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Mar 28, 2010 06:26 PM

Best place to buy a Weber gas grill in the GTA?

It's time to retire my latest crappy gas grill and finally buy a grill that will last longer than 2 or 3 years. I think I'm going with a Weber Genesis EP320 and would like to know the best place to buy one. Price is definitely a consideration, along with knowledgeable service. The four places I've found that seem to get the best reviews are:

Ontario Gas Barbeques
Dickson Home Hardware
Appliance Canada

Am I missing any other good stores to check out? Does anyone have a sense of where I'll get the best deal?

Ontario Gas Barbeque‎
3310 Langstaff Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K, CA

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    1. If you're simply after low price, then just call around. Ontario Gas BBQs is good for service, selection and accessories but not always price. Check Lowe's, Home Depot, Rona for price.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        I agree with Kagemusha. I work within spitting distance from Ontario Gas BBQ's and you can definitely find similar if not the same products usually for an equal or lower price at any of the big 3 hardware chains (L, HD, R).

        Cannot attest to the service you receive from Ontario BBQ's after purchase, but if you ask an essentially novice question, the level of arrogance from some the Ontario BBQ's sales staff is shocking. In my experience, it is best to go there if you know exactly what you want, and cannot find it anywhere else.

        It is definitely a good place to go for ideas, as they do have the largest variety of inventory. But if you don't want to be made to feel like an idiot or that you are wasting a sales person's precious time, then make your purchase somewhere else.

        1. re: Lazar

          Ugh, thanks for the heads up about the arrogance -- I'm definitely looking to avoid that, as I do have a few questions that I'd like answered and there seem to be a few variations of the EP320 floating around. I think I'll go to Dickson or Sobie's to get my questions answered, then just call around for pricing.

          Thanks to everyone for your thoughts!

          1. re: Lazar

            I agree re: Ontario Gas BBQ's attitude.

            We went with some friends two weekends ago and not realizing they were still on winter hours and closing early. Anyways the store was full and they began flicking lights and starting to usher customers out. I was really taken aback. I guess it must be nice in this economy to be able to turn your customers away but really, it left a bad taste in our mouths. Our friends are thinking now they prefer to give their money to someplace else.

            I do realize that it would be no different at The Bay, etc. in that store hours are store hours. But the manner in which it was handle just rubbed us the wrong way.

            1. re: millygirl

              It's a man cave sort of place that doesn't place much value on politeness. They're glib and tend to snub anyone not hot to buy a parade float-sized stainless 3 zillion BTU grill/smelter combo. All the more reason to kick some tires and buy elsewhere!

              1. re: Kagemusha

                They probably want to sell you the sheesha pipe attachment also!

                Most stores I've been to lock the doors to new people but let the ones in the store hang around for another 15 or 20 minutes after the posted closing time.

                Maybe they can't do that as employees may have some commitments after work?

        2. What's not lasting on your grill? I still use the bbq I bought in 1988 or so. Sure it's had a few new burners, grills and handles, but other than that it's working perfectly. I could buy a new one also, but hate to see items that can easily be repaired going into the trash, or wherever they go to. The best deals I've seen on BBQ's are at the end of the season, but that won't help you right now.

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          1. re: foodyDudey

            It's a Centro grill from Canadian Tire and the supports for one of the heat deflectors have essentially disintegrated beyond repair. It's possible that I could find replacement parts, but the grill has always been flimsy at best, so it's a good opportunity to get one that will last. No worries, though, this grill will be freecycled, not thrown away.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              I guess they don't make them like they used to! I barely use any propane with mine, I use the propane to light a some charcoal and then shut it off. It sure tastes better than cooking with propane and is much hotter also.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                No wonder, Centro grills are made in China; as a wise man once said, "Good ain't cheap and cheap ain't good."

                Although I've never bought a grill at Sobies, I have purchased lots of accessories there, and have always found them friendly and helpful.

            2. For those with BBQ's still in good basic shape a cleaning is well worth It. I used BBQ Pro (416-925-9585) and they did a great job. Looks almost new even though it is over 10 years old. A little pricey at $165 but I think well worth it.

              1. Don't worry too much about after sale service. If you buy a Weber, you won't need any service. They NEVER die. Even the automatic starter on mine is working 15 years later. I have three friends with Weber's. They all rave about how wonderful they are.

                You cannot compare it to a cheap barbeque. A Weber is in a league of it's own.It is an absolute pleasure to use. You won't regret it.