Cobb Barbeques

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I would like to know whether or not they are as good as their advertising says they are. If any owner would like to share their experiences I would appreciate their feedback.

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I would like to know whether or not they are as good as their advertising says they are. If any owner would like to share their experiences I would appreciate their feedback.

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Me Too. I'm thinking of buying one.

I did talk to someone on a pontoon up the Fal who was using his for the 2nd time, he was cooking within minutes and seemed pleased with his.
 

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Used ours a hell of a lot in Caribbean. They need the lid on to generate enough heat as the fuel basket is small. They are different so need a different technique to cooking. Best bit is cooking on cockpit table as it doesn't burn the surface.
 

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Recently got the kitchen in a bag. Haven't tried every option but superbly made and using the cobblestones I see no reason why there should be anything I cannot cook. Certainly will be go to for bread making.
 

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It depends on what you are looking for. They are relatively small and a bit different from a standard barbeque. I love the one we have as I have no oven on board and the Cobb does the best roast chicken I have ever had, as well as all the trimmings. You need to buy the extension to fit the chicken but you can just chuck all the potatoes in the moat at the bottom and the chicken fat drips on it as they roast. It makes the most wonderful lightly smoked chicken which is almost steamed and incredibly moist. We have cooked a few steaks on it and the odd sausage as part of a normal BBQ and it does this job fine. It is cool to the touch so you can put it anywhere and move it as required. We have a lot of varnished wood and it is quite happy with the cobb on it. For us it really does extend the range of cooking we can do on board.
 

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I would like to know whether or not they are as good as their advertising says they are. If any owner would like to share their experiences I would appreciate their feedback.

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I have used them before and am very tempted to buy one. They are quite small, but it is amazing to be able to cook on something that doesn't generate any external heat like a normal bbq does - you can put them on any surface and pick them up whilst cooking. As long as you are not planning on cooking for more than 4 people then I would highly recommend one!

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The zip on the bag corroded together. Ended up taking a knife to the bag.
It's handy to be able to move it around whilst alight. It sometimes gets moved to the cockpit floor to get out of the wind.
 

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We bought one a couple of years ago ..... We thought we were buying a BBQ, but found we had bought an oven.
Great for cooking real food when on the boat for an extended period and much cheaper to run than a gas oven.
 

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Bought mine a couple of years ago, had a problem lighting the cobblestone on a day out in the forest and put it away in disgust. BUT....

Just returned from a 7 day canal holiday. Got the tip of using a very small amount of firelighter in the centre of the cobblestone and it lights really easily. Ready to cook in 5 minutes. Smoke free and cool to touch the base so easy to move around. I lit it on the roof and moved it down to the bow area to cook.

We have experimented with lamb rack and chops (easy and very tasty), whole chicken (a bit dry), chicken breasts (VGI) sauages (make the most mess and were a pain to clean up after and steak (fine but hard to get rare or medium rare). As for clearing, - I squirted some washing up liquid then just flushed with a kettle of boiling water and at the end of the holiday I gave it a bit of a scrub and put it through the dishwasher.

My only problem is on Saturday (at home in the garden), about 4 inches of the insulation seems to have got too hot and melted into the side of the fire pan. Not sure why or what to do about it.
 

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Anyone have experience of the gas powered version? I quite fancy one, but can't be bothered with all this mucking about with charcoal.
 

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Used ours twice. Thought it got a bit warm on the outer skin.
3rd time the middle skin between inner and outer started bubbling and caught fire! ( in the cockpit)

Sent pics and info to Cobb UK and got stonewalled and no response to my many complaints
A- holes: I take any opportunity to rubbish them
 

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I too was seriously tempted by a Cobb. But with two people having melted critical parts of theirs, one having to cut out a corroded zip, two who found it too cold to cook a steak and others complaining about messy cleaning (approx 80% of sample in total!), I guess this is one gizmo I'm going to pass on.
 

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Anyone have experience of the gas powered version? I quite fancy one, but can't be bothered with all this mucking about with charcoal.

I thought the whole point of their proprietary "pill" things is that there is no messing about with charcoal?

Pete
 

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I have a gas powered contraption which the missus operates down below; seems to produce quite good results on the whole :D
 

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I too was seriously tempted by a Cobb. But with two people having melted critical parts of theirs, one having to cut out a corroded zip, two who found it too cold to cook a steak and others complaining about messy cleaning (approx 80% of sample in total!), I guess this is one gizmo I'm going to pass on.
I've had mine for over ten years and it hasn't shown any signs of melting yet, nor has my zip corroded, and I keep it in an outside locker in the cockpit. I like it because it's compact and easy to store.

I did once find it not hot enough, but that was when I tried the cobblestones, but have never had any problems using heat beads. Cleaning is a pain, but I guess that applies to any bbq. I've done bbq's for up to seven people and the food always comes out great.

For a quick and easy bbq, for one or two people, when I can't be bothered to clean up afterwards, I use the 2 quid throwaway bbq's from Sainsbury's.
 

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Bought mine a couple of years ago, had a problem lighting the cobblestone on a day out in the forest and put it away in disgust. BUT....

Just returned from a 7 day canal holiday. Got the tip of using a very small amount of firelighter in the centre of the cobblestone and it lights really easily. Ready to cook in 5 minutes. Smoke free and cool to touch the base so easy to move around. I lit it on the roof and moved it down to the bow area to cook.

We have experimented with lamb rack and chops (easy and very tasty), whole chicken (a bit dry), chicken breasts (VGI) sauages (make the most mess and were a pain to clean up after and steak (fine but hard to get rare or medium rare). As for clearing, - I squirted some washing up liquid then just flushed with a kettle of boiling water and at the end of the holiday I gave it a bit of a scrub and put it through the dishwasher.

My only problem is on Saturday (at home in the garden), about 4 inches of the insulation seems to have got too hot and melted into the side of the fire pan. Not sure why or what to do about it.

I don't know how you managed to make a dry chicken in one. This is the thing I cook most often in the Cobb and it always comes out great. I use the standard heat plate with the wire rack above it as the chicken shouldn't be resting on the hot plate. The chicken seems to be roasted and steamed at the same time making it incredibly moist. I have even thought about using it at home for chicken it is that good.

My zip also gave up but this seems to be a common failure in zips in general. I don't understand what is melting on other people's as there is nothing near the heat on mine that is melty.
 
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