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Unread 03-18-2014, 09:12 AM   #1
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So my spousal unit advised me the other day that she had volunteered to host the whole family for Easter lunch and had told them that I would be cooking the meat - brisket, chicken, sausage, and pulled pork. Nothing makes me happier than the prospect of a big ol' backyard cook, which in this case will have to involve at least two (maybe three) cookers and 12 - 14 hours spent out in the backyard superintending the process. Since serving time will be about 1:00, I will have to do some overnight duty, but as long as I can stay awake during church that is no real hardship. The issue is this - for the past 6 months I have been receiving immunotherapy for case of Stage 4 metastatic melanoma and the medication makes my skin extremely sensitive to UV radiation. I am not allowed out in the sun for more than 15 minutes without long sleeves, sunscreen, wide brimmed hat, etc., etc. I want to buy an EZ-UP type unit to put out on the patio while I am cooking. I know that a lot of the Brethren use these things so I would like some recommendations as to size and brand to buy. Any help would be appreciated.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 09:15 AM   #2
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I have a Quik Shade Weekender and I would not recommend it...seems to be pretty rickety compared to some others.
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Had a cheapo (can't remember brand because was only used once) that was flimsy & a real pain to assemble.

Bought an official EZ-UP and am very satisfied with ease of set-up and sturdiness.
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IMHO you have to look at trade offs.

I have 3 pop ups - 2 EZ Ups 10x10 white from Sams. I love them but they are a pain to put them up by yourself and they are too heavy for me to take with us to the beach or a family outing. They cost 189.00 ea.

I have a smaller EZ up that I found at Walgreens of all places one night marked down to 79.00. It is like the big ones from Sams but more light weight and I can handle it by myself. I am not sure of the Model numbers but my point is if you are just going to use it every once in a while I would go lighter.
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Happy with my EZ-UP. Had it for five years and still works great.
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I like my EZ UP 10X10- you may want two Just remember to tie them down in case its windy A lot of people fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and tie that to the frame A few of these will keep things safe Have fun
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I have a First Up from Walmart that I like well.
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When you're looking at EZ-UPs and comparing price, note that some provide the footprint measurement (i.e. 10x10) but that at the top the awning size is actually smaller (I think more like 8x - the poles angle in so the top awning measurement is shorter than the measurement between poles at ground level.

EZ-UP also makes ones where the poles go straight up and the footprint size is the same as the awning size. But I think those cost a bit more since the awning is larger.

Just wanted you to be aware of that issuer when comparing sizes and prices, etc.

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costco has a commercial grade 10x20 for $489. Mines going on 4-5 years and still going strong. Less expensive than EZ-up brand and same if not better quality.

http://www.costco.com/Undercover%C2%....11604386.html

The 10X10 is $239

http://www.costco.com/Undercover%C2%....11764088.html
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Thanks for the input, Bros. I have been looking at a 12x12 at Academy. I probably don't need to cover the offset but the WSM and I will fit under that. Does the smoke discolor the awning fabric?
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I've had a couple of 10x10 EZ-UPs in the past, and was happy with them. I just got off their website and can say that their new Vantage recreational EZ-UP looks awesome.

I'm happy this thread got started. I've been thinking about picking up a new pop-up for backyard cooks, so the timing is copacetic!
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Thanks for the input, Bros. I have been looking at a 12x12 at Academy. I probably don't need to cover the offset but the WSM and I will fit under that. Does the smoke discolor the awning fabric?
Yessir! That's why I'm going to get a blue one! TBS discolors blue, right?
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One last point make sure you get side panels if you need to be out of the sun. The shades mostly work when sun is overhead.
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Yes, get some side panels for sun AND wind
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Have an 8x8 slant leg ez up. I also have some sweet ez up brand sandbags that attach to the leg bottoms and weigh about 40lbs when full.
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