Homebase Texas Nimbus 2-burner gas barbecue
- solid and simple build
- good height
- quick preheat
- large footprint
- uneven cooking
- flaming and smoking
- inconsistent heat
- difficult storage
Burger count: approx 20
Overall rating: 2/5
Available from: Homebase (£160)
This gas barbecue from DIY retailer Homebase was time-consuming yet straightforward to build thanks to clever design and tooling, but lots of smaller, fiddly parts (specifically the ignition) slowed things down considerably. Luckily, you’ll only need a standard Phillips head screwdriver to get the job done.
The finished grill has real stability whilst also being lightweight, and height-wise fits the bill for the average person. However, the side-shelves don’t fold away making this model slightly tricky if you want to store it over winter.
The attached hose and regulator connect to the gas without issue and once lit, you’ll be able to get cooking in under 15 minutes. With a pretty standard grill size, low hood and small cooling shelf, the Texas doesn’t offer anything unique but simply does the job – a relatively accurate temperature gauge is a bonus. The porcelain-coated steel grill grates do their duty well.
The overall heat distribution and temperature control is very erratic – cooking super hot, then cooling and suddenly flaming wildly due to inconsistent gas flow. As you’d imagine this produces subpar results with inconsistent browning and a relatively long cook for all of our test produce.
Towards the lower end of the market but by no means the cheapest model, Homebase’s Texas BBQ is servicable, especially with regards to construction and size. However its uneven cooking produced unpalatable results, and lack of storability really mark it down, cutting its overall value for money.
Assembly 3/5 (2 hrs 10 mins)
Ease of use 2.5/5
Cooking results 1/5
Value for money 1.5/5
Overall rating: 2/5
Hose & regulator: included
Gas type: clip-on propane
Dishwasher safe: yes (grill grate)
Warranty: 12 months
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