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Outback Omega 250 2-Burner Gas BBQ £119 @ John Lewis & partners
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Posted 23rd Apr

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It's pre-order - stock delivery expected within one week. Seems quite a cheap price IMHO.

I need something bigger - but hope it helps a few peops.
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I was the same about gas BBQs until i bought one, we use it all year round, probably 3 times a week. Steaks, halloumi, peppers, homemade burgers, so handy to be able to fire it up in 10 mins.
Edited by: "motherfunk" 23rd Apr
Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?
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I had this model and it rusted after a year despite being under cover the whole time. Cleaning it is hard work too compared to others.
Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?
r.simsini23/04/2020 09:34

I had this model and it rusted after a year despite being under cover the …I had this model and it rusted after a year despite being under cover the whole time. Cleaning it is hard work too compared to others.


Complelety agree. This was my first BBQ and the bars that the lava rocks warped and rusted very quickly. Also the lava rocks get very mouldy if they havent been used for a while (over winter for instance). Found cooking with gas pretty difficult. Binned it and got a Webber...soooo much easier and way less hassle.
furiousjammin23/04/2020 09:45

Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only …Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?


I'm in the same camp - charcoal only for me - mainly, though, that's because I can't justify the cost, and I think they're a bit of an eyesore.

But from reading around, the flame-grilled taste is the overarching flavour people think of when they think of barbecue flavour - and gas provides that.

Gas is faster, easier, more predictable, and more reliable.
No idea what it covers, but it says 10 years guarantee on John Lewis website.
I was the same about gas BBQs until i bought one, we use it all year round, probably 3 times a week. Steaks, halloumi, peppers, homemade burgers, so handy to be able to fire it up in 10 mins.
Edited by: "motherfunk" 23rd Apr
furiousjammin23/04/2020 09:45

Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only …Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?


I have used both. There is something satisfying about a coal and sometimes a more smokey taste but as already mentioned the flame grilled taste is what most people think of for a BBQ. The ease of gas and the time benefit would make me personally go for gas most of the time but occasionally if I have time I might do coal.

Using gas on a hob/stove you usually use a pan of some sort so the flavour is very different from cooking on a hob
furiousjammin23/04/2020 09:45

Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only …Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?


I thought that too, until I bought a gas BBQ. No lava rocks, just the hot plates above flame type. I couldn't tell the difference between the two, having spend 40+ years doing charcoal! It's the radiant heat that grills the food, independently of the source. And even the juices drop on the hot plates and vaporize (if that really adds flavour), as with charcoal. And it's sooooo much quicker to start cooking!
I use both too. I have a Weber Q (portable) which is super - take it to the beach sometimes. It also means I can cook food faster so the kids don't keep bugging me to eat. Advantages to both charcoal and gas - it's down to preference. I will likely stick to Weber as I've had one for 4 years now and it's like new, cooks a treat and cleans easily. Nexgrill at Costco look interesting but I'd suggest too lightweight. Essentially, same old rule applies - you get what you pay for.
olipaulo23/04/2020 10:02

I thought that too, until I bought a gas BBQ. No lava rocks, just the hot …I thought that too, until I bought a gas BBQ. No lava rocks, just the hot plates above flame type. I couldn't tell the difference between the two, having spend 40+ years doing charcoal! It's the radiant heat that grills the food, independently of the source. And even the juices drop on the hot plates and vaporize (if that really adds flavour), as with charcoal. And it's sooooo much quicker to start cooking!


In your experience what would be the best bbq overall (don't say WEBER too expensive lmao)
youngflyer23/04/2020 10:04

I use both too. I have a Weber Q (portable) which is super - take it to …I use both too. I have a Weber Q (portable) which is super - take it to the beach sometimes. It also means I can cook food faster so the kids don't keep bugging me to eat. Advantages to both charcoal and gas - it's down to preference. I will likely stick to Weber as I've had one for 4 years now and it's like new, cooks a treat and cleans easily. Nexgrill at Costco look interesting but I'd suggest too lightweight. Essentially, same old rule applies - you get what you pay for.


WEBERS are the industry.. But I can't get my head around justifying the cost.. Seems to be overpriced.. Or am I wrong
furiousjammin23/04/2020 09:45

Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only …Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?


