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Gas Grills. End of season sales?

calny Aug 23, 2012 01:09 PM

Although I am an avid Weber kettle grill user, I would like to be able to grill a couple of burgers or steaks without the time commitment of charcoal.

I know that we are nearing the time of year when grills and grilling accessories go on sale. Has anyone seen any such sales? I'd love to find a Weber Q100, but am open to other options. I'm in the East Bay (Oakland) but could drive a little ways to save a few bucks.

Thanks for any info.

  1. pamf Aug 23, 2012 08:43 PM

    Sounds like you are just looking for a quick option for small items. Coleman makes a few different models of portable and tabletop gas grills that use the small propane bottle, like the camping stoves.

    Quite inexpensive, and don't take up a lot of space. Plus, they are portable, if you travel, picnic, etc. They work well for small, quick cooking items. The downside is that the small propane canisters are not refillable, so you need to find a way to dispose of them.

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      Bigshadetree Aug 23, 2012 07:10 PM

      I'm looking for a gas grill too, but only because my Condo HOA and the local fire department regulations say you cannot use charcoal grills withing 10 feet of a structure which leaves the balcony off limits and the "common area" out in front is also a 'no, no'. After living here for 19 years the rule is being enforced. Broiling chicken and steaks under the oven broiler is just not the same as cooking over charcoal on my Weber. Really got use to cooking with indirect heat on the Weber - this year has been a loss with no 'bbq-ing'. I never been a big fan of gas grills but I guess that is going to have to change. Thanks for any good recommendations.

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        kc72 Aug 23, 2012 04:04 PM

        Saw a Q200 deal on slickdeals a few minutes ago

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          little big al Aug 23, 2012 06:29 PM

          I firmly believe gas grills are an abomination. Why not get a Weber with a gas powered igniter. Also, the new Weber with the cast iron/porcelain grill insert is the bomb, I just replaced my 20 plus years old model with one. What a beautiful steak I made.

          1. re: little big al
            calny Aug 23, 2012 08:23 PM

            I think gas grills serve a largely different purpose than charcoal grills. I use my charcoal grill all the time, but I have a new baby, working spouse, earlier sunset, etc. Sometimes I want a steak cooked on a grill, but I don't have the time to light a chimney full of lump charcoal and wait 30-40 minutes for the coals to be ready. I view a gas grill as a kitchen appliance that I use outside.

            I will look into the cast iron/porcelain grill. Is it a replacement for the standard stainless grill grate?

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          ML8000 Aug 23, 2012 03:55 PM

          Weber Qs work very well for what they are. I'd just look for one on sale or online.

          1. wolfe Aug 23, 2012 02:06 PM

            I have used my Char-Broil Patio Bistro for at least 10 years. I was pleased to see it supplied as a balcony grill at a ritzy resort in Aptos.

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            1. re: wolfe
              pinotho Aug 23, 2012 02:42 PM

              Hi Wolfe....what are you cooking on an electric grill? Thanks.

              1. re: pinotho
                wolfe Aug 23, 2012 03:46 PM

                Tri tips, steaks, halved chickens corn, grilled veggies, burgers, dogs and if I'm feeling brave I throw in a little handful of wet wood chips. Sometimes with big items grill both sides then on foil to finish. I retired my Weber.

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