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What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 20, 2022 08:38PM
I had a Brinkmann for quite a while. It worked well and I think I replaced just about every internal part at least once. The parts were inexpensive, lasted years, and were easy to get. However, Brinkmann went out of business so the parts became hard to find. I gave it away and bought a used char broil off a friend that was moving.

It's okay, but needs some parts. I'm thinking of buying a new one, but prices seem insane and all the reviews are bad for the ones I find at Lowes & Home Depot.

Some of the things I'm looking for:

- Stainless hood. I store it under a cover, but it's out in the weather all year
- Four burners or more. I have four now and can't imagine having less.
- Easy to get replacement parts that aren't $$$
- Relatively even heating. My current one is pretty bad - worse than my previous one by far
- I don't care about side burners. I'd actually rather not have them. Though I do need a side table or two.
- Uses propane

I thought I'd get a Webber, but wow, their prices have increased. I've found people mentioning the Webbers have more than doubled in price in the past three years. I could be convinced to pay as much as $500, but it better be pretty sweet.

What are the good brands these days?




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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 20, 2022 08:45PM
I just buy whatever is the cheapest on clearance in the fall at 50% off and use that for 3 years and then recycle it and buy another. I'm at about $500 spent over the last 15 years.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: September 20, 2022 09:28PM
500 gets you a Webber Spirit II E-210, and it Is pretty sweet.
But it seems it’s half the grill you want.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: Cary
Date: September 20, 2022 09:34PM
I think the Weber premium is worth it. Best grills I've ever owned.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: August West
Date: September 20, 2022 10:02PM
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: September 20, 2022 10:36PM
I think my Weber Genesis 3 burner will last me the rest of my life. Only thing I've replaced in like 13 years are the flavorizer bars. I got mine when they switch from side control to front controls and got a big discount, got it for $400. Saw a near new one on FB Marketplace the other day for $100.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 20, 2022 11:11PM
My Sears Kenmore has been used, on average, once a week for 30 years without needing a single repair. It will be used for burgers tomorrow evening. It was used for chicken last evening.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 21, 2022 05:16AM
Look at Marketplace or Craigslist for a Webber Genesis. You may have to replace a few simple parts, but you'll save a bundle on a grill that will last a lifetime.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 21, 2022 07:57AM
FWIW, the stainless steel cover gas grills won't last more than 3 years until the burners rust out, and then the mild steel lower body rusts out.

I have a NexGrill .. replaced the burners and heat tents with stainless. The lower body is rusting out too... I'm in the market for a more robust replacement at the end of season sales.
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: September 21, 2022 08:33AM
My Weber Genesis three burner is probably 15+ years old now. Replaced the flavor bars with stainless and still running strong. I too have the last year of the left to right burners (Wished I had the front to back burners but still I love my grill). Only bitch I have is the grease needs to be cleaned out often or we have fire (newer models corrected the flaw). I think this thing will last another 10-20+ years!!!
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 21, 2022 09:11AM
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Ombligo
Look at Marketplace or Craigslist for a Webber Genesis. You may have to replace a few simple parts, but you'll save a bundle on a grill that will last a lifetime.

I will look. Seems like a good idea. I'd just need to figure out how to transport it.




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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: September 21, 2022 09:54AM
Old Fogette

Steps in briefly to mention the Blackstone griddle as a possibility. It opens a whole new world of possibilities.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: September 21, 2022 11:32AM
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M A V I C
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Ombligo
Look at Marketplace or Craigslist for a Webber Genesis. You may have to replace a few simple parts, but you'll save a bundle on a grill that will last a lifetime.

I will look. Seems like a good idea. I'd just need to figure out how to transport it.

A few hand tools should let you remove the box/lid from the frame, although some research might be needed for that.

Avoid the models from the 2000s with steel cabinets and choose something either recent or old with an open frame. Any model with a closed cabinet can rust the cabinet. (There was a period when Weber thought it was sophisticated to hide the gas tank and so on.)

The lids are porcelain enamel, you don’t need a SS lid.

Weber parts are easy to get, but keep in mind gas grills basically cook themselves to death (burners/Flavorizers) … but Webers should all have aluminum cook boxes. Bottom line, yes there are wear parts but the core of the machine can outlast you. Most gas grills won’t.

