Spark Grills, which makes a highly stylized precision grill that uses a propriety charcoal system, announced today that it has raised an additional $3.5 million in funding. The investment was led by Lerer Hippeau with participation from existing investors including Global Founders Capital, Bullish, and Precursor Ventures. This brings the total amount of funding raised by Spark to $12 million.
In addition to its unique styling, the Spark Grill claims to offer gas-style precision grilling with charcoal. The grill does this through a combination of internal fans and its proprietary “Briq” charcoal, which Spoon Founder Mike Wolf dove into this past week, writing:
This ease-of-use is made possible by the grill’s unique charcoal “Briqs”, which are single-use sheets of charcoal made for the Spark. A standard Briq lasts for about an hour, though the company has indicated they will also have “Quick Briqs”, which go for 30 minutes for the mid-week quick grill, and are working on “slow and low” Briqs, which will go for a couple hours at smoking temperatures.
Spark seems to be launching at a pretty good time. Summer is almost here, which means grilling season will be in full effect. Depending on your lockdown status, lots of people will still barbeque, whether it’s just for their families or a (hopefully) socially distant gathering.
The Spark Grill is now available for pre-order on the Spark Grills web site. The pre-order bundle costs $799, which includes the grill, 20 Briqs and a bamboo cutting board. Deliveries are expected to happen in the U.S. in July.