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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scored an almost new magma on Craigslist for $50. It has the fishing rod mount which I like better than the other side mount one they offer. It is extremely sturdy with no play anywhere. I like the lid that comes off as you can clip it on any side to block the wind. Check Craigslist. I'd imagine anywhere boating is big you will find these.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, the NexGrill is out. Thank you Jerry.

I still like the Magma grill. It looks like a nice grill. I missed out on the Magma for $80 on my local classifieds but a couple more have popped up for a little more than 1/2 price of new. Too bad the mounting accessories are not included.

My local big box (Canadian Tire) currently has a Napoleon Travel Q on sale for $200 and a CuisinArt portable BBQ that have received some good reviews. Does anyone here use either of these?

I think I'd rather pay extra and get something that will last.[/u]
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Nexgrill from Costco is a bit weak. The burners simply don't get that hot. It's "ok" if you are not in a hurry to eat. Also the clearance from grill grate to lid is very low and the unit is a bit bulky and heavy.

Btw... Magma also makes really nice small stainless steel portable grills with folding legs. Check amazon. I think it's called "adventurer".

As far as carrying propane inside the van... I'm not a fan. Buy adapters and a quick connect with a length of hose to your under-van tank. Or, put your portable tank(s) up in a rocket box or rack.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read all the reviews and have a few questions.

For anyone with the Magma Kettle grill....

How does this grill perform with the 1lb bottles? How long does a bottle of fuel typically last? Can it be used on a tabletop or does it require the special stand? When mounted to the side of the van does the heat affect the paint on the van?

I can buy a slightly used one on my local classifieds for $80 and it seems like a good buy.

OR.....

My local Costco has a really nice looking Nexgrill SS portable BBQ for $130. It requires an adaptor to use the small 1lb propane bottles which adds another $35 to the cost. I was considering buying a small 5lb cylinder ($60) or adapting the Westy propane system to run the grill from the passenger side.

Can anyone help me decide or point out the pros and cons of either idea? The 5lb propane cylinder is fairly compact but I'm not sure it's a good idea to drive around with it inside the van, or if it's legal?
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:37 am    Post subject: bbq Reply with quote

I have been using a Kuuma grill for the last few years,

http://www.kuumaproducts.com/Grills_Cubed150.html

It's very good quality but had some drawbacks. The regulator is permanently attached and takes up that extra space. Also, you need to be careful not to damage it when packing the grill...the replacements aren't that cheap...ask me how I know. Smile

The other drawback was that if you cooked with the top closed it would flash when you opened it. The instructions were clear to cook with the top open. I found that odd. I also found it a tad warm on one occasion. My eyebrows grew back. Smile

The Fuego regulator rotates and disconnects. I like that. The grease tray is a neat idea and the cast grill a big bonus. The top doesn't hinge and that may be a negative...we shall see.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Holland Companion Reply with quote

Our local Ace Hardware has a super nifty little grill called Holland Companion:
http://www.hollandgrill.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/prodID/2/

Can’t say I ever used one but reviews are positive. I was very impressed at the workmanship and quality, but price was a little steep.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a couple of months, and we use the element grill constantly, even at home. Love it. It has about a 3" round little dish that threads onto the bottom of the grill where the grease goes. Just spin off to empty, wipe it out and spin back on. I keep an old baking dish to set it on, and don't worry much about any overflow. It's pretty clean.

The heavy grate is easy to clean and really nice to cook on. No stick and stuff doesn't fall through.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put some time in cooking on this at the lake today...I'm really liking this setup.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: BBQ Reply with quote

Hey folks,

Just picked up a Feugo Element at Home Depot. They had them at a store about a one hour Westy cruise from home. Regular price was $96. Not cheap but seems really great quality. Love the way it stows.

Reviews to follow!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had Magma stainless steel grilles for years on my sailboats. They are efficient, easy to stow, and I set a big skillet on top to cook on for breakfast stuff. The newer models now have a hinged lid that is a nice idea. $$ just because it is in the boating realm $$

Mine attaches on the RMW swing away tray that makes additional cooking space next to the awning. This setup really works great. Even if the weather is a little poor I can cook some dishes outside too. Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too, Jon .. In fact, that's also my home barbie (hooked to 5-gal tank). I think it will last forever.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

debbiej wrote:

I just bought the fuego element, and it's fantastic.


sounds great
how does it deal with grease drippings? removable cleanable tray?

Im a fan of the Webber Q100

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drippings go into the disposable tin foil dish
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

syncromike wrote:
Anyone have one of these little guys? A Fuego Element? I saw it on a couple of portable grill top 10 lists from BBQ web sites. Wal Mart has it on sale for about 33% off right now...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Element-Portable-Gas-Grill/21128012?findingMethod=rr

I'm very tempted. The Solaire looks awesome and my mouth is watering at the idea of searing, but I cook a lot of chicken, and sausages/hot dogs on the grill and I really need a "low" option.