Invest in SS cooking grates. Depending on the model, there are also 3rd party makers for these nicer than the ones from Weber.
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: d4
Date: September 21, 2022 11:48AM
Do not ever purchase a gas grill with a propane tank tucked under the grill in a cabinet. It is by far the most idiotic useless design choice in the history of gas grills.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: September 21, 2022 11:51AM
What not to get: something like this E-310

It's a fine machine but I'd not consider it unless the inside is clean and free of rust. Nice price tho.

This is the original design, I'd toss $100 at this along with new SS grates and get cookin'. When the Flavorizers wear out, replace with SS: [www.facebook.com]]

The earlier ones had wood instead of plastic, and wood can be refurbed easily.

and for your "4th burner" I'd get a Q1200 ... awesome camping grill, too.
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: September 21, 2022 04:18PM
That 310 looks fine to me. The rust is in the flavorizer bars. Do they have the same 10yr warranty?
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: gadje
Date: September 21, 2022 05:15PM
A good alternative to Weber Genesis is this

[www.napoleon.com]
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 21, 2022 07:44PM
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Markintosh
Old Fogette

Steps in briefly to mention the Blackstone griddle as a possibility. It opens a whole new world of possibilities.

Our next deck appliance is going to be a Blackstone griddle. We do have a Weber that's aging well, however!
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 21, 2022 07:56PM
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Markintosh
Old Fogette

Steps in briefly to mention the Blackstone griddle as a possibility. It opens a whole new world of possibilities.

This deal came up today, but I don't think I want a griddle [slickdeals.net]




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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 21, 2022 07:58PM
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deckeda
What not to get: something like this E-310

It's a fine machine but I'd not consider it unless the inside is clean and free of rust. Nice price tho.

This is the original design, I'd toss $100 at this along with new SS grates and get cookin'. When the Flavorizers wear out, replace with SS: [www.facebook.com]]

The earlier ones had wood instead of plastic, and wood can be refurbed easily.

and for your "4th burner" I'd get a Q1200 ... awesome camping grill, too.

Thanks for that. I find myself regularly using four burners, but maybe I could get away with three. For example, I'll use two for meat and two for veggies.




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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 21, 2022 07:59PM
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A good alternative to Weber Genesis is this

[www.napoleon.com]

Maybe if I can find a used one. But at that price, I'll buy a new cheap one every four years for the next 20 years.




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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: September 21, 2022 08:24PM
My Weber genesis is over 24 yrs old. I’ve replaced the flavor bars a few times and 1 new set of grates. Almost daily use in warm weather. I just got a z grill pellet smoker…it works well for $249.



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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: September 22, 2022 07:08AM
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rich in distress
That 310 looks fine to me. The rust is in the flavorizer bars. Do they have the same 10yr warranty?

That style has a steel cabinet. It’ll rust, although depending on the environment perhaps not soon. Weber owners measure success in decades.

Now, higher-end Genesis models, the “stainless” ones might have a SS cabinet. I just don’t know if it’s the cabinet or only the doors that are SS on those. But grill cabinets — even though vented — are moisture traps. Wasp and spider homes, also.
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: rz
Date: September 22, 2022 02:36PM
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C(-)ris
I just buy whatever is the cheapest on clearance in the fall at 50% off and use that for 3 years and then recycle it and buy another. I'm at about $500 spent over the last 15 years.

Ditto
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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 22, 2022 02:43PM
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rich in distress
That 310 looks fine to me. The rust is in the flavorizer bars. Do they have the same 10yr warranty?

That style has a steel cabinet. It’ll rust, although depending on the environment perhaps not soon. Weber owners measure success in decades.

Now, higher-end Genesis models, the “stainless” ones might have a SS cabinet. I just don’t know if it’s the cabinet or only the doors that are SS on those. But grill cabinets — even though vented — are moisture traps. Wasp and spider homes, also.

I might just get one with the doors and take them off.




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Re: What are the good gas grill brands these days?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: September 22, 2022 06:58PM
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deckeda
That style has a steel cabinet. It’ll rust, although depending on the environment perhaps not soon. Weber owners measure success in decades.

I was under the impression Genesis were SS.
Maybe opening the doors would be enough.
Anyway…
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