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Old 06-11-2006, 08:53 PM
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What brand of BBQ's are you guys using? How do you like it, pros & cons. Would you buy it again?
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Have the Magma Newport and like it very much. Friend just picked up the bigger Magma Catalina which is twice as nice. Easy to clean stainless, doesnt blow out easily. Had problem with the valve that comes with the unit that connects to the little propane canisters but have switched to the boats onboiard propane and different style valve and works great.
Only other issue is the price of these units-but I think it was money well spent.
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what you are refering to is a grill........big differience, BBQ is an art form, where as a grill is just that, a grill.
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what you are refering to is a grill........big differience, BBQ is an art form, where as a grill is just that, a grill.
Trey, calm down, he's from the north (bless his heart) and doesn't know better, up there they only get to use one twice a year so he's out of practice with the terminology.......

Now to the question, Magma Original Round Kettle, gas model, converted to use ceramic briquettes.......... Killer setup, had it for 6-7 years, still in great condition...
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I took Bailey's advice and bought the same model, LOVE IT!!
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I always thought BBQ was an entree, not an event, nor an impelment. Cooking it, however, is an art form.......
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:19 AM
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what you are refering to is a grill........big differience, BBQ is an art form, where as a grill is just that, a grill.
I've got one of those on the front of my truck, what do I need one of those for on the boat?

Thanks Bill for the kind words. We were using the garbage can lid with coal but a racoon made a total mess out of that the other week, so I figured we'd move up to the real thing. So how did you convert your Magma Original Round Kettle (grill ) to accommodate briquettes?

Oh, and since you are there...... .......(Grill/ BBQ), http://www.plainbiz.com/Biz/52/pg17-06-cat.gif
how do the prices look to you guys?

Doesn't the lids on these things blow open or rattle to beat the band as you are under power or at WOT?
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Glad you didn't take offense, bless your heart. !!!!!!!!
NORMALLY, the grill is stowed when running and only deployed while beached or on the hook. I "acquired" a plastic Coke crate that I modified to hold the grill and all of the accessories. Mine stows underneath the center console when not in use. If you want a photo let me know............
The price on your attached web site looks a little high, try Marine River Supply (THT vendor) I believe he cut some deals on them last summer....... Determine if the rod holder or the rail mount would be best for YOU since the mount is normally sold separately..... As to the "conversion" just remove the "plate" that is inside and substitute a grill that will allow you to place a single layer of the ceramic briquettes over the burner......
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Yah I would appreciate seeing a picture of....thanks. I am always open to new ideas.
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:25 AM
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I use the 15" round Magma propane jobber. You can cook just about everything on it. 95% of the cooking is done on a low setting. It gets pretty darn hot, but that's great for charing a good steak.
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Here is picture of mine. I shopped around, but nobody could touch River Marine Supply.




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I was going to say yesterday to Bill, WOW are their prices good! As you said Steve, one would be hard pressed to beat those prices anywhere.

So what actually is the difference between say a Coleman stove and a gas grill? I've got the Coleman gas stove, why can't I just use it? Sorry I'm old school, I just do the kitchen thing.....I just buy the things that makes the Misses life eaiser.

Now I was reading over at River Marine Supply site CLICK HERE to view page and they talk of the Magma Marine Kettle 2 Grill uses a Windproof Turbo Venturi and Control Valves system.......this removes the possiblity of having blow-outs. Does this mean the other models that does not have this feature that they blows out all the time?
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what you are refering to is a grill........big differience, BBQ is an art form, where as a grill is just that, a grill.

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I have a grill to go but wish I would have got one of those for the boat also. Mine works fine but we have to pull up to an island and unload and grill(or BBQ as you northern folks call it ).

I think they even make an attachment that goes in your rod holder as well which would be neat.
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I have never had mine blow out. I normally pull into a quiet cove and anchor up, then fire up. I like the one Bill and I have the best. It is hard to beat the flavor added by the briquettes IMHO.
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So you "liked" the price of them fancy shiny "boat" grills did you Garrett. I felt the same way. Then I looked at the price of the rod holders attachment and gave up on that idea. It just didn't seem worth it to me. Go on down to Wally world and get the coleman grill, 40 bucks or less and it works great. Mines going on it's second season and going strong. If I bought a new one every season I'd still be way ahead of the game when the shiny one would be shot. The Magma is vastly over priced for what it is, in my opinion.
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The Magma's are made of fairly heavy stainless steel, mine has seen 6 years of heavy use. It has become discolored from the heat but is still structurally sound as the day I bought it.
As far as the pricing, I think River Marine (THT vendor) has them all beat. Yes, their pricey but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.........
I've had a blow out or two when I don't pay attention to the wind direction, but that's my fault not the grill......

