Friday, March 29, 2013
Broil-mate for the win
This is my BBQ, which I bought a good number of years ago. It was at least 6-7 years if I recall rightly. It's a Broil-mate built by Onward Manufacturing Company (OMC), a Waterloo Ontario company that builds the shit out of BBQs. It's got ceramic coated grill that's plenty big and a warming rack in the top. It's not fancy but what it is is solid. I've left this bugger out every winter, I've used in every season and I've accidentally left the cover off in some pretty big snow and rain storms. Even after all that I just went out to check it out, to clear them spider webs and sweep out the ashes, and it's all good. It's not even rusty. Well the burner is a little rusty - but it's surface rust mostly and after a few taps and passes with the brush all the little fire-ways seem to be clear and the ignitor still sparks it up by the second click. I've been reading all those horror stories about $60 stainless burners that rust out after two seasons so when I think about paying less than $200 for this baby on sale at Home Depot, it makes me smile.
With all the other crap falling apart a little more in my yard every spring (I'm talking to you shed!), it's been good to know that this BBQ is ready to fire me up a sweet set of coffee steaks and a rack of stuffed jalapenos despite all the abuse it takes.
*March 2015 now and this baby is still going strong. I thought I might need to replace the burner but turns out it was just full of crud and a good brushing fixed it right up.