The ultimate portable gas bbq built for going places - the STOV BBQ ideal for camping, hiking, on the boat, picnics and the balcony.

If you enjoying outdoor bbqing on-the-go, a portable gas BBQ is the perfect choice. Whether you're a frequent 4x4er, a camping enthusiast, enjoy boat trips or are simply short on space (e.g. living in a small unit with a small balcony), a portable gas grill offers convenience, efficiency, and the great flavours of grilled food wherever you are. Choosing the right portable bbq can be difficult if not overwhelming, with so many options available online or at you local bbq shop. We want to help you make the right decision when choosing your next bbq for you outdoor adventures. In our guide, we will walk you through the essential factors to consider to help you find the best portable BBQ grill to meet your bbqing needs.

  1. Size and Portability

The first and foremost consideration is the size and portability of the bbq. If you're looking for a compact BBQ grill that can easily fit into your trunk or travel bag, opt for a small gas BBQ or a mini portable grill. These models are designed with portability in mind, featuring lightweight construction, flat pack features, and convenient bags for easy transportation. Our STOV BBQ weights only 3.5kg, flat packs and comes in a convenient carry bag so it can be stored anywhere.

  1. Cooking Area

The cooking area of a portable gas BBQ is an important factor to consider, especially if you often cook for a larger group. While compact grills may have a smaller cooking surface, some models offer clever design features such as additional side tables or shelves that can extend the workspace. Besides that most of the time we don’t even use the entire area of a bbq so even if the bbq cooking area is smaller, just fill it up with food and you’ll be able to cook for more people than you thought would you be. It is important to assess your cooking needs and choose a bbq that provides enough space so that you can prepare your meals easily. Our STOV BBQ has about 660cm2 grilling space that we reckon it works perfectly for 2-4 people.

STOV Gas BBQ top view perfect for camping
  1. Power Output Rating

The power output of your BBQ is a crucial factor for cooking performance and often is measured in kW or BTU (British Thermal Unit). Higher kW/BTU ratings generally result in faster preheating and more even heat distribution. However, keep in mind that portable gas BBQs often have lower BTU ratings compared to larger stationary grills. Balance your need for power with portability to find the right BTU rating for your cooking requirements. The STOV BBQ has an output of 2.4kW (~8000BTU) which is more than enough to cook for several hours any food that you would like.

  1. Fuel Efficiency

Especially for portable bbqs, fuel efficiency is key, if you're planning extended outdoor adventures. Look for models that have efficient burner systems and provide longer burn times with less fuel consumption. A propane/butane mix is a common fuel choice for portable gas BBQs due to its convenience and availability (Camping and outdoor shops!), but some models also offer the option to use other gas sources, such as natural gas. Thinking about for how long you will need to cook and how long it will take until you are able to purchase new fuel. The STOV BBQ runs on propane/butane EN417 gas cartridges that are readily available and you can easily get about 3 hours of cooking time on it. 

  1. Construction and Durability

Durability is crucial for a portable gas BBQ that can withstand the rigours of outdoor use. Look for bbqs constructed from high-quality materials, such as stainless steel or cast aluminum, which offer excellent heat retention and corrosion resistance. Mild steel will rust quickly but might be nice for a rustic look. Additionally, check for sturdy construction, reliable hinges, and durable cooking grates to ensure longevity. The STOV BBQ comes with a 5 year warranty due to its stainless steel construction, making it ultra durable and you will be able to cook on it for years to come.

  1. Additional Features

Many portable gas BBQs come with extra features that can enhance your grilling experience. Consider features like mobile thermometers for precise temperature control (some connected via bluetooth to your phone), adjustable burners for versatile cooking options, hot plates to cook eggs or pancakes, and even add-ons like windshields or rotisserie kits for added functionality. If you were wondering what additional features the STOV BBQ has: you can add a windshield to the bbq, making it more efficient, use frying pans to cook eggs and use skewers for more cooking diversity.

  1. Customer Reviews

Before making a final decision, it's always beneficial to research the brand and read customer reviews. Brands with a track record of producing high-quality grills are of course a safe bet. Additionally, customer reviews provide valuable insights into the performance, durability, and overall satisfaction of a particular portable gas BBQ. With more than 35 Google *5 Star reviews*, the STOV BBQ is super popular for anyone who likes a compact and portable gas BBQ and at the same time supports a small local Australian business. 

  1. Price

Set a budget for your portable gas BBQ and compare prices of different models. Remember to consider the quality and features along with the price and weight up what your needs are.

  1. Warranty

Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer. A longer warranty period indicates the manufacturer's confidence in their product. As mentioned above, the STOV BBQ comes with a 5 year warranty. We designed the BBQ with simplicity and longevity in mind. 

We hope this guide helps you to find the right BBQ for your needs, whether it is for camping, picnics, your boat or your balcony we are confident that the STOV BBQ will elevate your BBQing experience anywhere. If you have any questions or need help making a decision, please just get it touch with us via And now get out there, the adventure is calling.