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chachee52
03-19-2011, 01:03 PM
So I was doing a little spring cleaning and started cleaning the grill out and the burner was all rotted out. I tried buying a universal kit, but didn't really fit. I bought this grill about 6 years ago for $89 so it owes me nothing and was thinking that this would be a good time to get a new grill!!
So my budget is $400, any recomendations? Not looking for anything super fancy just something that grills. Side burner is no important, the only time i remember using the one that I have no is during the ice storm to heat up water for coffee and tea for my wife.
Thanks in advance!

Chainsaw13
03-19-2011, 01:07 PM
I love my Weber gas grill. I got it at Home Depot a few years back. Was a floor sample with a missing wheel. The guy grabbed a new wheel from the part section, plus a spare. Got them to also knock another $50 off. I think I paid $250 for it.

T.G
03-19-2011, 01:43 PM
Hard to beat the durability of the Weber Genesis gas grills, but I don't really care for their left to right burner design which makes having a cool zone rather difficult, I much prefer front to back burner design when dealing with gas (which isn't often, thankfully).

I would suggest checking if there is a BBQ Galore dealer in your area and seeing if they still carry/manufacture the more modestly priced units. I have one of their old 4-burner Cook-On grills, which was fantastic as a gas grill, I used the heck out of it for years, I would typically burn about 20lb of propane a month until I got tired of food that didn't have any flavor.

I also hear good things about the higher end Brinkmann stuff, but I haven't used them that much to form any real opinion.

The grill guy on about.com actually seems to have some solid reviews and I noticed that he will call a grill out for being junk or poorly designed, unlike some of the other reviewers there. http://bbq.about.com/od/grills/u/equipment.htm

hammondc
03-19-2011, 01:46 PM
Weber.

/Close thread.

Chainsaw13
03-19-2011, 01:48 PM
Hard to beat the durability of the Weber Genesis gas grills, but I don't really care for their left to right burner design which makes having a cool zone rather difficult, I much prefer front to back burner design when dealing with gas (which isn't often, thankfully).


That would be my only complaint about my Weber. But then I usually don't cook that much food, so I will only have the front two burners running and can use the back for a cool zone if needed. But I would prefer side to side burners.

mosesbotbol
03-19-2011, 01:52 PM
Not sure what Weber's top series is, but it's sure darn nice and a smaller size one should be in your budget. I would checkout craigslist for one as well.

T.G
03-19-2011, 01:56 PM
That would be my only complaint about my Weber. But then I usually don't cook that much food, so I will only have the front two burners running and can use the back for a cool zone if needed. But I would prefer side to side burners.

At least you have the three burner and you can do that (which is how I've done it too). I had to use a two burner once - I'm glad it was just burgers, dogs and sausage, anything else that would have required better temp control and a cool zone would have been somewhere between a royal PITA and impossible.

GolfNut
03-19-2011, 02:06 PM
Buy another $89/6 year grill again. Spend the balance on booze, steaks and cigars!

ArgusP2
03-19-2011, 02:29 PM
Buy another $89/6 year grill again. Spend the balance on booze, steaks and cigars!



:tpd:

boom
03-19-2011, 02:58 PM
Love my Weber .... had it for about 10yrs now

longknocker
03-19-2011, 03:01 PM
I Just Bought A MHP Grill From The Gas Company. A Little More Expensive, But Lifetime Warranty!:tu I Love It!:banger

chachee52
03-19-2011, 03:07 PM
The Weber Genisis 320 is one on the top of my list right now.
I looked and don't have a BBQ galor around me anywhere.

Bill86
03-19-2011, 03:08 PM
We have a Ducane, not sure which model. But they are quite nice, this reminds me it could use a good cleaning.

GoatLocker
03-24-2011, 02:26 PM
Hard to beat the durability of the Weber Genesis gas grills, but I don't really care for their left to right burner design which makes having a cool zone rather difficult, I much prefer front to back burner design when dealing with gas (which isn't often, thankfully).