Garett, I promise to get you a photo of the "carrying case" when I get home tomorrow......
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8 yrs of heavy use on my magma..Std..round..propane..still in great shape.

I got a free cover when I bought mine and the cover is still in good shape too.

Place in Miami..just sent out products book and had the magma propane std size for $119......
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So you "liked" the price of them fancy shiny "boat" grills did you Garrett. I felt the same way. Then I looked at the price of the rod holders attachment and gave up on that idea. It just didn't seem worth it to me. Go on down to Wally world and get the coleman grill, 40 bucks or less and it works great. Mines going on it's second season and going strong. If I bought a new one every season I'd still be way ahead of the game when the shiny one would be shot. The Magma is vastly over priced for what it is, in my opinion.
Those suitcase style wally world grills can/will tip over. It's just a matter of time before it happens. I know, people will jump in and say that they never had a problem, but that means squat. It will tip over, it just hasn't happend to you yet. There are to many variables on a boat to have a open flame that is not tied down. You have people flopping around, little kids, boat wakes, storms that pop up. It's not a good idea to have a grill like that on a boat.

I spent $180 for my Magma grill 5 years ago. It is still in perfect condition. I know of a few that are well over 10 years old & no worse for the wear. They are worth every dollar.
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So you "liked" the price of them fancy shiny "boat" grills did you Garrett. I felt the same way. Then I looked at the price of the rod holders attachment and gave up on that idea. It just didn't seem worth it to me. Go on down to Wally world and get the coleman grill, 40 bucks or less and it works great. Mines going on it's second season and going strong. If I bought a new one every season I'd still be way ahead of the game when the shiny one would be shot. The Magma is vastly over priced for what it is, in my opinion.
Those suitcase style wally world grills can/will tip over. It's just a matter of time before it happens. I know, people will jump in and say that they never had a problem, but that means squat. It will tip over, it just hasn't happend to you yet. There are to many variables on a boat to have a open flame that is not tied down. You have people flopping around, little kids, boat wakes, storms that pop up. It's not a good idea to have a grill like that on a boat.

I spent $180 for my Magma grill 5 years ago. It is still in perfect condition. I know of a few that are well over 10 years old & no worse for the wear. They are worth every dollar.
There is no reason in the world a stamped piece of stainless should cost that much, other than that magic word "boat" is attached to it. If I were to use it underway, in a storm or while anchored by the channel I can see the danger. Mine is set up on the engine box and never left un-attended. But, if set up in a rod holder you can walk away? Open flames on a boat is never fool-proof, be it a coleman or a magma.
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So you "liked" the price of them fancy shiny "boat" grills did you Garrett. I felt the same way. Then I looked at the price of the rod holders attachment and gave up on that idea. It just didn't seem worth it to me. Go on down to Wally world and get the coleman grill, 40 bucks or less and it works great. Mines going on it's second season and going strong. If I bought a new one every season I'd still be way ahead of the game when the shiny one would be shot. The Magma is vastly over priced for what it is, in my opinion.
Those suitcase style wally world grills can/will tip over. It's just a matter of time before it happens. I know, people will jump in and say that they never had a problem, but that means squat. It will tip over, it just hasn't happend to you yet. There are to many variables on a boat to have a open flame that is not tied down. You have people flopping around, little kids, boat wakes, storms that pop up. It's not a good idea to have a grill like that on a boat.

I spent $180 for my Magma grill 5 years ago. It is still in perfect condition. I know of a few that are well over 10 years old & no worse for the wear. They are worth every dollar.
There is no reason in the world a stamped piece of stainless should cost that much, other than that magic word "boat" is attached to it. If I were to use it underway, in a storm or while anchored by the channel I can see the danger. Mine is set up on the engine box and never left un-attended. But, if set up in a rod holder you can walk away? Open flames on a boat is never fool-proof, be it a coleman or a magma.
No, its not fool proof, but its better. The one I use hangs two feet off of boat, over the water. It really can't tip over or drip flaming grease onto the boat.
If you only grill in perfect weather, with no people on board, with no chanches of a squall or wave making idiots, the cheapie may work for you.

But, my world aint that way. We grill all meals on the water, make coffee, make breakfast ect. That thing can be fired up 3-4 hours a day. Storms happen, boats rock, people drink to much, kids touch stuff, flaming grease drips down, crap gets knocked over. The extra dollars are worth the extra safety.

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