Well, sort of. It’s now called EcoQue, which may be a horrible name, but at least hits its prime audience right on target.
Okay, okay, what’s a Pyromid? Or an EcoQue? (I hear some readers asking.)
It’s this, among other things:
… The cleverest, best-cooking portable grill ever. And for a decade or more it’s been half-impossible to get.
Back in the 1990s at some otherwise-unremembered preparedness expo, my then-Significant Sweetie, Charles Curley, and I saw a Pyromid being demonstrated. It folded down flat and slipped into a tiny case. It unfolded in a flash. It cooked on an open grill; flip the lid and it smoked your steak or chops nicely. It was so sleek, so slender, so clever, so economical to use (requiring just nine bricks of charcoal to cook a nice little meal).
And it was so expensive!
Nevertheless, we left the expo with one and later bought attachments like a griddle and a baking hood.
Initially I feared it might be one of those gimmick items that never even gets taken out of the box. But nope. We cooked on the Pyromid during bbq season. We cooked on the Pyromid in the snow. When Charles and I ultimately broke up, we joked that the only thing we fought over was who’d get custody of the Pyromid. (For the record: He did.)
And right about that time, the Oregon company that made the thing drove its wonderful product right into the Dumpster. The product remained great. The marketing was daft. Instead of pushing Pyromids to yuppie backpackers and gear-crazed survivalists, suddenly the grills were being promoted as … um, a solution to third-world disaster relief or something like that. (As if any third-worlders would have needed, or been able to afford, this shiny bit of yup-ware.)
Anyhow, next thing I knew, and for several years thereafter, Pyromid’s website contained little besides hopeful statements that they expected to be “back in production later this year.”
But for a long time, if you wanted one — and I did — you had to get them used on eBay.
But tonight Charles (still speaking after all these years) sent me a link to EcoQue with the message, “It’s back!”
No idea how long it’s been in production again; only that this time it’s coming out of Seattle and has a new name. Prices haven’t gone up one bit since the 1990s and may even be down a little. Now if they’ll only add the baking hood back into the product line, my life will be complete.
I have no financial interest in EcoQue or its grills at all. (That is, unless you happen to buy one through this Amazon link to their products or any of my other Amazon links.) I just think it’s one of the best-designed, most compactable, hardy, and have I already mentioned best-cooking little stoves in the universe. A great thing for campers. A fine thing to add to home survival stocks. An EcoQue and a single bag of charcoal could go a long, long way toward keeping hot food on the table if the power goes out.
Welcome back, Pyromid — no matter what name you choose to be known under.