Weber has updated the Genesis line with front to back burners for 2011. Also, knobs are on the front (since the manifold was moved there). I'm looking at the 330 and trying to decide between the old model for $100 off and the new one. I guess the old left-right burners are preferred by those who use the rotissierie, the new one should be a bit better for grilling. I never use a rotisserie, so I'm leaning toward the new. Or a BBQ island... :sh

T.G
03-24-2011, 02:47 PM
Weber has updated the Genesis line with front to back burners for 2011. Also, knobs are on the front (since the manifold was moved there). I'm looking at the 330 and trying to decide between the old model for $100 off and the new one. I guess the old left-right burners are preferred by those who use the rotissierie, the new one should be a bit better for grilling. I never use a rotisserie, so I'm leaning toward the new. Or a BBQ island... :sh

I did not realize that, thanks for the update.

Looking at their website now - so it looks like the Spirit line still uses the old left-right design. Actually, the spirit line looks almost exactly like the old genesis line, just renamed.

OLS
03-24-2011, 02:58 PM
So my budget is $400, any recomendations?

I can hear the can opener and the wriggling! Someone has popped a can of worms.
personally, for $125 I would go with a Char-Griller available at many area homestores now.
Even with mine, the no firebox having unit, I can smoke meat indirectly, and I have a variable
height adjustment on the coals tray/grate that I can raise WAY up to cook a steak, medium
for chicken and low for smoking and it really does it all and won't break the bank. HOWEVER,
this IS a charcoal grill. They make them in gas, but I am describing a charcoal grill.
Some folks won't play that.

tupacboy
03-24-2011, 03:02 PM
weber, weber, or weber...

tupacboy
03-24-2011, 03:03 PM
check ace hardware and sears near you if you have one... they were on clearance last week...

SvilleKid
03-24-2011, 03:18 PM
I tend to go with GolfNut!!! I've had $600 grill that lasted 12 years (with solid, cast iron burners that I replaced every year with cheap replacement burners after year 8). When I sent it to the metal recycler, the exterior (all stainless steel) was still in great shape. However, replacing the 3 "H-shaped" burners at $20-25 each got expensive real fast. My best friend has a Weber? with solid brass burners. Lifetime warranty on burners. Year 8 or 9, two of the three burners are shot, and need replacement. We both grill A LOT! probably at least twice a week on average, but not unusual for either of us to grill 3-4 times (or more) a week), so we are heavy users - to the point that I use a 100 lb bottle for my grill! On replacement , I purchased a floor model Char-grill with a few bumps. Got $60 knocked off, it was already assembled. Has a side burner that I'd never had before, but have to admit I have used it enough to appreciate having it. No infrared, but I have a big wood burning grill for smoking, so I don't use the gas grill for longer time-frame type cooking.

I think I have about $110 in the grill I got. It's SS exterior, has four burners, the side "eye" burner, the typical upper level "1/3rd depth" grill for warming? and coated, cast-iron grill surfaces. I've had it for 2-3? years and the burners seem to be in good condition, but they have diffusion shields that tend to keep the basting liquids off the burners, which helps longevity. I actually picked this grill because the burners are single, straight tube type burners, because those are the cheapest to replace, and the easiest to find. If I get 6-7 years of heavy use out of the grill, I'll be happy! And, since I rarely use more than half the grill at any one time, I vary the burners I use, thus giving me the chance at a much longer life.

ucla695
03-24-2011, 03:21 PM
My next gasser will be a Weber. They make great products and their customer service is excellent!

I have managed to squeeze out 5 or 6 years from my $300 Char Broil, but it's almost completely rusted thru.

MiamiE
03-24-2011, 04:23 PM
Weber is great, but he's not finding one for $400.

Christiel49
03-28-2011, 07:44 AM
I go CHARCOAL!!!!! No gas please :noon

wayner123
03-28-2011, 08:20 AM
I have been very happy with Brinkmann over the years. I grill quite frequently and love the one I have. I got it at Lowes in the offseason a while back and it was discounted 50% off. Been working like a champ ever since.

Skywalker
03-28-2011, 12:55 PM
I go CHARCOAL!!!!! No gas please :noon

:tpd: I have never owned a gas grill, and I never plan to!:2

I guess I shouldn't have posted in a thread asking about gas grills!:bh

N2 GOLD
03-28-2011, 01:02 PM
Go CHARCOAL or go HOME... -(P

chachee52
03-28-2011, 01:26 PM
I go CHARCOAL!!!!! No gas please :noon

:tpd: I have never owned a gas grill, and I never plan to!:2

I guess I shouldn't have posted in a thread asking about gas grills!:bh

Go CHARCOAL or go HOME... -(P

I have a charcoal one too, and actually am hoping to get a fire pit grill built in the next few years. But I do like just coming home late at night firing up the grill and having a sausage cooked in a few minutes.


