Thursday, January 16, 2014

A new barbeque grill

When Ken and I lived in California, we had a Charbroil gas barbeque grill in Sunnyvale, then a Weber gas grill at our San Francisco house. We liked the convenience and cleanliness of the gas grill. When we moved to France, we started out with a standard barbecue fueled either by charcoal or wood. That worked for a while, but the distance between the kitchen and the back yard (down the stairs and out through the utility room) was not ideal.

The newly assembled gas grill in the living room.

A few years ago we bought a little electric barbecue grill for the deck and it was great. The convenience of cooking on the deck, right outside the dining room and not far from the kitchen, was ideal. But now we've decided to go back to gas. So Ken found a Campingaz brand grill on the internet. He put it in his "shopping cart" for a few months and we watched the price go down through the fall and winter.

We figured that we should buy it while the price is low, thinking that as spring (and barbecue season) gets closer, the price might go back up. So we bought it last week. It arrived on Tuesday, and I spent close to three hours on Wednesday assembling it. I wanted to make sure all the parts were there before too much time goes by, and they were. We won't get a gas bottle until sometime in March or April, but we'll be ready when it's time to cook outside again. I love to grill -- vivement l'été !

15 comments:

  1. Does your power ever go out ? You might want to consider getting that gas bottle sooner than later. Congratulations on having all the parts and getting them together. How many parts left over ? If it's like my constructions, there will be some.

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    1. stuart, actually, there were two screws and one hub-cap; obviously duplicates because there was no place to use them. The power should be going off a lot less frequently now that some of the wires are underground, but we have a gas cooktop in the kitchen, so we've been ok.

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  2. Throw another shrimp on the Barbie - Who said that Walt. Worth a bottle of fine Touraine in October if you get it correct.
    Clue: That's not a knife!!!!

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    1. leon, well, I've heard Paul Hogan say it... is that right?

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  3. even better - grill in the living room all year round! ;-)

    looks nice; just curious, did the grill come from a US company or one overseas?

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  4. Very nice Walt! I haven't heard the name "Campingaz" for a long time. I hope that barbie will serve you well and for a very long time.

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  5. The barbecue months are just a few weeks away.........
    (Wishful thinking!)

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  6. We've been thinking of getting a gas grill for our terrace (but we have to find out if fire code permits it). In any event, I wish we were as practical as you guys. We'll end up buying it mid-summer and paying more than we need or should afford to pay! But, here, we can easily use it year-round (as long is doesn't get blown off the terrace).

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  7. Campingaz brings back fond memories. We spent 5 months using a cantankerous Coleman stove, envying everybody around us with the blue Campingaz bottles that never caused trouble. At Christmas we treated ourselves to a simple two-burner stove on legs that used Campingaz, and camp cooking was a breeze after that.

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  8. What a sweet looking grill! Lewis and I cooked on a little blue campinggaz tank all through Europe in '69.

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  9. Very smart - buying during the off-season! That's what I try to do, too. It's even red to remind you of buying it during the holiddays. And, smart of you to put it together now. That's what I need to be reminded about. Sometimes I buy it, put it away and forget about it - when it's too late to get missing parts or realize it doesn't work and there are no more replacements.

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  10. This reminds me of Sue's series of "Things that look like faces" photos.

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  11. Looks great [and a bit like a surprised red helmeted chappie saying "nooooooooooo" - but tha't just my imagination!] Hopefully we'll get a good summer and you can use it loads.

    We're still 'old school' and have a charcoal BBQ, but it does have various racks and shelves like yours.

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  12. anne marie, it's a French brand. We got it here.

    nadege, me too!

    jean, I'm with you.

    mitch, our electric grill was great for the terrace. I'm hoping the gas will be ok, too. But building a charcoal fire would not work under the ceiling (which is paneled in wood).

    carolyn, I had a single burner that sat on top of the little blue gas bottle. Very handy!

    evelyn, they're light and practical and don't take up much room!

    mary, I certainly hope it works. I need to get the gas bottle and the hookup parts first.

    cheryl, lol

    n&a, a good summer is always welcome. I love to grill!

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  13. The grill looks small in the house. I have a lamp in my computer room made from that very same Eiffel Tower!

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