That’s what I was wondering. Just cook inside and take it in the garden?
spoon_200023/04/2020 09:48

Complelety agree. This was my first BBQ and the bars that the lava rocks …Complelety agree. This was my first BBQ and the bars that the lava rocks warped and rusted very quickly. Also the lava rocks get very mouldy if they havent been used for a while (over winter for instance). Found cooking with gas pretty difficult. Binned it and got a Webber...soooo much easier and way less hassle.



Am I after one with lava rocks but this one doesn’t mention lava rocks. Can you tell me more, I am interested .
Ian65432123/04/2020 10:17

That’s what I was wondering. Just cook inside and take it in the garden?


It's a social thing, you don't have one person isolated in the kitchen cooking in the first place and then going backwards and forwards for other bits and you can make an afternoon or evening out of it by staging the cooking.

Charcoal doesn't add anything to the flavour, if anything does it's the fat from the food vapourising and making smoke which you can get from either as others have said. Difference is charcoal is more of an event, gas is turn it on and get going.
Edited by: "b1g1an" 23rd Apr
007xico23/04/2020 10:20

Am I after one with lava rocks but this one doesn’t mention lava rocks. C …Am I after one with lava rocks but this one doesn’t mention lava rocks. Can you tell me more, I am interested .


They don't seem to sell these much anymore. Vast majority have the flavour bars or whatever they're called (metal plate).
I've an old cast aluminium gas grill, Weber kettle and Smokey Joe (and a cheapo open charcoal grill we used to take camping).

The kettle is great for long cooks but way to much aggro for a few burgers, sausages chicken that I can have cooked on gas grill before the kettle is anywhere near ready for cooking.

Charcoal has the "caveman create fire" bit I like though

And as for the volcanic rock going moldy it's just grease/fat..... Turn them over every month or so, put the heat on high and it will burn off (and smell like you're having the best bbq ever!)
Edited by: "u664541" 23rd Apr
Where would you get a gas bottle for these and what is the cost?
007xico23/04/2020 10:20

Am I after one with lava rocks but this one doesn’t mention lava rocks. C …Am I after one with lava rocks but this one doesn’t mention lava rocks. Can you tell me more, I am interested .


Mine came with lava rocks, not sure if they were compulsory to use.

This video (not mine) shows what my BBQ looked after a few years of very minor use, and being stored inside when not in use.
youtube.com/wat…SoM

...maybe I was doing something wrong.
haggisheid23/04/2020 10:29

Where would you get a gas bottle for these and what is the cost?


Expensive first time as there's a deposit to pay of £40/£50(?), otherwise scan eBay or gumtree as plenty on there to buy for under tenner (empty) or some will have gas in.
I really want one with lava rocks and can’t find one on the cheap.
Outback do a cracking half charcoal half gas bbq, but expensive. If you have time for a charcoal bbq then it's ideal, but gas is just so convenient.
My vote for the best gas bbq is Grillstream.
u66454123/04/2020 10:33

Expensive first time as there's a deposit to pay of £40/£50(?), otherwise s …Expensive first time as there's a deposit to pay of £40/£50(?), otherwise scan eBay or gumtree as plenty on there to buy for under tenner (empty) or some will have gas in.


Thanks!
haggisheid23/04/2020 10:29

Where would you get a gas bottle for these and what is the cost?


Calor take a deposit. (scam) you are better off to go with flogas.
r.simsini23/04/2020 09:34

I had this model and it rusted after a year despite being under cover the …I had this model and it rusted after a year despite being under cover the whole time. Cleaning it is hard work too compared to others.


likewise I have the excel 310, rusted badly after 1 season, cleaned it and sprayed it with Hammerite bbq paint. This season cleaned it after being covered for the whole winter and the bottom of the fire bowl fell in holes like a 1975 Austin Allegro
GamersCrest23/04/2020 10:10

In your experience what would be the best bbq overall (don't say WEBER too …In your experience what would be the best bbq overall (don't say WEBER too expensive lmao)


I have no idea. The only one I had was a cheap Tesco 4 burner, which rusted easily, mainly due to no access where grease was accumulating. I'm looking for another now, and an easy cleaning is an important factor for me. Removable drip tray, i.e....
Edited by: "olipaulo" 23rd Apr
haggisheid23/04/2020 10:29

Where would you get a gas bottle for these and what is the cost?


