The Bottom Line
The Capt'n Cook 3-Burner Gas Grill has been discontinued. For a review of comparable products, see my list of the best Gas Grills Between $500 and $1,000.
Barbeques Galore imports its own line of grills. The Capt'n Cook 3-Burner Gas Grill sits toward the bottom of the line. This grill is designed for cooking, and it has no features other than the main 3-burner grill. While it has a good warranty and heavy components, the reliance on porcelain coatings forces you to take a little extra care of the grill. This is a good grill at around $540. The heat output is strong, but the preheat time is a little long.
- Heavy porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates
- Individual igniters on each burner
- Double-walled, stainless steel hood
- Heavy porcelain-coated cast-iron burners
- Porcelain coatings can chip and expose metal to rust
- Limited features
- Three 15,000 BTU porcelain-coated cast-iron burners
- 494 square inches of primary cooking space for a total of 625 square inches of grilling area
- 45,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Ceramic briquettes of a 304 stainless steel tray
- Porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates
- Enamelled steel frame with stainless steel hood
- Built-in temperature gauge
- Stainless steel full-width drip tray
- Individual piezoelectric igniters on each burner
Guide Review: Capt'n Cook 3-Burner Gas Grill
Barbeques Galore is the world's first franchised grill store. They are a big Australian company that imports grills primary made in China for the Australian and American markets. The Capt'n Cook grills are toward the bottom of their grill lines but are good quality grills. This 3-burner gas grill comes in natural gas and propane. Barbeques Galore has a good reputation for service and support and is in the business for the long haul (they have more than 150 stores). I have never heard anything bad about their support.
This grill has three porcelain-coated cast-iron burners producing 45,000 BTUs under a primary cooking area of 494 square inches.This is a little low, but this grill does produce good heat once you give it an extra minute or two to heat up. While the porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates are a great cooking surface, you need to take good care not to chip them. If you're interested, I'm told you can change out the grates and burners for stainless steel.
If you're looking for a grill that heats up nicely and provides a good cooking surface, this is a good one. However, at about $500 you can get many other grills with this size and power. The primitive design and limited features would probably limit its sale when stacked up against other grills at this price. There really isn't anything that stands out about this grill. If you get a good price on it and don't want anything more than a basic grill, then this wouldn't be a bad choice. You can certainly do worse.