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Old 06-03-2008, 01:44 PM   #1
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OK, so The Wife told me last night to buy myself a gas grill and wish myself a happy father's day, but to buy it fairly soon because we need it for a party in a couple weeks. I've basically set myself a budget of a couple hundred bucks, I'm really just looking at basic, "entry level" grills at this point. I'd like something which is solid, I don't need a lot of bells and whisles, I'd like something that is built well and will hold up. If anything, it'd be nice to have something a little bigger, just to facilitate things like this party. Anyone have any recommendations? Should I just go to the store and buy the shiniest one?

Oh, and this is definately to be a propane grill. I've got a charcoal grill that I rarely use because of how long it takes; propane, I can see myself using all the time (and I'll be able to break out the big honkin' wok more often, too!)

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My buddy loves this one if you can spend a little more. It also comes with the 5 year Weber warranty...

http://www.amazon.com/Weber-426001-300-Propane-Barbecue/dp/B000CDHOJA/ref=sr_1_38?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1212501099&sr=1-38

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:11 PM   #3
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I say Weber or Vermont Castings. I have had my Weber for 9 years and it is holding up great. These are both a bit pricey, but a tryue testament that you get what you pay for!

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:17 PM   #4
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Don't really know quality of different brands, but whatever you get, make sure to cover it in the winter. I've lost a couple grills prematurely due to lazyness, and the burners seem to be the first thing to rust out.

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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One piece of advice I have is that if you think you're going to pay for all stainless so you can be lazy and leave it uncovered, just realize that all the connecting hardware/screws/handles etc may not be of the same quality as the stainless sheet they use. Exhibit A is my all stainless Charbroil where certain screws completely rusted out. They DO use solid brass burners that have a lifetime warranty though.

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:26 PM   #6
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Charbroil is nice and Weber is better, but for entry any will work. Try to find one with a searing burner(maybe $50-75 more) that will make steak night much better

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I guess another question I should ask... what really differentiates one grill over another? Using solid brass for the burners a positive... Lifetime warranty on burners... is there really much practical difference between 40k and 48k BTUs, for example? What else should I be looking for?

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I have an Aussie Grill that I have been really happy with.

It's like this one: http://www.aussiegrills.com/products_bonza_deluxe.php

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I have a charbroil patio caddie that I've owned for ten years or so. I've been happy with it, although I did replace the regulator with one that flows a bit more gas to get higher temperatures. At $159, it's a pretty good grill.

If you're cooking for more than three people on a regular basis, the cooking surface may be a bit small. Otherwise, It's been good. It heats quickly, does great on chicken, fish, and chops, and gets a decent, if not perfect, sear on steaks, provided you let it get good and hot first.

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Sam's Club has a Propane Veranda Grill for $198 (just under your budget)



Looks pretty sweet to me. It's has favorable reviews too.

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=379804#reviews

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