I'm in the market for a Charcoal BBQ over the next month or 2 and wondering if anyone has any experience with the below or any suggestions.
Firstly bottom of the range so far is the Billabong offset smoker at $199 from Barbeques galore.
For some reason I like the barrel shape, makes me feel its easier to cook or just looks neater when cooking.
I also like the warming rack attached to the lid which hovers above the cooking grate, I also like the idea of the more solid (almost like cast iron) grills.
The coal rack at the bottom is attached to a sort of half barrel which catches the ash and lifts out so I think I could just lift out and pour the ash out.
I'm unsure of the quality and longevity as it seems fairly thin, but I've used something similar in the past for 2+ years and then seemed like it might have been on its way out, but we did leave it out in the rain when not in use.
Second on my list is the Klasen from Ikea at $319
I know, a BBQ from Ikea seems questionable, the quality seemed pretty ok and if anything, a bit better than the Billabong above.
No experience with this, no warming rack, cleaning seems easy.
Thirdly on my list would be a Weber, either the Weber Original at $329 or the Weber Original Premium at $449 (is the premium for the premium worth it?)
I've heard good things about Webers in general but they're usually about the gas versions and hear little about the Charcoal siblings.
I tried to have a look today but BBQ plus closed at 5pm and I thought it closed at 5.30pm so I just missed it.
I'm thinking if it were between the Ikea and the Weber Original I would pick the Weber, But then the Billabong is priced a fair bit cheaper and knowing me, if I went for the Weber I'd probably want the premium which then puts me at a $250 difference and I'm looking to good people of OZB to help point me in the right direction and I'm open to other suggestions.
My primary use will be for grilling, roasting and smoking could MAYBE be something I try but it would mainly for grilling when friends are round.