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Old 03-03-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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Need some help picking a gas BBQ

Hi everyone.

I'm kind of new to the scene, and I've never owned a gas bbq before. Being that I live in a city and a charcoal bbq isn't an option for me (neighbours and such), I've been looking into buying a gas one.

Since I'm no expert, and I can't afford to spend a lot of money on it, I've been considering one of these 2 models:

barbecook® gas grill : Brahma 2.0 Ceram

and

Manua 2 gas BBQ from Barbecook - The Barbecue Store

(the second one is also from Barbecook, but it doesn't appear on their website and I can't find another site in english that has the specs)

The Brahma 2.0 is a little bit more expensive, and I kind of like it more, but the reviews I've managed to find were a bit all over the place (most of the complaints seemed to be about the heat not being equal all over the grill).

In short, what should I look for in a cheap-ish/beginners gas BBQ, and do you guys think any of the 2 above are any good?

Any and all help is appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:43 PM   #3
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If I could afford them, I would.

I forgot to mention that I live in Spain, and for some reason, all the Weber BBQ's I've looked at here are insanely expensive.
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If I could afford them, I would.

I forgot to mention that I live in Spain, and for some reason, all the Weber BBQ's I've looked at here are insanely expensive.
With the others, you'll probably end up paying more in parts and "down time". You get what you pay for.

Weber makes less expensive charcoal grills, and In My Opinion, you get better flavor over charcoal.
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With the others, you'll probably end up paying more in parts and "down time". You get what you pay for.

Weber makes less expensive charcoal grills, and In My Opinion, you get better flavor over charcoal.
As I mentioned in my first post, charcoal isn't an option unfortunately.
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I checked out the links. For the Brahma, the slide out "saucers" seem gimmicky. The hot plate on the Manua isn't something I would want on a grill. Being cast iron the plate could take a long time to get properly hot and you could waste a lot of fuel. Also both have ceramic coated grids, the ceramic will eventually crack and break off. I prefer stainless steel or plain cast iron. Avoid the gimmicks, and look for solid construction.
I have a Weber which I have used for almost 15 years now, I am a big fan of
Weber products, maybe look for a gently used one. Also, end of the season sales have good deals but that is a long time to wait. Good luck, feel free to post any other questions and when you do get a grill show us some pics!
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I checked out the links. For the Brahma, the slide out "saucers" seem gimmicky. The hot plate on the Manua isn't something I would want on a grill. Being cast iron the plate could take a long time to get properly hot and you could waste a lot of fuel. Also both have ceramic coated grids, the ceramic will eventually crack and break off. I prefer stainless steel or plain cast iron. Avoid the gimmicks, and look for solid construction.
I have a Weber which I have used for almost 15 years now, I am a big fan of
Weber products, maybe look for a gently used one. Also, end of the season sales have good deals but that is a long time to wait. Good luck, feel free to post any other questions and when you do get a grill show us some pics!
Thanks for the info!

I have the same opinion about those "saucers", but it's not something that bothers me too much, and I believe I would use them every once in a while for smoking chips.

Another one that I though about initially (which I just found out I can get for the same price as the Brahma 2.0) is the Brahma 3.0.

barbecook® gas grill : Brahma 3.0 Inox

The main "upgrade" compared to the 2.0 seems to be that the lid is stainless steel instead of enamelled.

I've looked everywhere for a decent-priced Weber here in Spain, but the biggest problem is that they are not popular here (I wish they were). The cheapest one I found was the "Weber Spirit Original E-210" and it costs more than double the amount of the Brahma 3.0.
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Does Amazon ship to Spain? Which websites are available for shopping in Spain?
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I feel for you Hamster-X, while Amazon does do Spain, I couldn't find a Weber grill on there, just a few accessories. I don't know that I would do without Weber and Amazon. Wish I could help.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:08 AM   #10
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Thanks for your comments guys.

Indeed, amazon does do Spain, but like bbquzz said, nothing worthwile (same applies to amazon.co.uk, which also only has some accessories).

I think I will end up getting the Brahma 3.0 (link above). The price is decent (about 420$-ish) and I'm pretty sure I'll be happy with it for a few years. Once I have some more "experience" with all this I'll look for something better.
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