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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, just make sure it's right for you...., 19 May 2013
I write this review having now owned a Cadac Carri Chef Deluxe for 5 years.
Much has been said about it in other Amazon reviews, so I'll try not to emulate those & just give my overall impressions.

THE GOOD (and there is a lot to say here):

1) Extremely reliable piezo ignition & burner.
2) The burner is variable from as little heat as you need to as much heat as you need.
3) Good cooking area.
4) More versatile than anything else out there. Grills, fries, boils, barbecues & even works as an oven (with the lid). The Skottol (not included in this package at time of writing) even allows for cooking of paellas. stews, savoury rice, tagines and curries (you name it).
6) The various parts go together reasonably quickly & without drama.
7) Durable... Still in excellent nick after 5 years. Not even a chip to the enamel paintwork. I reckon it would (truly) last a lifetime.
8) The grill & frying plate (all-in-one) still have their FULL non-stick coating after 5 years of moderate use.
9) The lid doubles as a wind-break for the cooking area (there is a hook inside that sits on the lip of the barbecue).
10) The carry pouches for the cooking surfaces are good quality & protect them well. The entire thing (apart from the legs which have their own bag) stows away in its strong carry bag. This measures 50cmsx50cmsx50cms once everything is packed away into it.

THE BAD (very few, but...):

1) It is flipping heavy at 17kgs all-in (15kgs without Skottol).
2) It does take up a lot of boot space if purchased for camping/caravanning.
3) Despite using the lid as a windbreak, even moderate wind can quite easily blow the flame out (sorry, but it really can & there are other reviews out there stating this). This may well apply to a lot of barbecues, though.
4) The Skottol is a great idea (if you are getting one), although it is only coated with black enamel and care must be taken with the heat in order not to burn food on the bottom of it. As the Skottol is so pricey as an after sale extra, you might well decide to live without it anyway (when considering price, storage space and extra weight). I think I used mine once & was put off by the fact that food so easily burned to it (but bear in mind, I am no Gorden Ramsey)!
5) Apart from the barbecue, it doesn't really do anything any better than a domestic cooker can do (although the fact that it is as useful as a domestic cooker could be viewed as a pretty big positive, depending on your circumstances). I used it for caravanning & had a pretty decent cooker in my caravan anyway... Having said that it is nice just to cook outdoors sometimes...

When I purchased it I was in no doubt that it would be absolutely the best thing I could purchase to take away with us in my touring caravan, and as concerns quality & versatility I was proven 100% correct... So why am I currently selling it in favour of a much smaller & lighter gas barbecue that has no "bells or whistles"???
I'm selling it because I have finally realised that despite it being a great bit of kit, it really is such a faff to set up/clean & put away each time. It is also pretty heavy at 15-17kgs, and as stated it takes up a hell of a lot of boot space...
Over my years of camping & caravanning I have slowly come to realise that less really is often more. The current tabletop barbecue I have weighs just 2kgs with lid, takes up a third of the boot space that the cadac does despite having the same cooking area, has as powerful & variable a flame, also has piezo ignition and can be used as an (admittedly smaller) oven with the lid. I can also fry or boil stuff on it with the pans out of my caravan. It really is so much easier as concerns my circumstances (more time on holiday to relax & less dead weight to carry around). Having said that, it will be in the dustbin within 10 years of hard use, whilst anything made by Cadac will just go on & on...
Was I to barbecue more often at home, then I might just have kept it just for that...

To conclude: This really is a fabulous BBQ, but I did personally make the mistake of not thinking through exactly what I really wanted from a barbecue for my touring caravan holidays (but that certainly is not Cadac's fault). It is immensly durable (it WILL last a lifetime if cared for), and will suit most prospective buyers. My only advice is to think about exactly what you need it for.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2014, 18:14:29 GMT
I would like to know what you bought. We are after the same thing, would love a recommendation

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014, 21:51:27 GMT
Hi Mrs Rundle.
Amazon wont allow me to post web links, but it is simply known as the PYRAMID Tabletop Barbecue and a review of it can be found amongst my other reviews (on page 9)... Problem is they appear to have changed the actual product of my reviewto the Royal Barbecue (at least that's what the picture is of). You could try emailing the seller to check... If it is the Royal one, it is a bit smaller and not so well reviewed (I can't comment on it further than this as I haven't tried it)... It is very similar and comes with lava rocks...
I've just googled for the Pyramid one (also known as the Quest Tabletop Barbecue... its exactly the same item), and everywhere I find a hit I then find it marked "discontinued"... It's a pity.
Hope it's some help...
Paul.
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