Tips on buying a good barbecue in Vallarta,

Part 2
When purchasing a barbecue or grill for your home in Vallarta, it is essential to find that lasts and fits your needs. Here are some more tips to get you the best value for your pesos.
When selecting the size of a barbecue, make sure that the grilling space will fit the type and quantity of food you usually prepare. Allow enough space for searing, slower cooking, finishing, and toasting. For reference, an average size grill is between 400 and 600 square inches and will enable you to cook for about eight people.
It is also critical to measure the space where it is going to be situated. Today’s plethora of options include side tables, and warming trays which you may find will not fit in your space after assembly. Before you buy any appliance or piece of furniture, always measure space allowance.
When it comes to construction, look for a barbecue made from stainless steel. These types of gas barbecues last the longest. Avoid anything made from aluminum or sheet metal. Those types tend to rust and will likely break down in just one season in our climate. How to know for sure what material was used to make the barbecue? Don’t necessarily trust the advertising on the box. If it shines, it probably isn’t stainless. Use a magnet to test. If the magnet sticks, the stainless steel is perhaps just a coating. Stainless steel is the most durable and low-maintenance material for barbecues.
Also, check what material was used to make the grates. Cast iron grates capture, retain and distribute heat better than other materials. Porcelain coating, although great for keeping food from sticking, can chip easily and rust. If you go for cast iron grates, remember they need regular oiling.
Once assembled, your barbecue needs to be sturdy. A great way to confirm you are buying a good quality barbecue is to give the demo model a “shake” test. If it wobbles or rattles, it’s probably not the one you should take home.
Regular maintenance is vital to ensure your barbecue lasts for a long time. Cover the grill when not using it and always clean the grates before and after each use. Remove any black build-up because that is what is carcinogenic. It also corrodes the grill. As a rule of thumb, remove and thoroughly clean the grates at the beginning and end of every season.
For a well-made gas barbecue in Mexico that ticks all the boxes, expect to invest about MXN 12,000.00 or more. In this price range, the brand and model I recommend is the Weber Q3200. Its a great intermediate model with fantastic performance and reliability. If you are in the Bay of Banderas area, you can order one from El Tio Sam who will deliver it at no extra charge. For a nominal fee, they will even assemble it and fill/deliver the tank of propane.
As always, check out the warranty on any item you purchase. Warranties can be for different periods depending on the part. Some models have up to 10- or 20-year warranties which will speak to the quality and value of your barbecue investment.
Looking for a long-lasting barbecue for your home in Mexico? Contact me for more information at furniture@solutionsmexico.com.

Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.