Gas Barbecues

BBQ Servicing:

A decade ago, purchasing a barbeque over $800 was thought to be excessive.  These days, it is quite common for the average consumer to spend over $1,000 on a gas barbeque.  In the niche market of high end luxury grills, consumers can easily spend up to $15,000 on their barbeque.  At this time, there is a current trend towards outdoor kitchens, where a base model barbeque can start at $2,500 to over $15,000.  Complete installs of built-ins can start at $3,000 and can sometimes cost over $100,000.  Caring for these appliances should be taken as seriously as any other important purchase (just like oil changes and tune-ups for your car).  As you would for your car, it is very important to schedule regular service and maintenance for your barbeque to ensure total safety and optimum efficiency.

We at BBQ BOY are here to service all makes and models from the average grill to the ultimate, high end luxury grill.  We are licensed gas technicians governed by TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority).  We take pride in our work and are committed to giving you the best possible service.  Whatever service you require for your barbeque, we can do!!!

Servicing:

Do you have ignition problems? Low heat?  Do you need a part installed?  Thanks to our many years of experience, we can troubleshoot and solve all your barbeque problems.  We provide in-home service that is fast and reliable.
$85 and up

Barbeque inspection:

We inspect and clean all gas components of the barbeque; clean burner, valves, orifices, ignition components, rotisserie burner, side burner, clean and vacuum flavour bars/ grills, inspect and test all gas fittings for leaks, and test start the barbeque.
$85 and up

Partial Cleaning:

Same as barbeque inspection; in addition: we also clean cooking grills, warming tray and exterior of barbeque.
$95 and up

Full Cleaning:

This is a complete restoration.  We take the barbeque apart and remove 80-95% of the grease, food debris, and carbon build up.  We inspect and clean the entire barbeque. We also test all gas, electrical, and ignition components.  This cleaning process usually takes 1-3 hours and makes your barbeque look like new.
$180 and up

Assembly:

We know your time is precious… so leave it to us! Why fuss with the manual? We offer on site assembly of your barbeque, test start the unit and offer helpful do’s and don’ts to get you started.  Leave it to us to set you up!
$95 and up

Gas Line:

We can install a gas line and connect it to your barbeque.  We offer both above ground and underground gas lines.  We can properly and safely size and install any gas piping to accommodate any of your needs.  We also perform gas line installations for gas fireplaces, gas stoves and any other gas appliance.
$200 and up

Natural Gas/ Propane Conversions:

We can convert from propane to natural gas or vice versa.  Most barbeques can be converted to either natural gas or propane.  All conversion kits are made for your barbeque by the original manufacturer.

Please call us for more information.

Outdoor Heaters:

Feeing chilly?  Needing some warmth?  We offer service and installations of all types of outdoor patio heaters and fireplaces. 

Please call for more information.

Buying Tips

What to look for when buying a barbecue:

We always get asked: “What is the best barbecue to buy?”

Our answer: It really depends on your wants and needs. You can spend $15,000 on the top of the line high end luxury barbecue (that has all the bells and whistles), or spend $300 on a common one (with the basic needs for grilling).  The prices vary dramatically because technology has improved over the years and there is a huge transformation in barbecues today.  They are bigger, heavier and more high tech then ever before.  Prices now range from $300 to over $15,000!!!

Which barbeque to buy really depends on your needs.

Here are some pointers to look for when choosing what is best for you…

Things to consider:

  1. You get what you pay for. 
  2. Support the Canadian and United States manufacturers.  These manufacturers have a long, trusted history in the industry.  They make good quality barbeques that are strong, long lasting and technologically advanced.  Parts can be replaced easily if necessary and accessories are available.
  3. Look at the construction of the grill and the material used: Manufacturers use things like plastic, aluminum, brass, and stainless steel with all different grades.  It is very important that when you are looking at the unit that you “kick the tires”, get a feel for the barbeque:
    • Inspect the burner.  Burners are usually cast iron, brass or stainless steel.  Look for stainless steel.  It is better because it will last longer and it is easier to maintain.  Make sure it is large enough to distribute heat evenly.  It should cover 80% of the base of the barbecue.
    • Remove the grills and feel the weight.  The grills can be made of nickel wire, cast iron or stainless steel.  The heavier the grills, the better. This helps to retain the heat and distribute it more evenly. 
    • Lift or move the barbecue.  You want something heavy for stability.  Make sure it does not wobble and is sturdy.
    • Ask about the grade of stainless steel.  A gauge of 302 S/S or higher is what you should be looking for.
    • If aluminum is used for the lid or the base: Look for a heavier and thicker grade.  This way there is less chance of it cracking or warping due to the heat.
    • The plastic used should be durable, heat resistant and fade resistant.
    • Remember to ask about parts being readily available if necessary.
  4. Look at the size: How many people will you be cooking for at once? Do you have a big family? Do you like to entertain? These are things that must be considered when buying a barbecue.
  5. Look at the number of BTUs (British Thermal Units).  This is the amount of heat energy that is produced by the barbecue.  Think about the types of food you plan to cook on it.  If you will be barbequing a lot of heavy meats (eg. steak), then a barbeque with a high BTU (50,000 and up) is needed for grilling and searing your steaks.  If you plan do a lot of light meat (eg. chicken and fish) or vegetables, you can opt for a barbeque with a lower BTU rating (35,000-45,000).
  6. You have 2 options to choose from: Natural Gas or Propane. 
    • Propane
    It comes from natural gas.  It is liquefied and stored in a canister.  