I just bought the fuego element, and it's fantastic. Very, very happy with the quality, flame control and heavy duty grill surface. I got it on sale at camping world Reg $169, on sale for $69. A few weeks ago it was on sale for $49, and that's what I paid, because the tag was still on it, and they honored the price.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

with a dog around that cast iron on the green cylinder looks like a big problem awaiting to happen.. and the dog is a good boy, but man, handle that carefully.

you can always set up the westy stove to accept green bottles in event of a emergency. Wink

but good food and good grills are a great part of camping..
I can get 6 ears of corn onmy Primus Vidar grill ...yum..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dobryan wrote:
this is a winner for my needs. Very Happy

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Looks great! Thanks for the photo review. Now Im hungry..

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I abandoned this grill in favor of propane, eliminating the problem of disposing of hot coals
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Im a big fan of cast iron
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the lid makes it possible to cook meat without splatters, seen here on my backup plan for when the Westy runs out of propane

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Anyone have any experience with this model?

http://www.coleman.com/product/perfectflowtrade-grill-stove/2000004118#.UmKUeCSAH7c

I'm thinking of it since I could grill quickly when I want to....


I just ordered this model from Amazon ($69 and free shipping). I'll let you know how it goes....


OK. I used this at the Redskins game today and it was great. I'm giving away my regular large tailgating grill... This combo unit allowed me to heat up cider and also cook on the grill at the same time. The grill grate is pretty solid and seared the chicken well. It has a grease tray (small) under the grill bottom to catch what may drip. I put foil under the grill area (with a hole for the grease trap) and it was effective for cleanup. And it is no larger than a standard two burner coleman stove. IMHO this is a winner for my needs. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joetiger wrote:
Just to add to the thread, I bought this one from Amazon a couple of years ago, the Weber Go Anywhere Propane Grill. It's a good deal at $60:

Cooks great, cleans up easy, however (there's always a "however")

It's not as compact as you'd think due to the large handles on the sides and the top. It's hard to find a spot for it in our camping gear due to its bulk, and as a result, it's usually thrown in at the last minute and is prone to being dropped, or it rattles around in the rocket box. If it's not packed tightly, it rattles quite a bit.


Same model I have. It's served me well for 7+ years but I agree with your points about the bulk and mine is now quite greasy on the bottom. (maybe should have lined it with foil!)
This is why I'm exploring options like the Volcano. In the meantime, a Samba buddy is helping me to fabricate a parcel tray to mount to my Paulchen bike rack that will hold dirty things like old BBQs and firewood.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to add to the thread, I bought this one from Amazon a couple of years ago, the Weber Go Anywhere Propane Grill. It's a good deal at $60:

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Cooks great, cleans up easy, however (there's always a "however")

It's not as compact as you'd think due to the large handles on the sides and the top. It's hard to find a spot for it in our camping gear due to its bulk, and as a result, it's usually thrown in at the last minute and is prone to being dropped, or it rattles around in the rocket box. If it's not packed tightly, it rattles quite a bit.

I try to take care of my stuff, but this poor little grill takes the brunt of our collective clumsiness for some reason.

So, the igniter has completely broken off and regulator valve is now screwed up and it won't allow enough propane through to the burners. It will cook a pack of hot dogs in, oh, thirty minutes.

I'm slightly ashamed of the fact that I'm directly responsible for its mistreatment and need to fix it, but part of me wants to take it to Goodwill and go about finding something else.

I feel better after this confession. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon_slider wrote:

Please share how it handles dripping grease from hotdogs and burgers. Thats the only thing I dislike about my cheap black box grill ($29).


Jon, Will do. It does have a grease drippings holder so that should be a plus. The reviews said to use foil on the bottom of the grill pan to help clean-up. I'll use it several times this fall for tailgating so I'll get a good idea how it does. For tailgating I wanted something I could use to heat cider and also grill meat. And I didn't want it as big as a regular tailgating grill, more like the size of a standard coleman two burner stove. I hope this fits the bill....
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread, I am in the market for one too, but not willing to give up on my original Grill To Go - I paid $200 for it over 10 years ago, they have since changed the design and now it's terrible. Mine though, I love it. Cook home fries, pancakes and eggs in the am, cook dinner later - wish they still made that. It even came with utensils! This grill reduced the stuff I needed to carry.

I think I may go for the coleman road trip. It's been around for years, the griddles fit in the dish washer, it's mutli-use, had a bag available for storage. A good friend bought his the same time I bought mine. His is still perfect where mine is slowly falling apart.

Having the versatility means not having to dirty pans to cook, which in turn means you may not have to carry them at all.

Coleman now has a new porttable grill out, but I want to see it stick around a while before dropping the $ on it.

This is what I'm thinking:
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000010255-RoadTrip-...trip+grill
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