Purchasing new hardware? Read our latest product comparisons

Grillcube is a BBQ in a box


April 26, 2012

The Grillcube has an integrated wick for easy lighting

The Grillcube has an integrated wick for easy lighting

Image Gallery (2 images)

Grill aficionados know it: charcoal is superior to gas if you're looking for the best flavor. But charcoal's sheen starts to wear off when you add in the extra time it takes to prep, the added mess and the possibility of making an expensive, juicy ribeye taste like a gas canister. That's where gas pulls off the come-from-behind victory handily. The Grillcube levels the charcoal v. gas playing field by taking away some of the hassle and uncertainty.

The Grillcube is basically a cardboard box o' charcoal that simplifies your lighting process. Simply light the box up via the cardboard wick integrated in the air flue, allow it to burn away, and your charcoal will be ready in about 10 minutes. There's no acrid lighter fluid or sooty bags of charcoal to deal with, just hot, fired-up hardwood coal begging you to pile meat and vegetables on top. The charcoal in the cube provides about 30 minutes of grill time, enough for a four- to five-person meal by the Estonian company's reckoning.

Eliminating lighter fluid is the single best thing that you can do for your charcoal grilling experience. You really don't need a single-serve cardboard box to do it, however, and we take exception to the company's claim that a quick, easy way of natural grilling "simply did not exist" before the Grillcube. It did indeed exist, and it's called a chimney starter.

The chimney starter really isn't much more difficult to use than this cardboard contraption. We suppose it's a little messier and (very slightly) more time consuming, since you have to dump your own charcoal and roll up some paper, but it's probably a lot cheaper in the long run – Grillcube pricing doesn't appear to be listed yet, but we'd imagine it'll be more than bulk charcoal.

Still, Grillcube could be a nice solution for tailgating or camping, where you need to save space on grill equipment (a cube or two should pack more neatly than a cylindrical chimney starter and big bag of charcoal). It's also a pretty tidy, all-in-one package that could make charcoal grilling nearly as quick and convenient as firing up the gas grill (you still have to wait for it to preheat, after all) ... and anything that encourages more people to ditch the unnecessary lighter fluid is a good thing for food everywhere.

Source: Grill Cube via Gear Patrol

About the Author
C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work. All articles by C.C. Weiss

I have found that a number 6 can with both ends opened works well, and so do 2quart juice cans. A second can on top to increase the chimney height speeds it up as well.


Erm...anyone else realise this is a company who didn't do market research before making this?

These things come in small brown toughish paper bag / boxes already and have been for a while. I remember my dad using them over 10 years ago and they still use them, we still buy them!

Mark Penver

Check your Related Articles EZ Grill. Walmart sells them.

Guy Macher

Why bother with this when there's this http://www.gizmag.com/portable-disposable-all-in-one-ez-grill/12214/ and several variants thereof?

The fastest way to get the charcoal ready? An oxy-acetylene torch! Another method is with an industrial grade heat gun with a really high temp high setting.

Gregg Eshelman

Not sure I see the connection with the EZ Grill. The Grillcube is an all-in-one charcoal solution for the grill you already have. The EZ grill is a disposable, one-use grill. Not very similar. I'd much rather cook on a regular grill than a tiny piece of aluminum foil.

Joe F

G. Eshelman: I like the way you think.

Andrew Jacks

Hey Mark Penver, what are the other things called? Guy Macher, what are the ones from Walmart, I've been googling like crazy and couldn't find them on the weekend? Thanks!


Back in 1986 in college I wrote a business plan for a product I named "Firebox" that is essentially the same. It's still a good idea for those of us who like the flavor of charcoal grilled meals without the petroleum starter pollution, not to mention the convenience for a quick picnic in the park. Best of luck!

Post a Comment

Login with your Gizmag account:

Related Articles
Looking for something? Search our articles