Just bought a refill from my local garage, 13kg cost me £42 but 6kg was there for £25
Edited by: "balf118118" 23rd Apr
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Didn’t realise I spent that much on mine! Stored in garage!
furiousjammin23/04/2020 09:45

Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only …Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?


When you set up gas bbq properly it's basically like coal but much more control and ease of use. I cooked a 40+ppl bbq party on two charcoal bbqs before, I'd rather of bought a gas one then... Similarly if you want to just cook for family, want bbq taste but not make a day/event of it, a gas one is perfect.

You can easily smoke, steam bbq, and roast in a gas bbq, it's probably 'an event' to do that on coal.
Professional chefs use gas and can achieve best results.
Your local kebab probably use coal fire for marketing/authentisity purposes.
Your local chinese with char siew and roast duck/pork uses gas. Can you taste the difference?
Edited by: "Inquisitor" 23rd Apr
Never owned one before but seen quite a few around including Nexgrill on Costco. What’s the best choice?... Outback/Weber Q series or Nexgrill. Preferably Gas and would Store in garage.
edcor988923/04/2020 11:25

Never owned one before but seen quite a few around including Nexgrill on …Never owned one before but seen quite a few around including Nexgrill on Costco. What’s the best choice?... Outback/Weber Q series or Nexgrill. Preferably Gas and would Store in garage.


For me personally my specs are cast iron grill (heavy gauge) and cheap replaceable gas pipe (found out the weber one is £30 recently!!)

Most other things are fine to 'fix'.
^agree with the above. Just note that whatever you do get - make sure you invest in a proper cover. And when not in use, rub a little cooking oil over the grates. Personally, I'm going to stick with Weber. I've lost clips and the warranty covered it - plus I changed my Q to use the larger propane canister with the gas line adapter - works a treat. Just remember - you wouldn't pay cheap for kitchen oven or a range - same thing applies for your BBQ!
furiousjammin23/04/2020 09:45

Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only …Serious question, why do people have gas bbq's? I've never had one, only ever charcoal. Surely using a gas one the food just tastes like normally cooked food? What am I missing?


I currently have a gas bbq and I have had charcoal in the past. The taste difference is non existent. You are still cooking on a naked flame and you still get the barbecued taste. Gas is 1000x easier it takes me about 40 seconds to get the barbie out plug the gas in and get the flame going. You don't get that with charcoal.
Can anyone recommend a decent not to expensive gas bbq?
wickedwel23/04/2020 12:18

Can anyone recommend a decent not to expensive gas bbq?


I've been looking and most places have put the price of gas bbqs up quite a bit. We've just moved house and mine got nicked from the back of the van as we were loading so I'm on the lookout too!
Weber all the way for me have done for the last 7 years
Cooks evenly and does not catch fire like some of the cheap one's out there once the lid is closed
And very well made and esay to assemble
Used to have a old Outback hunter until it packed in they used to be good
I think most of the cheaper Outback "Excel/Omega" are made in china
I used to have one it lasted a year
if you use a BBQ quite often it is then worth investing on a weber
Terrible quality. Will rust in no time atall. Bought myself a weber.
Oos
Avoid.. Had this and was total cheao sh.... T
spoon_200023/04/2020 09:48

Complelety agree. This was my first BBQ and the bars that the lava rocks …Complelety agree. This was my first BBQ and the bars that the lava rocks warped and rusted very quickly. Also the lava rocks get very mouldy if they havent been used for a while (over winter for instance). Found cooking with gas pretty difficult. Binned it and got a Webber...soooo much easier and way less hassle.


I've had a Webber Q for 17 years. It's been sat outside with no cover and still works well and has lasted. They are very economical on gas too. Just repainted the aluminium lid, so it looks as good as new. Worth the extra.
Not a BBQ, it's an outdoor grill.
Edited by: "Scottc123" 24th Apr
MonkeyMan9023/04/2020 11:53

I currently have a gas bbq and I have had charcoal in the past. The taste …I currently have a gas bbq and I have had charcoal in the past. The taste difference is non existent. You are still cooking on a naked flame and you still get the barbecued taste. Gas is 1000x easier it takes me about 40 seconds to get the barbie out plug the gas in and get the flame going. You don't get that with charcoal.


I never took anything on naked flame = sooty food. You should be cooking on radiant heat.
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