Your Guide to The Daggerfish Campfire Grill
Congratulations on your purchase of a Campfire Grill! This modular grill is designed to scale up and down with your trip, so you can use it for anything from a solo trip to a big group cookout. Here's how to get the most out of your grill.
Clean & season your grill before first use
Clean your grill tray and lifter legs with soapy water, then dry thoroughly. Use a cloth to wipe a very thin and even layer of vegetable oil over both sides of the grill grate.
Place the oiled grill into a cold oven and set to 400 degrees. Once it's come to temperature, heat for 30-45 minutes to season the grill, then allow to cool. Your grill may change color from chrome to bronze during the seasoning process. If the grill is sticky after seasoning, place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the oil cures.
If desired, repeat this process two or more times to build up a seasoning layer.
Build a bed of coals
Following local fire safety guidelines, build a hardwood fire and allow it to burn down to coals. Near the fire, clear a cooking area and assemble your grill. Place the grill on the cleared ground or a stone slab, pushing the legs out and down slightly to help stabilize the grill.
Using your Trail Tongs, pick coals from the fire to create a small bed of coals beneath your grill. Allow your grill to heat up for a few minutes before cooking.
Get to grilling
Lightly oil your grill grate and cook meats, vegetables, and more, adding or removing coals to control temperature. If food sticks to your grill grate, allow it to continue to cook until the food releases naturally.
Clean and store
After cooking, allow your grill to cool and clean your grill with a light wire brush or crumpled aluminum foil. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly before storing to avoid corrosion.
Hand wash and dry your Backcountry Cutting Boards and the wooden wedges of your Trail Tongs. Your metal chopsticks are dishwasher safe, and your storage bag is machine washable.
If you're planning on going ultralight, you only need to bring your grill tray. Set the tray up on rocks or logs, and use it both to grill food and as a pot stand for your cook kit like in the image below:
Cooking for a group
The Campfire Grill's sturdy construction means you can support a large pot on one or more grill trays. This is a great way to cook large meals - use the grill to cook meat and veggies, then combine everything into a pot to make chillis, stews, and more.
Your Backcountry Cutting Board has two sides, one blank and one with the Daggerfish logo etched on the bottom corner. To help avoid cross-contamination, use the blank side for prepping uncooked meats, and the etched side for vegetables, fruits, and cooked foods.
Multiple uses for Trail Tongs
Your Trail Tongs include removable stainless steel chopsticks and a wooden wedge with a heavy-duty rubber band. By placing the chopsticks into the wedge, you can create a set of spring-loaded tongs which are great for arranging coals or flipping food on your grill.
Remove your chopsticks from the wooden wedge to use them as normal chopsticks for eating, or as skewers for cooking kebabs on your Campfire Grill.
Using the grill basket
Your grill tray can be flipped over to create a grill basket, great for cooking small items or for keeping food from rolling off your grill if you're cooking on an uneven surface. Your grill will be slightly less stable when inverted, so take care when cooking to avoid accidentally collapsing the grill.
Cleaning in the field
Your storage bag is made from 100% cotton cloth, similar to the fabric on a bandana. This makes it a great cloth for cleaning your grill, though it's best if you allow your bag to dry before putting the grill away for an extended period of time.
Bonus tip: Keep a few folded sheets of aluminum foil in your grill bag, and use a crumpled sheet of foil to give your grill a light scrubbing after it has cooled. Rinse with water, then turn your bag inside out and wipe the grill down.
Cleaning at home
In-between trips, clean your grill at home with water and a light wire brush. Avoid soap, as it will remove the seasoning layer. Ensure your grill is completely dry before storing to avoid corrosion.
If your seasoning wears out or you plan to store your grill for an extended period, scrub your grill with soap and water or place in the dishwasher. Dry thoroughly and store, then re-season before using again.
Cleaning tips for grill accessories
CUTTING BOARD - Wood
Do not place in dishwasher. Wipe with a damp sponge or cloth, then dry immediately. Some warping may occur while cleaning, but your board will flatten out again once dry. If your board becomes rough, lightly sand and apply mineral oil or cutting board oil to condition it.
TRAIL TONGS - Wood and Stainless Steel
Wipe the wooden wedge with a damp sponge or cloth and allow to dry. The stainless steel chopsticks can be washed like silverware, either by hand on in the dishwasher.
STORAGE BAG - 100% Cotton
Machine wash on cold; tumble dry low.
See all features in action
Check out the variety of features in the original Campfire Grill Kickstarter video