Spent the past few days on the hook field-testing the new Dickinson round Sea-b-cue. It outperformed all our previous grills, not only in its ability to stand up to wind (curiously, we only had 20 knots this weekend, down from the usual 25 we expect this time of year) but also in terms of how long it took to warm up, and how well it would work on lower heat settings.
Pros and Cons, when compared to our previous grill, a small Dickinson Sea-b-cue:
* Not as good a radar
reflector as the previous grill.
* Doesn't have a temperature gauge on the front (although that blew off during an overnight passage
with previous grill)
* Rattles a bit when underway, at least until it's quieted with a bungee. (I leave my grill on the pulpit 24/7/365, and used to piss off Beer
Can racers by passing them on the final downwind leg with the spinnaker
up and the burgers sizzling.)
* better wind baffling
* Round burner uses less propane to accomplish the job
* push button ignition that really works. (so far it's lit every time on the first push, and at that point it stays lit, unlike any other grill I've ever owned.)
The verdict is that this grill is an absolute keeper. After having owned a Magma kettle grill, and then a Force 10 log-type grill, and then a small rectangular Sea-b-cue, we feel that this is the best grill we've owned yet. What remains to be seen is whether it will stand up to year-round liveaboard
use. We managed to burn out the Force 10 grill in about three years, so we're hoping the new Sea-b-cue has longevity more like it's predecessor, which could have still been in use after 5 years had we found a way to keep it lit in a breeze.