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Bargain Buys: BBQ Warehouse Sale

What better way to celebrate National Day than to chill at home with the fam (and friends too!) and catch the parade!

Liberty Patio X Proline’s bi-annual BBQ warehouse sale is back this weekend – just in time for us to get a grill for the holiday. As usual, the sale will feature past season barbecues, sample barbecues, display units and those with cosmetic defects, as well as bbq accessories. All BBQs are new and never been used. Details on the sale are in the flyer at the bottom of this post.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find at the sale, but be quick, as the popular models will be the first to go:

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Napoleon Triumph T325 Display Unit U.P.$1391 Sale Price: $974 (with cover and rotisserie)

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Napoleon LE3 Display Unit U.P.$2568 Sale Price:$2055 (with cover and rotisserie)

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Masport Lifestyle 3H Display Unit: $1230.50 Sale price: $985 (with cover)

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Liberty Chef S3 Display Unit: U.P. $799 Sale Price: $599.25

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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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New Grills this Season!

A couple of new barbecues just hit our shores and I’m going to tell you about them. Maybe you’ll find something quite suitable for your budget and lifestyle!

Firstly, I’m going to introduce the Ultra Chef line of grills by Canadian brand, Napoleon. They’re definitely cheaper than the existing lines from Napoleon here in Singapore, such as the Triumph, Lex and LE.

Napoleon Ultra Chef UC430

Full stainless steel UC430

What’s to love?

Price. The UC430 and UC500 are SGD1177 and SGD1498 respectively. The prices include GST, delivery & assembly costs, rain cover, gas regulator and hose, 1 year warranty (includes replacement parts, repairs, transport costs). Given that these are full stainless steel barbecues, this range is pretty affordable compared to similar models in the market.

The UC500 also comes with a motorised rotisserie kit. You can get an additional motorised rotisserie kit for the UC430 for an additional SGD120. Also available is the reversible hotplate for the UC500 – it also comes with the classic Napoleon “Wave” pattern.

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Comes with the classic Napoleon “wave” grills.

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UC side burner to complete that outdoor kitchen

Space. For those of you worried about not being about to fit the 12.7kg gas tanks in your BBQs, the UC line has a pretty tall cabinet so you can store your tanks inside.

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Ample space in bottom cabinet to store your 12.7kg gas tank

Function. Both grills on the range come with side burners which turn your barbecue into an outdoor kitchen. Heat up sauces and grill at the same time without moving back and forth between your garden/balcony and kitchen. The UC500 also comes with a back burner and rotisserie.

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UC500 has a slightly wider cooking surface than the UC430

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Optional Reversible Hotplate for the UC500

Napoleon Ultra Chef Back Burner

UC500 back burner

Moving on….

For the charcoal lovers, local brand Liberty Grills has a new addition to their barbecue family – the Liberty Spitfire Pro!

It’s really the new and improved successor to the original Spitfire 22″ kettle as they will be phasing it out soon (get ’em while in stock~ haha)

In terms of size, the two have the same cooking area, so no changes there. But the new Spitfire Pro does have a rounder, fuller fire bowl and lid combination compared to the first Spitfire which is definitely more aesthetically pleasing (especially with a smooth, glossy finish). It also stands on 3 thicker legs, as opposed to 4 thinner legs. Together with the slightly heavier fire bowl, the barbecue is much sturdier (no rocking about when you shake it) with a solid feel.

The new Liberty Spitfire Pro is available for $321 (price includes GST). They don’t come with rain covers, but those are easily attainable online or from some hardware/DIY stores like Handy House over at 120 Upper East Coast Road (next to Bodytec) or Decofix at Serene Centre. Those stores also sell other barbecue accessories too if you ever need charcoal or fire starters on the weekend.

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Liberty Spitfire Pro 22″ Charcoal BBQ

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Temperature gauge on lid

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Cooking Grid lifter

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Ash Catcher

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All barbecues are available online from Liberty Patio.

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The Perfect Kind of Small: Liberty Chef S3 BBQ Grill

I’m also on the look out for the perfect BBQ grill for the Singapore market. That is, something small enough to fit a balcony or small garden, but has all the nifty features of a larger BBQ. Most importantly, something that doesn’t break the bank.

This weekend, I think I may have just found it.

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Presenting The Liberty Chef S3

I’m talking about the Liberty Chef S3 gas barbecue.

The Chef S3 is a three burner gas grill that comes with a stainless steel hood with rollback glass window. It’s also comes with a stainless steel warming rack and heavy duty motorised rotisserie unit. And I’m talkin’ REAL heavy duty. The rotisserie spike is practically a rod! It’s also got two foldable side tables with hooks to boot.

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It’s really compact – 2 foldable side tables

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Hook for your 12.7kg LPG tank

 

I love that it’s got a hook on the side for those who would like to use the larger 12.7kg LPG tanks. You can hang it on the side for more mobility. Otherwise, the small 4.5kg tanks fit perfectly on the trolley beneath. What’s more is that this barbecue uses the more traditional lava / ceramic rocks tray for those of you who prefer a more aromatic BBQ session.

My main concern at first was that this barbecue uses 3 vitreous enamel grill plates instead of cast iron (which I prefer). However, for an additional $86, you can get a large single grill plate from Liberty Patio that you can replace all 3 grills with. You just have to rotate the grill and it covers most of the original cooking area. For those who want a hot plate, the Chef S3 has optional hot plates you can purchase separately at $60 each.

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3 Vitreous Enamel Grill Plates

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Replace the vitreous enamel grill plates with a cast iron one for $86

Over all, I am very pleased with the size, price and features of the Liberty Chef S3. At $799, it comes with all the features of it’s larger counterparts, and has a smooth, clean finish to it. It also comes with a free rain cover, gas regulator and hose, and includes delivery and assembly.

The Liberty Chef S3 is available from Liberty Patio.

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