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What's your favorite boat BBQ?

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Danvilletim, May 29, 2017.

  1. Danvilletim

    Danvilletim Member

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    looking for a new BBQ for the sport fisher. Currently have a magma which is marginal at best. Is there any propane grills out there that bring it?
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    We have electric grills so no help on propane grills.
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    We're very pleased with the performance. They aren't quite as fast as gas, but otherwise cook very well. The 240V do cook a little faster than the 120V. We have both Kenyon and Gaggenau. I think Miele also has a nice unit now. Virtually smoke free, no flame ups, no worry with propane.
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    How do you like to cook? Big formal grill that everybody can hover around or a small surface in the corner of the cockpit.
    I have found the newer Magma IR grills to really out preform the regular grill of the same size.

    But up on the boat deck, everybody wants to hang around and it becomes more of a club cooking event.
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    I use a Weber electric grill as some marinas get upset with gas or open flame grills.. Just set it on a mat on the engine/bait freezer when I use it. Great Grill.
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    That is another point in favor of electric. As long as no flame, then ok to use most anywhere. Also, some electric grills, not Weber though, are designed and UL approved for indoor use. Now, we still use ours on the bridge and on the aft deck, but when using one under a top of any sort, we find that to be important.
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    Ug, big propane bottle on a boat.

    On the MAG IR, with fish rod holder mount it works well.
    A slight lean and not parallel position ensures that any grease usually falls overboard out of a back corner.

    Any future grill plans for us would include electric over any fuel.
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    "Any future grill plans for us would include electric over any fuel".

    +1 from me.

    Many years ago (with our 4 small children onboard) a sailing yacht exploded some 50 yards away from our boat due to a leaking propane bottle or system. The woman was injured and her husband died due to his severe burns only minutes after the explosion and the sail boat was beyond repair. No more LPG or other highly flammable fuels on board of one of my boats.

    And petrol store on board only, if it can be jettisoned overboard in case of fire (jerry cans or bulk containers next to a crane)! Means, no built-in petrol tanks.

    The above mentioned electric BBQs from Gaggenau and Miele for example are the top end equipment for yachts. If at all, I rather wait a few more minutes for my perfectly grilled food, than watching someone or even my loved ones getting hurt. They come in many variations and sizes for all yachts above may be 40 ft
    (You need a beefy generator).

    We use a Gaggenau electric BBQ, deep fat fryer plus WOK compatible induction cooktop, integrated into a movable furniture, which stores away into the sun chair locker, when not in use. Perfect workbench for the chef.
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    I was on a yacht in the Pacific Northwest and the electric built in Jenn Air just couldn't deliver, so the Boss bought a Weber Q-series portable. I thought it tacky, somewhat trailer, and embarrassing. I thought the Force 10 was yachty and the best of breed, until then. That Q-series is the hottest and most useful rig out there. Be sure and get the hose and tank . Propane cans are worthless. Proper safety precautions and vented storage will prevent explosions. There are tens of thousands of boats out there with propane for barbecue and stove fuel.
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    Jenn Air induction grilling leaves a lot to be desired as you found out. People get excited about getting them in their kitchen and soon find it doesn't match up.
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    Big stainless steel propane BBQ from the US are very famous in Germany and sold in pretty big numbers. But kitchen equipment, outdoor kitchen equipment or outdoor BBQ equipment are a different story each. And these items need not necessarily be suitable for yacht use.

    The source of energy might be point of view or just a matter of personal taste. I Know that Germany is not really BBQ heaven in regard to the States but we had a big story about BBQ equipment and best and healthiest results with the cooked food in several test magazines and on TV lately.

    One surprise for the testers was the fact, that 90 % of the experimentiees could not tell, which of the food was made on a gas, electric or charcoal grill. And they did that with meat, fish and vegetables. That may reduce the type of grill and its energy source down to personal preference, practicability (cleaning and handling) and may be safety aspects. In a BBQ nation like the US, the results may have been different.

    Outdoor in the garden we use an indirect (IR) propane BBQ with great results. Indoor and on board, electric BBQ for safety and easy of handling. For somebody clumsy like me (as far as cooking is concerned) any BBQ will turn into a dangerous weapon anyhow :D. As other things, I leave them to professionals.
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    I think the Weber Q series are great and prefer to take it off of the boat to use on land. I have used the ones that use the small screw on propane bottles. Although I have used the Q's on board too with the proper precautions.
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    Had a magma for years never cooked well picked up a Dickinson from defender marine doesn't have a pretty finish but the gauge of the stainless is thick and it cooks great they have different sizes to fit your needs
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    With propane, it's all about BTU's. The more BTU's, the hotter. And, more gas consumption. Some grills wouldn't sear a steak if you took the grill out and put the meat right on the burner. With both gas and electric, better performance comes with the food grill being closer to the heat source. It's hard to get sizzle from 6" away with a breeze.
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    The electric grills we're referring to are not impacted by breezes.

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