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Old 07-31-2015, 12:30 PM   #1
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Do you like Magma Grills?

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It's not just the size and weight of the grill for the mounts...it's the size of the pile of (bxexexf) veggie kabobs you can stack on it......
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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It's not just the size and weight of the grill for the mounts...it's the size of the pile of (bxexexf) veggie kabobs you can stack on it......

Scott I expected that to end soooo much differently.
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:54 PM   #3
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Our propane Magma is great! Hooks up solidly to 1" hand rails on sun deck; two bolted clamps that came with the BBQ. We use it often during our multi day long "weekends" out.

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Magma Grills are the biggest scam on the boating community! Stainless steel yes, but for cooking they are the worst. I have two in my garage that I replaced with a coleman.
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:07 PM   #5
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Magma Grills are the biggest scam on the boating community! Stainless steel yes, but for cooking they are the worst. I have two in my garage that I replaced with a coleman.
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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Magma Grills are the biggest scam on the boating community!
I don't know what Magma models you have but mine is terrific! "Monterey" 12" X 24".

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Old 07-31-2015, 08:15 PM   #7
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Just a reminder
This gentleman is trying to sell it not review it.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:16 PM   #8
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thanks for moving the post.

It was the right thing to do.
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You guys who don't like Magma grills should know that the Newport, Catalina, and Monteray have all been redesigned. They claim much improved resistance to being blown out in high wind. There are several other improvements as well.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:11 PM   #10
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You guys who don't like Magma grills should know that the Newport, Catalina, and Monteray have all been redesigned. They claim much improved resistance to being blown out in high wind. There are several other improvements as well.
Well, good to know because they badly needed a redesign. I know I'll never buy one again though because the last one (Newport) was just awful - hassle to clean, hassle to light, hassle to even tell if it was lit on a bright day, and the rail mounts slipped constantly even after I inserted rubber hose pieces.
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At this point in time, I hate that they're so damn common that someone can just paddle up alongside your boat and swipe the regulator with ease. DAMHIK.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:24 PM   #12
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At this point in time, I hate that they're so damn common that someone can just paddle up alongside your boat and swipe the regulator with ease. DAMHIK.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:48 PM   #13
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I had one of the large rectangular Magna grills with infrared. I say had because I no longer have the grill.

Boats are expensive enough, and I really dislike re-buying things for my boat because a product is unacceptable.

That was the case with my Magna grill.

The issue is that the grill would blow out. It also never regulated the heat very well. Even with a new regulator it was either full blast or nothing. Put it on low and it would blow out.

Based on an earlier thread about the grill I contacted Magna and they sent me a new set of the infrared plates. Ones with bigger holes. That helped a little at first. Then I realized that if I was going to keep the grill working at all I had to keep those plates very clean. This meant scrubbing them off pretty much every time the grill was used.

Then I realized that the grill worked much better if you removed the drip tray and the stupid little trays.

It seems that the problem with the grill is that it does not get enough air.

Then a month or so ago I noticed grease running down the mount and that was it.

The magma went next to the dumpster and a couple hours later some more patient boater nabbed it.

I bought a sea b q large model and so far it's a great bbq. Low means low and the flame does not blow out. High means sear the meat.

It is a rare day that I write something negative about a product but this one has earned it.
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:32 AM   #14
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We're going into the 11th month of living on our boat and use our Magma Catalina infrared grill several times a week. I had used a Charbroil infrared grill at my house prior to moving onto the boat so had realistic expectations of the grill's capabilities. The grill is mounted on the back of the boat and is subject to south winds off of the Gulf as well as west and east winds. The wind is often 15 to 20 mph when I'm using the grill.
--I like the fact that the infrared plates help to control flame ups, although the downside of having bigger holes in the plates is that flames can come through easier. To counteract that, I trim visible fat from the meat before I put it on the grill.
--The fact that these grills only have a single burner makes it more difficult to cook foods with indirect heat for a long period of time such as BBQ ribs or chicken. I work around that by using a roasting rack that lifts the food off of the burner. I cover it with nonstick aluminum foil when using BBQ sauce on low heat after I initially sear the meat directly on the grill. I also use the roasting rack for beef and pork roasts and small turkey breasts and whole chickens. For them I just make a foil tray to catch the fatty drippings if the grill flames too much.
--I also make cooking trays for pepper steak strips or Italian sausage with red, green, and yellow peppers and onions. They cook great on my grill.
--Steaks, burgers, and pork chops all turn out fine too.
We figured we'd be using the grill a lot, so we purchased a small refillable propane tank along with the proper line and fittings when we bought the grill. I can't be sure that this gives us more reliable results than the small disposable propane bottles since it's all we used, but it's a possibility.
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:50 AM   #16
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Need to try the newer, redesigned models..... but the old ones were not worth the money in windy areas.

I saw a nice, tabletop, stainless grill at Lowe's for $75 a couple years back. The bottom had the exact angle as the average rod holder bait cutting board... which I happened to have an old base from one.

Drill 4 holes, 4 bolts and my now better than the older Magmas, and $300 cheaper imitation Magma sits proudly on the rail and neighbors are none the wiser except my meals cook
in half the time.....
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I've had a Magna kettle shaped grill for years, never had it blow out and I would buy another if this thing ever dies (not likely).
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I am selling because my wife complains it's too hot, I assume because it was designed for windy conditions and ours sits out of the wind. I can't imagine one not being hot enough...
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We had a really deluxe Magma two burner job that came with the Hatteras (you can see it hanging on the starboard side of the FB in my avatar). We used it all the time, year around, being full time live aboards and cruisers, for about five years. Cooked a lot of great meals on that thing. It finally needed a rebuild and the parts are readily available from Magma. At the same time, we had begun to transition back to a land based home. So, on the recommendation of a cruiser friend on a Defever 44, we bought a Weber Q, one with a temp gauge from Lowes, thinking once I'd fixed the Magma, we'd use that at the house. He had his bolted to a piece of starboard thence mounted to a railing. We just put it on the table or the dash of the flying bridge. Fast forward two years; I have still not around to rebuilding the Magma.....
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We had a really deluxe Magma two burner job that came with the Hatteras (you can see it hanging on the starboard side of the FB in my avatar). We used it all the time, year around, being full time live aboards and cruisers, for about five years. Cooked a lot of great meals on that thing. It finally needed a rebuild and the parts are readily available from Magma. At the same time, we had begun to transition back to a land based home. So, on the recommendation of a cruiser friend on a Defever 44, we bought a Weber Q, one with a temp gauge from Lowes, thinking once I'd fixed the Magma, we'd use that at the house. He had his bolted to a piece of starboard thence mounted to a railing. We just put it on the table or the dash of the flying bridge. Fast forward two years; I have still not around to rebuilding the Magma.....
I used a little Weber like that on my last trawler and loved it. That is a great little grill.
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