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Old 17-06-2015, 12:57   #16
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Re: Demand for a self-leveling portable grill?

Bad idea. Gimbals have been around for a long time. The problem isn't "leveling" its the waves. IMHO, grilling while underway just isn't a good idea anyway.

If you are looking for a project...I would suggest "power steering" by adding an electric thruster (electric trolling motor) directly to the rudder of a sailboat. Or, use two stern mounted electric thrusters to replace the rudder. This creates a steering system that isn't "drag" based, so you get a faster boat.

Whatever you choose, good luck and have fun.
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Old 17-06-2015, 18:01   #17
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Bad idea. Gimbals have been around for a long time. The problem isn't "leveling" its the waves. IMHO, grilling while underway just isn't a good idea anyway.

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An image from many years ago just popped into my head...inexperienced sailors on a chartered boat sailing downwind in a good breeze with a charcoal fired grill on the stern rail...a shower of sparks blowing toward the main sail !

The most technologically advanced leveling system on the planet wont cure stupid.
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Old 17-06-2015, 18:17   #18
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I'm a technology teacher working on a design project for a class due by Tuesday, June 23, 2015. My partner & I would like to design a self-leveling portable grill.

Specs would include:

rail-mounted

propane

on deck

Does anyone on this forum think this is a good or bad idea?

Thanks for your thoughts.

-Bob


As a Technology / Engineering teacher also, I think the process of doing the research to determine the "need or want" is just as valuable as engineering the design. Go for it - as long as it's the kids doing it..! Let us know what they determine.
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Old 17-06-2015, 18:56   #19
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Re: Demand for a self-leveling portable grill?

Why not test it on a see-saw? Honestly, doesn't a steak or a burger stick to the grill, offsetting the need for increased stability?
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Why not test it on a see-saw? Honestly, doesn't a steak or a burger stick to the grill, offsetting the need for increased stability?
True, the bigger problem is liquids on the stove top. Now if you could develop a fast acting system to keep liquids from sloshing when suddenly slammed by a wave then that would solve an actual problem, but of course the end result might be a $10,000 stove.

Maybe a gyroscopically stabalized beer coozie or coffee cup, to avoid wasting precious liquids...now there's a problem worth solving! ;-)
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Re: Demand for a self-leveling portable grill?

Self leveling, even if there's a couple of pounds of dinner being flipped around on the grill. Nice concept.


Or, you could use a "fish basket", one of those things that traps the food between two wire grills and has a long handle so you can just flip it as needed. Cross that with a toaster, applying heat from both sides and keeping the food vertical, and "leveling" would become unnecessary, too.


Hey, you owe me a "tbq" toaster-b-que, plus 10% royalties now. Race ya to the patent office.
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Re: Demand for a self-leveling portable grill?

I'm all set. Got the big grill with a cover, mounted on the stern pulpit (pushpit for the limeys) and it's all mounted on a trimaran, so I won't be a potential customer, but I do appreciate the efforts made by a mentor in developing new ideas. Bravo!
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