ElectriQ Portable smokeless charcoal Lotus-style BBQ grill with built-in fan & carry bag for £52.96 delivered @ Appliances Direct
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ElectriQ Portable smokeless charcoal Lotus-style BBQ grill with built-in fan & carry bag for £52.96 delivered @ Appliances Direct

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This is a funny old beast, a battery fan-assisted charcoal grill, which cooks your food with super heated air. It uses up to 250 grams of charcoal, but is ready to cook in three or four minutes, rather than the 20-30 minutes on a normal charcoal BBQ.

It is totally portable too, with its own bag, storage box for the charcoal and a pizza plate too, so you can cook pizza on it. Not sure how that works, but pretty cool.

It is a total copy of the LotusGrill, but that is for them to work out. The LotusGrill is around £200 new, and the next best price on this ElectriQ copy is £70 from Amazon.





"Neat and compact, weighing in at under 4kg, this nifty little grill is just the thing for the summer! For those with a small outdoor space or even a balcony, this compact grill will come in a treat! It’s hassle free, so no matter what size your space you no longer have to miss out on summer barbecuing at home. Take it camping, to a festival, on a picnic or to the park, it’s super easy to transport and it includes a heavy duty zipper bag to keep it safe and tidy on the move. Don’t be deceived by its size, it may be dinky but it provides plenty of space to satisfy up to four hungry diners.

Its innovative design will transform your cooking! Achieve that mouth-watering chargrilled taste with virtually no smoke, depending on the type of charcoal you use. The smoke is consumed within the BBQ, plus the charcoal is protected from food drips to prevent extra smoke. It’s super easy to get started, the BBQ has a small ignition plate inside which sits below the separate charcoal container, you light this with lighter gel. The charcoal container can hold up to 250g of charcoal, giving you roughly an hour to cook up a storm, but you can easily refill the charcoal at any time if you want to carry on the party for longer.

The BBQ has its own battery powered fan which blows air directly onto the charcoal, rapidly heating it, this is how you can start cooking in just three to four minutes! There’s a handy dial on the front of the BBQ to control the fan, so you can adjust the heat as you please. Keep it low for a slow sizzle or turn it up for a truly charcoaled taste. The BBQ’s thin grid prevents food from sticking and your food won’t sit in its own fat, it’s all collected in a removable tray for easy cleaning. There’s even an included pizza pan! Made from iron this circular tray neatly rests upon the BBQ for you to bake your pizza, delivering tasty, perfectly crisp results, just like an authentic Italian pizza.

With two handy latches on the sides every part of the BBQ securely fixes together to become one safer unit, so even if it accidentally gets knocked over your charcoal will stay put and there’s no harm done, apart from the sandy sausages of course."


Details
  • Manufacturer electriQ
  • Fuel type Charcoal
  • Dimensions & Weight: Width 35cm, Height 24cm, Depth 24cm, Weight 3.7kg
  • Colour Black
  • Material Stainless steel
  • Rain cover
  • PIzza Pan
  • Warranty 1 year
  • Batteries 4 x AA


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mdekq00721/05/2020 18:22

I'd just like to add never use a product like this in a tent. Risk of …I'd just like to add never use a product like this in a tent. Risk of death by carbon monoxide


Otherwise known as Darwinism.
v553521/05/2020 17:56

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Would you light a charcoal BBQ inside your house? well that's the answer
Lidls do a £40 version of this occasionally. Some big problems with this style:

- they don't get very hot so don't expect to cook your food that fast
- they are a pain to clean - fat pools in the base of the BBQ
- they can only use lumpwood charcoal & gel, so no briquettes (which I normally prefer)
- hard to refill the charcoal basket, and the basket itself looks like it will not last that long
- the fan is battery powered and if it breaks, entire BBQ is unusable
- limited smoke, so doesn't give BBQ taste
- they don't have a lid, so you can't roast stuff

A few pros as well:
- quick to heat and good if you want to avoid smoke (but don't use indoors or in a tent, unless you want carbon monoxide poisoning)
- looks smart and well built
- carry bag is useful

I got the Lidls one and took it back after looking at it and watching this video review (in french, but with subtitles): youtube.com/wat…ogo
Edited by: "Sir-Bargain-A-Lot" 22nd May
How sterile!

