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Old 05-04-2009, 10:25 AM
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Who has a Wilmington Grill?

I'm looking at the Cape Fear Classic.

http://wilmingtongrill.com/product/CFCLASSIC.html

Likes? Dislikes?

How long have you had it? Is it durable? How is the temperature control?
Does the smoke pan work well? Is the only difference between the classic and the deluxe, the stainless front and extra shelf?

Am I doing myself a dis-service by not looking at brand X?

I'm looking for stainless grates, burners and body. Feel free to suggest something else, but try and keep the cost within reason.

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I myself have a Napoleon Gourmet gas grill - Prestige II Infrared Series - natural gas. IMO it is well worth every red cent I paid!!!

Looking at the Wilmington grill you've provided, is there enough height to do a beer can chicken? Personally I like having the infrared burner for roasting. I also wish I had at least one side burner, two would be better yet......eliminates cooking in the house.

Vermont Castings is another grill you might want to look into.
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THe wilmington grill is the best grill I have ever owned. Everyone that Has been around when grilling with it just love it. I have had mine about 3.5 years with out any question. As far as the question that garett asked if 600+ degrees is enough heat to do a beer can chicken you will be fine. It will be 600 in 10 minutes. It's built great and heavy!!! I will owned anything else. It cost more then most but worth it. No flare up even when cooking hamburgers. If you want to know anything else just ask. Jimmy
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Sorry but Weber is not even in the race with the big boys! IMO that is box store junk!
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Weber is better than Vermont Castings, not even the same race.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:24 PM
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Aztec Commercial grill picked up at restaurant auction for $250.

http://www.aztecgrill.com/st42.html
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Take a look at MHP Grills, Modernhomeproducts.com, They invented the gas grill
in 1960, I've had mine for 15 years and dad has been using his for over 20 years.
The cooking grates are anodized aluminum sear magic, one side for beef or chicken,
or flip them over for a wider flat surface for fish. I only paid 485 for mine, but have
seen people junk fancy grills in no time at all. Pay much less and get the best.
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I bought my Wilminton Grill Knowles series ~15 years ago and absolutely love it... Use it at least 2 times a week, replaced the catch tray last year. The grill still looks great and absolutely NO rust...
Talk about searing a steak...gets above 600 degrees and down to 200 if you want to smoke meat.
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Thanks for the replies so far.

VC filed for bankruptcy some time back. I believe parts and service are both very difficult to come by. The reviews I have read online are not favorable.

Thanks again.
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The Weber Summit S-670 looks like a winner to me. $2000 with all the bells and whistles.

If it holds up like my last Weber, it will probably last over 20 years.
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Let us know what you do!! Jimmy
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The Kalamazoo grills look great. They can use wood, or propane. Saw it on TV. I think the site is kalamazoogourmet.com If I had the dollars this is what I would do. Made in Chicago. Dwain
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We have had a Wilmington grill for several years and have been very disappointed. It has weird construction that just does not work for grilling. There is a solid metal liner (some might call it a tray) over the burners that directs heat outward to the perimeter and then up. That makes for an absolutely fabulous roaster, but a terrible grill. All the heat for grilling has to radiate through that metal piece, no direct heat. Sure the thermometer gets to 600, but with little heat coming from below it won't even sear a steak properly. You get more like baked steak from it. I called them at one point and asked if they had a liner that would supply uniform direct heat from below for grilling and they said mine was the first complaint they had ever had. I gave up on the thing and now it's just a pretty deck ornament. I can't believe the prices they are getting for them now. I'm much happier grilling on our Weber Q. Does a great job and uses far less gas.

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Bob what part of NC are you in and do you want to sell the wilmington grill. If so let me know!! Jimmy
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Bob, ditto what Jimy said. I'm in Wilmington and my old grill just crapped out. Let me know if you're looking to sell.
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Ok now I have first picks on it. Future father in law is wanting one. LOL Get those points!!!
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Jimy I agree you were first. Fair is fair.
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We have one of the original Weber Genisis Jr. purchased in 1988 for about 425.00 with a custom made cover. Have had many of the same guests ask "is that the same grill" time after time and have witnessed some trashing and assembling 3 or 4 in the same time and finally ending up buying a Weber.

I know there are more expensive grills out there but this grill year in and year out here in Michigans harsh climate in the offseason has held up and performed very well for 20+ years - always stored outdoors.

Would definately consider another although I am always skeptical of quality when companies take their products to big box stores that were sold through smaller "ma and pop" outfits originally as was the case of mine.

When the time comes I will look to Weber first and consider quality and any new "relevant" improvements and of course query this site for updated opinions.
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I know there are good, better, and best grills out there, but when it come to customer service, Weber gets my vote. All grills that cost more than $500 and out of stainless have to be better to best just because of the stainless steel most use. Having said that they all get old, need parts.
I, hope they are the same now days, I just call Weber, and give them the model # or my serial number(registered) and they know just what parts you need and most people behind the phone, can help you with some problems, a rare occurrence now days. The last time I had an issue of not heating to my expectations 4 years after purchase, I was on the phone for at least 30 minutes with a lady who walked me through some tests, and on my reporting the results to her, she set me free of charge virtually a whole new burner system from the tank upward valves burners and every thing. Could not ask for more. Unfortunately most Weber gas grills are made in China, but I understand that the Weber company spent a lot of money and training to get them built to there quality.
By the way I do not work or never worked for them, there may be other companies just as good, my only experience is with Weber.
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