So, you pull into the pits, or maybe it’s the camping area that adjoins the race venue. There, surrounded by the Bounder motor coaches, box vans and travel trailers of the Gucci racing set, you begin to unpack the essentials you?ll need to pass the night. Although there are no obvious signs, you sense that all eyes are upon you. You are being scrutinized by your neighbors?do you have a generator? Is your vehicle merely an SUV, or is it a ?conversion?? Will you be sleeping inside, or are you a member of the rag-tag mountain bike hippy crowd who ignite a campfire, throw down a sleeping bag and call it home?
That’s when you pull out the Tool Box Grill. This charcoal cooking device may be the most manly way to cook your diner in the high-tech world of competition-venue camping. The Tool Box Grill bucks the rounded, feminine lines of the Weber barbeque and the green toiletry case look of the Coleman stove. Hidden in the moc, three-drawer industrial tool box, is a three-burger sized barbeque. You know that the moment those unseen eyes catch sight of the handy barbeque tools with authentic screwdriver handles glistening from the upper tray, the unseen critics will be silenced. When they see the kerosene flames lapping against the charcoal in your Tool Box Grill, your yuppie spawn neighbors will be green with envy. If you camp at the races, If you barbeque, you need this item.
The utilitarian disguise is far from cosmetic. Shutting the top completely extinguishes the coals so you can reuse them next meal. The locking top and handy carrying handle makes the Tool Box Grill very portable, and its tool-box shape allows you to sneak it in to venues that would not normally allow personal food preparation .The handy top-drawer ?tool caddy provides a convenient place to store condiments.
HOW TO COOK IN A TOOLBOX
We used the Tool Box Grill for two months before reporting on it. It does standup job of searing the basic burgers and dogs?and makes short work of shish-ke-bobs as well. The double-wall interior prevents the painted sides from discoloring, and insulates it somewhat from melting nearby plastic items?or the top of picnic tables. The ?tools? are sold separately: a spatula, knife, fork and tongs, and packaged with the handsome tray/shelf. You?ll need to use more charcoal than the recommended single layer to heat your food quickly. If you are cooking for more than two hungry cyclists, you will need to plan your meals around its limited grill space.
You can get the Tool Box Grill from Hans Plads, in Petaluma, California: (www.toolboxgrill.com): 707-778-3116. There are four models to choose from. The basic charcoal unit (like ours) can be had for $49.50. A charcoal-fired jumbo size; and two propane-fueled models in painted and stainless steel.are available for slightly extra. The ?tool kit? option runs about 20 bucks
The Tool Box Grill is the must-have barbeque for any manly man or womanly woman who is camping their way around the circuit.