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Best Value BBQ grills

nolitasurfer Jul 27, 2007 03:56 PM

what do you think are the best bang-for-your-buck BBQ grills - I think the grill with brand names like Weber and Viking are priced at a premium for thier names..

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    beteez Jul 29, 2007 03:48 PM

    I live on the marsh on a barrier Island & mt rule of thumb is you will get 1 years of service for every$100 spent on a grill. I have bought sears 4200 MODELS & GOTTEN 2 YRS. i gOT 5 years each from a Weber Genesis & Vt. Castings. The salt in the air eats everything up. I could order the replacement parts for the Weber, but the screws, nuts & bolts were so corrroded you could not budge them.

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      bear Jul 29, 2007 11:13 AM

      America's Test Kitchen has a grill review on their site.

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        nolitasurfer Aug 6, 2007 11:56 AM

        good idea thanks

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        tomishungry Jul 28, 2007 09:32 PM

        I bought a cheapo gas grill and it fell apart within about 2 years.

        I bought a Weber Genesis Silver B and it's been running strong for the past seven years. The cheapo grill lived in CA in nice, gentle breezes and the Weber's been on the east coast for the past 4 years.

        It is pricier up front, but the Webers are nicely built and hold up for a long time. When I did my research, anything comparable was pricier. I haven't seen any comments saying that situation's changed.

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          nolitasurfer Aug 6, 2007 11:56 AM

          I think I am going for a weber - it is not as pricey as I thought and they are one of the originals!

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            ML8000 Aug 6, 2007 12:19 PM

            Can't go wrong with a Weber..esp for the price. There's probably a lot going on sale about now given summer is winding down. I've seen the one w/ the easy ash can for around $100 on sale. How to dump the ashes is the only real problem I have w/ Webers..although that's any grill really.

        2. Scrapironchef Jul 28, 2007 09:35 AM

          How many are you planning on feeding regularly? How often will you use it? What's your budget? Gas or charcoal?

          1. revsharkie Jul 28, 2007 07:56 AM

            Gotta put in my vote for the Portable Kitchen (www.pkgrills.com). My dad has one that he's had for at least 40 years. Not cheap initially (I think Amazon.com has it for like $269) but they last FOREVER. They were made for a long time, then went out of business, then someone bought the company and started making them again.

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              ML8000 Jul 28, 2007 11:47 PM

              That's a very nice design. The flip up grill is very smart. Given it's cast aluminum it would last a very long time.

              On the other hand, a Weber Kettle can be had for a third of the price and last almost as long time...if you cover it. My Mom has a 30 y.o. Weber and never covered it. The legs are wobbly but the kettle itself is fine.

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                Westy Jul 31, 2007 07:41 AM

                Another vote here. I got mine this Spring and really like it. The 4 vents give you fantastic control over heat and smoke. You can set it so the smoke goes straight across the meat. Critical, in my view. It is absolutely built like a tank.

                1. re: revsharkie
                  bkhuna Aug 14, 2007 08:32 PM

                  My Dad got a Portable Kitchen when he came back from 'Nam and it lasted for a couple of decades. Finally, the innard rusted out and he put it out back and forgot about it. My Mom chucked it when he passed away, before I found out that PK's were back in. D'oh!

                  I'd recommend a Weber charcoal grill. I usually but a new one every 15 years, whether I need to or not.

                2. weinstein5 Jul 27, 2007 06:49 PM

                  Not for Charcoal - you can not beat a Weber Kettle for $130 - lasts for years -

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                    yayadave Jul 30, 2007 07:40 AM

                    Or the silver model that goes for about $85 - and lasts for years, also.

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