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    Default Buying a BBQ on the North Coast

    I'm going to be buying a BBQ on the North Coast (in August), I've seen 2 advertised on the La Sirena website.

    One for for $7495RD and the other $14995RD (both including the tank).

    First of all - if anyone knows of someone selling a good second hand one for a reasonable price, please let me know.

    Second - can anyone give me any advice of what I should look for in getting a good BBQ?

    Third- Any idea how much it would cost to fill up the tank, and where I would go to get that done?

    Input/advice appreciated!

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    the 7500 sounds like a great deal even for a small bbq as the tanks are about 1800-2500 pesos. They cost about 300 pesos to fill and you do it at any propane station PropaGas, etc...there's usually a sign that says "Hay Gas". There are 3 or 4 places in Sosua and Cabarete...

    As far as what to look for, besides features, i.e. size, btu's, side burner, storage, etc., it doesnt much matter as the ones they sell here under 15,000 are all kinda crappy and won't last...but will work fine for a while. Try to keep it covered, dry, and as clean as possible...

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    Ok, excellent! Thanks for the info!

    The thing I wasn't sure why the one BBQ advertised is double the price, because in the picture both BBQ's look almost the same....

    La Sirena - Portada

    3rd link on the right, that says Madres 2009 - on page 9.

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    Looks like the more expensive one has a side burner and is larger...probably more BTU's (higher temp). If its just for the occasional burgers, chicken, steaks, etc,for 2-4 people, Id go for the cheaper one, since they are probably both lower-end Charbroil grills. In the states they'd probably run about $100 and $150, vs. about $210 and $415...not worth the difference.

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    I'd follow David's advice. They are cheap Charbroil grills you get at the home depot for cheap!!! Only if you could bring a Weber grill. Now there is a grill for ya!

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    How likely is it that I'd be able to find anything better quality without breaking the bank though?
    In the DR, on the North Coast, I can't see it being to likely, unless someone is moving and trying to get rid of their stuff as quickly as possible :P

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    Without going to Santiago or SD, getting a $100 Charbroil for $200 is not so bad and probably your best bet! And it should do fine for you as long as you take care of it. Even if you travel elsewhere, the price of better grills are disproportionately higher than the increase in quality...unless you can find someone selling a good one, like you said, but that's a long shot...and think of all the grilling you'll be missing as you're waiting!!

    The other option is getting a "knockoff" Weber smokey joe charcoal grill, La Sirena has them for (I think) about 1800 pesos. They're obiously not gas grills, but work great. Also...I wouldn't be too positive that the La Sirena in POP carries either of the gas grills in the ad..they might, but maybe not...

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    we had out bbq hand made. nothing fancy: a steel drum cut in half and set with the hinges, small chimney on the top, steel support and steel grill. all fully portable and very solid.

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    Default For here Charbroil is not bad at all.

    IF it IS a Charbroil brand grill, that's not too bad for around here. I got one from Plaza Lama and I believe it was in the 7K's 2 years ago. Still lives. Got some replacement parts to it online from the States too... you can't get that from inferior brands.
    The next step up is usually offered at PriceMart... but these stainless grills quickly go into the 25 to 75K's.

    Finally, if you have your own place with a backyard, yeah why not build one that works with gas and wood... maybe even a little oven project. There are so many ideas downloadable free on the internet.

    ... J-D.

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    Default I'm thinking the same as J D

    Yea, if you have your own backyard, you can build one pretty cheaply. I built one for myself and had a taller make me a custom grill out of smooth rebar on one half and a hot surface on the other side. It works great. Another idea is to put to use one of the many pressure tanks that are in the country. After a number of years, these tend to rust and spring a leak and then are useless. People just throw them away. A number of friends of mine take these, then cut them in half (vertically sliced), then you put it on its side, and weld legs on it. Put hinges on the top side and it will serve as your lid. (weld a handle on tho!).. All this can be done real cheap-

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