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So I already have a charcoal grill, but really do need a new gas (propane) grill.

What I am looking for:
Highest heat, durability (rustproof), good sized cooking surface. I don't really need much else in terms of bells and whistles. Don't want to say price is no object, but I am willing to spend money for top of the line if it is justified over other options.

Is there much of a difference between the Weber genesis and summit? What other brands should I be looking at?

Do the infrared grills really put out more heat? are there downsides to them? I use charcoal on the weekends, but want a high quality gas grill that can put out a lot of heat during the week and on weekends when the charcoal grill is full from company.

Thanks a lot!

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  1. I've had both a Genesis and Summit and I really love the extra real estate on the Summit. I guess you can get a small Summit but you can't get a big Genesis. It's not the highest BTU output out there, but it's more than enough to sear a steak. More importantly, it can maintain a low temp for smoking as well, and I've never seen another gas grill that does it as well.

    Mine came with both the side burner and the rotis, and I never use either.

    It's also important to note that Weber's customer service is unparalleled.

    I just checked a few online retailers and all their prices are identical. I think you used to be able to get deep discounts from some retailers but Weber put a stop to that. From what I can tell, the rotis adds about $500 to the price, but you can't get the smoker box and smoker burner without it. If you are willing to live without both you can save a few bucks. It appears all the large Summits come with the side burner whether you want one or not. Upgrading to Stainless over Black adds only about 30 bucks, as does going to NG from Propane.

    1. dcole, Here are a few besides the Weber you might want to look at: Kalamazoo (Rick Bayless uses this), Lynx, DCS, Twin Eagles (formally made the Ducane Meridian), Napoleon and there are others. None are inexpensive. While I think you get the most bang for the buck with Weber, if you have the means I don't think you would be disappointed with any that I mentioned. Will the cooking justify the cost? Tough to answer. I have the Meridian bought at a closeout when Ducane shut its doors and before Weber bought them and could not be happier. But full price would have been a show stopper. It has a rotisserie and two side burners and they get used frequently. Good luck.