Tis the season fro some good old brew drinkin and grillin. My Wal-Mart gas
grill grates are all rusty and I don't know what to do. Are there grates
that are stainless or ceramic coated ?
Also, my Dad just told me to scrap the gas grill and go by a good old Weber
charcoal grill. He said they can't be beat.
Does anyone else agree.
Now what should I do ?
Any advice ?
You wanna lick charcoal or just flip a switch wait 2 minutes and go.
Wal-Mart grills are generally crap, if you want gas thats going to last
go for one what has cast iron or brass burners. Make sure that the
grills arent just thin stamped steel either. If you dont want to
spend the money on a good gas webber, go for a sears (kenmore) grill.
Some of the higher end ones (200+) are real nice and i'm real satified
with the one I bought from them.
After years of compromise, I decided I wanted to have my cake and eat it too.
Now have a Weber gas grill (10x better than
the cheesy ones I owned before) and a Weber "smokey joe" charcoal.
When I want the best flavor and am willing to put up with the hassle, I fire up
the charcoal. When I'm in a hurry it's the
I originally looked at the weber gas grills myself. I found them to be
flimsy. My price range was about 400-600.00. The genisis line is OK,
but if you
look at the grills they look somewhat thin. The "flavorizor bar" looks
like a cheap
piece of metal that needs to be replaced every year.
I am telling ya, go down to sears, look at their "higher level" gas
Cast iron burners (never will die) real thick grates. I could not
a great grill I was getting. While looking (and debating) every guy
went by this
one grill and said, wow nice grill. I went back and forth to that one
too. In the
end I bought it and never had a problem with it. Love it, 4 burners in
will probably last longer that i'll be around. If they have brass
burners in there go
for that, commercial quality stuff then that will last forever!
Just one thing, do NOT go for a cheapie grill. They will only look
great for a year before
they start to fall apart.
Go to sears and just check things out!
Either way, gas or charcoal, Weber can't be beat IMHO. My wife and I
received a pretty good Sears LP grill for a wedding gift, however, every
season it needed burners and venturis. We eventually replaced it with a
Weber LP grill. After over 7 years, all I've put into it, besides gas, is
flavorizer bars. These are the bars that go under the cooking grates and
above the burners. They last me about 3 seasons and cost about $35 or so to
I use the grill year round at least three times a week. I opted for the
cast iron cooking grates because they last longer and retain heat much
better than enamaled steel. I even rigged up a smoker box for it and use it
as a smoker as well.
Weber customer service is outstanding as well. When the finish began to
flake off the lid, I emailed Weber about it, and rather than just send me a
replacemnt panel for the lid, they sent me a completely assembled lid
(handle and all)!
The burners are stainless steel and waranteed for 5 years. I've had my
grill for over 7 years and the burners are just now starting to show some
deterioration. Keep in mind that I also completely clean the entire grill
twice a year and I'm sure that has a lot to do with it's durability.
I highly reccomend any weber product.
Sure you can., Weber is good, but so is Broilmaster, MHP (Modern Home
Products) Vermont Castings VC series, Ducane, and a few others.
Best bet to buy a grills avoid the big box stores and go to a specialty shop
or a propane dealer. The carry the better brands.
I agree with your dad only 1/2 way. Get a Weber, but get a gas model. 10
year warranty on the burners. I've had mine for 4 years and it still
works/looks like brand new. A good cleaning each spring brings her right
back. Who want's to fuss with charcoal when you can push a button and get
heat in 5 minutes? If you want "flavor", you can get that with small wood
I think I must be in the minority since I actually like my meat to taste like
Last year I was able to clean most of the greasy stuff off the grill
using a steam cleaner. This year I am going to first spray the racks
with oven cleaner and then use the steam cleaner to see if it speeds up
things. It is a big job. The rust comes off along with the burned on
After you clean the grill if you spray it with Pam or something, it
helps slow down the rust.
At times, either type is better. Charcoal does cook hotter and crisps the
food better. You can't beat the instant on of a propane grill too, start
cooking 5 minutes after lighting, try that with charcoal or keep it going
for 3 hours at a big party without adding more charcoal.
Folks here sure do like weber but I found it quite expensive (for gas
models). I have no problems with the sears unit I bought a year ago (not
sure who really makes it though). The one feature I have that you should
make sure you get is cast iron racks and burners. I rusted through the
crome plated steel racks and steel burners on my old grill one per year but
this cast iron one (it has porcilin coating on the grates but not the
burner) shows no sign of rust anywhere.
The big home center stores are just starting to advertize grills for this
year. You should have plenty to choose from. The stainless steel look has
come down in price this year too. Good time to upgrade.
I have a gas grill only now but plan to get a charcaol smoker type grill
soon for variety.
I too bought a POS grill from walmart last year. I''m gunna try and
get it working(cover rust and clean up) for this summer. I think
because it was charcoal is the only reason why it worked well, and the
food tasted great.
Made from the finest stamped metal!
So, put my vote down for charcoal, and I might be getting a weber this
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