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Old 05-09-2011, 03:34 AM
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Going to Lowe's today at lunch time to purchase a gas grill. Any current owners of Master Forge or Char Broil grills happy with there purchase? I know, the easy answer is to get the Weber, but I really dont want to drop $500 on a grill. That said, I'm convinved that grilling costs $100 a year; $300 grill lasts 3 years, $500 lasts five years...

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Admiral bought me on of the Jen Air stainless grills at Lowes when they had them and it has outlasted any grill I have ever had, think I am on year number 5 or 6

Talked with client that does natural gas work and he said to make sure you have the cast iron burner since that is the part that normally goes out.

A lot of them will come with a "lifetime" warranty on the cast iron burners for what it is worth but it they do seem to hold up better

My grill is used a minimum of 3 times a week, we grill pretty much any meat we eat at home
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I just bought the charbroil commercial version so called infra red 3 burner gas grill yesterday as a matter of fact. My old weber died out of warranty and I did not feel like dropping a grand on a new grill. It will be interesting to see how it holds up. It gets good reviews.
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I used to think like you - a $300 grille lasts about 3 years. Then, I finally paid about $475 to buy a Weber. By far, the Weber is the best grille I have ever owned. No comparison to its cheaper sisters.

I am going on year 6 or 7 and it still fires right up and keeps on ticking. Better built. No replacement pieces needed yet. It the quality of the individual component pieces (some of which are not in plain sight) that make the difference in quality.

My advice would be to wait to buy a Weber on sale. You don't have to buy the top of the line model. Buy the cover - I leave mine outdoors all winter with no problem.

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Not sure if they still sell them, but I bought a Great Outdoors stainless model by Pinnacle at Lowe's about 5 years ago for $300 and it's still going strong.

+1 on buying the cover for whatever you buy.
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To be perfectly honest I would say screw the grill and go to Bass Pro and buy yourself an electric MASTERBUILT SMOKER!

I never pull my grill out hardly anymore unless I'm doing a steak, hamburgers or hot dogs....every thing else gets smoked. It puts grilling to shame and the food is always tender and moist with a great smoked flavor.
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If you are going to really use the grill a lot (more than once per week)...buy a Weber. A Jen Air is a high quality grill, but doesn't have the features a Weber does. I currently own a Jen Air...and when it finally bites the dust (had it for 5 yrs), I will go back to a Weber.

The no-flare up design is no joke.

Char-broil and others are not in the same league. Trust me. Might as well cook over an open flame.
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Take a magnet with you if you are looking at stainless. I bought a charbroil stainless and it rusted in 3 months and I kept it covered. I took it back and bought the Gen Air after walking around with a magnet seeing which ones were decent quality stainless steel. The Jen Aire was the only one under $1000 a magnet wouldn't stick to. Mine is 5 years old, gets used at least 3 times a week year round, and looks like new. Get a cover as well.
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I have a Charm Glo I bought from Home Depot 5 years ago and it still works and looks great. It's all stainless steel. EVERYTHING is stainless. Only problem, which isn't a problem once you get use to it, it the back half the grill gets a lot hotter than the front. I think I paid $400 for it.
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Thanks for the feedback so far. Wife likes the Char Broil so far. I know its cheap stainless, and I know its only gonna last three years, I just know it...
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Originally Posted by Airslot View Post
Going to Lowe's today at lunch time to purchase a gas grill. Any current owners of Master Forge or Char Broil grills happy with there purchase? I know, the easy answer is to get the Weber, but I really dont want to drop $500 on a grill. That said, I'm convinved that grilling costs $100 a year; $300 grill lasts 3 years, $500 lasts five years...

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I was in your exact same position. It was time to replace my lower end Char Broil grill that I've had for 11 years(yes, it did last that long). I was looking hard at the Char Broil stainless infrared grill, but decided to go a different route.

I have been thinking about a Big Green Egg for many years, and decided to get one. It is not cheap at $799, but from what I understand it can be the last grill I will need to buy. It does an incredible job with grilling, smoking, and baking. Cooking temps can be easily controlled. It uses natural lump coal and starts and readies for cooking in 10 minutes. It's incredibly efficient with coal use. So I gave it a shot.

