The Volcano 3 portable camping stove from Volcano Grills is one of the most versatile portable grills that we have come across. The numerical 3 in the name refers to the 3 different types of fuels that you can use with the grill, charcoal, wood or propane but that is not the only thing that is versatile about this grill. You can do all kinds of outdoor cooking with this grill including grill, Dutch oven, wok, bake, roast, fry and even use it as a fire pit to roast a few marshmallows.
There is a reason why the Volcano 3 is such a popular choice for camping, tailgating, RV’s, backyard cookout or even as the cooking apparatus of choice for survivalists and preppers. The stove has a fairly large 13 inch diameter cooking surface which means that you can cook larger portions and quicker too.
There is quite a lot of space to fit in a dutch oven. Just arrange the coals in a circle at the bottom and you will get even heating from both the bottom and the sides of the oven. Just remove the cooking grate and you can place a wok over the Volcano 3 grill for some quick stir frying.
Most people will prefer using charcoal or even wood as fuel and they do provide higher temperatures and more even cooking. However, the Volcano 3 does come with a 19,500 BTU propane burner which is higher than many portable grills. It also comes with a cast iron diffuser plate to help even the heat.
The one thing that the Volcano 3 is not is that it is not lightweight. At about 25 pounds, it is definitely not meant for backpackers. It has a very solid construction and can definitely take a fair amount of abuse that any outdoor piece of equipment will be subjected to. However, it has a very compact collapsible design that collapses the upper half of the grill into the bottom half. When collapsed, it is only about 5 inches high.
We also liked the fact that to get the Volcano 3 ready for use, all you have to do is to give the handle at the top a quick pull. The upper half pops up and the legs pop out at the bottom. There are no screws to fasten and no tools are required.
If you are looking for versatility in a portable stove that not only gives you a variety of cooking methods but also an option to use 3 different kinds of fuels, the Volcano 3 is an excellent choice.
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