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How to Pick a Charcoal Grill

| May 14, 2017 | Reply

Living in a share house is always interesting.  One of the crazy crew of misfits I share with is a Kiwi (New Zelander).  When the Kiwi Bro and I decided to buy a house Charcoal grill, it was a mission in itself.  Relying on the google machine to tell us best price and best place to go. Funnily enough It was Kmart that had the cheapest range available.

As being assured there was 24 hour Kmarts I could go to, and 2 store visits later, there was no such luck.

So of to the local Bunnings hardware store I went.  Now for any self respecting bloke that’s been to a Bunnings you usually know the layout and what to expect.  So it was in the the outdoor section I went, and started to trawl around the BBQ’s that they had on display.

After looking at plenty of different makes and models, from full outdoor kitchens for $5000 to patio table cookers for $50.  I settled on the Jumbuck Charcoal Grill with rotisserie and pizza attachment for $199 AUD.

Here’s the first tip !

If you are buying something at a hardware store and the box is open, put it back on the shelve.  I got mine to the register paid for it, then the car.  When I went to put in the back of the Ute, I noticed that written on the box was “missing support leg”

I thought great ! maybe a few bricks would fix that.  Then I thought hang on why in the hell would I do that, I took it back in side, and asked for a exchange item.  Only to be told that there were none left.  I got a refund then I went of to the next store on the list.  So 4 stores later, I found my new pride and joy.

Now here’s the second tip

Putting flat packed anything together is a pain in the arse, You need to make sure you have all the right tools that you need, and read the instructions.  What should be a 20 min job can blow out to and hour.

What to actually look for when Buying a charcoal Grill


I am a big believer in buying quality.  Don’t get me wrong money matters, but I’ve found there is three main levels in quality now

Cheap quality

Usually a cheap import, mainly Chinese made cheap products that are imported for sale in a domestic market.  Now there are actually products that are made cheaply that can be quite good.

And there are products that are imported that are crap and last 5 minutes.  You can just about guarantee that there is no warranty coverage on these types of products.

Medium quality

There are usually the brands that are a decent knockoff of a High Quality leading brand.  There is usually some innovation to these products so they aren’t a complete knock off.  This where the Jumbuck Charcoal Grill that I bought, fits in.

High quality

These are usually the leading brands usually the leading edge in technology, the latest and greatest of everything.  Yes, you will pay more, but you are guaranteed quality.  Usually warranty is included and actually honoured with a high quality product.  A Weber is a brand that fits nicely in to this category.

The wash up

Think about the money you want to spend.  When you buy any high-priced item, always set your budget.

Think about the quality you really want, if you have the money, great buy top quality.

Think about the size grill you want.  If you have a small patio, you might want to pick up a small unit, but if you’ve got the room to grill, then go for the big unit. Just plan a head with any charcoal grilling you do,  and you always have fun.

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