of the appliances have a lava stone, side cooking plates or a "backburner". Gas-powered models are marketed as camping grills, as barbecue trolleys with base units and folding worktops, and also as table grills.

The electric grill:

You simply plug the electric grill into an electrical outlet. You don't need to buy charcoal or a gas bottle. There is no annoying interruption of your barbecue evening because you might run out of gas or because you no longer have any charcoal.

Even on the balcony of a rented apartment, you will not have any problems with an electric grill, unless there is a general barbecue ban in the facility. Electric grills are offered by the manufacturers in the form of barbecue trolleys, as mini grills or as kettle grills.

Most barbecue fans can't wait to turn on their barbecue to pamper friends and family with delicious specialties. If you're looking for a new grill, you'll find a wide range of different models on the market.

We'll show you the way and introduce you to the most important types. We will also tell you what they can do and which grill fans they are suitable for.

The round grill: With a grill surface of around 37 centimetres in diameter and a height of around 50 centimetres, there are large differences in quality. While rather cheap products with a layer of enamel hardly last longer than a barbecue season, you will grill for quite a long time with a high-quality stainless steel grill from an established manufacturer. Round grills are something for occasional grillers.

Stainless steel grill: Differently than a grill built up from sheet steel, a model made of high-grade steel is nearly indestructible. It ranks according to experts among the most robust and long-lived grill devices. A high-grade steel grill is besides on each balcony and on each terrace a true eyecatcher.

Depending upon model it scores with a beautiful housing and with a practical base cabinet. This is where you can store the gas bottle for a gas-powered model.

If the grill can offer a grill hood and an integrated thermometer, then you can grill with the device both directly and indirectly. You always have a good eye on the heat, so your specialties are sure to be juicy and tasty.

A stainless steel grill is suitable for true grill lovers who prefer to leave the appliance on the terrace or balcony during the summer.

Chimney draught grill: This type of grill works similarly to a chimney because a fresh draft of air ensures constant fresh air. In the Landmann model, for example, the fire bowl with the charcoal rests on a thick, hollow support leg.

A ventilation flap is attached to the underside of the leg to regulate the amount of air. The air is sucked in by the heat so that blowing and blowing with the bellows is no longer necessary.

This type of appliance is suitable for grill lovers who do not want to do without a charcoal grill but still want to quickly reach a grill temperature of around 200° Celsius. You already receive the devices starting from approx. 100 euro.

For the luxury versions with rotating spit and cooking hood, you can easily spend more than 700 euros.

Kettle grill: The original model was launched by George Stephen in 1952. His make was bricked and stood outside. A modern kettle grill functions similarly to a convection oven.

Thanks to the round grill hood, the air circulates inside and you can cook your food in the grill from all sides. In the kettle grill, you can grill whole chickens, lamb legs, ducks or rolled roasts. You will spoil your guests with juicy and soft specialties.

In this model, which looks like a ball-shaped buoy, you can also grill directly on high heat. Famous brands of kettle grills are Weber-Stepan, Dancook, Outdoorchef, Landmann and many more.

In addition to charcoal barbecues, you can also find electric barbecues that are only plugged into a socket. In addition, well-known manufacturers such as Napoleon, Rösle, Char-Broil, Enders, Weber or Landmann also bring gas grills in ball shape onto the market.

You can get a kettle grill for just a small amount of money, starting at around 30 euros. Better models are available from about 250 Euro. Luxury appliances cost 1,350 Euros and more.

The kettle grill is suitable for true grill friends who like to spoil family and friends with delicacies from the grill. It must concern thereby not only meat or fish. Also, vegetable specialties will succeed you on the equipment very well.

The swivel grill: The model usually hangs on chains on a tripod frame. Underneath is the fire bowl with the coals. You will probably need a bellows to ignite the fire.

The model is very suitable for garden owners who like to entertain guests.

The brick barbecue fireplace: Homeowners with a large garden often place a garden fireplace with a barbecue grill outside. These grill variants are suitable for larger grill parties with family and friends. You can either have the barbecue fireplace set up completely or as a kit.

If you don't grill, it serves as a fireplace.

Cobb-Grill: This model is something for flexible camping friends and you can also take it on a boat. It can stand directly on the dining table as the underside remains cold. This little all-rounder fits in your carrying bag. You only need a few briquettes to use it.

Smoker: With this device, you will smoke rather than grill. A smoker is not for the impatient. But you can use it (depending on the model) to prepare half a pig on it.

The barbecue food lies on the grill in the drum and is separated from the heat (120 to 160°Celsius), so no harmful substances are produced.

If you invite friends and family on warm summer nights to spoil them with barbecue specialties, they won't be long to ask. When barbecuing with charcoal, there's a lot to keep in mind.

