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Barbecues

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by garnett, May 19, 2017.

  1. garnett

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 25, 2008

    Posts: 1,043

    I'm hoping for some advice on barbecues ahead of the glorious summer we're surely entitled to...

    I'm after something that:-
    • Cooks well and has a degree of "adjustability"
    • Uses charcoal not gas
    • Will age well and not rust/warp/decolour
    • Looks attractive - nothing too space-age
    • Is robust and not flimsy
    • Is easy to clean and maintain
    • Can be put away during the winter
    • Doesn't cost the Earth
    Is there such a thing?
     
  2. HazardO

    Underboss

    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

    Posts: 6,137

    Location: Cambridge

    Weber 57" premium. ~£210 but will last a lot longer than most £100 BBQs. 10 years of weekly cooking if well looked after with maybe another £100 spent over that period for replacement grates etc.

    Should work out at ~£30 a year ownership costs.
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  3. garnett

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 25, 2008

    Posts: 1,043

    Thanks HarardO. Just looking and it seems like the Premium can be got for £185, and the Master-Touch is around £215 (and which seems to come with a few extra bits). Is it the Premium or the Master Touch that you would recommend?
     
  4. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 10,830

    Weber kettle is only sensible choice. May as well get the master touch for that difference, you get the gourmet cooking great which means accessories like pizza stone, griddle etc. can be added. Think you also get baskets for indirect cooking which is a good thing.

    I have 2 weber kettles, one is 17 or 18 years old the other more than 10, both going strong.
     
  5. HazardO

    Underboss

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    Location: Cambridge

    Yeah for that price I'd get the master touch.
     
  6. planty

    Wise Guy

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    Posts: 1,157

  7. HazardO

    Underboss

    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

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    Location: Cambridge

    17 or 18 years is good going, my performer (57" one touch built into a table) is about 7 now, does about 50 cooks a year. I've replaced the cooking grate once, charcoal grate 3 times and vent leaves once so far.
     
  8. mattyg

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2007

    Posts: 5,483

    Next years outdoor project

    Outdoor Kitchen with Lounge area.
     
  9. Psycho Sonny

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 21, 2006

    Posts: 22,579

    why do grates need replacing? do they fall apart with time? i have one which is rusting but only been used once. so i thought it's normal for them to rust. it's a weber btw.
     
  10. Skidder

    Man of Honour

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    I've replaced the cooking grates a couple of times but nothing else. The coal grates are rusty but in one piece. They're a tiny bit tatty but still functional.

    Around the back of my house there is an old weber left by the last owner and it looks like you could fire it up despite not having been used for years. It has the pointless gas lighting system though. I get gas bbqs but not gas lighting charcoal, that is a proper problem that didn't need solving.
     
  11. Paul11

    Sgarrista

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    Location: London

  12. HazardO

    Underboss

    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

    Posts: 6,137

    Location: Cambridge

    rust mostly, but they can bow a bit after a few years if you use excessive heat.

    They become a pain to clean when they're rusty, so a shiny new one becomes an attractive proposition.
     
  13. Hedge

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 15,836

    Location: Up Norf 2 Daan Saaf

    I personally like the Charbroil Kettleman. Hinged lid and good reviews.

    I'm tempted and I am kinda bored of my Weber compact.
     
  14. FrenchTart

    Don

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    Posts: 29,546

    Location: Manchester

  15. rexehuk

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 13, 2009

    Posts: 3,313

    Location: My own head

    Whatever you do. Do not buy a landmann portable kettle BBQ.

    I got the lime green one and it has a serious design flaw in that the air circulation from bottom isn't high enough.

    Customer support refused to replace it... Utter garbage.

    Weber all the way!
     
  16. Uther

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 16, 2005

    Posts: 6,152

    Location: Nr Stratford Upon Avon

    Another vote for a Weber, fantastic things that will last for years.
     
  17. BuffetSlayer

    Mobster

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    Posts: 3,606

    Another votw for Weber here. They tend to be more expensive but are quality bits of kit.
     
  18. tom_nieto

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 9,298

    Location: Birmingham

    Webers are fantastic. If our builders hadn't bloody dropped something on the lid ours would be good as new. Definitely get one with a thermometer in the lid and invest in a chimney starter. Definitely worth the investment. The all weather covers are good too and ensured that even right by the sea on our second floor balcony it still survived in good condition.
     
  19. spoffle

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 4, 2012

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    Why charcoal only? Taste the meat, not the heat!
     
  20. a1ex2001

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 14, 2005

    Posts: 9,379

    Location: Here and There...

    Taste difference or not charcoal, the extra prep and even the smoke and fire adds a huge amount to the experience. Gas is too convenient if you ask me!
     


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