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Old 06-03-2008, 04:08 PM   #11
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That's sexy as hell, but way too little.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:10 PM   #12
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I should say, too, that $200 isn't a "firm" budget - but if I'm going much above that, I need to be able to convince myself that it's going to be worth it in the end.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:12 PM   #13
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I'm a charcoal guy, but 8 years ago I won an elcheapo Fiesta gas grill that has held up well. The only thing I do is replace the burner about every 3 years with a generic one from Wally World.

I would recomend if your going to spend the bucks on a grill you'll also want to spend the bucks on a good cover, they make a big diffrence in how long the grill will last. Also buy yourself some bunjee cords to hold the cover down. I've lost 2 covers to high winds.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:28 PM   #14
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I'm in the same boat as you, looking for a new grill for myself as a father's day gift. The one thing that I'm certain I am looking for is a model with at least 3 burners that run front to back. I've had a few grills over the years with 2 burners that run side to side and never really liked that setup. You seem to be able to get a lot better temperature control with a 3 or 4 burner setup.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:34 PM   #15
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I did a bunch of research and bought a fairly expensive one($900, Ducane from Home Depot) last summer that I intend to use for a long time. It's stainless and I keep it covered at all times when not using it - it still looks brand new(on the outside!). One item I would mention is that I priced grills at both specialty outdoor shops(like where they sell only this sort of stuff) and at Home Depot, Costco, etc. The big box stores were MUCH cheaper than the specialty shops on all of the products I looked at.

If you're willing to say, double that budget you can get one that will last. Most of the reliable manufacturers basically sell the same feature set at each price point. Weber, Vermont Castings, Ducane, Viking, etc. For $500 you can get a pretty solid one. I think at the $200 price point they are going to be either smaller, or cheaply built.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:41 PM   #16
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I am yet to be disappointed by a Weber grill.

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Seems like a lot of love for Weber. Anyone have this, the "Weber Spirit® E-210™ LP Gas Grill"? $300, a bit higher than the initial target; worth a premium to get a Weber, or better to go cheap and plan on REALLY upgrading in a couple years?

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Seems like a lot of love for Weber. Anyone have this, the "Weber Spirit® E-210™ LP Gas Grill"? $300, a bit higher than the initial target; worth a premium to get a Weber, or better to go cheap and plan on REALLY upgrading in a couple years?

That's a nice grill and the only thing wrong is only 2 burners. The more burners the more options you have(direct vs. indirect heat). You certainly wouldn't be disappointed with that one , but I would start cheap and see if you would use it 3 times a week or think about using it 3 times a week . then upgrade accordingly
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I saw that it was only two burners... is that the real issue with two burners, pretty much having to use direct heat?

Here's a dumb question to show my ignorance with propane grills (I've only used charcoal); I can get one of those little metal smoker boxed and fill it with wood chips if I want to impart a little smoke character, right? If this grill is going to be make it tough to cook with indirect heat, would that impact my ability to do that?

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I've had the low end 3 burner Weber for ten years. Ive replaced the Grate, the Flavorizer Bars, and The Ignition sparker thing.

But the grill body and frame are all still great. It has been exposed to the elements the whole time.

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