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    Gas BBQ Grills: Buy or DIY?

    I brought a clamshell gas BBQ grill back four years ago and the thing is pretty well rotted out at this point and barely safe. Since we grill a lot, I need to get a new solution in place and am wondering if anyone has built one themselves. Any photos out there? Otherwise, advice on where to buy one would be appreciated, but the ones I have seen are stupid expensive. I have no problems adding a gas burner to a wood or charcoal grill if anyone has any leads on something substantial that can last a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer
    the ones I have seen are stupid expensive
    What sort of price range are you looking at?

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    Under 8,000 baht. Ones I have seen were 20K plus.

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    Ahh righto. I have one I'm very happy with however it's about 30k so no use then (although interestingly enough, having just checked the website again now, that's actually a lot cheaper than what I paid for the same model a couple of years back).

    [Edit: prior to that though I just had one of those really simple half-drum jobbies, that did the job pretty well. Similar to this:



    Only cost about 600 (excl. materials) to have made.

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    20K isn't too much for a high-quality gas grill (which should last for years)- I've got a Weber Genesis Silver B, which is a fairly basic model, and it ran nearly 17K ($550) in the States- it's been outside (covered) in LOS for over five years, and I've only had to replace the cooking grid (which is about 1K baht)- I would expect that a name-brand with a couple of side burners would easily top 20K in LOS.

    I'm sure you can get one made locally for less, but it probably won't last as long.
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    Any sheetmetal fabricator should be able to knock you something up for that.
    The only thing that needs attention is the burner and the ones on my weber q are just bent and welded stainless pipe with holes drilled for jets.

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    Thanks guys. Come to think of it, I think I have seen just the grills sold in Rimping in CM so a fabricator would be able to put something together given those. Buying one complete sure saves the hassle though.

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    If you just want some burners and have somchai the fabricator build you something they are 650b for cast iron and 500b for stainless.

    BBQ spare parts

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    an american bloke in udon thani makes a nice stainless steel one and will deliver anywhere in thailand , hes called quik fire barbecues, not cheap but will go the distance

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    lazy bastards

    nothing beats a proper wood fired BBQ, unless you are having a party when charcoal is better

    gas!!? no thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    lazy bastards

    nothing beats a proper wood fired BBQ, unless you are having a party when charcoal is better

    gas!!? no thanks

    My bbq is in a semi enclosed area so anything but gas is not an option, my roasts (lamb/pork/beer can chicken) are to die for, no need for the hassles of wood or charcoal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    If you just want some burners and have somchai the fabricator build you something they are 650b for cast iron and 500b for stainless.

    BBQ spare parts
    Looks like they have imported cast BBQs from Austrailia for well under 20K. Getting closer and surely a much better value than the expensive stuff from the guy in Udon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    My bbq is in a semi enclosed area so anything but gas is not an option, my roasts (lamb/pork/beer can chicken) are to die for, no need for the hassles of wood or charcoal.
    ah right

    but if you could, the "hassles" are worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    My bbq is in a semi enclosed area so anything but gas is not an option, my roasts (lamb/pork/beer can chicken) are to die for, no need for the hassles of wood or charcoal.
    ah right

    but if you could, the "hassles" are worth it!

    I cannot afford the flip flops needed to get the charcoals burning.

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    A secret to flavor out of a proper BBQ is the heat source, delivery and application. In that respect a real method of cooking is the traditional Polynesian method. Cooking with heat and steam. Ie a Hangi where food is slowly steamed in a oven of volcanic rocks which have been heated for hours. The steam component is wet sacks or "traditionally" vegetation. The food is wrapped in this soaked material, placed in the oven few hours. before consuming, anyone that tried this method will attest the flavor is like nothing else.
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    wet sacks....mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    reminds me of the way the Gypsies cook hedgehogs, wrapped in clay

    delicious (I think)

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    I haven't had hangi in a long, long time. That's just given me another thing for the list when I'm back in NZ!

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    A wood BBQ (that to our US friends is a fire made of wood you cook things on) is really the best

    You should select wood that gives good flavour from the smoke for the best result

    and there is no hassle involved as my wife likes to do it all

    the embers do not last for a long time, so charcoal may need to be added if you are having a few friends over


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    I went from a wood BBQ to charcoal and finally gas. I think that the taste difference is negligible - to my abused taste buds anyway - and gas is just so much more convenient (especially when you've got kids hanging around / waiting!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    Thanks guys. Come to think of it, I think I have seen just the grills sold in Rimping in CM so a fabricator would be able to put something together given those. Buying one complete sure saves the hassle though.
    I saw a Webber clamshell with a side burner, all stainless Steel last year, burns gas, wood, or charcole at Homepro for 18,999 baht. Rotessary was extra. Possibly a seasonal thing like in America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    My bbq is in a semi enclosed area so anything but gas is not an option, my roasts (lamb/pork/beer can chicken) are to die for, no need for the hassles of wood or charcoal.
    ah right

    but if you could, the "hassles" are worth it!

    I cannot afford the flip flops needed to get the charcoals burning.
    No need to. Just go to your local motorcycle shop and get an old, used tube. Last a long time. Or better yet, if you have a motorcycle and have a flat tire, save your tube.

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    Nip on down to the wreckers and have em McGuyver you up one of these.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    A wood BBQ (that to our US friends is a fire made of wood you cook things on) is really the best
    I don't know if this is a pot shot or what but I think that as Americans we have a vastly superior understanding of what the art of BBQ is than you lot.

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    In my experience the best 'BBQ'ing' nation would be a joint-first between South Africans (braai) and Brazilians (churassco, is it??).

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