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OT: Instant Canopy Recommendations?

WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,691
Hi I'm looking for an easy up type of canopy for an occasional bbq competition or cook over night. I had a 12x12 EZ-Up canopy which seemed to work descent but was rushed when put away in the rain. It ended up breaking and snapping a few poles. I'm not opposed to buying EZ-Up again but was wondering if there are some other brand name canopy you guys recommend? I'm hoping to get another 12'×12' canopy. Straight legged is preferred. Really hoping for something under $150. It will be used sparingly. Thanks for any help or tips!
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,813
    I know there are some commercial grade ones out there that hold up much better.  I'm sure of the prices.  I know we have a lot of high quality folks on here than can help with assembly instructions.
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  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,691
    thetrim said:
    I know there are some commercial grade ones out there that hold up much better.  I'm sure of the prices.  I know we have a lot of high quality folks on here than can help with assembly instructions.
    Thanks thetrim. I wish I had disposable income as I'm sure the pricier canopies are much nicer quality than the ones under a few hundred bucks. I don't see it being used more than 5-6 times a year. I'd love a commercial canopy but unfortunately it's not in the cards. Maybe once I hit that lottery!  =)
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    edited April 7
    Spend a little extra and you will be very pleased, we have a 1212with 4 serving windows, can be totally enclosed or the exterior rolled down just leaving the mesh...I think I gave a little under 4 for it . goes up and down and stores easy

    Solid zippers. Heavy duty velcro



    I'm doing a rib Cook off Saturday I will post up some pictures

    Visalia, Ca
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,691
    lkapigian said:
    Spend a little extra and you will be very pleased, we have a 1212with 4 serving windows, can be totally enclosed or the exterior rolled down just leaving the mesh...I think I gave a little under 4 for it . goes up and down and stores easy

    Solid zippers. Heavy duty velcro



    I'm doing a rib Cook off Saturday I will post up some pictures

    Thanks lkapigian. Unfortunately I'm going to be capped off around $150 mark. I might have to find the best of the crappiest canopies. I don't do any serious bbq competitions. More or less for the fun of it and drinking a few beers. I usually have family and friends stop by during it. I had 12'×12' or maybe it was a 14'×14'. It worked out good for family and friends. 10'×10' would be a little tight. 

    I hear you loud and clear though about the quality. I wish I could swing 4 bills for a canopy. I probably wouldn't be buying a second canopy if I did the first go around. I appreciate the offer and suggestion though!
  • RiverRatSkierRiverRatSkier Posts: 127
    I have used a friend's Coleman before.  Some nice features.  Seems at least as durable as the EZ Up brand.  I believe it was a Target purchase.
  • epcotisbestepcotisbest Posts: 2,035
    edited April 9
    I recently bought a 10x10 one from a company called Core Equipment to use for camping. I have put it up a couple of times. It seems well built and hopefully will be durable. Sorry, can't vouch for their bigger canopy. They do offer a 13x13 but it is a different design and a bit over your $150 limit.


  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,956
    I've bought a few of whichever brand costco sells.  When they've broken, it was operator error.  Not super heavy duty, but i think they are close to your price target.
    Phoenix 
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,365
    I like the Coleman. I have a 10x10 and it is easy to take down and put up.
    Check this out:

    https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Instant-Beach-Canopy-Feet/dp/B00339C3EG

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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 11,318
    edited April 9
    I don't think this is what you are really looking for....but might be worth a look.

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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,215
    edited April 9
    WeberWho said:
    Hi I'm looking for an easy up type of canopy for an occasional bbq competition or cook over night. I had a 12x12 EZ-Up canopy which seemed to work descent but was rushed when put away in the rain. It ended up breaking and snapping a few poles. I'm not opposed to buying EZ-Up again but was wondering if there are some other brand name canopy you guys recommend? I'm hoping to get another 12'×12' canopy. Straight legged is preferred. Really hoping for something under $150. It will be used sparingly. Thanks for any help or tips!
    If you have a costco, go there. They have a very stout 12x12, that when purchased through costco, basically gives it a lifetime guarantee. I think it is a coleman. We have one and it is solid.
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  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,365
    I agree with Ron. That's where I bought mine years ago.
    Maybe you can find one with UT Longhorns like mine!



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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,406
    Hotch said:
    I agree with Ron. That's where I bought mine years ago.
    Maybe you can find one with UT Longhorns like mine!



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  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 2,081
    This is the brand I have, very stable:

    https://www.caravancanopy.com/

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  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,691
    Thank you guys for all of the recommendations. Much appreciated! 

