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Old 03-06-2009, 08:31   #1
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Before I spend money on yet another inferior grill, I am requesting feedback on the latest grills. So far the Magma Catalina is the front runner.

Anyone?
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Currently have a Richardson Sea-B-Q, not a big fan of it, not great in wind. Had a Force 10 old style round one before and liked it a lot. Never had a Magma grill but have a set of their nesting pots and while expensive they are first rate, according to the admiral who uses them and knows such things.
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Before I spend money on yet another inferior grill, I am requesting feedback on the latest grills. So far the Magma Catalina is the front runner.

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Try this thread:

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f91/bbq-which-one-16261.html
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I've had three losers so far

My first grill was a Magma kettle-style grill, followed by a Force 10 log-style grill, followed by a Dickinson Sea-B-Q. None of the three will stay lit in a breeze, despite mfgr claims to the contrary.
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I have never had a problem of any sort with my magmas. Sometimes the secret to keeping it lit is the venting. We do use the coal grill, and not the gas one. Maybe that's the difference?.......i2f
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We have an inexpensive stainless steel grill from lowe's and it works great. More info at:

S/V MOBETAH: An Inexpensive Grill
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Before I spend money on yet another inferior grill, I am requesting feedback on the latest grills. So far the Magma Catalina is the front runner.

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================================================== =======

Mo gave you some good advice on the grill from Academy.
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I bought one and customized it with wind shields from sheet aluminum from Lowes placed in front of all the vents, 3/4 inch off the face of the grill with spacers. Now wind is no problem. I fabricated a 1/4 piece of aluminum to set it on and bolted it to the arm of the rail mounting system from a worn out grill that I bought with the boat, it overhangs. The one I have has a ceramic system to up the heat and it does a great job. I have about $100 to $125 in it.
I did a bare boat charter that had a magma on it (I suspect a $3-400 grill and it would not stay lit for sh++. I like my BIG grill better.

Anytime the term "Marine" is used the price goes up expotencially rather than mathmatically. I sometimes think the industry should sell marine stuff by the troy ounce or carot rather than by the piece. You know you are in trouble when at the marine store the clerk has a jewelers loupe on.
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Yes, SS BBQ's are available from $25 to $100 as long as they arent labeled "marine". Let's face it, they all get so yucky ina couple of years we want a new one anyway. Buy the $50 one and get a new one in 2 seasons!
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We have a magma kettle, and it has performed well, even in high winds.
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I should have specified...

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My first grill was a Magma kettle-style grill, followed by a Force 10 log-style grill, followed by a Dickinson Sea-B-Q. None of the three will stay lit in a breeze, despite mfgr claims to the contrary.
...that these propane grills have failed to stay lit in San Francisco Bay winds.

Seriously, there have been many, many evenings where we've had to bring the steaks in and broil them in the oven because we can't keep the outdoor grill lit. I'm looking into the possibility of a Dickinson Spitfire 180 for the next grill because it's supposed to have better wind resistance. But I've been fooled before.

Anyone used the Spitfire in 20 knots or more?
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Are you cooking in the slot........i2f
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I think the best grills are the custom build ones you can get in Tortola, BVI. Heavy 316 steel plating, dual burners, lava rocks and working great in at least 25 knots winds. I would love to have one...

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Are you cooking in the slot........i2f
...just Hurricane Gulch.
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The slot was my ride home after every sail. I was berthed in Emery Cove for 17 years. I miss that bay sailing at times.........i2f
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We have a Dickenson, and rarely have problems keeping it lit. And, we are in Corpus Christi - the windiest city in the US! Seriously, we've had only occasional problems - when the wind exceeds 25 kts.
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