Best thing about BBQ/grilling (outdoor cooking) is the fat drip smoke and the odd flare-up which gives it that nice flavour.
Edited by: "slimjimjim80" 21st May
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as you say it is a funny old beast, I've got a similar lotus grill ripoff and to be fair it works great, downside is it burns pretty quick with the fan cranked up so you need to cook straight away and not too much.
The only problem is when the fan goes you are left with a tin bowl with a grill on top, the fans on the originals are not that good, ours gave up after a dozen uses, don't know if this one has a better fan or not, but the fan is what what makes it work, at that price maybe worth a go
Gadgetdeals21/05/2020 16:35

The only problem is when the fan goes you are left with a tin bowl with a …The only problem is when the fan goes you are left with a tin bowl with a grill on top, the fans on the originals are not that good, ours gave up after a dozen uses, don't know if this one has a better fan or not, but the fan is what what makes it work, at that price maybe worth a go


Can you not just buy a replacement fan? I have no idea.
Akira_Cat21/05/2020 16:37

Can you not just buy a replacement fan? I have no idea.


We had the original one and it was replaced, I was referring to these ones, can you get spares, how good is the warranty or do you just buy it at that price and chuck it when the fan goes?
Tillboy21/05/2020 16:30

as you say it is a funny old beast, I've got a similar lotus grill ripoff …as you say it is a funny old beast, I've got a similar lotus grill ripoff and to be fair it works great, downside is it burns pretty quick with the fan cranked up so you need to cook straight away and not too much.


This is the small one or large ? How many people you can cook for ?
v553521/05/2020 17:56

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Would you light a charcoal BBQ inside your house? well that's the answer
v553521/05/2020 17:56

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I'd just like to add never use a product like this in a tent. Risk of death by carbon monoxide
mdekq00721/05/2020 18:22

I'd just like to add never use a product like this in a tent. Risk of …I'd just like to add never use a product like this in a tent. Risk of death by carbon monoxide


Otherwise known as Darwinism.
Used one for the 1st time the other night, not the same as a Bbq, as no smoke, it's more like a hotplate (like a Korean bbq in a restaurant). Fast to cook just no smoke flavouring
Better off with an airfryer if you want to cook with hot air. Or just use the oven and pop in a few pieces of coal in there.
Cheeseanonion21/05/2020 18:49

Used one for the 1st time the other night, not the same as a Bbq, as no …Used one for the 1st time the other night, not the same as a Bbq, as no smoke, it's more like a hotplate (like a Korean bbq in a restaurant). Fast to cook just no smoke flavouring


Is the fan loud...... Random question I know.
Not at all, at times I thought it'd stopped but was still going strong
How sterile!

Best thing about BBQ/grilling (outdoor cooking) is the fat drip smoke and the odd flare-up which gives it that nice flavour.
Edited by: "slimjimjim80" 21st May
This looks like it's great for those people who invite people over for a BBQ and then whip out the disposables.
The origin of the word barbeque means to smoke your food... This has no smoke. It's not a barbeque. It's a grill.
SmokingToking22/05/2020 00:43

The origin of the word barbeque means to smoke your food... This has no …The origin of the word barbeque means to smoke your food... This has no smoke. It's not a barbeque. It's a grill.


Not exactly, later evolutions of the word - yes, but originally it was used to describe the wooden frame of the apparatus rather than the cooking method itself.
Lidls do a £40 version of this occasionally. Some big problems with this style:

- they don't get very hot so don't expect to cook your food that fast
- they are a pain to clean - fat pools in the base of the BBQ
- they can only use lumpwood charcoal & gel, so no briquettes (which I normally prefer)
- hard to refill the charcoal basket, and the basket itself looks like it will not last that long
- the fan is battery powered and if it breaks, entire BBQ is unusable
- limited smoke, so doesn't give BBQ taste
- they don't have a lid, so you can't roast stuff

A few pros as well:
- quick to heat and good if you want to avoid smoke (but don't use indoors or in a tent, unless you want carbon monoxide poisoning)
- looks smart and well built
- carry bag is useful

I got the Lidls one and took it back after looking at it and watching this video review (in french, but with subtitles): youtube.com/wat…ogo
Edited by: "Sir-Bargain-A-Lot" 22nd May
I bought a similar model from Tesco reduced to clear for £20. I use it often for cooking a small number of items which it does well. I find mine smokes horrendously when it’s first lit, and I mean horrendous! Once the coals get hot then it’s fine.
Soooooo its not a bbq is it?
I've got a Lotusgrill. Really love it! So quick to set up and the outside of the grill doesn't get hot so you can even use it on a plastic table. I'm assuming these will be similar.
Food tastes great off these
I bought one of these, and whilst it does a great job of not producing any smoke, the food on it also does not taste barbecued.

