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Where is a good selection of gas bbq grills in the DC metro area?

xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 07:32 AM

Surely someplace other than Sears, Lowes and Home Depot sells grills, but I haven't found them. Mine died after 3 years.


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    dpan RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 07:43 AM

    What kind of grill did you have? I've had a Weber Genesis gas grill for about 4 years now and I love it. It's not one of the expensive grills but it's pretty well made and will last many years if you clean and take care of it. These you can find in any of the stores you mentioned above.

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      xnyorkr RE: dpan Jul 24, 2009 07:50 AM

      I have a cool looking all stainless one I bought at a place called National Warehouse something or other that is no longer in business. Silly me. It was about $270 and lasted for 3 years. The coating on the cast iron grates blistered off immediately. I started having problems lighting and keeping it lit during the 2nd year. Now, year 3, it won't stay lit at all.

      What I'm looking for is a decent selection. Lowes seems to have the best, but they don't have some of the interesting brands I've read about, and DO have some brands I can't find anything on. Maybe I'll get the Blue Ember fiesta but I'm worried about durability. If all that's going to go wrong is the computer stuff, I can live with that. I just want it to cook well and last.

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        dpan RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 08:07 AM

        Don't go with the fancy grills that have features you don't need, or the no name ones that are too good to be true. Do look at the Webers, they are very well built. They have use a heavier gauge steel for the grill frame and use heavy enamel coated cast iron grates that last a long long time if taken care of. I love mine, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. Do a search on this site for "Weber grill" and see what others say about them.

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          xnyorkr RE: dpan Jul 24, 2009 09:55 AM

          Sound advice. Live and learn (*sigh*)

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            4X4 RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 10:01 AM

            No problem. They sell the Big Green Egg, which you may want to consider instead of a new gas grill. I've had one for ten years and it's all I need for grilling and barbecuing.

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              xnyorkr RE: 4X4 Jul 24, 2009 12:04 PM

              Never heard of the Big Green Egg. What is it?

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                4X4 RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 12:55 PM

                It's a ceramic smoker and grill.


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      4X4 RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 07:55 AM

      Seasonal Distributors, if you don't mind driving to Waldorf.


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        xnyorkr RE: 4X4 Jul 24, 2009 09:55 AM

        Never heard of them. Will check out. Thanks.

      2. monkeyrotica RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 08:37 AM

        For grills and smoker supplies, I HIGHLY recommend Hollin Hall Hardware. They're an authorized Weber dealer and carry a full line of Weber gas and charcoal grills and smokers in their sprawling basement. They also carry Big Green Eggs, pellet smokers, and the largest selection of supplies and spare parts I've ever seen. And the staff is really cool. On the weekend, they often have a smoker out and give free samples.


        Hollin Hall Hardware
        7934 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA

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          tommyskitchen RE: monkeyrotica Jul 24, 2009 10:44 AM

          X2 on this - they can't be beat and are around the corner from me!

          these folks are fantastic in every way - I always go there before Lowes or HD - And they are happy to order hard-to-find items for you. The entire basement is dedicated to BBQs and Smokers...

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          Sean D RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 09:06 AM

          I'm not sure what price range you were looking for, but there are definitely alternatives. On the lower end, is Hardware City in Kensington. On the higher end is Patio.com in Rockville.

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            Pappy RE: Sean D Jul 24, 2009 11:35 AM

            First, I HIGHLY recommend Weber. I have had one of their gas grills for ten years. Although I have had to replace the "flavorizor bars" once ($40) and I now have to light it with a fireplace lighter, it still works perfectly, including the rotesserie (which I love).

            Second, I can't say enough bad things about Hardware City in Kensingon. That place is a disaster.

            I can, however, highly recommend Strosneiders in Bethesda for a new Weber. At least check them out there and then maybbe double check the price on line at Amazon.

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              flavrmeistr RE: Pappy Jul 24, 2009 12:35 PM

              There's a grill store in Kentlands (Gaithersburg) where I bought an off-brand kettle-type gas grill for around 80 bucks. That was five years ago and it still works fine. Frankly, I'm astounded. Most gas grills I've had tend to rot and fall into a heap by the end of year three.

