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Comprehensive Comparison of Portable BBQ Models: Weber, Ziegler, Galleymate, Sizzler, and Smith

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Introduction

When it comes to portable BBQs for outdoor cooking, caravanning, and marine use, there are several brands and models to choose from. In this blog, we compare the specifications and features of some of the most popular portable BBQs available in Australia, including Weber, Ziegler, Galleymate, Sizzler, and Smith.

Weber Q Series

Models: Weber Q1200, Weber Q2200

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  • Build: Cast aluminum body with porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates.
  • Heat Output: Q1200 - 8,500 BTU/hr; Q2200 - 12,000 BTU/hr.
  • Cooking Area: Q1200 - 189 sq. in.; Q2200 - 280 sq. in.
  • Weight: Q1200 - 13.6 kg; Q2200 - 19.5 kg.
  • Portability: Compact with folding side tables; designed for easy transport.
  • Safety Features: No flame failure protection.

Ziegler & Brown

Models: Ziggy Single Burner, Ziggy Nomad

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  • Build: Die-cast aluminum body with stainless steel components.
  • Heat Output: Single Burner - 12,000 BTU/hr.
  • Cooking Area: Single Burner - 1800 cm².
  • Weight: Single Burner - 13.5 kg; Nomad - 16.4 kg.
  • Portability: Compact with foldable legs and integrated handles.
  • Safety Features: No flame failure protection.

Galleymate BBQs

Models: Galleymate 1100, Galleymate 1500, Galleymate 2000

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  • Build: 316 marine-grade stainless steel with 3 mm thick 443 grade stainless steel cooking plates.
  • Heat Output: 21 MJ or 20,000 BTU.
  • Cooking Area: Galleymate 1100 - 44 cm x 25 cm; Galleymate 1500 - 44 cm x 35 cm.
  • Weight: Galleymate 1100 - 14 kg; Galleymate 1500 - 17 kg.
  • Portability: Removable feet and optional rail mounts for boats.
  • Safety Features: Flame failure protection and windproof design.

Smith Portable BBQ

Model: Smith Portable BBQ

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  • Build: Stainless steel with pull-out fat tray and slide-out base plate.
  • Heat Output: 11.6 MJ/hr.
  • Cooking Area: 300 mm x 310 mm.
  • Weight: 14.5 kg.
  • Portability: Compact with easy storage options.
  • Safety Features: Flame failure protection.

Sizzler BBQs

Models: Sizzler Max, Sizzler Deluxe

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  • Build: High quality stainless steel with 3 mm thick 443 grade stainless steel cooking plates.
  • Heat Output: 21 MJ or 20,000 BTU.
  • Cooking Area: Sizzler Max - 44 cm x 35 cm; Sizzler Deluxe - 44 cm x 26 cm.
  • Weight: Sizzler Max - 15 kg; Sizzler Deluxe - 11 kg.
  • Portability: Removable feet and specially designed slides for caravans and RVs.
  • Safety Features: Flame failure protection.

Key Comparisons

Heat Output and Cooking Area

  • Highest Heat Output: Galleymate and Sizzler models, both with 21 MJ or 20,000 BTU.
  • Largest Cooking Area: Weber Q2200 with 280 sq. in.

Build Quality

  • Best Build Quality: Galleymate and Sizzler models with 316 marine-grade stainless steel.
  • Durability: Both Galleymate and Sizzler BBQs are designed for rugged outdoor and marine conditions.

Safety Features

  • Flame Failure Protection: Galleymate, Sizzler, and Smith Portable BBQs.
  • Non-Compliant Models: Weber and Ziegler do not currently offer flame failure protection.

Portability

  • Most Portable: Weber Q1200 and Ziegler Single Burner due to their compact size and lightweight design.
  • Best for Marine Use: Galleymate models with optional rail mounts and windproof design.

Conclusion

Choosing the right portable BBQ depends on your specific needs and preferences. If safety and compliance with Australian regulations are your top priorities, the Sizzler and Galleymate ranges are excellent choices with their flame failure protection and robust build quality. For those seeking a more compact and lightweight option, Weber and Ziegler BBQs offer portability and convenience, though they lack flame failure protection. The Smith Portable BBQ provides a balance between safety and portability, making it another viable option.

By understanding the features and specifications of each model, you can make an informed decision and enhance your outdoor cooking experiences, whether on the road or at sea.

Additional Resources

For a detailed look at RV, caravan, and marine BBQ's that meet the new Australian laws check out our guide below.

Ultimate Buyer’s Guide: Best Portable BBQs for Caravan, RV, and Marine Use in Australia

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Ryan Wright

Ryan Wright is a chemical engineer and metallurgist with a passion for outdoor living. He has an ongoing love for research and is well experienced in whole animal spits, fire pits, and parrilla grilling.

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