on a boat.
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From Mike Wiegold on The Live-Aboard List:
[Re: Force 10 propane grill doesn't work well:]
Do what I did to mine - unbolt it and throw it overboard! None of the marine
grills have worked well for me. I buy a Kmart special for $20 and at the end
of the season throw it away if it starts to rust ... I do not mount mine on
the rail but store it and bring it out for use on deck.
From Lou on the SailNet liveaboard-list:
The Force 10 is flimsy in construction. It is built out of thin stainless.
The Dickinson Sea-B-Que is built out of much stronger stainless, can be rail or deck
mounted, has a quick release and built-in legs for easy removal for stowage,
deck or beach use and it is easy to connect up to your propane system.
The Magma definitely has a problem with loose parts, I know two friends who
lost the grill overboard.
From Ellie Edwards on the SailNet liveaboard-list:
Make that 3 that lost the Magma grill overboard. And the regulator after a
short while of heavy use only has one heat level - high. Been through 2
regulators. [Small hole in regulator gets clogged ?]
From Mark Mech on the IRBS live-aboard mailing list:
[Use small propane bottle for barbeque grill.]
You can get an adaptor from West Marine so you can refill
the 1 pound bottles from your main tank.
This allows the grill to remain very portable so you
can use it on the beach.
Force 10 propane grill:
The label on the control knob has a setscrew hidden underneath;
this controls the flame.
The valves on one-pound propane bottles can be cheap, rusty and leaky !
Be careful how you store them. The bottles themselves rust, too.
Putting refillable propane tank on stern to run my barbeque,
instead of throwaway 1-pound bottles:
- 6-foot high-pressure hose from big tank to barbeque is $42 at West Marine 9/2001;
equivalent 4-foot hose is $15 at Home Depot.
Found a "hydraulics" place that makes custom long propane hoses far cheaper than you can buy them.
- 16-pound aluminum tank is $220 at West Marine 9/2001 !
- 11-pound powder-coated steel tank is $55 at West Marine.
- 17-pound painted steel tank is $30 at Home Depot 9/2001.
- Refill/exchange 17-pound tank is $14 at Home Depot 11/2001.
- Powder-coated steel better than painted steel ?
- Help at Home Depot says wide variety of propane connectors;
can't count on easy compatibility.
- My Force 10 barbeque contains a high-pressure regulator.
- Shouldn't need a gauge: external mounting of everything.
- Want two smaller tanks instead of one big one.
Easier to track use, can get one refilled
while using the other, easier to carry.
- Apparently Home Depot will not refill your tank; they will
exchange your empty tank for a full one.
To refill your tank, go to a propane place.
But doing exchange at Home Depot is good; avoids getting rusty tank.
From John Reynolds on the SailNet liveaboard-list:
Just a thought on baking without heating up the cabin. I have a
Dickenson Seabeque. I took a square pizza stone and used a carbide
tipped scoring tool ($6 Home Depot) and cut the stone to fit my
Seabeque. Now I have a baking oven outdoors. I need to attach a
thermometer, as the Seabeque puts out so much heat I burned the bottom
of the crust on the pizza I made the other night on it's trial run. I
must have had it going over 600 degrees. As a good hot pizza oven is 450 -
From Eugene Koblick on the SailNet liveaboard-list:
You can also go to Home Depot and buy some unglazed tiles
and have them cut them to a template you furnish.
We did that 15 years ago for the propane oven to
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