Magma Stainless Steel Grill

Once again the Magma BBQ saved my camping trip. Copied from the pages of The Samba, where user Rhinoculips shared his install, this is one fantastic addition to my arsenal of VW Westfalia camping gear!

Set-up and break-down of the grill take me less than 3 minutes. The simple, small 1lb propane cans are easy to pack away in either the Magma's padded storage bag, or just stashed around my bus. It is easy to light and gets wonderfully hot, wonderfully quick! You can choose where to put yours, there are many, many mounting options.

Not only is the Magma great for roasting/cooking meat, fish and veggies but in a pinch (my kitchen propane tank went empty after 2 weeks of heavy use) I have boiled water for coffee, made rice and reheated beans on the grill too! For versatility there are griddles, veggie/fish trays and all manner of add-ons and options. You can even plug it directly into the Westy's propane tank.

I really enjoy being able to grill right outside the door while frying, sautéing or otherwise working in the van's kitchen. Without need to build a charcoal or wood fire to BBQ, things are a lot easier (and lighter.) The grill would neatly pack away under the rear seat, if the PO hadn't put a giant bass tube down there!

Magma Original Size Stainless Steel Grill


  1. These are very common on boats.  You can mount it to the rail and hang the grill over the water.  They’re a little expensive, but have a ton of mounting options and work well.

    1. The boat model is five times more expensive and it’s called a gri’c’sle. Otherwise it’s exactly the same.

      1. Yeah there are some “insanely expensive” ones out there regardless of where they mount. But I’ve gotten grills meant to mount on a boat (usually using a fishing pole holder) for less than $50. My parents had one that ran ~$120 which isn’t so bad. 

        1. the ones around $120 bucks are Magma’s and usually on sale everywhere starting about that amount

  2. Hmm.  Not sure if it’s true on this model VW or just on the models a couple years earlier, but there were fuel vapor breather system hoses routed just on the other side of that vent a few inches above this burning grill.  Seems like this would be better off mounted on the front bumper. 

  3. I set the grill up and have dinner cooking while I’m en route to my destination. 

    It’s also fun pulling up to gas stations with the grill attached.  Makes the cowardly attendants jumpy for some reason.

    1.  I used to haul my big Webber to big picnics by lashing it to the folding bike rack attached to the truck of my Fox.

      Drivers on the interstate thought that was pretty amusing

  4. This looks like a great feature, but right away, it seemed from the picture pretty unstable to me, anchored on a rod with a clamp like that. I could see the entire thing capsizing easily. On the other hand, I can’t think of a way that would make it easy to level it on that hinge. Maybe have more grooves cut into the rod and a toothed clamp. ANyhoo.

  5. Do you have mounting brackets for a cooler and chair too?

    I think it’s an interesting solution, it is a better height than than putting a table top model on the ground. But I wonder if this is more about gearing up the westy.

    1. you can mount the grill on any flat surface or they also have a deck socket for table top surface mount. If you attach it to side of the cooler is works well but front or back will tip the cooler over

  6. Not a BBQ replacement, but as a cheap enhancement to the Westy’s built-in we’ve had big success packing a couple of these Korean-made butane stoves:

    Cheaply bought in Chinatown, dead simple to operate, canisters are short-lived but cheap. Set them up on any picnic table, tall stump, seawall, whatever, and you’ve got a very functional, 0-maintenance open-air kitchen.

    And did I mention cheap?

    1.  I agree, I have one and it’s great for power outages. I also use mine every month or so with a round bottom wok because I have a glass top stove–which sucks for stir fries. They also come with a nifty carrying case and the canisters are like 8 bucks for a 3pack.

  7. Is there some reason for employing a grill attached to a vehicle, rather than putting it on the ground a safe distance from the vehicle?  I understand their use on a boat, but isn’t this just begging for trouble?

  8. Magma Grills start at just over a hundred bucks at West Marine when they’re on sale. Just Google West Marine and check it out. Magma’s are not that expensive when you know what they are. They do cost a bit more but they’re made for boats so they’re of all non magnetic marine grade stainless steel rather then cheap automotive stainless steel like other grills. I’ve had 3 of them over the last 20 years and would not use anything else. I even use one at home a couple of times a week. I had my first Magma for over 10 years on my boat and it was as good as new when I sold my boat. You get what you pay for !!

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