So if you're buying this because you want the taste of barbecued food, I'd strongly recommend against buying it, however if you want an easily transportable tool to cook food outdoors which is safer than a regular bbq as the outside does not get hot and there's virtually no smoke, then it seems to do a reasonably good job of that.

I unfortunately wanted the former, so somewhat regret my purchase.
Smaybelline21/05/2020 19:49

Is the fan loud...... Random question I know.


We have the original Lotusgrill one and runs very quietly, never noticed it through haven't ever had it on in a silent environment
I have a lotusgrill and I agree that with less smoke it’s not really giving the barbecue flavour. However, it is not truly smokeless and it does impart some barbecue flavour, so is definitely not like a gas barbecue or electric grill! Google reviews of this - some proper bbq places rate well for a reason.

The lotusgrill (and hopefully this) also heats up very very quickly (5 min) and in my experience does go very hot - not kamado hot but hotter than a small barbecue usually does! All with using very little charcoal.

oh and I wouldn’t encourage others to do it, but I have used indoors in a very well ventilated area with a carbon monoxide detector.
Edited by: "kingofbeans" 22nd May
Just like the smokeless ashtray in Gremlins...
This is a review of the more expensive original
youtube.com/wat…erI
the main takeaway is it works great to cook your food, but if you're after the smokey bbq flavour it's not for you, which I guess you could just use a gas one as they smoke far less anyway and the main downside to gas is the same flavour issue.
A quick 30second google brought up this, not recommending it but in the reviews someone said they used it indoors with the windows open and it wasn't too smokey (still not advisable to use indoors/in tent though) ebay.co.uk/p/4…684
I was given one of these as a gift a couple of years ago and they are an absolute waste of time and money. I would avoid no matter how cheap.
By a Weber charcoal BBQ and leave this pretend stuff well alone!
Can we use this in an indoor garage with the door open?
This thing looks like a toy.
The demo video shows a new unit being used for the first time, and the grill is clanking about, despite having a locking mechanism.

This is the kind of thing you buy and use maybe a couple of times when you think, wouldn't be nice to have a bbq in the park, then throw it away because you realise it hasn't got a big enough grill to be useful, things won't get cooked properly so you and your guests die of food poisoning, or it falls apart. You know the kind of thing, popcorn or candy-floss maker bought from Argos back in the late 80's and now stuck at the back of the kitchen cupboard, unloved.

Weber BBQ's are overpriced for what they are, but if you're want to grill outside it will at least allow you to get results.
There are much better cheaper or more expensive alternatives out there, but you need to know about BBQing to know what you need to look for.
Edited by: "TopTrump" 22nd May
I have a similar one and it’s great for up to 4 people and transportable. Just add ‘flavoured’ wood chips?
great idea
I've got one, had it a few years and it works very well. I used this week for 8 people but how many it feeds depends on how many rounds of burgers etc you do.
Do these really cook as fast as a stand alone BBQ?
mattyprice400422/05/2020 01:09

Not exactly, later evolutions of the word - yes, but originally it was …Not exactly, later evolutions of the word - yes, but originally it was used to describe the wooden frame of the apparatus rather than the cooking method itself.


Barbe a queue is beard to tail in French, relates to cooking a whole animal over an open fire.
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B00mer1522/05/2020 13:17

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They are fantastic BBQ's. Can pick up and move when on as well. Ultra easy to operate. Can't go wrong with it. I got mine in tesco yellow sticker £15
NX322/05/2020 11:37

I've got one, had it a few years and it works very well. I used this week …I've got one, had it a few years and it works very well. I used this week for 8 people but how many it feeds depends on how many rounds of burgers etc you do.


How many batteries did you need?
Pokora22/05/2020 13:37

How many batteries did you need?


4 x AA in Lotus original
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