BBQ season isn’t a year-round thing up here in the Valley. You are lucky if you make it from May to October most years. That said, we do get a lot of use out of our gas grill during that time.

I’ve had a natural gas BBQ ever since we moved to Georgetown in 1979 and discovered a solid old Charmglow grill cemented into our backyard patio. When we got up to Almonte I was sold on NG so I had the furnace guys run a line out to the back of the house. Shortly after that we went to Home Depot and got our venerable Broil-Mate.

It’s now 12 years old and showing its age – igniter broken, warming rack rusted away, hood looking seedy, cooking grates worn to bare metal, rubber gas supply hose getting ready to fail. I have already replaced the cooking plates and burner and I have no intention of doing it again.

So we headed off to check out our local fireplace/BBQ dealer and we found what we needed to replace the old Broil-Mate. This is it – a Napoleon Rogue 425K Ambiance.

It’s a simple 3 burner unit, an entry-level Napoleon for sure. Maria liked the black porcelain finish. I liked the rotary igniter and the stainless steel grate. We both liked the fold down stainless shelves.

The friendly BBQ store will assemble, deliver, and set the grill up plus take our old worn out grill away. Simple as that. They even threw in a nice stainless Napoleon BBQ set.

This particular Napoleon is made in their factory in China unlike the really large high-end ones which are assembled in Barrie – but we get the same warranty so that’s OK.

Looks like chillin’ and grillin’ will have a whole new dimension this summer.