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Buying your first Gas Grill

Gas grills, as with most things in Singapore, don’t come cheap. We don’t manufacture many things here because labour is expensive and so is land for factories. So when you’re looking for a gas grill, you’ll want to make sure you can get the most bang for your buck.

Here is a check list of things to look out for when purchasing your first gas grill:

  1. What does the BBQ come with? What are you REALLY paying for?
    The price tag can be quite deceiving at times. Why does one 2 burner BBQ cost so much less than the other? Before deciding, find out if the BBQ comes with some essentials like a gas hose and regulator, and a rain cover (which is very necessary in Singapore weather!). Sometimes you’ll be getting a motorized rotisserie – it’s good to check on this one, especially if your BBQ comes with a back burner. Also, don’t forget to check on the local warranty period and what the warranty covers. Some local companies cover transport, service as well as replacement parts under their warranty.

  2. Why buy a grill in Singapore when it’s so much cheaper overseas?
    It’s not always the case that it’s cheaper overseas – take one of Napoleon’s more popular models, the Triumph T325SB. It’s USD499 (SGD698) on amazon, and after adding the standard amazon shipping charges and import fees, you’re looking at about USD840, which equates to SGD1174. It costs SGD999 to get it locally (or SGD1199 with the rain cover and rotisserie unit). For this amount, you will be getting your BBQ with a gas hose and regulator suitable for use in Singapore, 1-2 day delivery straight to your door, free assembly, and a local warranty which covers repairs, transport and replacement part costs.
  3. Materials!
    A BBQ grill can be made out of different materials so you have to know if the materials you’re paying for are justifiable. Standard materials for the bulk of the BBQ are usually stainless steel or powder-coated steel, but can also come in die-cast aluminum (usually for the fire box), chrome-plated steel (for the warming rack), and of course, cast iron (for the cooking grids and griddles). 304 stainless steel is probably the highest grade of stainless steel you can get for a standard gas grill, but most will be made of 430 or a mix of both materials. Why does it matter? Singapore’s humidity and rainy weather means lots of moisture everywhere, and moisture is bad for metal, especially when the grade of stainless steel is low. You’ll find corrosion and rust are a common sight.

    How do you know what kind of steel you’re getting? Do the magnet test. Magnets don’t stick to 304 stainless steel, but they do to 430 and powder-coated steel. Sometimes a BBQ will have a double-skinned hood, which means two layers of metal – the magnet test can be tricky here, because the hood could have a layer of 304 on the outside, and 430 on the inside. It’s designed this way to protect the more moisture-exposed areas of the BBQ.

    If you’re looking at a BBQ, and it has a steep price tag, check if the materials are 304 stainless steel or die-cast aluminum. That might be what you’re paying for.

  4. Other features – Burners, side burners, foldable side tables…
    Other parts you could be paying extra for are the burner power, so compare the BTU/kW with other similar BBQs. Some BBQs come with a side burner or back burner, and some will even be infrared types which are more expensive. Check if the side tables are foldable (if you have a space problem) and if the LPG tank can fit in the cabinet (not necessary, but helpful if you want a sleek integrated look). Other little features such as condiments racks, chopping boards, lights, hooks… these could be small little extras that make the BBQ special.

  5. Lastly, where is it made?
    Where the BBQ is made can contribute to the final price point just because it’s cheaper to ship from China than North America. Some brands will have factories in both locations producing different model ranges. For example, you might have Weber manufacturing their lower end range in China, and their higher end range in the USA, while Napoleon manufactures their entry-level range in both Canada and China, while their high-end Prestige and Rogue R425SIB models are all made in Canada.
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BBQ Bargain Hunting

It’s not a secret that barbecues are a lot more expensive in Singapore than in other countries (especially countries like the US, UK and Australia).

So what can you do to do get a decent barbecue for less than the usual price? I’ll tell you how here:

1. Warehouse Sales

BBQ warehouse sales usually feature past season models, display units and units with some cosmetic defects. On occasion, you might also find a used or refurbished model. In my opinion, this is a great way to save because barbecues tend to look old after the first use, and if they don’t, they will in no time, especially with Singapore’s humidity. Warehouse sales are great because you can bargain for lower prices and might even get some freebies too! Look out for these in the classified sections of the newspapers or check this space periodically to be updated on these deals.

2. Online Outlets

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Similar to a warehouse sale, the Online Outlets feature similar kinds of BBQs that the distributor needs to clear in order to make room for the new season of stock, which as I mentioned earlier, are past season models, display units that’ve been dinged a bit and those with cosmetic defects. Even though prices are fixed and you don’t get to bargain online, it is a fuss free experience because you don’t have to go fight the crowd. Online outlets such as Liberty Patio show you pictures of the display units, so make sure you scroll through the images to see if you’re okay with the scratched surfaces. Also note that it’s hard to capture all the imperfections on some reflective surfaces, so you have to be prepared to received a slightly varied product. These barbecues are really a great buy as they’re basically new – some even still have the plastic wrapping on them.

3. Special Requests A lot of what you’re paying for when you buy a BBQ in Singapore is the labour costs to deliver and assemble the BBQ. If you’re good with your hands, some BBQ companies do not might shaving off a bit of the retail price if you pick up and assemble the BBQ yourself. All you have to do is call or email them to find out.

4. Trade It In! If you already have a BBQ but are thinking of getting rid of it to make room for a new one, some BBQ companies like Proline offer a trade-in discount for old BBQs. This is a pretty good deal since they take the old BBQ away (which you kind of want anyway, and disposing of it with the disposal company can set you back $150!)

5. Hand Me Down Look online (GumTree, ST Classifieds, etc) or on Apps like Carousell to see what others are offering. You can find all sorts of BBQs – even those that have been barely used. If the idea of using someone else’s grills grosses you out a little, some brands like Masport, Liberty and Napoleon carry spare grills that you can get to give your BBQ a bit of a revival. These grills will cost between $60 – $180 per piece, depending on the model.

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