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About this project
Your Grill for Everyday Carry
In order to show our thanks, all Kickstarter backers who select a reward level of $89 and above will receive BOTH of the following:
a) Special edition / Kickstarter exclusive premium carrying case (see photos below)
b) A stainless steel metal-mesh cleaning tool
The WG Grill is a compact stainless steel grill that you can bring with you everywhere and set up in seconds.
Strong enough for the woods, sophisticated enough for the city. This guiding principle lies at the heart of everything designed by Wolf and Grizzly.
1. SIMPLE ASSEMBLY
The grill consists of two parts: A frame that you spread open, and a cooking surface that you unroll and secure in place. There’s a swivelling stability rod under the grill surface that locks it in position for added weight support, and to ensure that your food is always secure, even with minor bumps as you add more fuel to your fire.
2. HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY
Because there’s no such thing as “one fire fits all,” the WG Grill features three different height configurations:
HEIGHT 1 » 8.5" - The highest position, for cooking over a small wood fire.
HEIGHT 2 » 6.5" - Best for a charcoal BBQ on your driveway or in your backyard.
HEIGHT 3 » STAY-FLAT MODE - Expand the grill frame all the way out, and use what you have around you, so you can cook as high (or as low) as you feel compelled to.
3. 100% STAINLESS STEEL
Every component of the WG Grill — from the frame legs to the bolts and screws — is made out of stainless steel, ensuring that you don’t need to worry about the low melting point of aluminum or the low stability temperatures of teflon. The 304 SS frame, rods and stability rod, as well as the technical stainless steel aircraft cable, make for a sturdy, corrosion-resistant experience that won’t have you wondering whether or not your portable grill can support you on your journey. It can.
4. STORAGE AND CLEANING
Smaller in diameter than most water bottles, and weighing in at approximately 1 kg (2.2 lb), the WG Grill is designed for easy transport and everyday use.
In all aspects of the grill design process, cleanability was at the forefront of the decisions that we made. Stainless steel’s nonporous and corrosion-resistant qualities keep the WG Grill naturally cleaner than many of its competitors. And we’ve avoided impossible-to-reach crevices to prevent the hidden build-up of bacteria.
Both the grill surface and frame are best cleaned by soaking them in hot water and then wiping them with a wet cloth. We’re also including a drying cloth so that you can wipe down the grill at your campsite, before wrapping it around the frame and stowing it away in its case. The cooking surface is also entirely dishwasher safe.
5. TIMELESS DESIGN
We’ve meticulously designed the WG Grill to ensure it’s built to stand the test of time — not only functionally, but also esthetically. Materials, finish and packaging were carefully selected so that a beautiful patina develops over time. You’ll be proud to watch this grill wear in, as it becomes a testament to the adventures that you’ll take with it.
6. ABOUT US
If you told me ten years ago that I’d be working at a startup called Wolf and Grizzly, investing heart, time and savings into building goods that get people outdoors… well, let’s just say that I wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, I spent most of the last decade at BlackBerry, first as an engineer, then later as a product manager responsible for the BlackBerry Keyboard. Yeah, that doesn’t sound quite so outdoors-y. But what lay within me while there — and has always been a passion of mine — was the desire to build stuff for people.
I loved creating and using products that were beautifully functional, and functionally beautiful. As BlackBerry’s device sales began to decline, and thousands were laid off, I had to choose between continuing to build out the dreams of others at a different high-tech firm, or starting to dream of what I would do when I was free. With the support of my family, my friends, and the people that later became part of the team, Wolf and Grizzly was formed in January of 2016.
One of the coolest things about WG is that it didn’t start with a product that we were trying to sell. Instead, it began with a frustration of mine that wasn’t specific to any single object. Everything I owned could be grouped into one of two categories: things that looked great, but were weak — thus belonging in “the city” — and products that were functional and durable but clunky. That second group of stuff didn’t feel like it could ever be used in the city without people staring at you awkwardly.
“Wolf and Grizzly” would become my outlet for creating a line of goods built to cater to the needs of adventurers in every context.
7. CREATIVE PROCESS AN 18-MONTH ADVENTURE
In 2016, I reached out to an industrial designer that I had once worked with at BlackBerry — Joseph, who’s since become a good friend — and we began turning the principles and problems into a set of design requirements and kicked off an ideation phase. Teaming up with three other designers (Luke, Jack and Ryan), we then came up with a bunch of concepts that we felt were worth exploring further. It took us eight months to get there.
One of those concepts was a portable grill — something that was light, easy to set up, and usable everywhere. This grill would need to stand in stark contrast with the “city grills” we’d seen or used, which were incredibly bulky and impractical for easy carrying, not to mention being ill-fitted for the woods. It would also have to be far more usable in city and group contexts than the ultra-light options that were already out there.
Portable grill development began in October of 2016. Since then, we’ve worked the concept further and further, perfecting, prototyping and testing over and over and over again. We’ve encountered so many challenges, and often faced the option of making the “easy” design choices that others have made in the past: something heavier, harder to use, less robust. But we’ve pushed and pushed, constantly revising, even when it’s been hard and when it’s caused delays, in order to arrive at something that we think is amazing. Something that’s enduring so it doesn’t just get tossed. Something that’s got replaceable parts in case a component gets damaged over time. Something that we’re proud to put our own names on.
8. WHY KICKSTARTER
We’re really proud of what has come out of the investment of our time, energy and money thus far, but we genuinely need your help to be able to afford the high costs associated with tooling, and securing a minimum order quantity from manufacturers. We’re counting on the Kickstarter community to help us realize this dream.
Risks and challenges
The WG Grill is the culmination of a year and a half of thinking, planning and iterating. After four rounds of prototyping and testing, we are very close to the finish line.
The following details represent work to be completed prior to shipping:
1. Finalizing the “perfect bolt.” We’ve been working tirelessly to find a low-profile stainless steel bolt that is strong, beautiful and well-priced. We have enlisted the help of sourcing partners to aid us in our search, and we are very confident we will be able to find a solution within the coming weeks.
2. Packaging. We’re fully committed to ensuring that we’ve produced exceptional quality packaging that both complements the grill and facilitates transport. Once the packaging has been finalized, we will update the Kickstarter campaign to provide the details. Note that the packaging is included as part of the product rewards.