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Message posted by Karen13 on 25/2/2007 at 2:15pm
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I'd like to buy a gas bbq this year (funds allowing), and have read many posts from people saying they greatly value the Cadac or the Beauclaire.  Before I take the plunge, what's the census of opinion?  Is there much difference? I'm not too concerned about going for the cheaper option, I'd rather pay a little more for a better piece of kit.

I've seen pictures of both of them and they both seem to come with many different bits, is there an essential difference? IMO its only by using something that you find out how good it is, so I'm after your advice and experience.

Come on all you budding sales people - convince me which is best!

 



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Hya Karen

We're on our second Beauclaire in 14 seasons. Our kids just won't eat food cooked on a barbacue and coupled to the fact we prefer to do our cooking outside of the caravan we went for the beauclaire. We use the griddle plate & the large paella ish in which we cook our bolognese & also do our own special fried rice when away. It's like a huge wok. We did find the flame on the beauclaire wouldn't go low enough until we were advised to turn the flame control towards the OFF position until the flame went down to our desired level.

Having heard lots about the Cadac, we walked miles up at the NEC last sunday looking for the stand selling them & either walked past it or they weren't there. We never saw beauclaire there either for that matter.

If you go for the beauclaire, be aware te light weight griddle has't got a very large flat area, we're a family of 6 so we need a large flat plate & have to put up with the heavy plate.

To be honest, I don't think the new beauclaire is put togather as well as the old one & on that basis, I'd suggest you go & see both before you buy.

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Quote: Originally posted by Basilbrush on 25/2/2007

Hya Karen

We're on our second Beauclaire in 14 seasons. Our kids just won't eat food cooked on a barbacue and coupled to the fact we prefer to do our cooking outside of the caravan we went for the beauclaire. We use the griddle plate & the large paella ish in which we cook our bolognese & also do our own special fried rice when away. It's like a huge wok. Is that the "General purpose shallow pan"? We did find the flame on the beauclaire wouldn't go low enough until we were advised to turn the flame control towards the OFF position until the flame went down to our desired level.

Having heard lots about the Cadac, we walked miles up at the NEC last sunday looking for the stand selling them & either walked past it or they weren't there. We never saw beauclaire there either for that matter.

If you go for the beauclaire, be aware te light weight griddle has't got a very large flat area, we're a family of 6 so we need a large flat plate & have to put up with the heavy plate. How are they a different size? Do you get both with it? There would normally be only 4 of us but we have the odd bbq with friends from the site.

To be honest, I don't think the new beauclaire is put togather as well as the old one & on that basis, I'd suggest you go & see both before you buy.  Thanks for the unbiased opinion - its much appreciated!

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We have the big cadac and last summer in cornwall we didn't use our normal cooker at all.

Our cadac has a all the bits with it including BBQ grid, griddle plate, and paella pan. As there are normally 4 or 5 of us this is a godsend and allows us to prepare one of our favourite dishes "mince and noodle casserole" (see the recipe section).
The griddle plate is large enough to do a "full english" for all of us.

I can't comment on the Beauclaire other than I have only seen it with a griddle plate - I don't know if there are other bits for it.

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Hi Fat Belly (could be my oh )

After reading your comment, I first had a look at UKCS shop, but the cadac was 150 (bit steep), then clicked on your profile and found another comment you made recently about the cadac. Following the web link that someone wrote (riverway leisure I think - it was only two minutes ago and I've already forgotten ), its on offer at 99.95!! Bargain.  Plus 28.95 for the paella pan (I'm thinking that it would probably be worth getting it to whip up a spag bol or stir fry). Just need to get OH's approval now (his Barclaycard would doubtless be paying!!)

On a technical note - how do you manage to cook "double" things (like Spag Bol plus the Spaghetti) without resorting to using the cooker for one and the Cadac for the other? I've never been the best at organising everything to be ready at the same time. Do you use normal pots on it? Eg for beans? And I'm assuming you need a toaster for toast. Sorry for the 20 questions but I'm not very imaginative!

I'm determined to start cooking a bit more alfresco this year, everyone goes on about it so much (plus its the only time OH cooks - what is it with Men and BBQs?? Reminds me of the bit in Castaway when Tom Hanks is dancing around his first fire! )

 



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Hi Karen its Fat Bum here, Fat Belly's OH - he is busy serving out dinner so I will answer your questions if that is OK.

When cooking things like spag bol we just add the spaghetti, or noodles in with the bolognaise - after all it ends up mixed up on the plate later!  

