This post began with a simple email from Tom, a reader:
I had an old West Marine 315 grill that was big enough to feed our six kids but the wind kept blowing the flames out. As the kids are going their own ways we don’t need that big of a grill but I do want one that won’t blow out so easy. I was looking at the Magma Newport Infrared and hoping you can shed some light.
Since we only had one of the Magma small kettle grills on Que Tal, I really couldn’t help Tom. So I turned to the greatest resource TBG has: readers. I asked for experiences and recommendations first on Facebook, and I’ve compiled those here (you can see them in their entirety in the comments below — I figured out how to import them!).
In addition to the Magma grills that most of us have heard of, I also got two recommendations for lesser-known grills (one I’d seen at boat shows). This is one of the things I really like about TBG and readers sharing their experiences: spreading the word about good/useful/great products that aren’t in every catalog!
Please add your own experiences with any brands/models of grill in the comments.
- This is the grill shown in the photo at the top of the page.
- One reader has one and likes it for two people.
- My cookbook co-author, Jan, has the older “Newport” (not infrared) model and they love it, although she notes that they have needed to replace various parts. They grill 4 to 5 nights a week.
Other Magma models
- A couple people have Magma kettle style grills and have had varying luck with it staying lit in wind.
- Recommended by a UK reader; I’d never heard of one before
- Uses charcoal
- Stays cool on the outside
- “Versatile, easy to use, easy to light, easy to clean..the best tho’ is the fact that for a BBQ, you can put it direct on your gel coat or teak without a problem…can be used to roast, fry, BBQ bake with the Omnia, and even Smoke.. What could be better.. It may be small but I have cooked a 4 course meal for 6 on it…”
GalleyMate from Marine Barbecue Australia (company website — look at “international sales” to buy outside Australia as the US distributor is no longer is business)
- I’ve seen and talked to the sales rep at two boat shows and think they are head and shoulders above the typical boat grill . . . but they are also considerably more expensive
- Claim to be “windproof” to 30+ knots; I’ve seen it in action in 20+ knots with no problems
- LaDonna and Denis, who we visited in the USVI, have one and love it. Says LaDonna: “More expensive yes! But the quality build is obvious. It heats evenly, the only caution and this goes for any grill not mounted to drop overboard—clean the drip pan with each use or when it rains it is a mess. We will soon mount ours permanently on our railing so it will drop into the sea.”
- Designed to also be used as an outdoor oven and for general cooking, as well as traditional grilling
- Several innovative mounting options
- The company website has many videos showing the unique features of the grill.