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Old 02-15-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a really good portable barbeque that they would recommend.
I am looking for one that puts out at least 12,000 BTUs (I would like more)
So far my search has only turned up the Stow and Go BBQ 125 made by KUUMA
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
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Doug, I have had this Broil King BBQ for 6-8 years, and it works great. The legs come off for good storage, yet raise the unit up to a decent working height without using up table space. Strong winds to affect it like many other smaller BBQ's. For the price, it is a great unit, with lots of cooking power. I know about 6 others who use them too.
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Thanks Jim, looks good and I like the fact the legs are removable.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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We have a Baby Weber Grill

http://www.amazon.com/Weber-Baby-100.../dp/B0000E6GHI

Absolutely love it.. It has more than enough grill space (cooking for two) and definitely gets hot enough to basically grill anything. Has a real cast iron grill plate so that it cooks pretty evenly..
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:33 PM   #5
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Hi Doug,
I use a Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill, and I love it! http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-9949-7...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
I had a Baby Q by Weber before, and loved it too, but I like to do things other than grill on mine, and the Q is a grill only. The Coleman has 2 burners with interchangable grates (that are stored in the mobile bag). If I want to grill burgers on one side (plenty of room for 2 people), and cook baked beans on the other side, I can do it. I put our camp percolator on one side, and cook breakfast on the other side. Each side heats independently of the other. You have the choice of stove grate, grill or griddle plates, so the sky is the limit. It came, if I remember correctly, with 2 grilling grates, so the stove grate and griddle are accessories, which cost extra. I don't like to cook inside (we had a Casita, so I was concerned with smells getting in the wall "carpeting") if I can help it. PLus, I'd rather just be outside if it isn't too cold. It generates 20,000 BTU, which with the shallow lid, means you have to keep the lid open when grilling so you don't melt the thing. But, that's no real problem unless you want to smoke something. I like the heat "power". It's easy to set up, and take down, and the optional carrying bag is worth the money. Just get an extension hose and use the new quick disconnect on your Escape. If you only want to grill, I'd get the Baby Q, it's a great little grill. If you want to cook, this is your baby!
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:04 PM   #6
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Doug, I have had this Broil King BBQ for 6-8 years, and it works great. The legs come off for good storage, yet raise the unit up to a decent working height without using up table space. Strong winds to affect it like many other smaller BBQ's. For the price, it is a great unit, with lots of cooking power. I know about 6 others who use them too.
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Jim, I just talked to the local Broil King dealer up here and great news
he sells lots of the Porta-Chef series to RVer's due to the fact its one of
the few that work off the low pressure side of the regulator and still
deliver 20,000 BTU's (most RVQ's as they seem to be known as only put
out 7000 - 14000). They will also make up any length of hose you want.
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Having the BBQ hook up to the trailer propane is great, I would not have it any other way. No hauling an extra bottle around just for it. I always have hooked my up before the regulator with a tee fitting right at the tank. I did not realize that you could put then on the regulated side. Do you eliminate the regulator at the BBQ then?
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:44 PM   #8
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Having the BBQ hook up to the trailer propane is great, I would not have it any other way. No hauling an extra bottle around just for it. I always have hooked my up before the regulator with a tee fitting right at the tank. I did not realize that you could put then on the regulated side. Do you eliminate the regulator at the BBQ then?
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Your new trailer will have, or can have, a quick disconnect located either at the front or back of your unit (on the side, around the awning arm somewhere). That way, Rease hooks it up, and you don't have to worry about the regulator.
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So, I guess you just remove the one at the BBQ then, the one that comes with it.

I will be having an exterior quick coupler added.
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:16 PM   #10
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Yep, that should work. You only need one regulator for sure. Neat and clean. You'll only need an extension hose to get to your grill.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:42 PM   #11
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My bbq is called "Rob and Tara" (names may or may not have been changed).

This bbq requires only beer and the odd crib beating. Clean-up is a cinch and the food is usually pretty good.

