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Old 04-01-2003, 08:32 PM   #21
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Ducane makes great stuff! I have a built-in natural gas model at the house. After rebuilding Home Depot cheapies every year all I have to do with the Ducane is give it a good cleaning every so often. On the road I use a cool little cast aluminum tabletop model from Charbroil.

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Old 04-02-2003, 07:34 AM   #22
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Instead of carrying an extra tank.....

just outfit your grill with a longer hose. Disconnect the gas line on one of the tanks on the trailer tongue, and use it!

Another option, is the "Second Chance" propane adapter. It let's you use those small 1 lb propane bottles.

I bought a nice butane powered hotplate on Ebay. It uses butane canisters. You can get these burners at places like West Marine, or do a search on Ebay for "Butane Camp Stoves".

I do like to use charcoal whenever possible.
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Old 04-02-2003, 07:59 AM   #23
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Still stand by my post. Charcoal has a distinct taste that beats the conv of gas. Of course when not on the road, LP gas is king.

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I sold my home propane grill. We never used it. I agree that I like the taste better on a charcoal. My kids are small so the little Smoky is what we use there. I'll proably have to buy a larger grill for home before long now that the kids are a little older.
Less weight for travel as well. No burners, controls and hoses. Just a bag of Kingsford that you can pick up at any grocerie store.
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Old 04-02-2003, 08:40 AM   #24
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Forget the gas....everyone needs one of these...

Allow me to introduce you to the "Lev-U-Lator"

http://www.levinphotography.com/pages/bbq.html
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Old 04-02-2003, 09:42 AM   #25
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So is the extra fitting by the regulator the only way to easily connect to the trailer's gas?

The burners on our new to us 85 look really similar to our SOB trailer. I got tired of waiting for the Spagetti water to boil and not having enough output for my wok. I want to travel with one of those large free standing commercial burners that come with the turkey frying kits. We are usually far from shore power so not heating up the kitchen is a real plus with cooking outside.

I do not now nor have I ever grilled over a gas flame. I looked for four months to find my square traveling Weber charcol grill. All I could find were the gas versions ! Not that theres anything wrong with grilling over gas, it just isn't my style.
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Old 04-02-2003, 09:51 AM   #26
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That is one cool looking contraption. Is that a grill?

BTW, I like the nose, it adds to the event nicely!

Where roughly in the Chicago area are you Jonathan? I see you had the Chicago Beer Society apron on.

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Old 04-02-2003, 03:26 PM   #27
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rcmenz,

There are many locations to tap into the gas line, it just depends on what you want to do and where.

The fittings by the bottles, where it goes from flex to hard pipe/copper is the easiest to get to, and will also give you the higest rate of flow.

The extend-a-hoses come in all diffrent lengths, If you want to use the outside burner you described, you may not want to be under your awning anyway due to the exaust heat rising and possibly damaging your awning.

The gas lines run down the exterior belly of the coach. You can break into the lines almost anywhere and get a gas feed. Usally at each appliance feed there is a fitting "T" that goes to each appliance off the main line.

I am considering tapping into my gas feed for a small grill, but I need to find one I like that will fit in one of my Vintage motorhome exterior compartments (Read small)

With all of that being said, if gas scares you have a Professional do the work. If not properly handled it can burn you, freeze you or kill you.
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Old 04-02-2003, 03:49 PM   #28
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If not properly handled it can burn you, freeze you or kill you.
Not to be dramatic, but a gas explosion in the front by both tanks and battery(s) has the potential to wreck your whole week. There is a bunch of equiv sticks of dynamite up front if a mistake is made.... If you have any reservations about it, have it done!

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Old 04-02-2003, 05:00 PM   #29
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Camping World has their MasterBuilt Grill/Griddle and also the deep fryer pot that goes with it on sale too.

The legs are pretty short so it's a table top unit, but MasterBuilt has others with longer legs and different size pots/turkey cookers, etc.

Here's another store that sells their products.

We like this because we can do all the grilling, frying and deep frying outdoors instead of getting grease in the trailer.
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Old 04-02-2003, 05:55 PM   #30
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Butane Stove

Here's the butane stove I got on Ebay for $17, with carry case. Not a grill, but good for boiling spaghetti, roasting peppers, frying, etc. Fuel can is on right. These can be hard to find, but West Marine has them, as do many food service companies, and marine stores.
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Eric.

I am the guy that hugged and kissed your Bambi at the RV show prior to your buying it. I am in Logan Square, and, yes that is a Chicago Beer Society Apron. Are you familiar with our group? As far as the Lev-U-Lator goes, it is constructed using many feet of 3/4" Type L copper plumbing pipe. The side thing is the fire-box made out of aluminum. With the front door off the unit, there are three rack levels. Mostly I use this thing for slow cooking my award-winning-kick-ass-somewhat kosher-pork back ribs, loins, turkeys, etc. Every September, the Beer Society has a Chili and Rib cook-off, and this year I plan on winning..again.

As an update to our A/S saga, my wife and I have to wait until next year to consider purchasing. We have 16 old windows in our house that were screaming for our attention imediately. One thing is the new windows will be clad in alluminum (bronze).

In the mean time I'll continue to read and take part in the forum and keep you all up to date, especially if we win a lottery.

Here is a link to the Chicago Beer Society

http://www.chibeer.org/

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Old 04-19-2003, 10:27 PM   #32
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I like the Holland "Companion" Gas Grill...

See: http://www.hollandgrill.com/companion.html

Camping World was carrying them...
Not inexpensive but VERY durable. My larger "Classic" Model at home has lasted over 10 years and is still going strong...

See: http://www.hollandgrill.com/family.html#classic2

I use it 3-4 nights a week...

I currently use the "Exendaflow", but when my rig's gas lines are replumbed for an Olympic Heater I plan to have them run a Tee with a manual shut off to the side of the trailer...
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:25 PM   #33
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Gas Grill Users Opinions Wanted

I used to use Lava rocks, then I switched to the ceramic briquettes, my pal uses higher priced ceramic briquettes, and now I have bought some kind of metal shield with many small holes in it. It replaces all of the above. Not as many flare ups, but still a few.

I suppose now I just have an outdoor oven?
I have also seen a shield that appears to be cast aluminum with bezeled facets moulded into the surface to also replace the rocks.

A long time grill salesman I know says that the lava and the briquettes(fake) do exactly the same thing. Amplify and distribute the heat ..a little. They also soak up some of the grease and juices of whatever you are grilling and may return some "flavor" to something you grill later. He says the cheaper Lava works just as well as the briquettes.

Have you ever noticed that in the ads that the fake briquettes are glowing like real coals? I usually grill in daylight but my sales friend says very few if any of the briquettes come into close enough flame contact to glow at all.

My question is what is you guys opinion of all the forms of grill "rocks" or shields and what do you think they accomplish?

BTW I much prefer my charcoal pit too, and use it 4 to 1 over the gasser.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:37 AM   #34
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Mesquite Ceramic Briquettes

Pap, I bought some of the above at Home Depot. They seem to hold up better than lava rock. The mesquite part is questionable though. Of course, my brother in Tucson, thinks gas grills are the pits. He grills with REAL mesquite all the time, as he has an unlimited supply out there. He is even making his own charcoal!
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