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Under $1000 Propane Grill recs needed (with side burner)

The Oracle May 13, 2013 04:06 PM

I'm starting the great BBQ hunt for DH's b'day gift next month.

I know I need:
-side burner
-more rounded than flat grates
-Sturdy construction preferable to flimsy (recently saw a KA grill at Costco that got nixed because of flimsy hood)

Anything come to mind? With the Weber's we've been seeing in that price range, he hasn't liked the grates on the grill (flat, thick) (on the Genesis E models).

Or, do I need to bump up the price point? And, if so, what would your recommend?

So far, the Genesis S-330 is the top runner.

  1. tim irvine May 13, 2013 04:50 PM

    I have a Genesis 300 series that is about five years old. The grates are a very heavy stainless, the tube shaped pieces being about a quarter of an inch thick. I love it. I throw some wood chips in a steel smoke box, turn it on, let it preheat five to ten minutes, and cook. I kept the grates immaculate a few years and finally wised up. Now I brush with a metal grill brush after preheating and before cooking. Duh!

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    1. re: tim irvine
      The Oracle May 14, 2013 12:15 PM

      :) Thanks for chiming in! I'm glad to hear you love it and the grates work well!

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      FoodMan88 May 13, 2013 05:22 PM

      Look at the Napoleon line of grills. I have the P500. Fantastic grill.

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        The Oracle May 14, 2013 12:35 PM

        Wow - those are beautiful grills! Looks like its P500 vs. S-330!

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          grampart May 14, 2013 12:44 PM

          I just found this recent comparison review.

          http://blog.yaleappliance.com/bid/920...

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            FoodMan88 May 15, 2013 07:28 AM

            What I like about the Napoleon over the Weber (which is a very nice grill) is I got the size and BTUs of a much bigger (and more expensive) Weber. The P500 has the best searing I've seen in a propane grill. The base P500 is a little under $1,000, and the infrared and side burner are each $150 options. Over the years I've had all kinds of gas grills to complement my charcoal smokers. The Napoleon has given me the most bang for the buck.

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        mike0989 May 14, 2013 07:13 AM

        Consumer Reports just came out with their recommendations. Weber and Vermont Castings (sold at Home Depot) came out on top. I've been using Weber products for years and really like them. They have tradionaly stood behind their products and you can get replacement parts for just about every grill they ever made.

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          The Oracle May 14, 2013 11:56 AM

          Do you recall which models came out on top?

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            mike0989 May 14, 2013 01:00 PM

            Weber Spirit SP-320 - No 1
            Spirit SP-320 - No 2
            Vermont Castings VCS300SSP - No 3
            VCS323SSP - No 4 (indicated it's similar to No 3)
            Weber Genesis S-330 - No 5
            Genesis S-310 - No 6

            Two Charbroil and two additional Spirit rounded out the top 10

        2. grampart May 14, 2013 08:33 AM

          Weber, hands down. I'd still be using the one I bought 20 years ago, but I gave it to my grandson when his Brinkman gave up after about 3 or 4 years. It gave me an excuse to buy a new one with a side-burner. Love it!

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          1. re: grampart
            The Oracle May 14, 2013 11:56 AM

            Which model did you purchase?

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              grampart May 14, 2013 12:25 PM

              I got the Genesis S-320 just like the one in this photo.

               
          2. Foody4life May 14, 2013 01:16 PM

            Another devoted Weber user. Bought a Genesis E-310 (no side burner) a couple years ago to replace a 15+ yr old Genesis(?).

            We grill 4+ nights per week - year round! The Weber holds up well to the elements especially if you get the cover ($40-50).

            The grate on the E series is heavy cast iron and with preheating to 600 degrees, it puts great sear marks on any cut of meat. Their flatter shape does a good job supporting more delicate veggies or seafood.

            The stainless flavorizer bars (burner covers) hold up well but will still rust out over a few years. No worries, you can practically rebuild the entire grill with available parts on the shelf at your local Lowes, HDepot or Ace hardware.

            We had the side burner on our old Weber grill and I rarely used as it was easily affected by wind. The btu's weren't super high so it'd take forever to get a pot of water boiling for corn. It was OK for keeping sauces on a low simmer.

            Best value grill out there and a great work horse.

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              filtered May 14, 2013 09:18 PM

              I got the weber genesis s-330 a year ago at home depot. I like it, no complaints. with all burners going the hood thermometer goes off the charts +800. the side burner is powerful enough. used it for bacon and stir frying in a wok.

              just not that good for smoking at low temperature (to get it at 200-225, the burners aren't hot enough to blacken wood chips to create smoke, to make smoke, the grill needs to go up to 275 or so)

              i wanna add some accessory lights and rotisserie this year

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              1. re: filtered
                JayL May 15, 2013 05:53 AM

                There is nothing wrong with "smoking" at 275 (or above).

                Don't fret over the temperature too much.

              2. JayL May 15, 2013 05:57 AM

                Does he have a reason to not like the flat, thick CI grates? Why does he like round grates...just curious.

                I don't know the sizes, but you can probably switch out to Weber round, stainless grates if you like.

                Regardless, for a gas grill I'd most likely go with a Weber for sure.

                1. BiscuitBoy May 15, 2013 06:24 AM

                  Weber Genesis, hands down...shop it, and you'll find them well under $1000

                  1. arashall May 15, 2013 08:06 AM

                    Another vote for Weber. I have a cheap little one, but they still stand behind their product. When the flavor bars started rusting before the warranty was up, because of the humidity here, the nice lady on the phone overnighted replacements to me. I also upgraded to nice stainless grates from some online grill parts place for something like $50. Do register your grill online, so they can find you easily if you need to call for service.

                    1. THoey1963 May 17, 2013 11:17 AM

                      Another vote for Weber. On my third year with mine with no issues and great food coming off it.

                      http://www.weber.com/grills/series/ge...

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