So an update on the grill, after modifying the old grill I was able to get the replacement burner to fit, so for right now I am not going buy a grill, but will probably be looking at the end of the season for close out sales.

Mugen910
03-28-2011, 01:32 PM
Todd...randomly check out Lowes or HD..sometimes they put up clearance items and mix them in with regular priced stuff.

jjirons69
03-28-2011, 03:17 PM
Got to go with the Weber Genesis gas grills. Mine has 5 years on it, but the burner is starting to act crazy. Best time to buy is the end of summer as the days start getting colder. Grills and lawnmowers are cheaper then. I seriously thought about leaving the gas world for the charcoal world on my next purchase. I'm seriously considering a medium Big Green Egg or maybe a large one. A local butcher shop smoked a turkey for 12 hours and it was magnificent. I see them on Craigslist from time to time.

Aero95
03-29-2011, 09:46 AM
I have a weber charcoal and if I get a gas grill I will probably look at a Napoleon Prestige I P450. Cant beat the flavor of charcoal though :)

hammondc
03-29-2011, 10:05 AM
I'm seriously considering a medium Big Green Egg or maybe a large one. A local butcher shop smoked a turkey for 12 hours and it was magnificent. I see them on Craigslist from time to time.

Do this. It will change your life. I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine. I have a Large.

Aero95
03-29-2011, 10:08 AM
Chip would you know if the Kamado grill is the same as the Green Egg by any chance?

Gargoyle
03-29-2011, 10:10 AM
Love my Char-Griller. I first started using them for my smoker, but my wife doesn't like the time it takes for charcoal (blasphemy!). I got her a gas one from Char-Griller and it has been fantastic.

BloodSpite
03-29-2011, 10:19 AM
I go CHARCOAL!!!!! No gas please :noon

:tpd:

Got a Masterbuilt Kingsford Grill/Smoker combo that has been absolutely phenom!

hammondc
03-29-2011, 12:06 PM
Chip would you know if the Kamado grill is the same as the Green Egg by any chance?

Very similar, but Kamado is a LOT more $$. Mainly because they are a helluva lot prettier. Outside of that, I do not think there is much difference.

Aero95
03-29-2011, 12:22 PM
Cool thanks. I have some of the coconut charcoal they make and I was just wondering. I like the Green Egg more anyways.

hammondc
03-29-2011, 02:27 PM
Cool thanks. I have some of the coconut charcoal they make and I was just wondering. I like the Green Egg more anyways.

I have never tried the coconut charcoal. Mainly because the reviews on Naked Whiz are pretty bad. I use the Royal Oak from Wally World.

Aero95
03-29-2011, 03:35 PM
I don't use it much either. I use Royal Oak that I buy in 40lb bulk and wicked good charcoal but thats super hard to find around here. The Coconut charcoal is a PITA to get started.

hammondc
03-29-2011, 08:33 PM
Royal is about the highest rated on Naked Whiz. They make the BGE charcoal too. Good stuff.

mithrilG60
03-29-2011, 08:49 PM
Hard to beat the durability of the Weber Genesis gas grills, but I don't really care for their left to right burner design which makes having a cool zone rather difficult, I much prefer front to back burner design when dealing with gas.

QFT, especially the left to right burner design. That design also means the left side is ofter cooler than the right :(

My wife gave me a 4-burner Napoleon P450RB (http://www.napoleongrills.com/Gourmet-grills/P450RB_gas_grill_barbecue.html) grill last year for my birthday and it's AMAZING. Same quality and durability as Weber w/ a lifetime warranty on all the SS parts and burner box. Very hot and even, the outer two burners wrap around the back to form a U shape which lets you turn down/off the centre burner to create an direct heat zone that covers about 80% of the grill surface. The rotisserie burner is amazing and the rotisserie kit was included.

I am given to understand that Napoleon isn't as common down in the US (it's a Canadian company out of Barrie, Ontario) but it's well worth it if you can find them!