    The 13×13 Coleman from Costco looks tempting. Reviews look promising. I also like the opening on top. I just hope it's not too big. Definitely will check it out though 
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    Can you use an open canopy for competition? We have to be enclosed 
    Visalia, Ca
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,691
    lkapigian said:
    Can you use an open canopy for competition? We have to be enclosed 
    Wow. Why is that? I only do a couple small competitions a year. Nothing sanctioned
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 1,835
    @lkapigian,

    Can you post the manufacturer of the enclosed tent that you have. I have a 10x20 Shelter Logic we use for vending, but after the windstorm at yesterday’s event I’m looking for something enclosed.

    Thanks. 
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    Southeastern CT. 
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    edited April 9
    WeberWho said:
    lkapigian said:
    Can you use an open canopy for competition? We have to be enclosed 
    Wow. Why is that? I only do a couple small competitions a year. Nothing sanctioned
    Health department, that's why we finally got enclosed, glad I did especially for not so favorable weather...ours looks like this but the sides can be breathable as shown or solid.,.we have 2 sides with serving windows and 2 solid...I checked, we paid 500.00 ( thought it was less) @CTMike Canopy Plus off of EBay and they were great 10x10...( thought it was 1212)


    Visalia, Ca
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 1,835
    Thank you. 
    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

    Southeastern CT. 
  • xfire_ATXxfire_ATX Posts: 586
    After having mine replaced by friends who borrowed it 3x, having it blow away on me 3 more I just gave up and buy the cheapest one I can find at Academy.  Strangely this one has lasted longer than any other.

    I dont use mine as often as we used to- got tired of needing a wagon to haul chairs and tent to every soccer game.
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    @CTMike Impact Canopy was the vendor, had to look through some old records 
    Visalia, Ca
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 28,208
    YukonRon said:
    WeberWho said:
    Hi I'm looking for an easy up type of canopy for an occasional bbq competition or cook over night. I had a 12x12 EZ-Up canopy which seemed to work descent but was rushed when put away in the rain. It ended up breaking and snapping a few poles. I'm not opposed to buying EZ-Up again but was wondering if there are some other brand name canopy you guys recommend? I'm hoping to get another 12'×12' canopy. Straight legged is preferred. Really hoping for something under $150. It will be used sparingly. Thanks for any help or tips!
    If you have a costco, go there. They have a very stout 12x12, that when purchased through costco, basically gives it a lifetime guarantee. I think it is a coleman. We have one and it is solid.
    I have that one.  Very nice.
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  • gmbbsgmbbs Posts: 110
    If you haven't tossed your old one, the manufacturer likely sells parts to repair. I was given one because it "broke", and my buddy bought a new one. The parts to fix it were about $25! 
    Caravan brand, very nice, but prob out of your budget. Altho, prob not many things where the difference in price nets you more improvement in quality..
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,211
    edited April 10
    We have a Quick Shade Summit like the one in the attached link.  Bought it 4 years ago.  It lives in my Suburban most of he year for travel softball and beach trips.  It's been awesome.  The top venting alleviates stress on windy days.  The only downside has been the storage bag zipper broke a year ago but hasn't affected performance or transport.
    One trick we've found is to keep the canopy on the frame once attached - makes tear down quick and easy.  
    https://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_521455_-1?gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7E6-UvjWL1WnpmBta30rMvkJYRea0xVaQLeHxn-mqQcr7PGEjlRjsORoC0H4QAvD_BwE

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    Here it is, can be enclosed or vented

    Visalia, Ca
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,691
    gmbbs said:
    If you haven't tossed your old one, the manufacturer likely sells parts to repair. I was given one because it "broke", and my buddy bought a new one. The parts to fix it were about $25! 
    Caravan brand, very nice, but prob out of your budget. Altho, prob not many things where the difference in price nets you more improvement in quality..
    Thanks guys for the info, suggestions, links, and pics!

    Thanks gmbbs for the tip. I had an oddball EZ-UP canopy that they discontinued. I wasn't able to locate any replacement parts on the bent/cracked pieces on that particular canopy. I did look before tossing it. 
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,151
    @lkapigian dude that's a sweet setup. Can we see some more pics of the smoker? Looks like some sort of Santa Maria mixture?
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    Thanks @Jeremiah , here is some before I cleaned it up http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1196238/klose-pit-another-craigslist-steal#latest

    It is Santa Maria Style huge vault smoker/ warming over,...huge burner on the front water storage , SS Sink, gray water storage below..I can load wood in one pit and draw through the other like an offset...no money exchanged hands, best deal ever 
    Visalia, Ca
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,151
    @lkapigian that's really nice. I don't know how I missed the original post. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,077
    View from the inside of the canopy 
    Visalia, Ca
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