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Kuuma or Dickinson BBQ - any recommendations?

We need to replace our grill (old Force 10). We really love grilling and use it almost every night on the boat. Can anyone share their experience with either of the two brands? How is their heat level in terms of uniformity? How well do the resist wind? How well do the rail brackets work?

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Nope...sorry, I've got a Magma Newport on the stern rail and love it. I'd highly recommend it...
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I combed through as many of the grill threads as I could find here on Sailnet before buying mine. Magma's were the most mentioned brand, but I found some folks loved their Magma's and others hated them. The complaints were blowing out, uneven heat and inablity to regulate heat. Dickinson's were mentioned far less often, but all the comments were positive. Based on that, I chose a Dickinson Sea-B-Que to grace the stern of Palmetto Moon and we are very happy with it. It has never blown out and the heat seems fairly even, but you do have to pay attention as the range of heat adjustment is not as wide as your big grill at home.
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We ended up getting a magma since it will (probably) be easier to get parts for if it fails (since so many people carry them).
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Some (maybe all?) West Marine branded grills are Kuuma. I found a dented one for a great price, couldn't pass it up.
The ignition did quit after about 2 months, so I use a lighter. I think it fouled from grease. It is slightly hotter on one end than the other, not excessively. We've had great meals from it. If pricing is close, go for the Magma. if price is significantly lower, the Kuuma will do fine.
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I am with Saildog.....Magma Newport on our stern rail. We use it all the time and rarely use the stove or oven. Grilling is the way to go
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Once again, supporting Sailingdog....gotta vote for the Magma Newport.


Oh, and I just learned a trick to avoid the grill blowing...prop a spatula or something to keep the grill lid about an inch or so open.....the flame will thank you!
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One tip.. Mount the grill so that it is angled slightly outboard... so the hotdogs will tend to roll to the back of the grill rather than off the grill when the boat rocks.
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