#LOADSHEDDING BLUES – No Problem With a COBB Cooker

#LOADSHEDDING BLUES – No Problem With a COBB Cooker

Ken Hall originally invented the Cobb Cooker / Braai  as an alternative to the paraffin stoves found in South Africa’s informal settlements. These makeshift stoves are the major cause of deadly settlement fires. The Cobb concept has been very well received and today, updated and redesigned, it’s a popular choice for outdoors enthusiasts everywhere.


Eight charcoal briquettes provide three hours of cooking time in Ken Hall’s Cobb oven.

Ken Hall is the brains behind the Cobb oven, the small, portable barbeque that lets you fire up the coals anywhere, any time. An industrial designer, Ken Hall previously spent much of his time working on building sites.

But after facing the reality of South Africa’s devastating informal settlement fires, largely caused by the unsophisticated paraffin stoves used in these areas, he set about working on a design that would offer a safe alternative.

As a South African inventor, Ken Hall was all too aware of conditions in these settlements, and so came up with a stove that used charcoal briquettes instead of electricity for energy, that didn’t pose a fire risk, and remained cool to the touch.

Ken Hall’s initial prototype used dry corn cobs as its fuel source, hence the product’s name. Although since then, the unit has gone through several incarnations and the design has been refined dramatically.

In 2001, the Cobb was named one of only 34 best inventions of the year in Time magazine. The grill has also won several awards including two Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association VESTA Awards.

Aside from its safety and portability features, the Cobb also promotes healthier cooking. Designed to allow fat and grease to drain away from the sizzling meat, the grill has been approved by the South African Heart Foundation.

The Cobb is patented worldwide and available through distributors across the globe. Plans are underway to have the cooker distributed in less affluent countries through international aid organisations.

The elements that make up Cobb

Dome: made with stainless steel and it has a heat-resistant handle. The holes in the Dome ensure even ventilation throughout the cooking process creating an oven effect.cobb-cutaway-300x300
Grill Grid: with an easy to clean Teflon® non-stick coating. Excess fat drains away through the holes and into the moat.
Fire Basket: A secured area for the Cobble Stone or loose briquettes.
Stainless steel moat: catches all excess fat. The moat can also be used for cooking vegetables.
Base: with anti-slip rubber feet, the base remains stable and cool to touch during use.
The Cobb is packaged complete with instruction manual. All parts are replaceable and are also available separately. Every component of the Cobb is dishwasher safe.

The COBB is the perfect solution / atlernative to the Eskom Load Shedding issues we experience in South Africa – With all it’s accessories, the COBB can cook or Braai just about anything.

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