When you buy the products, you should choose a high-quality charcoal that burns evenly. If you reach for briquettes, you will get a long-lasting glow. Whether you put a little or a lot of coal in the grill - that's not necessarily important.

The main thing is to lay them on top of each other in a pyramid shape and keep your hands off petrol and spirit. Grill igniters are a good way to light your barbecue charcoal. You can find the products on the market both in solid and gel form.

All barbecue lighters must be completely burned before the food gets on the grill.

Make sure that the lighters are completely burned before you put your food on the grill. Another good thing is that environmentally conscious users can also buy wood wool or vegetable wax barbecue lighters.

It is important that you read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before use. They should be followed exactly by you.

The fireplace

In the shops, you will find special fireplaces with which you can safely ignite your barbecue coal. The products with a capacity of four to eight litres are first stuffed with paper. Then come the coals.

Now you can set up the fireplace in the grill. As soon as you have ignited the whole thing, the suction effect of the fireplace lets the barbecue coal or briquettes glow through. Be sure to wear your grill gloves when handling the fireplace, as it can get very hot!

As soon as the charcoal is properly annealed (the fireplace must be removed), it will be surrounded by the rest of the charcoal. You now have to use a bellows or an air pump to supply air to the material, because the embers need oxygen.

You can also help with a hot-air grill hair dryer so that your charcoal helps you even faster to a wonderful grilling experience. Also, a gas burner or an electric grill lighter can be helpful.

As soon as your grill is ready for use, put your specialities on the grill and enjoy the delicacies with your guests.

In this country, barbecuing is simply part of the summer for many people. Hard-boiled barbecue lovers can't be deterred from their favourite activity even by frosty temperatures and barbecue in any weather.

Many of the modern barbecue masters now leave the charcoal barbecue to the left and turn to environmentally friendly gas or electric barbecues. However, about 2/3 of Germans still use a charcoal grill. More than 200,000 tons of barbecue coal or briquettes burn up.

Because a solar grill is in this country not really an alternative. The sky is simply too often overcast. However, it applies to emphasize that according to a study of the TÜV Rhineland about 95 percent, the climatic relevant emissions with the grilling are caused by the grill property.

It is particularly important that you make sure that no barbecue charcoal made of tropical wood, but rather those from local woods ends up on your barbecue. Good barbecue charcoal is made from hardwoods.

Beechwood is particularly suitable for grilling because it has a high calorific value and burns for a long time. Make sure that your charcoal has a "Naturland certificate".

This means that it contains no pesticides and is produced in an environmentally friendly way. It is often the case that barbecue charcoal is only bottled in Germany. It is often produced in Poland or even further away.

In addition, barbecue coal from overseas is often a by-product of the clearing of large forests. For a layman, it is usually difficult to tell if there is any tropical wood under your barbecue coal. Especially from Nigeria a lot of barbecue coal is delivered to Germany.

The last chimpanzees of the country live in the tropical forest of the southern Niger delta. The deforestation deprives them of their habitat.

If you want to grill sustainably, make sure that your charcoal has at least a DIN EN 1860-2 test mark, which means that there are no additives in it.

Products with the FSC seal should come from sustainable forestry and should not contain any tropical wood. However, according to ÖKO-Test 2009, there is no complete guarantee for this. But it is definitely better to choose certified charcoal instead of cheap charcoal.

Alternatives to conventional barbecue charcoal are, for example, briquettes made from olive kernels or possibly coconut briquettes made from coconut shells.

You can also find old vines or vines on the market that can also be used as barbecue coal replacements after recycling. However, it should be remembered that the wine industry often uses pesticides that can be found in the old vines.

If you want to grill sustainably, you should look at the packaging of your charcoal or use an electric or gas grill.

How do we test at

Live and authentic: We get the devices into our Hamburg test laboratory. Here we take a close look at everything.

Each test is preceded by an extensive search:

  • Which suppliers are on the market?
  • What current products are there?
  • What are the comparison criteria?
  • What tests are we going to run?
  • What is the test procedure?

When everything's settled, we'll bring the devices to us. For each product the test procedure, the measured values and product properties are documented in detail. We create photos and videos. We evaluate the results for you, summarize everything in a test report and calculate the test grade.

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What is the best camping grill?

Our test winners are the Folding grill by Deuba and the Pop Up Grill by Relags: Both convince by a high mobility, a good ventilation system and an excellent grilling performance. Our favourite with the test grade 8.9!

We tested 7 camping grills for you and paid special attention to mobility, air supply, and handling.

There's nothing better than an outdoor barbecue with friends. During your next camping trip, in the park around the corner or by the lake, a good camping barbecue is a must.


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