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Old 01-15-2018, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Just curious the age. As mentioned, myself and family members have 8 different Wilmington grills, some of which are the earliest models produced, and have never experienced this.
good question, the one I bought for my dad is probably at least 20 years old or so, it is a double burner with the pan that needs replacing, I have a double burner and a single burner,( they are probably in the 10 year or so old range) so I would say I am partial to Wilmington Grills also, I need to check with them, this part may be covered.

If you can find a 2 burner Wilmington Grill in your price range then go for it.
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:39 AM
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I absolutely love the way the Weber gas grills cook, but even the stainless versions have a steel cart that will rust away in a couple of years living on salt water. I wish they'd make a 100% stainless version (maybe they do now, as I haven't looked in years).

I bought a Virco at Costco, 100% stainless, 15 years ago, and still have it. I believe it was around $700 at the time. If you can get your hands on a Vidalia, those are money!
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:05 AM
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You have got to have more going on than just bad stainless.
Is it possible that something is leaking on it from above or something that you are cleaning it with?

There must 30 Weberís like that in my neighborhood including mine and none of ours have done anything close to that.
Even the grill at the beach house that gets pummeled by salt, sand and wind year round will not rust like that.



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Old 01-15-2018, 09:16 AM
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[QUOTE][The Weber has been great for me!

Ps- the best thing I have done is had it plummed into my natural gas! /QUOTE]

Double ditto. Ours is in built in to a outdoor bar. The only thing I wished is I went with a side burner.

They might be available on other grills but things I like are: grease traps, removable stainless basin, infared and rotissarie.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:18 AM
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For about 12 years I had a Higher end Ducane. During that time I think I replaced the burners twice and heat deflectors once. The grate and all other parts were great quality and never degraded. About 5 years ago my wife purchased me a Master Forge modular outdoor kitchen system from Lowes for my birthday. Initially I liked it and thought it was a quality grill. Then the grates started coming apart shortly after the first year, burners and heat deflectors didn't last much longer. One of the wheels broke within a few years. The only thing worse than the quality is their customer service. Buyer beware don't buy Master Forge.
I currently own a Kamodo Joe. It takes longer to get started but once you go this route you will never return to gas. Good luck
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:46 PM
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I have had weber's for years and have a Genesis at my fl home. 3 years ago I needed a grill for up north and did not want to spend a lot so bought a char broil stainless infrared for 400 bucks at lowes. Well let me tell you I will take it hands down over any weber. Main reason is it will never ever flare up and is so consistent that I cook chops, chicken, steaks and fish using a stopwatch.
Only drawback is it takes a bit of time to clean the grates and stainless plates but no big deal. They include a tool for cleaning the grooved plates.
I have tried to sell my fl. Weber on cl so I can upgrade to a char broil, but unless I want to give it away for 100 bucks there are no takers.
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:04 PM
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I am building my own out of commercial restruant equipment.

5' 4 burners,24" grill gas or charcoal,24" griddle each burner 40,000 btu all as 1 unit mounted on a 5' SS table with a smoker on the bottom.

It seemed like it was the only way to cover all the bases in one shot.
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:23 PM
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+1 on the Wilmington grill. Going on 18 years with mine, majority of that was uncovered in salt air. Still looks and cooks like new.
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I searched for several years and wasn't impressed by what I saw. I came across a brand called crown verdi at a restaurant supply house and knew I had to have one. . I called the company and they made me a deal on a demo model at a show near me. All of their stuff is for caterers.

https://www.crownverity.com/

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Old 01-15-2018, 08:05 PM
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Find your self one of these.

https://kalamazoogourmet.com/product...id-fire-grill/
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:26 AM
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They look awesome but I just took a look at their built in units for an upcoming project and they are spendy for sure. 15-16k for a grill is a lot.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:33 AM
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Wilmington Grill!!!
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Old 01-16-2018, 06:43 AM
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My Weber is 10+ years old and I've never replaced a thing on it. Still looks good as well.
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post
What do you cook with gas? Charcoal is by far a better option
Maybe a better option, but not always the best option. I grill out with my gas grill 10x more than I ever used to with charcoal because of the convenience factor. If it's the weekend and time is not a concern then sure charcoal is the way to go, but in a pitch during the week when time is limited there is nothing wrong with gas at all. I can still grill a steak with gas better than any restaurant minus perhaps the ones that are upscale.
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They look amazing. I love the video about how they are made.
I grew up in West Michigan and my brother lives up north by you.

The craftsmanship looks awesome. West Michigan is pretty famous for craftsmanship.

Not sure how the wife would take it.. "Honey, I had to sell your car today, but we have a rocking new grill. Can I cook you a brisket to make it up to you?"
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I recently bought a Napoleon and a Kamodo Joe. Just under $1500 for both, and have both gas with infrared searing and charcoal. Love the Napoleon. Havenít been able to use the Kamodo yet.
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By chance does anyone have a Bonfire 3? If so, for how long and is it holding up well?

https://www.amazon.com/BONFIRE-Premi...NFIRE+3+Grille

There are no Wilmington dealers in our area unfortunately...
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By chance does anyone have a Bonfire 3? If so, for how long and is it holding up well?

https://www.amazon.com/BONFIRE-Premi...NFIRE+3+Grille

There are no Wilmington dealers in our area unfortunately...
Raeford hardware out of Raeford North Carolina will ship, and sells on eBay. Contact them directly for the best deal.
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Raeford hardware out of Raeford North Carolina will ship, and sells on eBay. Contact them directly for the best deal.
Burke brothers has the best prices
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No brainer...get a used tec infrared...best grills on planet. All the serious steak house use their searing station.

I have a 1998, not a Speck of rust. Looks nearly new. yes..that is a 1998.

there is a Used one for sale on ebay for 1850..asking
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