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                nickdanger RE: flavrmeistr Jul 27, 2009 09:39 AM

                BBQ store is closed and has been for awhile

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                  flavrmeistr RE: nickdanger Jul 28, 2009 11:55 AM

                  Lotta that going around. Anyway, these things are made by Charbroil and are widely available. They're cheap and they hold up.

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                tommyskitchen RE: Pappy Jul 25, 2009 07:24 AM

                Pappy, easy enough to replace the igniter - $20 and 10 minutes work and and it's done! Replaced the one on my 10-year old Weber twice now, along with the bars and grates. Unfortuanetly, the whole bottom is now rusting out - No replacing that! Now I have to get a new gas grill......

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                  dining with doc RE: Pappy Jul 25, 2009 08:00 PM

                  ditto on Strosneiders although I got my weber at the Potomac branch. my 3 neighbors and I all bought the same grill at the same time. They had the best deal, delivered the grills and couldn't have been nicer and easier to work with. Plus my Weber is still doing great years later

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                mdfoodlover RE: xnyorkr Jul 24, 2009 04:34 PM

                I bought my Big Green Egg from a swimming pool supply company on Rockville Pike, directly across from Congressional Plaza. They beat the price at the now defunct BBQ's Galore, and had a nice selection of Eggs in stock.
                Egging is a whole other home cooking experience. I've had multiple Weber Kettles over the years, as well as a Weber Genessis Gold that served me well for many years. The convenience of cooking on a Weber gas grill, or briquet kettle for that matter, certainly has it's merits.
                The flavor & moistness of everything I've egged in the last 2 years has made me one ceramic cooker loyal fan. Once you Egg you will understand. Everything off the Egg is incredible. You can cook from the lowest temp slow cooks to the highest temp searing of steaks. A truly great way to cook almost anything.

                Enough on the Egg.
                If I were looking to buy another Gas Grill, I'd shop at Kendalls hardware in Clarkesville MD. They have a very impressive array of options.

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                  Maryland Crab RE: mdfoodlover Jul 25, 2009 07:51 AM

                  We just bought the Weber Genesis and love it. We have it hooked directly to our NG line, which is a very inexpensive install. We found it on the web for cheaper than any retail stores in the area and the shipping was free to boot. We did have to assemble it, but my wife did it by herself while I was a work. She is handy, but even so...

                2. Henry Spencer RE: xnyorkr Jul 25, 2009 07:53 AM

                  If Arlington is convenient, Bill's True Value off of Lee Hwy. has an excellent selection of Weber grills and parts.

                  Bills True Value Home Center
                  2213 n buchanan st, arlington, VA

                  1. xnyorkr RE: xnyorkr Jul 25, 2009 04:41 PM

                    For all of you who recommended Hollis Hill Hw, thank you thank you thank you! I just dropped $1000 (*ouch!*) on a Weber Genesis EP-320 with rotisserie, delivery/setup/removal of the ol' piece o junk. I was tempted by the Summit line with infrared, built-in smoker, and rotisserie. But hey, I had to draw the line. Larry was ever so knowledgeable, patient, helpful, believable. I bought it about 4:30 pm and when he said "what time tomorrow do you want it delivered?" I almost fell over!

                    thanks again!

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                      tommyskitchen RE: xnyorkr Jul 26, 2009 06:32 AM

                      Yes, they are Awesome, aren't they? I try to steer everyone I can there - we don't want them to go the way of most small stores and close from pressure from Lowes and Homedepot. Ofetm, i even go there expecting to pay a bit more for the service yet their prices are competetive....

                      Let us know your new grill works! (Drool.....)

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                        xnyorkr RE: tommyskitchen Jul 26, 2009 06:23 PM

                        Ugh. It gets worse.

                        Before they delivered my grill, I called them up and told them to bring a [medium] big green egg too.

                        What am I going to do with all this stuff?

                        BTW, they delivered today, gorgeous stuff. Taught me how to use and take care of both grills. Took away my old piece o' junk.

                        Can you believe I didn't have a chance to try them out yet??? I can't wait!

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                          mattrapp RE: xnyorkr Jul 28, 2009 12:02 PM

                          You're probably not going to use the Weber much if you got an Egg also! Just wait till you taste the food off of the Egg and see how easy it is to use. Congratulations!

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