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Jul 24, 2009 07:32 AM

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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: dpan

      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.

      1. re: xnyorkr

        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.

        1. re: dpan

          Sound advice. Live and learn (*sigh*)

          1. re: xnyorkr

            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.

            1. re: 4X4

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

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

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      1. re: 4X4

        Never heard of them. Will check out. Thanks.

      2. 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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        1. re: monkeyrotica

          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...

        2. 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 in Rockville.

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          1. re: Sean D

            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.

            1. re: Pappy

              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.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                BBQ store is closed and has been for awhile

                1. re: nickdanger

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

              2. re: Pappy

                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......

                1. re: Pappy

                  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

              3. 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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                1. re: mdfoodlover

                  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...