“ Brand: Outback / Grill / Liquid Propane / Natural Gas / Wheeled / Type: Grill „
We bought the Titanium less than three years ago thinking it was a quality product. It looks good, has a good cooking area and preparation shelves.We splashed out on the Outback weathercover to protect it during the winter months, and kept it under an awning to further protect it from the lelements.Despite taking all sensible measures to look after the unit, the supporting metalwork behind both burners has completed rusted through, despite the care and is now completely useless. Both burners (also heavily rusted) have dropped down into the bottom and that's that. It's had it. To have the interior of a protected and enclosed outdoor product succumb to rust in such a short time is unacceptable, particularly on such an expensive product.
This was our first gas barbecue following a long battle with coal burning, and its made outdoor cooking vastly more practical and enjoyable. Rather than having to plan ahead - get the coals lit then wait for hours until they burn down to suitable hot embers - you can light the burners and be cooking almost instantly. This allows for more often and more 'spontaneous' or fast/convenient barbecues.
Even when using all three burners, gas is used surprisingly economically and a gas bottle can certainly easily last an entire summer of regular use, if not more. The burners are strong and more-or-less heat the grills/hotplate evenly, though you sometimes find some hot-spots or cold-spots; nothing that a bit of regular rearranging of food cannot sort!
The frame supporting the barbecue is not entirely rigid or sturdy, though for the price (compared to some gas BBQs) the general build quality seems good. Whilst Outback probably recommend to move it into shelter (hence the wheels), from our experience it is able to survive being left outside, albeit whilst covering it to shield it against the elements over the winter.
The only major issue I have is with the wire rack, which is quite flimsy and can sometimes pop out of its fittings/holes at the side (dropping whatever is keeping warm on it down on to the hot plates).
Whilst some might say that cooking on gas is not real barbecue, its certainly a convenient way of cooking outdoors and this is a great mid-sized barbecue to get going with it.
We've owned this barbeque for a while now and it's been a consistently excellent performer. Over summer it received a massive amount of use and it is an excellent gas barbeque that I would recommend over many others.
The barbeque has three burners- two grills and one griddle. The grills see the most use, but the griddle has its merits too for cooking. The burners are all of the same strength, so you can switch over without too much fuss if you're cooking a massive amount of food.
People complain about gas barbeques because they don't give the taste of coal barbeques. This one, however, does because of a clever innovation- the griddles have lava rocks underneath them which are heated by the gas. As the food cooks and inevitably leaks out fat, the fat burns incompletely on the hot rocks to give off the sort of smoke you get with a charcoal barbeque, which means you get the flavour of charcoal-barbequed food, except with a gas barbeque! The only unavoidable problem with gas is that when it is too cold, the gas doesnt work very well but if you're going to be doing BBQs in the summer, then that doesn't matter.
Since "taking the plunge" into Gas BBQ's, this one has really been worth the money. There are of course much cheaper products out there, but the outback has great longevity and the quality of the parts is excellent. Arrives in 2 large boxes and assembly took about 60-90 mins...not the easiest to assemble and you will need 2 people for some of the assembly as some bits are heavy, but it's not too difficult either.it's only because it is quite large. Also makes it hard to steal as built it weighs a lot!
Definately get a cover if you want to store outside!...and often worth buying it at the outset as you can often get a discount as opposed to buying later on its own (about 35-40 quid). In terms of performance, cooking quality is excellent - I can cater for 12+ and have a mountain of food ready ay the same time thanks to the warming rack and being able to control the burners - so I no longer have to present burnt offerings. The hood is a great feature as you can get it up to heat, then turn the burners down low to get a more controlled cook for really well turned out food by letting the heat build up inside the hood. This makes such a difference in food taste and presentation - plus you can start using it more for day to day items - eg fish or fry ups(rather than smell out the house!). The only problem I have had is sometimes the ignitor switch needs a few goes to get the burners going - but only a minor niggle. Well worth spending the extra on this vs cheaper makes. you can do rotisserie chicken etc, but I haven't tried as the rotisserie is about 42 quid extra. Have really enjoyed every minute and recommend A+. p.s get new coals every year for about 6 quid and add teak oil maybe twice a year to keep the wood good. Also clean stains off the wood the prevent staining - mine still looks new after 3 years!
Short name: Outback THG3710/04