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Old 06-05-2016, 06:43 PM   #201
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Dickinson Marine Spitfire 180 BBQ

I finally got around to swapping out the inlet fitting (sent by Dickinson several months ago when I complained about the low flame) on the Spitfire grill yesterday at the campsite. It was a pain to replace, mainly because to get a wrench on the inside nut, I had to remove the shroud which is held in place by 3 screws with tiny nuts, washers and lock washers on the inside. But, the new inlet does improve the grill's performance. Grilled some steaks last night and it did a good job. Still don't think it gets hot enough just yet, but I played with the little slotted piece that controls the fuel/air mixture and was finally able to get a high flame.


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Old 10-09-2016, 09:52 PM   #202
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That looks like a plumber's nightmare, what 6 connections, Jeesh. Gotta be a better way??
re - the photo in post 99 - i agree. Unfortunate that ... that many adaptors are needed.



I'd love to get a male Quick Connect right onto my Camp Chef Ranger 2...... (after a 90 degree elbow) but it doesnt seem easily done.
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OK, there's a local place here that has a pigtail. I'm thinking that's all I need. The guy cautioned me to make sure that the quick connect was compatible with the hose supplied by Escape (high vs low pressure). I'm sure the one Escape supplies is low pressure.

So does this look right?
Oh that looks cool...

what exactly is the female end?

by chance a 3/8" female?

any chance you have a manufacturer and part #?

I could leave that attached to my Ranger 2 stove, and use my male/female Low flow QC hose to get to Escape.
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:11 AM   #204
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Does anyone know if the Spitfire will fit in the 5.0TA outside front storage under bed?
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After discussing with Reace, I know Alf fit his in with a slight inside flange trimming for the feet. I will be looking at doing the same thing. Maybe they could make it an inch taller?
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Yes, Alf cut a notch in the inside flange to slide it in, so it will fit.
A bit of an update here since I now have the 5.0TA.

It would seem the hatch used is the same in the new model as the older one, as with no modification the Spitfire was about 1/4" too tall. What I did instead of notching the flange on the hatch, was to remove the two feet from the Spitfire, and drill new holes in them a good 1/2" closer to the bottom of them, and reattach the legs. It now sits a bit lower, but easily slips into the storage hatch.
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So, does this make the grill sit off level now?
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So, does this make the grill sit off level now?
Nope. I did the same thing to both feet.
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Does it fit in the front of the 5.0? so expensive but it looks great I'm tempted!
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ok just saw the last few posts and you addressed my concern.
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I finally got around to swapping out the inlet fitting (sent by Dickinson several months ago when I complained about the low flame) on the Spitfire grill yesterday at the campsite. It was a pain to replace, mainly because to get a wrench on the inside nut, I had to remove the shroud which is held in place by 3 screws with tiny nuts, washers and lock washers on the inside. But, the new inlet does improve the grill's performance. Grilled some steaks last night and it did a good job. Still don't think it gets hot enough just yet, but I played with the little slotted piece that controls the fuel/air mixture and was finally able to get a high flame.


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I have had my Dickinson Spitfire 180 grill since April 2013 and consider it to be a high quality and durable grill. But like Brian, my biggest beef with this grill has been its inability to reach a sufficiently high temperature and the poor control that I have over the flame height. I have replaced the original orifice with a new one and have had the grill, burners, and control valves apart on several occasions to try to tweak things into working better. I have had some success, but am still not happy with the performance. My rating with respect to performance would have to be a 2 out of 5 at the very best.
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You should mate yours with the one I gave away. Mine had only one setting - char.
Dickinson sent me a new regulator when I complained. That didn't fix it.

Do you have the instructions for adjusting the venturi? I think they are online.
Anyway, I got a Napoleon "portable". It's 285 square inches grill surface and two burners so I can cook a whole chicken indirect.
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