(I'll be utilizing it at Deception Pass this coming weekend)
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We are going to be selling our tent trailer. it came with an "RVQ" I'm hoping to be able to use this with our new trailer. The only thing i'm not sure of though, is that it's a 'low pressure' device (as opposed to hooking directly to the propane tanks). Does this imply that i need to get a special regulator?
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Should be able to, if your Escape 17 has a quick connect.
If not call Reace I'm sure he could put one on for you....
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We are going to be selling our tent trailer. it came with an "RVQ" I'm hoping to be able to use this with our new trailer. The only thing i'm not sure of though, is that it's a 'low pressure' device (as opposed to hooking directly to the propane tanks). Does this imply that i need to get a special regulator?
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I would be good to contact Tammy at Escape Industries. I believe they have some concern about the b'que units that attach to the side of the camper. Has something to do with melting the sides or fires or .......? Happy Escape'ing
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We are going to be selling our tent trailer. it came with an "RVQ" I'm hoping to be able to use this with our new trailer. The only thing i'm not sure of though, is that it's a 'low pressure' device (as opposed to hooking directly to the propane tanks). Does this imply that i need to get a special regulator?
Hi Gary,
I would be good to contact Tammy at Escape Industries. I believe they have some concern about the b'que units that attach to the side of the camper. Has something to do with melting the sides or fires or .......? Happy Escape'ing
I hear you. When this "RVQ" came with our Tent Trailer, apparently, you hooked it up on a shelf right next to the tent fabric! Didn't take much to visualize a flaming trailer! That's why i modded it with a 20' extension hose so that i can 'q on the picnic table. That, plus i didn't like the fumes on the trailer (can you say Bear Bait?)
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Gottcha! I'm not sure about the pressure thing, but I'm sure Tammy and Rease have delt with it before. They are great helps, and Tammy has lots of patience. Thank the Lord!
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I have both the Broil King Porta Chef and the Weber baby Q. The Weber was a gift and I had no choice but to keep it.

My Broil King is ( I think ) my second Porta Chef in some 20 years. I replaced burners and had to do some other repairs on the first one and then bought new, but it is astounding value for the price. I used the Weber on the last two camps and it was good too, but costs at least 1/3 more.

The Weber is fine as a grill, but the Porta Chef is an oven and a grill. It has much more clearance between the grill and the cover. You can do a whole chicken in there.

My BBQ at home, for years, was a two-burner Broil King, but I got caught up in the mystique of BBQ and bought a Weber with four burners and a smoker burner and dropped $1,600 on it. That was a couple years ago and I'm still trying to cook ribs ( low and slow ) as good as those I made on the Broil King.

Just wish somebody would come up with a two-burner portable BBQ so I could cook indirect.

Still on topic, make sure you have a copy of The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen.

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Glenn do you have a propane connection on your trailer for the Broil King?
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Not yet. I have been running it off a 10lb. tank and, I may still continue to do that. It means I can put the Q anywhere and not be limited by a length of hose ( and nothing to trip over ). The more I think about it, the tank is a great solution. It fits easily in a milk crate for travel and it's probably just as easy to work with as is connecting and storing a hose. I used to have a 5 lb. tank and that was even more convenient, except that in small towns the people at the gas stations weren't used to it and at one she couldn't work out how much should go in it so I had to go elsewhere.

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Glen, for me getting rid of that bottle was the best thing I have done as far as the BBQ goes. You are right that hooking up the bottle, or the hose, would be the same hassle, it is just that the hose packs out of the way better. I have a 20-25' hose and have never gone to the end of it. I like it to be handy to everything else and am using it just out from under the awning usually.

I always hooked mine up on the upstream side of the trailer regulator and used the one at the BBQ. While hooking up to the regulated side of the trailer via the quick connector would work even better, it would not allow me to use the BBQ elsewhere. I guess I would just have to keep the regulator handy and hook it up if needed in that situation, though it would not likely arise very often. It hasn't in the many years I have owned the Broil King.
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