    Benefits: barbecue can be moved to different areas;

    Downfall: must be refilled regularly or you may run out, may be a hassle to connect, disconnect and transport.

    • Natural gas  
    Benefits: more economical, never run out, safer because it is not pressurized in a canister;

    Downfall: initial cost may be expensive to hook up, limited to one area, can only move barbecue around a couple of feet.

  7. Look at accessories.  Many customers that buy add-ons such as side burners, rotisserie burners and other “toys” never use them.  There are so many different accessories available today.  It is important to decide if you will need and actually use them before adding them on.
  8. Ask about the warranty.  A good basic warranty would be 5 or more years on the burners, 10 or more years on the outside casting and one or more years on the whole barbeque.
  9. Look at your budget: What can you afford? Remember: You get what you pay for! Spending a little more now may save you a lot later!
  10. Lastly:  You’ve invested good money on your barbeque: make sure you maintain it, like you would any important purchase.  Your car needs tune-ups, your home needs fix-ups, your lawn needs maintenance, and your barbeque does too. You wouldn’t cook in a dirty pot, so don’t cook in a dirty barbeque.  Make sure you have your barbeque maintained regularly.  We offer the very best maintenance and service for your barbeque!
  11. Things to be aware of (especially when buying an import):

    • Cost: Imports tend to cost much less, but the quality of the barbeque is not the same and ultimately you may end up paying much more in the long run.
    • Replacement parts: It’s usually a problem to get them because they rarely sell the replacement parts.  If the part is not available, you may have to replace the whole barbeque
    • Craftsmanship: Imports tend to use a cheaper grade of stainless steel, aluminum and plastics.  This is how they are able to cut costs.
    • Imitations: Consumers tend to be fooled into believing they are getting the same quality but are not.

BBQ BOY TOP BBQ PICKS

Top High End Grills Top 3 Grills
1. Viking 1. Weber
2. DCS 2. Napoleon
3. Lynx 3. Broil King
4. FireMagic

Outdoor Kitchens

The trend of outdoor kitchens is here to stay.  People are now transforming their backyard into a mini cottage retreat. This whole process is almost like building a house to some degree. You will need various contractors such as a gas technician, electrician, masonry person, landscaper, plumber, etc.  To ensure your ideas are smoothly executed, all contractors must work together to ensure that the:

  1. Barbeque is installed properly in its casing
  2. Electrical is installed in the right areas 
  3. Gas line is sized adequately to supply the barbeque 
  4. Design is functional.

Communication between the consumer and the contractors is the most important thing!!! Communication between contactors is equally important!!!

    1. Ensure that all contractors get a copy of the barbeque installation guide. It is very important because all specifications of gas, electrical, and cut out dimensions are listed.     
    2. You have a right to ask questions.  As the home owner you should be aware of what each contractor is doing.  Find out why they are installing the electrical outlets in specific areas, why the gas line is being installed in a certain way, is there an access box to get to the gas or waterline. If you are curious or have doubts, ask these questions early otherwise it may be too late once the work is done.
    3. Look at the design and function of the area.  It is very important.  It must be practical so there is easy access to each accessory such as fridge, beer dispenser, sink, side burner, sear burner, etc.  You don’t want to have to change the location of an accessory later because it’s installed in an unpractical place.  When looking at the design, also think about the location of the built-in.  You might want to build it away from direct sunlight or maybe you want to make a statement and install it in middle of the yard.  It all depends on your needs and wants.

We are pleased to offer on-site consultation. Please call or email us for details.