You can use a normal pan if you wish as there is a rack to support a normal pan -the pan does have to be quite big though. 

Toast is difficult - but you can do lovely fried bread.

The thing I like best about our cadac is that Fat Belly does the cooking on it although I usually end up having to wash it up!  As all the surfaces are non-stick it is quite easy to wash up but you do need a large sink to wash the paella pan!

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Quote: Originally posted by Fat Bum on 25/2/2007

The thing I like best about our cadac is that Fat Belly does the cooking on it although I usually end up having to wash it up!  As all the surfaces are non-stick it is quite easy to wash up but you do need a large sink to wash the paella pan!

 


My OH is exactly the same!! They say "lets have a bbq". We spend hours getting all the food in/preparing salads/cutting rolls etc, they cook the meat, we clear away after, and he takes all the credit

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If I want to cook using different pans on the beauclaire I just stand them on the grill plate. Works fine! I find I can boil potatoes/veg in a pan and cook the meat on the grill at the same time (have the grill very slightly sloping away from the pans to avoid any fat making them mucky).

http://www.falconproducts.co.uk/domestic.asp  I have bought one of these circles to try out on the beauclaire.

I haven`t used a cadac so I can`t comment but the beauclaire works really well for us (family of 5)



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Wow! Are they that big!

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Quote: Originally posted by CaravanSkier on 26/2/2007

If I want to cook using different pans on the beauclaire I just stand them on the grill plate. Works fine! I find I can boil potatoes/veg in a pan and cook the meat on the grill at the same time (have the grill very slightly sloping away from the pans to avoid any fat making them mucky).

http://www.falconproducts.co.uk/domestic.asp  I have bought one of these circles to try out on the beauclaire.

I haven`t used a cadac so I can`t comment but the beauclaire works really well for us (family of 5)


Hello Skier

We've used Bako Glide for years, we buy it on a roll from Falcon Products & cut it to size ourselves. The stuff is fantastic. We use it on every type of cooking device, we use an AGA at home & use it in there as well. Nothing at all sticks to it. I know its not cheap but the work it saves washing up is crazy. We use it on the griddel plate of the beauclaire & only have to take the Bako Glide to the sink.

Can someone post a picture of the Cadac, I've never seen one.

BB  


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Here you GO Basilbrush

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Scarlet - Why you selling? I'm definitely interested for that price, its getting to you that's the problem! I'm going down to my site near Narberth on March 17th to open the van up and will be staying overnight (we're leaving the kids behind and once the van's sorted, going to a pub to watch the rugby with friends who are doing the same).

Perhaps we could sort something out. We'll be going down pretty regularly so it doesn't have to be that weekend (on the "down" trip it won't fit in the car because I have to take 6berth's worth of cushions down!)

 

 



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What Cadac is it though? I was going to go the All-Singing All-Dancing Deluxe

 



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Quote: Originally posted by Basilbrush on 27/2/2007
Quote: Originally posted by CaravanSkier on 26/2/2007

If I want to cook using different pans on the beauclaire I just stand them on the grill plate. Works fine! I find I can boil potatoes/veg in a pan and cook the meat on the grill at the same time (have the grill very slightly sloping away from the pans to avoid any fat making them mucky).

http://www.falconproducts.co.uk/domestic.asp  I have bought one of these circles to try out on the beauclaire.

I haven`t used a cadac so I can`t comment but the beauclaire works really well for us (family of 5)


Hello Skier

We've used Bako Glide for years, we buy it on a roll from Falcon Products & cut it to size ourselves. The stuff is fantastic. We use it on every type of cooking device, we use an AGA at home & use it in there as well. Nothing at all sticks to it. I know its not cheap but the work it saves washing up is crazy. We use it on the griddel plate of the beauclaire & only have to take the Bako Glide to the sink.

Can someone post a picture of the Cadac, I've never seen one.

BB  


Thanks for that BB. I`m looking forward to trying it.

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I have used a Beauclaire since 1997 my husband drilled a small hole in the edge to drain the fat, put something under to catch the fat or hang a can under.
I have seen the cadac and although they seem to have multiple parts the trays seem to be made of some type of tin, my Beauclaire is cast iron so no nonstick to scratch, and I believe the flat side can be used as well as the ribbed, its heavy but still in good condition,the paella pan is to big so we have never used it.
I prefer not to have burnt offerings from a charcoal barbeque and have been very happy with the Beauclaire


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