Worth a look if you are not absolutely set on gas.
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Had a top of the line all stainless Charbroil Commercial grill for a few years. It served us "fine" for the first couple of years. The grill looked GREAT, at first. It did not wear well though and I kept it covered, never left out in the rain. It did not sear meats well either. The ignitors and grill grates rusted out within the first 24 months. I could no longer light the grill without using a match and I was forced to buy new grates. After 4 yrs it was on its' last leg. It ultimately met its demize during the winter storm we had here in Maryland of 2009/2010 when the 4' snow sitting on top of it broke the cheap plastic caster legs, and bent the flimsy frame.

After that exeprience and thought of sinking another $400 into a grill only to last me 4 yrs, I decided to suck it up and buy a Weber S670 http://www.weber.com/explore/grills/...s/summit-s-670 Absoluately the nicest grill I have had the pleasure to cook on, esp like the built-in smoker for ribs and rotisserie chicken.
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
I have a Charm Glo I bought from Home Depot 5 years ago and it still works and looks great. It's all stainless steel. EVERYTHING is stainless. Only problem, which isn't a problem once you get use to it, it the back half the grill gets a lot hotter than the front. I think I paid $400 for it.
My experience exactly. The exhaust vents are in the back so especially when covered the back can get much much hotter
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The weber ~$650 one is the one to get. Just search the past discussions on here.

I have 2 friends that asked the same question last week and both refused to shell out the $ for the gas weber above, and both ended up buying the weber charcoal kettle with butane lighter instead, (I think it's $200-250ish?) which is also highly recommended. Both grill recommendations were echoed by a "grilling expert" friend who is hoping to get a TV show and apparently has a dozen grills in his backyard right now.

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Admiral bought me on of the Jen Air stainless grills at Lowes when they had them and it has outlasted any grill I have ever had, think I am on year number 5 or 6

Talked with client that does natural gas work and he said to make sure you have the cast iron burner since that is the part that normally goes out.

A lot of them will come with a "lifetime" warranty on the cast iron burners for what it is worth but it they do seem to hold up better

My grill is used a minimum of 3 times a week, we grill pretty much any meat we eat at home
Really. I've had two grills with heavy cast iron burners and found they rusted out in 3 to 4 years. I've never seen a grill with cast iron burners that gave a life time warranty.
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Yeah, just a note on warranty, before I bought the weber I stupidly bought a stainless chair broil. If I remember correctly it was all stainless with brass burners, and had "amazing" warranty coverage - like 10 years on the shell, 30 years on the burner, 5 years on grates and other parts etc.

Well my first warranty call was somewhere around 12-18 months in, and then a second, and then a third, and eventually I had enough parts to replace about 20% of the grill.. by then the "stainless" finish was pitted and looked like hell and the 2nd set of grates were shot... picked up the weber and couldn't be happier so far, had it about 18 months now and has been perfect.
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I just purchased a Blue Ember about a month back for $399 at BJ's and for the price it seems to be a well built grill. The only flaw I have found so far is that the side burner is level with the cooking surface and not raised. That causes the flames to be trapped under the pan but if you use a correct pan size you fine. It built very heavy duty and gets very hot and come with a bottle opener on the grill.

http://bbq.about.com/od/gasgrillrevi...apr020507a.htm
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Home Depot has a grill, Brinkman I think for $199-$225 that is going on year three on out pier at the slip.Has a side burner as well and we use the crapola out of it!!!
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Well, a big thanks go to my wonderful wife if she reads this. We met at Lowe's at lunchtime. After comparing materials, warranties, and saleman schpeels, we settled on a Weber Spirit E-310. Sale price was $499. By the time she was done we were down to $425 plus we have some gift cards laying around from Christmas. She got them to know off 10% for the floor model and another 5% because a door magnet wasn't working. Heck, I could have been upsold $75 because it was assembled. Thats why she is the CEO. The Weber was just better made, no doubt about it. Now, if this falls apart in three years she is gonna kill me

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