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I enjoy camping. It’s really nice to get away from the noise and busyness of the city, and out to nature where there are no alarm clocks, no traffic, and no deadlines. It’s just good for my soul.
When you think of camping, you think of certain basic necessities: a tent, a soft sleeping surface, and a sleeping bag. But there are a number of other small accessories that make the experience better. A cooler, for example. Cooking utensils. A place to clean those utensils.
I also like to bring a gas-powered cooking device. To be sure, I do use a cooking fire — either wood or maybe charcoal — for some things. The gas-powered device can be useful, though, since it heats up faster and more evenly, and it may be more appropriate for certain kinds of food. In the past, I’ve used both portable grills as well as portable camp stoves.
Gas griddles are nifty because they have their own cooking surface — a camp stove with built-in cookware, if you will. They also can cook some of the things a portable grill can (minus the sear marks). If you need a one-stop solution for camping or tailgating, a portable gas griddle might be something to put on your radar.
Aldi sells plenty of camping accessories in the summer, and a gas griddle is one of them.
What We Know:
The Range Master 17″ Portable Tabletop Gas Griddle (Product Code: 703855) is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, most likely until next year, if at all. As best as we can tell, the year of this post (2021) is the first year Aldi has sold this particular item.
At the time of this post, the griddle costs $69.99. That’s lower than any other gas griddle I was able to find, even ones that are the same size as this one. Griddles do range in size, and 17 inches is probably on the smaller side of sizes, with big ones running upwards of 25 inches. That’s a negative if you need a large cooking surface for a big crowd, but it’s a positive if portability is important.
According to Aldi, the grill is “great for camping or tailgating: cook eggs, burgers, hot dogs, steaks and more!” It measures 25.78″ x 18.5″ x 8.54″ and includes the following features:
- A 260 sq. in. cooking area
- A pre-seasoned steel griddle top
- A full coverage oval burner that provides even heat across the cooking surface
- 18,000 BTUS of cooking power
- A large cup that collects grease for easy cleanup
- A reliable push and turn ignition
The griddle uses standard one-pound propane canisters, which are not sold by Aldi and are not included, but they can be easily found at many stores.
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t tested this product, so we can’t speak to how well it works or how easily it cleans up. We write open thread posts like this to offer a place for people to share about their experiences with a product.
Do you have experience with this gas griddle? Let us know in the comments.