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Small Balcony Grills/Planter for Tiny Studio Apartments

Updated on October 7, 2017

What's All This Buzz About Grilling?

We all know how great tasting food becomes when grilled as supposed to when fried. Yes, grilling one's food, whether it is meat or vegetables is considered a healthier option to frying the food. Because the nutrients in meat and vegetables are retained when grilled, most people prefer their meat and veggies grilled.

Grilled meat and vegetables are said to taste even better on a charcoal or flame grill. However, to enjoy the wholesome goodness of home-grilled meat or veggies, you need a grill of your own.

The problem for most people, especially for those who live in apartments or small spaces is that, apartments do not have balcony or porch room big enough for a classic barbecue grill. Even some popular portable barbecue grill can prove difficult to use in most apartment space. But today, it is possible, that is, if you own a balcony grill.

What's A Balcony Grill?

Balcony Grills are portable grills that makes it easy for apartment renters to set up and grill, or barbecue their food in the smallest back-porch space or on their balcony. There are many portable grills out there that serve this purpose, one of them is the Cuisinart Griddle.

What A Balcony Grill Is Not

A balcony grill is nothing to be compared to those indoor grills that you plug into the outlet of your kitchen. A balcony grill is one that makes use of charcoal flame to cook your meat. And recently I came across one that is just perfect for those small-apartment homes, and small space living. This grill really caught my attention both by its design, and its versatility. The grill I'm talking about is the Black + Blum Hot Pot Grill.

The Black + Blum Balcony Grill

The Black + Blum Balcony grill is a herb pot and a grill. You heard it! It's a planter and a grill. The first impression when looking at this product with its terracotta design is to think of nothing else but a planter. A closer look, and you'll discover that, concealed inside of it is a barbecue grill. This grill is divided up into two compartments, the top, and the bottom.

The top compartment is a watertight pot that's designed for growing the herbs. So, for those of you green thumbs, you can now plant your favorite herbs or small plant veggies right there on your balcony. The Black + Blum Hot Pot Grill makes it easy to plant the herbs that you can then use for seasoning the food cooked on the grill.

The bottom compartment holds the coal that's used for grilling. Between these two compartments is the stainless steel grill plate on which the food is grilled.

What Is The Black+Blum Hot Pot Grill Made Of?

Though the outside of the Black + Blum Hot Pot Grill is design with a ceramic outer layer, the interior is made from stainless steel.

  • Includes stainless steel tongs - This doubles as both the tong to pick the food off the grill and also to lift the grill plate off the bottom compartment.
  • Heat insulating ceramic coating - Keep the outside of ceramic cold to touch, and also to prevent accidental burning.

This product comes in an easy to carry box made from unbleached recycled cardboard.

Why Buy The Black-Blum Hot Pot Grill?

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What That Means...
It's serves as a planter, a grill, and a d├ęcor
The small size of this grill makes it easy to transport or relocate anywhere
A Space-Saver
You don't need to carve out a lot of space for this grill as it is small enough to fit even in the smallest space.
An Eye-Pleaser
Seriously, it just looks good. People do a double-take on this grill. First, you're thinking, "a planter!", and then you lift it up an, there's the "wow" factor.
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Another Great Balcony Grill!

The Balcony Grill is a space-saving grill that can be hooked onto most balcony railings. This enables most everyone to have an outdoor grilling experience, and a small garden of herbs. It is ideal for small terraces or balconies and even looks good when not in use.

Now you have no excuse not to eat healthy. These portable balcony grills will make grilling fun, indoor or outdoor for you as a small apartment owner or renter. Most of all, it will help you maintain good, healthy eating habits. So, go ahead, get you one and start grilling!

5 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of Black-Blum Hot Pot Grill

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The Black-Blum Hot Pot Grill It Is!

Well, back when I used to live in this tiny apartment out there in New York City, I remember always watching my home-owner neighbors grilling away at their back porch. The aroma of the grilled meat (chicken, fish, hot-dogs), corn, plantains, and veggies all up in my nose.

I often said to myself, "If only I could do the same". Just to set up a grill, somewhere on the fire escape of my tiny one bedroom apartment and grill-on. Not happening! At least, not back then.

Well, now it is possible! I really don't have a need for a small-charcoal grill anymore, but for all those in small apartment buildings and homes with limited space for a grill, the Black-Blum Hot Pot Grill is the perfect option.


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    • Bozoplay profile image


      15 months ago from London

      I also grill on my balcony but can't use charcoal or gas so I got a Weber Q with the rolling stand and it works just great. Yes charcoal is the best but when you use fresh herbs, olive oil and quality ingredients you really can't tell the difference if you cook it slow. I also find the size of the Q good for anything for one and just a little tight for 2 whearas some of the balcony BBQ's are suitable for cooking for the family pet only (not human portions), in my opinion.

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Thanks moonlake for reading, commenting and pinning. Very well appreciated.

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      Good ideas I never heard of some of these grills. When we were young and lived in apartments we used mini hibachi grill, It was so heavy. Voted up on your hub and pinned it to my products board.

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @alocsin and LTaylor99 - I couldn't agree with you more. It's an amazing product. Very well disguised too.

      Thanks for your comments.

    • LTaylor99 profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Amazing! Love the planter-in-disguise! Nice hub!

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      7 years ago

      Simply amazing! I MUST try one of these! I love that it looks like a planter!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is amazing. We don't live in an apartment but don't want to set up a full barbecue out on the patio. Disguising it as a planter is perfect. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Joe Macho I see what you mean about the water tight top compartment. Plants do need drainage, and the top could be used as the drainage container, while the plant sits in its own planter.

      Thanks for your comments and for

    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @RTalloni& Paul Edmondson - Thanks you so much for your comments. It really is a pretty cool product.

    • Joe Macho profile image


      7 years ago from Colorado

      I'm not even in the market for a new grill, but your persuasive writing kept leading me to read more! Great wording. I like the concept of a small patio grill that doubles as a planter, but I just don't see it working out in the long run for plants. Just too small of a root space, plus container plants need drainage to grow and the Black + Blum grill is water tight. In my opinion, it's just trying to be too clever. Great article though! Thanks for sharing.

    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 

      7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Kind of cool for a small space. The grill that doubles as a pot holder is ingenious. Although, I still think a small webber is the way to go for a quality grill that fits in a small space.

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      7 years ago

      What a neat idea--love the fact that herbs can be planted in the top of the unit hiding the handy grill underneath.


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