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Old 03-16-2015, 07:29 PM
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I'm needing a new gas grill. I tried the Char-Broil infra-red last time and it was pretty much a pain in the butt. I used it until the burners rusted, but I couldn't stand it.

So far, I've looked into Broil King and Weber. Both have models in the $400-700 range, which is a bit more than I'd like to spend, but the last two times I went cheap, I got cheap.

Specifically, I comparing the Broil King Signet 20, Weber Spirit E-310 and Weber Genesis E-310. Any real world experience would be great, or if there is another brand in that price point you've used, I'd look at those as well.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:39 PM
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gas ain't grillin'.

charcoal is the way to go.

i've heard nothing but good things about weber, though
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:47 PM
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Fair enough, I just don't have the time or patience for charcoal. I like to set it and forget it so I can play with my kids while the food cooks.

So, I guess I am looking for an "Outdoor Gas Cooking Vessel".
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:36 PM
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My best friends dad bought a Weber right before we graduated high school. He just bought another one last year. He gave the old one to his son and he put about 50 bucks into it and its still going. BTW i am 33 years old, for reference.
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I have had a Kenmore from Sears for 11 years.
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Tough to go wrong with weber. But, as you know, that comes with a premium.

I ended up with a Charbroil Infra Red last year, only have used it a few times but so far it was a huge step up from my previous grill (which isn't saying much).

If I had had the budget, I'd have went with Weber and never looked back.
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Speaking from real world experience, I had a Weber Genesis for 15 years, that was until my divorce and the wife ended up with it. I took the smoker!

I just purchased the spirit 2 years ago and it seems to have the same quality as the Genesis model, just a little smaller version.

I didn't get the side burner option or the one with the special grate that is interchangeable. Just bare bones gas grill from Weber and have never had an issue with either of them. I highly recommend them. I took the grease tray out about once a year and pressure washed it but other than that, no maintenance.

You will be happy with either of the Weber grills.
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I have the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Smart Space Living 36,000 BTU 3-Burner LP Gas Grill. I've had it for 1 year and absolutely love it. I live in a Chicago highrise with a smaller balcony so I was deciding between the Dyna Glo ($250) and the Weber Spirit E310 ($500).

I grill year round and this heats up quickly and stays hot in winter. Has plenty of grill space for a bachelor like me or when I have friends over. It's durable. And much cheaper than the Weber 2 and 3 burner models. Plus great reviews on Amazon. I also like that the sides fold up/down given I only have a balcony. When I grill, I also use a grill basket for vegetables so I can keep that on the left and then grill a few burgers on the right. It's definitely not as much space as a 4 burner gas grill but I've found I rarely would use all 4 burners on my old grills.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:26 AM
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I love threads like these. Could seriously read about grills all day long. Glad nobody started an "As Seen On TV" thread otherwise I'd be happily reading about Bacon Bowls & The Slap Chop for hours on end. Please continue. I'm waiting for someone to bring up the Green Egg...
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Agreed. Once I move outta highrise I'll be buying a smoker...but that's a whole nother thread.
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I love threads like these. Could seriously read about grills all day long. Glad nobody started an "As Seen On TV" thread otherwise I'd be happily reading about Bacon Bowls & The Slap Chop for hours on end. Please continue. I'm waiting for someone to bring up the Green Egg...
He suggests that he didn't want charcoal, but I thought about bringing that one up anyways. The price tag on those is stupid. I'm building a gas grill/smoker out of tube steel this summer. It's going to be able to use charcoal or gas.
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I guess I have the best of all worlds. A 5 burner gas grill with a rotisserie and external burner, a Weber charcoal grill, and an electric smoker.
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Is your grill going to be one of those riser types where you raise it up for gas and lower it down for coal? I know Chef's Choice sells a version of it at Sam's. Good luck with your project! Some of the best grills are homemade "ugly" grills. Especially if you can tweak and perfect the indirect heating in it. Stacks work well for circulating hot smoke over food, same as vents; but I'm sure you already know that. I had a friend use some type of flower pot inside his coal grill to kind of evenly keep the heat centered towards the food. Worked amazingly well, too...
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I guess I have the best of all worlds. A 5 burner gas grill with a rotisserie and external burner, a Weber charcoal grill, and an electric smoker.
And you are a bastard...
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Is your grill going to be one of those riser types where you raise it up for gas and lower it down for coal? I know Chef's Choice sells a version of it at Sam's. Good luck with your project! Some of the best grills are homemade "ugly" grills. Especially if you can tweak and perfect the indirect heating in it. Stacks work well for circulating hot smoke over food, same as vents; but I'm sure you already know that. I had a friend use some type of flower pot inside his coal grill to kind of evenly keep the heat centered towards the food. Worked amazingly well, too...
It's going to be a smaller version of a double barrel smoker, but with gas burners on both the top and bottom barrels. I am putting in shelves for charcoal in both barrels as well. It will most likely be a cobbled together hillbilly deluxe.
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Pay the extra and get the Weber. I have had mine for 10 years and it is still in amazing condition. Automatic ignition works on first try every single time, no rust, even cooking. I was hesitant to spend the money, but it has easily paid me back.
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We've been looking at something like this...

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/brin...al-fuel/833055


Anyone have one?
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And you are a bastard...
Don't worry about him, his life partner does all of the grilling in the household.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:33 AM
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We've been looking at something like this...

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/brin...al-fuel/833055


Anyone have one?
Probably Chinese made, probably a 3 year old throw away. Most of the dual fuels aren't really high quality.
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Weber is the way to go. Really solid and long-lasting.
If price is a sticking point, look on Craigslist. There's plenty of people moving or looking to buy a larger model. I got a two year old Spirit model in mint condition that retails for $400 for $155!
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After 19 years it is time to replace Weber and I will be getting another Weber. We have natural gas line running to grill so makes using it real painless. Cannot remember the model but I think it is a Genesis. I'm traveling so I cannot simply go look.

I'm a big fan of the indirect cooking method and it is harder to do with most grills since the gas burners on most run front to back while Weber's run sideways with a front, middle, and back. Sear with all three and then turn middle off and let food cook indirectly.

Replaced the internals once maybe ten years ago as a Father's Day gift. With a non-Weber who knows if you can even find parts as easily.
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I know Weber is great quality. But I belive there is a difference between the Spirit and Genesis models. I think the Spirit models have cheaper parts (more plastic or thinner steel?) where the Genesis is really sturdy. But just go to Home Depot and you'll get a sense of their quality. After 1 year I still don't see the $250 difference between my Dyna-Glo and the Weber but maybe 5-10 years will be telling. No rust or issues so far...
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spend the money and get a weber genesis S 330....stainless.....built like a truck......
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I almost pulled the trigger on an S330 used for $350, but it was over two hours away. Probably should have done it. I'm thinking the Genesis e-310 is going to be the winner, just waiting for the weather to break.
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spend the money and get a weber genesis S 330....stainless.....built like a truck......
I'll 2nd the Weber Genesis. I bought this baby last year and freaking love it.



Get yourself a cast-iron smoker box to add a little flavor back that you lose with a gas grill and you're golden.
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