I was impressed; the cooker heated up rapidly, it was easy to operate, and it was cool on the outside. In the time I opened up the “wings” and set up the legs, I pulled out the tray and it was already warm to the touch. The operation is literally putting the tray in, then pulling it out. In addition, I found the heat to maintain even with my frequent checking on the temp; not the case in conventional BBQs that let the heat escape every time you open the hatch. Finally, the outside and any touchable components remained completely comfortable to the touch. The only part that got hot was the inside. It even comes with its own cleaning brush that attaches to the end of the tray both for storage and to get to the very bottom of the tube.
Regarding drawbacks; there’s just a couple inconveniences. First, one thing I noticed and pointed out above was that moisture did not escape efficiently. So, if you’re trying to “cook anything down,” you’ll be better off pouring off any extra liquids. Second, it’s obviously fragile and larger than most traditional portable cooking devices. Obviously, this is a new technology so you can’t fault GoSun and I am honestly impressed with how light and sturdy it felt. I even suggested to the inventor that I take it backpacking;
“No, Milo.” Was his response. I guess I wouldn’t really want to carry around broken glass in my pack with the way I treat my gear. Anyway,
Third, it obviously works on sunny and slightly cloudy days. I say that because I wasn’t actually able to get the temperature up higher than 120 F° on a cloudy day after leaving it out for a while. I definitely admire the persistent person who “slow cooked” their meal, but wouldn’t rely on this when the weather is iffy.
That being said, I definitely recommend this product to anyone who likes to BBQ on the weekdays and weekends. I was able to cook food in a NO BBQs area because… well, this isn’t a BBQ.
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