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Old 02-23-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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I have a Magma Newport infared grill and I hate it.

The wind, even a small breeze blows it out.

I bought a new regulator (yes the correct one) and it still sucks.

I am not going into another boating season fighting this grill.

Does anybody have experience with the dickenson SEA-B-QUE ?

How about the non infared Magmas?

Right now I have a rod holder mount, and prefer to keep that style mount, if possible.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:02 PM   #2
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I have a Dickerson Spitfire and I really like it.
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Kevin thanks for the feed back on the infrared Magma. I've never had a problem with the regular Magmas. Why don't you get the regular Newport and you can use the mount you already have?
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I have a Magma non-IR and it's OK. The stainless isn't the greatest quality and rusts easily. We too are looking for something better. I was looking at Dickerson, so it's interesting to hear at least one good review.
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Magmas Suck! Overpriced, burn everything, stainless steel gets discolored after a couple uses, go out with a little wind. I bought a $30 Coleman from Bed, Bath, and beyond that out performs it by far.
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I'm not all that pleased with my Magna either. I think this is my next BBQ.

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Old 02-23-2014, 09:30 PM   #7
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I thought this thread was going to be about Steaks & Ribs.

I am... disappoint...
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Our last Magma totally rusted out on the inside in less than 5 years. Their quality has gone way down.

We replaced it with a Weber Baby Q.

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Old 02-23-2014, 09:59 PM   #9
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Lowes Home Store -$64 not as heavy duty as a Magma...but have several friends/relatives who bought them and all love it....leave it out in the weather too as it is stainless..may have cheaper parts but I'll bet cheaper than Magma in the long run...

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An ancient looking Kuuma came with Blue Sky when we purchased her last year. It works great, the heat seems to be fairly even across the grill, and it seems to be stingy on propane. Haven't used it in any wind to speak of so can't comment on that. I'm not sure but I think Kuuma was Force 10?

Stay away from Jackson Grills though. We purchased one a couple of years ago and found the quality to be sub par. The fuel control fittings were dinky, the clamps for levelling it did not keep it level, and after being exposed to the sea air (not sea water) on a two day cruise it was covered in surface rust.
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I'm not all that pleased with my Magna either. I think this is my next BBQ.

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I have had one of those for 2 years now at my house. IMO, they have pluses and a minus. Quality of construction is very good. Everything but the gas regulator is stainless, even the burner and the grate (solid stainless rod). The minus is that they aren't good in modest wind. There is a fresh air hole on the side opposite the regulator. Also there is a designed vent in the back where the cover closes. Wind blowing in either of these areas tends to plow the flame out. Have to get creative with wind sheilds on windy days. Not sure how this will work on a boat.

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Old 02-23-2014, 10:37 PM   #12
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Here's my chance to vent on my Magma Marine Kettle gas grill. I hate it! It's like cooking with a frick'en blow torch. I sent in the regulator when it was new thinking that might be the problem, but no dice..... it wasn't the regulator. The so-called "LOW" setting is not nearly low enough, and you need to watch the thing very very closely because as soon as you take your eye off it, it soon goes into thermal runaway. The only solution is to cook with aluminum foil over the grill to prevent any fat from dripping onto the flame. Not my idea of grilling. Oh well, I live with it.

I feel better now.

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Thanks for the tip O C.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:22 PM   #14
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We have a Dickenson Spitfire. It works well. We have no complaints though it occasionally seems a bit small. We use a rail mount that allows us to put it away when not in use. We have a plan to mount it on the aft cabin (like so many other Grand Banks have done) at some point in the future.
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Lowes Home Store -$64 not as heavy duty as a Magma...but have several friends/relatives who bought them and all love it....leave it out in the weather too as it is stainless..may have cheaper parts but I'll bet cheaper than Magma in the long run...

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The Magma in that design here from friendly chandlers is 449 AUD & up. Plus mountings! So the Lowes version is super cheap.
Our Magma Kettle works well, no blast furnace effects on low, but the s/steel discolors badly. We only mount it as needed but leave it up when cruising.
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I have a Magma Newport infared grill and I hate it.

The wind, even a small breeze blows it out.

I bought a new regulator (yes the correct one) and it still sucks.

I am not going into another boating season fighting this grill.

Does anybody have experience with the dickenson SEA-B-QUE ?

How about the non infared Magmas?

Right now I have a rod holder mount, and prefer to keep that style mount, if possible.
I was experiencing very similar issues shortly after I purchased my Magma infrared couple of years ago. This seems to be a common problem with these grills and lately I've noticed that Magma came out with a fix to drill extra holes in the "infrared" plates. I've heard that people sent the plates (those that didn't have holes) back to the factory to have the holes made. I made even simpler fix, I just took the plates out turning the grill back to regular version, non-infrared. It works much better. I'll use it while I'm looking for much better alternative, which turns out to be not such an easy find.
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Over ten years with a regular Magnum (propane rectangular) looks brand new (always covered) and wind has not blow out the unit yet. The grill is located on our aft deck and we always have the bow pointed into the wind so that may protect the grill from high winds. We have replaced the regulator and the propane feed element.
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I have a Magma Newport infared grill and I hate it.


Does anybody have experience with the dickenson SEA-B-QUE ?
I am basically giving one of these Sea-B-Q away, but I'm a long way from you Kevin! It doesn't put out much heat and is a bit small. I'd say its a pretty marginal unit.

I've just installed a Zeigler & Brown triple grill on my boat deck. Only been able to use it once, but seems good and had over 15 kn of wind at the time. I'm planning on doing roasts and pizza in it as well. Got rid of the oven in the galley - it just made the inside of the boat altogether to warm here in Brisbane.
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I'd recommend the Weber Baby Q, as someone mentioned. We have it's big brother at home, and they're great. Being alloy, they would be ok at sea I think. However, securing and storing could be an issue. Speaking for ourselves, for on the boat, we won't go past this…..

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Our last Magma totally rusted out on the inside in less than 5 years. Their quality has gone way down.

We replaced it with a Weber Baby Q.

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