I have been strongly tempted for quite sometime to buy a Weber Q300. Several reviewers have said this grill can actually sear a steak unlike most other home grills (at least the ones I have owned) Now I see several grills coming out with an infrared element in the under 1k range . The Q300 runs about $300.
You can find a good Weber in your price range, I have been using mine for years with little problems.
Even heat, excellent construction.
In whatever you do decide to choose, enjoy it and treat it well and it will last!
For $2500-$3000 it better be good.[V] pb
My father had a weber silver genesis for years and never had one problem with it. When he moved to a fancy new house, he decided to buy a fancy new grill and spent a couple of thousand on a GE. Based on his luck with the weber, that is what I bought. Now, three years later, I called him on Saturday night and he was trying to grill some brats but he couldn’t even get his grill to light, so he had to use his charcoal grill to make them.
I’ve never had one problem with mine. He said he was going to get rid of his as it had been a constant problem and go get a new Weber for the summer.
…..Oh, and try to find a good Weber in Sept/Oct in a Lowes (or Home Depot, perhaps) when they start HEAVILY discounting their grill inventory at clearance
After many years with gas grills, a Weber with 3 burner controls and the upside ‘u’ grill grates has become a favorite……you just have to empty the grease trap every time you cook skin-on chicken and remove and scrape the ‘flavorizer’ (ie: upside down ‘v’) bars, if only to get the opportunity to scrape down the base of the sloping bottom of the grill chamber on a regular basis….
No more flair-ups!!
….and just a maintenence issue. ; )
We cant really complain about our Holland grill. Made here in the USA and it is designed never to flare up. We have had it for almost 10 years and it is as good as it was when it was brand new. We have not replaced a single part on it. The burner is cast iron and will never need replacing unlike most other grills we looked at.
I also used to cook on a friend’s Ducane grill. I thought it sucked! Food always stuck to the thin, poorly designed stainless grills.
Never really could get good grill marks or a evenly cooked steak.
I use a small Char-Broil that I bought at BBQ’s Galore 8 years ago for $89.00. Works great for me and a (very small) crowd.
However, if I had a big family I’d buy one of those great all stainless jobs at COSTCO.
And, I don’t think anyone could go wrong with any Weber BBQ.
The old Ducanes flared up with the best of them.
That’s because they used a ceramic briquette.
They are porous and trap some of the grease. That’s the trapped grease burning.
The metal bars flare up "less" because they don’t hold as much grease.
However, with less grease and flareup you also have less barbecue flavor.
You need the build up of drippings and grease to match the flavor of a briquette…. don’t clean it off!
When Weber cancelled all the lifetime warranties I gave up on them.
You have to know as a dealer a good part of the customers blamed me for not honoring the lifetime warranties when I sold them the Ducanes.
Another good barbecue is the Broil King. It’s Canadian. I’m not sure of it’s availability across the country.
A deep bowl on a gas barbecue is better than a shallow (burners right under the cooking grills) barbecue.
I use the terms barbecue and grills for the same item sometimes.
Personally I had always thought that Ducane was the top of the heap. The dealer in Knoxville explained to me that they did not flame up and their stainless steel construction was a easy clean. I almost bought one.
I personally like a gas grill and my only problem with them was the deal where they flamed. Ducane claimed they had that issue resolved?
Paul E. Smith
Google: Ducane bankrupt Weber
I guess the thing to do is to replace every instance of the term "Ducane" with "Chinese Weber" and evaluate it the same as with any brand that has no long term history, which "Chinese Weber" does not have.
I don’t think you can go wrong with this Weber Genesis E-320 at around $600. pb
Don’t feel bad: you’re not "one sided." You’re spherical. You know: "Sphere: a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center." By definition, a sphere looks the same from any angle or distance. [}:)]
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