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Grills, Gas & Regulators: 101

I did a post about getting gas for your BBQ a while back (I mean, years back!) – so if any of you are looking for the 411 on gas tanks and canisters in Singapore, this would be the most updated info you can get.

WHICH WORKS WITH WHAT?
BRAND: Can I use any gas regulator for any brand of gas tank? The answer is no. Some gas tanks work with different gas regulators, while others do not. Always check with the company that supplied the gas regulator to you (whether it’s the BBQ company or the gas supplier) which brand of gas tank will be suitable for the regulator you’re using. Even if the regulator fits the tank, it doesn’t mean it will work.

TANK SIZE: Larger grills need different sized gas tanks from smaller grills – yes, this means different gas regulators too. For example, any BBQ with 4 burners or less would need a regulator for a 12.7kg gas tank, whereas any BBQ with more than 4 burners would need a regulator for a 11.3kg gas tank (I know, it is weird that the larger BBQ needs a smaller gas tank). This information is specific to Esso and Mobil LPG tanks.

HOW SMALL CAN I GO?
It’s really hard to get a small gas tank in Singapore – but for those of you who are looking – you can actually still find the 4.5kg ones here, but they are very pricey and you have to get a special regulator from the gas supplier too. Users only want the 4.5kg tank because they can store it in their BBQ cabinets, but really, it’s not practical or worth the buck because it runs out so fast and it’s about 2.5 times the price of a large tank. Furthermore, it’s not compatible with larger grills because there’s just not enough pressure in the tank to keep a large BBQ running.

Some BBQs like the TravelQ TQ285X and the TQ285 table top grill, have the option of regulators that work with camping gas. No, camping gas is not the same as the gas you use for steamboats. These run out really fast, but they’re bought more for the convenience of being able to take them around – especially if you intend to go camping somewhere or have a small picnic in the great outdoors.

If a large gas tank stored outside your BBQ cabinet really irks you because it’s too ugly, perhaps consider an LPG tank cover that comes in different colours.

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“Tacky no more!” Exclaimed the LPG tank.

CAN I GET PIPED IN?
TOWN GAS: If you’re looking to connect your BBQ to town gas (or piped gas), it’s definitely possible. You will have to check with your BBQ supplier if they are able to do this for you. Do not do it yourself, as you risk forfeiting the grill warranty.

SAFETY FIRST!
My gas supplier offered me an adjustable regulator – should I use it?
I wouldn’t recommend using it because if the pressure has been adjusted incorrectly, you could be looking at a flaming disaster as sometimes too much gas is released (believe me, hand-to-heart, this has happened!). Instead, check with the BBQ supplier for their recommendation first.

Here are some tips from Union Energy on how to store your LPG tank safely.

 

 

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From Balcony to Camping Grounds, these BBQs know no bounds!

Say goodbye to space constraint issues! With Napoleon’s TravelQ PRO285 and TQ285X, you can have a great BBQ sesh even in the tiniest of balconies.

First up, let’s take a look at the Napoleon TravelQ TQ285X.

Blue. The TQ285X comes in an eye-catching metallic blue (lid), with black side tables and grey legs.

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Gas. There are 2 types of gas canisters that can be used with the TQ285X – 250ml  Steamboat cartridge & 12.7kg LPG gas tank. However, the TQ285X will come with only 1 regulator per unit, so you’ll have to decide which gas type is more suitable for you.

Grills. Typical of Napoleon grills, the TravelQ TQ285X comes with a wave design for their cast iron cooking surface. The cast iron also feels solid and the whole cooking surface area is actually made up of 2 separate grills. It’s a decent-sized cooking area, enough to grill 10 – 12 burger patties.

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Ventilation system in hood.

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Burners. I was actually surprised to find that the TQ285X had 2 stainless steel burners for such a small BBQ. But it’s perfect for distributing heat more evenly across the cooking area, and also, has a higher heat power than the usual 1 burners in the market with 12,000 BTUs.

 

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Clasp for preventing the lid from opening up when it’s being moved around.

Foldable. Fold down the TQ285X for easy storage. It stands on it’s own so you don’t have to lean it against the wall.

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Covers. Covers are optional for the TQ285X. They come in the full cover ($70) and the partial cover ($50).

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The Napoleon TravelQ TQ285x is available from libertypatio.com from $670.

Next, let’s take a look at the Napoleon TravelQ PRO285.

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Compact. The PRO285 has removable side tables. You can also take it off the stand and use it as a table top BBQ.

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Simplicity. I was really surprised by how easy it was to attach and take off the firebox from the stand. 4 clips hold the BBQ down.

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Solid. The main cooking area is really solid. From the die-cast aluminium fire box to the thick cast iron grills, this is a well made bbq.

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Other features. It’s not possible to stick the gas tank on the base of the cart, but there is a little slot at the back for you to place it on the ground under the BBQ. There is also a bottle opener on the front.

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Covers. Covers are optional for the Pro285. They come in the partial cover ($50).

The Napoleon TravelQ Pro285 is available from libertypatio.com from $850.

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