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#1 NucksPatsFan

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:53 AM

My dad's birthday is coming up in a bit and I wanted to get him a nice barbecue. I know almost nothing about barbecues in terms of specific details, I just know how to cook meat on them. How many BTU's should it have? What companies are reputable what ones aren't? My price range is between $250-$425. He doesn't need, nor would he want something fancy. Just enough space to cook for about 4-6 people. I would prefer it to be a propane or gas barbecue, leaning more towards propane. Some I've found online seem good, but I would need your opinion on them.

http://www.canadiant...ne+Charcoal.jsp

http://www.rona.ca/shop/~barbecue-58000-btu-propane-gas-barbecue-uberhaus-467906_!barbecue_shop

http://www.canadiant...l.jsp?locale=en

http://www.canadiant...Q.jsp?locale=en

I'm really liking that last one. What other stores should I be looking at? Any suggestions for certain grills?

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:30 AM

I don't barbecue often, but I do believe I've set fire to that last one before, lol.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:44 AM

They all look pretty good, but take into account how easy it is to clean out. Some BBQs come apart easy and others are a pain in the a$$.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

Cuisinart is a good brand for small appliances in the kitchen. Not sure what their BBQ's are like, but I don't see them risking their brand name on a piece of crap.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

If you are in the Tri-City area you should check out http://www.thebbqshop.com/ I bought a Broil King BBQ there a couple years ago for around your price range and I love it. I'm no expert on BBQ's but they seem to be better quality than the Typical Canadian Tire brands.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

My Dad and brother both have the Weber Q and love it. Weber makes great BBQs and this one fits your budget. The full size Webers start at $500 and go up from there. So the Weber Q is a way to get Weber quality without the big price tag.

http://www.homedepot...barbecue/909217
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:07 AM

Go into Rona and Home Depot. They seem to always have in store specials where $600 BBQs are going for $300 or so. I'd avoid getting a $300 Canadian tire special. If you can afford it get a Weber. You'll notice the difference when you see the BBQs in person. The cheap ones will be made of thin metals like aluminum. The higher quality ones will be made of thicker and heavier metals.

Rona is also having a sale this Saturday.

http://www.promo.rona.ca/

You should also see what kind of BBQ your dad would prefer. Big difference between propane, natrual gas, and charcoal. If you have a natural gas line go with that. Otherwise I'd suggest propane. Charcoal is an acquired taste and a pain in the ass to clean. You also need to continually buy bags of charcoal.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:49 AM

Not sure if they would have the best prices, but Kerrisdale Lumber has a big selection of BBQs as well.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

Go into Rona and Home Depot. They seem to always have in store specials where $600 BBQs are going for $300 or so. I'd avoid getting a $300 Canadian tire special. If you can afford it get a Weber. You'll notice the difference when you see the BBQs in person. The cheap ones will be made of thin metals like aluminum. The higher quality ones will be made of thicker and heavier metals.

Rona is also having a sale this Saturday.

http://www.promo.rona.ca/

You should also see what kind of BBQ your dad would prefer. Big difference between propane, natrual gas, and charcoal. If you have a natural gas line go with that. Otherwise I'd suggest propane. Charcoal is an acquired taste and a pain in the ass to clean. You also need to continually buy bags of charcoal.

Thanks for the heads up on that sale, I'll go in check it out.

Thanks for your opinions guys. Ya I'll definitely go browsing at a bunch of different stores and see who's selling what for what price.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

http://bbq.about.com.../aatp042403.htm

^ Might help


I have a Weber, it's out of your price range though by a few grand.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:08 PM

Take your Dad BBQ shopping, there are too many variables to know what you want or need.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:55 PM

My Dad and brother both have the Weber Q and love it. Weber makes great BBQs and this one fits your budget. The full size Webers start at $500 and go up from there. So the Weber Q is a way to get Weber quality without the big price tag.

http://www.homedepot...barbecue/909217


This man knows what he is talking about. The Weber Q is a great series. Also, there is no need to go big. The big BBQs are good for cooking for 15 people. For 4 they are overkill and use a ton of propane to heat the entire thing up. A Q100 is a great size for 4-6 people.


Not sure if they would have the best prices, but Kerrisdale Lumber has a big selection of BBQs as well.


They are quite expensive there, and they tend to only have higher end stuff.

Take your Dad BBQ shopping, there are too many variables to know what you want or need.


This is a neat suggestion.


Personally, I'm saving up for a Big Green Egg. They're awesome, but expensive.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

I agree with the other poster, take him with you, there are too many variables to consider.

Does he want to have a rotisserie, if he does you will need a BBQ big enough to use one.

Does he want a side burner, comes in handy during the summer when its hot in the house.

Does he want a searing burner for searing in the juices? If yes then the price jumps.

Does he want to use it as a smoker? # of burners come into play

Does he want to just BBQ for himself and a couple people or does he want to have BBQ parties? If so surface area, # of burners, and the amount of BTU's come into play.

Get a BBQ with real good quality burners. Cheap ones warp really easy from the heat and rust quick. Look into ceramic, but they are pricey. But you also wont be replacing them every couple years.

Get a good quality grate top that wont rust and is easy to clean. I went with a BBQ with a cast iron grill. Super easy to clean. Heats up hot, keeps it heat. It should also last forever if you take care of it properly. Porcelain grates are good also and easier to maintain than cast iron.

I'll add that I spent well over a grand for my BBQ but it was the best investment I ever made. You do get what you pay for when you pay for a BBQ. If you want it to last for many years spend a bit of money and take proper care of it. If you only spend a few hundred on one expect it to rust out within a few years.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:01 PM

Brinkmans come pretty highley rated by consumer reports and are about half the price of the high end brands. Home Depot sells the basic model for $250.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:18 PM

In reply to zero-one-three and others, I still live at home with my parents and sister so it's just the 4 of us. He doesn't need any other supplementary perks like a rotisserie or anything. A side burner would be useful though that's why the one's I'm looking at are ones that have side burners. Most night's he/I will just be bbq'ing for our family plus the odd aunt or uncle who might be over that night. Other nights I'll be bbq'ing for some friends I invite over so about 6 people. There will never be any big BBQ parties with 10+ people. My parents don't eat beef so there will never be steak cooked on it unless it's by me once every blue moon. He'd just need the BBQ to do the basic things.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Does he want a searing burner for searing in the juices? If yes then the price jumps.


There's no such thing as "searing in the juices". It doesn't work like that.


In reply to zero-one-three and others, I still live at home with my parents and sister so it's just the 4 of us. He doesn't need any other supplementary perks like a rotisserie or anything. A side burner would be useful though that's why the one's I'm looking at are ones that have side burners. Most night's he/I will just be bbq'ing for our family plus the odd aunt or uncle who might be over that night. Other nights I'll be bbq'ing for some friends I invite over so about 6 people. There will never be any big BBQ parties with 10+ people. My parents don't eat beef so there will never be steak cooked on it unless it's by me once every blue moon. He'd just need the BBQ to do the basic things.



Weber Q100 then.

The side burners don't usually work so well in my experience, and they are a waste of fuel. You can always get a separate burner for pots anyways.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:12 PM

There's no such thing as "searing in the juices". It doesn't work like that.



Well that's your opinion, there is definitely an upside to searing certain meats.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:09 PM

Well that's your opinion, there is definitely an upside to searing certain meats.


Not opinion. Fact.

And yes, searing some meats works great, but it doesn't do anything to sear in the juices.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:36 AM

http://www.homedepot...barbecue/909215

For the price its the best table top portable in my opinion.
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