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Help on choosing bbq grill

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I am in the market to buy a new griller. And what would be better than asking foodies here for recommendation.

I have my eyes on the griller on sale at superstore for 450$ (the 79000 BTU one, complete with searing burner, rotiserrie burner). But I don't know if grills sold at superstore are any good quality.

Any recommendation people?

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  1. big box stores = big no no

    www.barbecuesgalore.com

    instead of some giant "blingy" bbq made of sheet metal with a crappy wire grill that will last 2 years, for the same $ you can go to barbecues galore and get a cast Broil King beast that will outlive you AND your children :P (ok, that last part may have been a stretch, but you know what i mean hehe)

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    1. re: nonlinear

      I concur. My Weber from BBQ galore is still going strong from many moons ago. Go for build quality and for the features you will actually use. I haven't replaced a thing in my Weber since I bought it., although I may have to buy a new BBQ cover this year. Don't worry about BTUs if the build quality is there. Generally speaking, you'll be replacing parts from cheaper BBQs in 3 years.

      You don't have to buy Weber - just buy good quality if plan on BBQing a lot..

      1. re: ybnormal

        AH-HAHAHA! Funny you should mention "you'll be replacing parts from cheaper BBQs in 3 years", because on my 2007 Closeout Sears Kenmore grill (w/ "Grill@Night" handle), guess what I'm having to do...

        GET A NEW HANDLE!

      2. re: nonlinear

        What's with spam web site? It's just a spam site with links to who knows where.

      3. just got a big steel keg. adore it

        1. Yep I agree with all said so far. I bought a Broil King for $800, 11 years ago from BBQ Galore and it`s still going strong. It`s looks a little dirty but not one part has been replaced. I think you get what you pay for with a BBQ. Some people buy cheap and keep replacing every few years but I`m not a big proponent of the `throw away`economy we seem to live in.

          1. We bought a charcoal grill from Rona last fall, already assembled off the floor. Nice machine for the price. Some screws rusted since then, but all else still great.

            Here is a picture of the one I WANT...

             
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            1. re: worldwidestuff

              I'll come help test that out when you get it :)

            2. I also agree to avoid SS or even Costco -- they all have stuff that looks tempting and go to BBQs Galore. Also, ask yourself what you're using it for ( simple steaks and burgers vs. rotisserie, smoking, etc. ) and how much you're going to use it and that will help you decide which one you want.

              Also if you want Stainless Steel make sure that all parts are stainless steel. Some parts look like they are but they're not and they'll rust.

              That being said, we bought a Vermont Castings from Trail Appliances. It was pricey but we BBQ a lot and feel it's worth it. Oh yeah, unless you're really mechanical, it is worth the $50.00 to get it assembled!

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              1. re: sweeterpea

                Why do people keep suggesting www.barbecuesgalore.com ? There is nothing there. Spam site.

              2. Skip the grill, get a smoker! Actually, get both.

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                1. re: darelleats

                  get a kamado. then you have both.

                  1. re: thew

                    The kamado looks super cool. I wonder where you could get one in Calgary? I'm scared to ask how much it might be. Has anyone actually used one before? I would love to hear more!

                    1. re: TSAW

                      i use an insulated steel version, instead of a ceramic one. cost $600 i think. I love it i got it 2 months ago and have used it at least once a week since - and i live in the middle of NYC

                      www.bigsteelkeg.com

                  2. Thank you all for the tips. I ended up not buying from SS and will do more research.

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                    1. re: jojok

                      Consumer Reports rated gas grills this month. Top rated medium size grill was the Weber 320 (310 if you don't need a side burner). They also highly rated other less expensive grills. However when I read all of the user reviews on the CU website -- probably over 200 reviews total of all of the high ranked grills, I found that only the Webers seemed a) to last for a long time, b) continued to have parts available virtually forever (unlike the Uniflame I had bought at Walmart and had the grates rust out), c) have good customer service, and according to their owners, provide consistent heat both in the high and low range. Now I'm just trying to get over the shock of spending the $700 for the EP-310 at ACE that comes with the ss grills and flavor bars.

                      1. re: junescook

                        There are a couple of questions on CH on this same question. I just answered one the other day. Just after my posting above I did go ahead and actually buy the Weber Genesis EP-320, the one with the stainless steel cooking grates and flavorizor bars, plus the side burner. I bought it from the local ACE dealer becasue a) they sell a lot of them, b) the assemble them and deliver for no charge, and c) it's a family business and they're there to help if there are any problems. Point of information, get a color as opposed to black; they all start out black and then the colors are sprayed over the black making for a heavier porcelain coating.

                    2. One thing to consider. I rescued an old Weber from my neighbour about 8 years ago. I've replaced nothing on it since I replaced a few parts.
                      At the time I would've just gone out and bought the same grill, no questions asked. I've come to realize that I hate the thing. What I hate is the burner configuration. It has front, centre and rear instead of right, left and centre burners. I DO NOT LIKE THIS. It's time to replace the Weber and I'm gonna get one with R,C,L config.
                      I do like the side burner and want a rotisserie. The searing burner does not interest me at all.

                      DT

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                      1. re: Davwud

                        This the one thing that is stopping me from getting a Weber gas. I love my Weber kettle & have a cheap gas grill that I might want to replace. I do a lot of indirect cooking etc. and I just don't get the burners going back to front. Why Weber? Why? Do all you Weber owners like that?

                        1. re: sparkareno

                          It has pluses and minuses. I don't have any problem with using it for indirect cooking - I set the front burner on low and have 2/3 of the full width of the grill for smoking racks of ribs, etc. The minus is that I can't grill vegetables at medium heat while searing a steak on high, because my vegetable grill tray (black metal with small holes in it) is a large rectangle - and I've never seen a long narrow one that would fit over just one burner. So I have to do them sequentially - not very efficient - or else stick with veggies that I can put directly on the grill surface without risking them falling through.

                          Thinking about it, I do steaks more often than ribs, so I guess I'm with you, it's not a good design. It is very durable and reliable, though.