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Old 01-11-2010, 05:42 PM   #11
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thanks, im going to check that link next

anyone know anything about Kenmore grills? they seem to have some decent options, but i know nothing of performance or quality
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:02 PM   #12
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My Weber rusted out after ten years. I balked at paying so much for a new Weber so a year and a half ago I bought a Ducane. Ducane is owned by Weber. I paid $300 for a three burner gas grill with SS grill grates that gets way hotter than you need.

The quality and construction of the Ducane is not on a par with the Weber but I am happy with it so far.

The one thing I do not like about the Weber is that the three burners run left to right rather than the usual front to back. This gives you a long narrow area for indirect cooking rather than a wider though shorter space more suitable for indirect roasting or smoking.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:13 PM   #13
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thanks, im going to check that link next

anyone know anything about Kenmore grills? they seem to have some decent options, but i know nothing of performance or quality
I think Char-broil makes them for Sears with the Kenmore name on them.

Sometimes Sams Club & Costco have had good units for agood price.

Just make sure the brand you are buying will have parts available, don't trust Sears to have parts for that Kenmore unit after 5 years so you are probably better off just getting a Char-broil unit.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:19 PM   #14
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The one thing I do not like about the Weber is that the three burners run left to right rather than the usual front to back.
Mine run front to back.
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Mine run front to back.
When I was shopping for my grill I did not find any that ran front to back. I was shopping for a smaller sized and less expensive grill. I live in a condo with a smallish deck so space was a consideration.
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I have a Weber Genesis that is about 4 or 5 years old Andy.
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I was looking at the Spirit as it is less expensive and smaller in size. The few Genesis I saw did not have the front to back burners you have on your grill.

In retrospect, since I cook for two people 90% of the time, I should have bought the large Weber 'Q'.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:21 PM   #18
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My Weber rusted out after ten years.
Define rusted out. Also did you cover it? I would expect a Weber to last much longer than that. My FIL had a crappy little 2 burner that lasted about 20 years! Of course, that was at least 10 years longer than most people would have kept that decrepit thing.
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Define rusted out. Also did you cover it? I would expect a Weber to last much longer than that...
I live in MA and use the grill year 'round. It was covered mostly in the winter.

There was an aluminum tray mounted under the grill body that funneled into a disposable foil pan to catch solid matter and dripping fat, etc. that ran off the burners. The tray was mounted to the bottom of the grill body with metal tracks so it could be slid out and in. The metal tracks rusted out and the tray fell off.
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I live in MA and use the grill year 'round. It was covered mostly in the winter.

There was an aluminum tray mounted under the grill body that funneled into a disposable foil pan to catch solid matter and dripping fat, etc. that ran off the burners. The tray was mounted to the bottom of the grill body with metal tracks so it could be slid out and in. The metal tracks rusted out and the tray fell off.
So in essence you could have made new track and replaced the tray somewhow, right? Sounds like it make have been bad design though. Mine has a tray that slides out, and it is out in the rain in coastal (humid!) Virginia. It's still very solid. I figure if the grill lasts 5-6 years I'm way ahead. I will no doubt want a new grill then anyway.
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