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Topic # 88417 15-Aug-2011 23:22
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I am in the market for a new BBQ for the upcoming summer - even tho that seems a helluva long way away as the snow is falling outside!

I live a couple of blocks from the sea so high grade S/S is a must. I want one with a lid (which I guess is pretty standard these days) but not too fussed about any extra burners on the side for woks etc.

What I would really like is some recommendations for high quality, but affordable, BBQ brands. Once I have an idea of the brands that are good, I can focus on them and find a model that suits.

Cheers,
Ben 

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  Reply # 507076 16-Aug-2011 02:35
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I've got a Weber 22" Gold BBQ. Once you taste meat cooked over coal you'll never go back to gas. Mrs bought it as my Christmas present :) .

I've also seen Kadac ones going at Mitre 10, they have an extra gas fitting for when you're desperate and in a hurry, and seem to also be very well built.
 

Weber 22

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 507111 16-Aug-2011 08:24
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Watch out for the ones at bunnings - not a match on the power output of my old BBQ factory one. I drilled the jets out larger which helped a lot but now its burning a bit orange - not really bothering me since its used so seldom that efficiency isnt really something I care about.




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  Reply # 507121 16-Aug-2011 08:59
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Yeah the old man has a Webber and we grew up on coal BBQs at the bach, but I would rather have the convenience of gas at this stage - call me lazy.

Someone has recommended 'Broil King' to me - can anyone back this up? Or are brands like Masport likely to give more bang for my buck? 

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  Reply # 507133 16-Aug-2011 09:26
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Watch the fastnings and wheels etc if being stainless matters - friends one had stainless panels, but like stainless microwaves it was just decorative, all the back, wheels, hinges etc were not stainless so rusted to hell.




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  Reply # 507209 16-Aug-2011 11:18
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Disclaimer - I work for M10 MEGA.

Mitre 10 Mega stores will be stocking the Weber BBQ range this year - Gas & Charcoal versions.
Not cheap but amazing quality & build from what I have seen arrive so far. Not all models arrived yet - especially here with snow issues in Chch.
 
We also stock Rinnai, Masport, Goldair & Meteor (M10 Brand) BBQs.

If your Sumner based like your handle suggests - I wouldn't recomend stainless. Too close to the sea. 

I'm a big fan of the Rinnai's nice build and look good as well. Sold one to my father in law last year & have used it several times - Nice BBQ.

It comes down to budget - and what you think you will be cooking.
They all pretty much have side burners - But rear burners can be important (Not essential)  for rotissire cooking - And I find rotissire rolled pork roasts - the simplest & easiest way to impress people on the bbq.
Rotissire Pork nom nom nom

Havn't used my charcoal or gas bbq in a month, getting withdrawal - Might charcoal in the snow me thinks - some thing different.

need any other help just give me a holla











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  Reply # 507242 16-Aug-2011 12:08
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A Sumner Shark on Geekzone - who would've thought! I play for the Depth Chargers - small world huh!

Thanks for the tips - will definitely have a look at the Rinnais. Why do you say avoid SS in Sumner - I thought SS was preferrable as a more corrosion resistant finish? Or is the SS they use a low grade and of little protection?

I know I had a SS outdoor patio heater - which is now rusted and stained due to the salt spray, so I guess that is what you are referring to.

Thanks again,
Ben 

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  Reply # 507245 16-Aug-2011 12:09
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Gotta say Rinnai do a good BBQ.
I have had Masports over the years and they have always been great.
I have used a Sunbeam BBQ (I think HarveyNorman have them) and it was good - even heat and hot when you needed it.

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  Reply # 507251 16-Aug-2011 12:18
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Depth Chargers - You boys had a bloody good season - Just didn't quite get their.

Like what was previously posted none of the bbqs use marine grade stainless - so you have to be careful.

And its mainly for show - If you go somewhere that sells Masports ask to borrow their magnets Masport provided them to show the magnet will stick to the Masport SS bbqs but not others with lesser quality stainless. 

 Let us know what you end up getting.

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  Reply # 507273 16-Aug-2011 12:46
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Broil King aren't cheap but i'd recommend them above any other.

My 2 cents. 

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  Reply # 507312 16-Aug-2011 14:00
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Dawg: Depth Chargers - You boys had a bloody good season - Just didn't quite get their.

Like what was previously posted none of the bbqs use marine grade stainless - so you have to be careful.

And its mainly for show - If you go somewhere that sells Masports ask to borrow their magnets Masport provided them to show the magnet will NOT stick to the Masport SS bbqs but WILL STICK others with lesser quality stainless. 

 Let us know what you end up getting.


Think you got that the wrong way around? A magnet will not stick to good quality stainless.







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  Reply # 507324 16-Aug-2011 14:26
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Sorry about that - you are completely right.  Just checked with the team - Guess I missed that part of BBQ 101 last season.  

http://bbq.about.com/od/gasgrills/a/aa052706a.htm



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  Reply # 507491 16-Aug-2011 18:33
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So if I am to avoid SS then what is the alternative - powder coated steel? Is that likely to perform better in a sea spray zone? I don't mind from an aesthetic viewpoint - I just want something that is going to last.

I am a little concerned that all the top models tend to be SS - and if I go for something powder coated, I am potentially losing out on quality in other areas.

I have narrowed it down to a couple of options, both under $2000 which is my absolute upper limit.

   * Rinnai Maxim R5S ($1999)
   * Broil King Signet 90 ($1979)
   * Broil King King Crown 90 ($1649)

The main difference between the Broil Kings seems to be the more expensive one has 'dual tube burners'. Anyone know anything about these? Are they worth the extra $300?!

Appreciate everyones feedback on this - definitely helping me make an informed decision! 

PS - Dawg - yeah was a bit disappointing to go down in the final but ChCh were the better team. Was a good effort from our lads to get as far as we did. At least one team in the club had a good season!

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  Reply # 507949 17-Aug-2011 14:25
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We have the Rinnai setup in the hornby store at the moment - With the tepanyaki and sink unit attached.  Looks impressive.

Ferrymead arn't showing any stock at moment - But not my store so, best to ring and check. 

Make sure you get the Rotissrie Kit (Mains not battery) & cover included as well.

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  Reply # 508357 18-Aug-2011 09:03
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Does anyone have a view on the benefits of the 'dual tube' burners on the more expensive Broil King? Are they worth the extra $300?!

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