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Old 02-20-2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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I think my grill is officially dead

Okay, I left my grill and charcoal starter out all winter and the inside of the grill is rusted and the charcoal starter is rusted all the way through. Should I toss them (the grill isn't expensive) or will the rust burn off?

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Old 02-20-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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Rust is broken-down metal, so if it burns off, there will be holes where it was. I'd toss it.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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Time for a new grill.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:55 PM   #4
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I would toss it. I picked my last one up at Home Depot for $57, it is a square one with fold down legs for easy transport. Not a mini size, a full size that can lay flat in your trunk.
I also picked up a cover for it for $12 to help keep the elements off of it for now, but the plan was that since it folds down once I clean out my garage I would just hang it on a side wall for the winter.
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:21 PM   #5
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What kind? How old? By starter do you mean charcoal chimney or a can of fluid?
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:36 PM   #6
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What kind? How old? By starter do you mean charcoal chimney or a can of fluid?
Charcoal chimney thingy. It was a cheap walmart version and not the good Kingsford one my dad had. His is rust resistant or something, he's had it for 10 years.

The grill is also from Walmart and only cost $30 on sale. It's almost full size but with everything going up in price lately I only want to throw it out if it might be dangerous. Sounds like from the first couple of posts it could be dangerous. Holes in the metal when grilling could definitely be dangerous in a drought area.
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:44 PM   #7
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Think of them as air vents
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:09 PM   #8
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iS THERE HOLES,OR DID IT JUST RUST ON THE (oops) top? It really depends. If you don't mind spending money for the new one, then toss it. But when money is an issue...
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:18 PM   #9
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A new chimney is cheap money. If the rust on the grill is just surface rust with no holes rusted through, it will still work fine. If it's now rusted through, buy a new grill.

I'd go for a Weber kettle. They come in 2 different sizes and in silver and gold models. You can get the smaller one for under $100.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:20 PM   #10
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For occassional grilling, (burgers, hotdogs, pork chops, chicken breast, steaks, etc.) consider the Weber Smokey Joe...it's a 14in table top model that's perfect when grilling for 2-4 people. Or the next size up 18 in. free standing for more room and flexability.
Invest in another charcoal chimney! In the long run it pays for itself many times over, and you don't have to mess with smelly fluids....or tatse them either.

Enjoy!
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:41 PM   #11
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I do not know if I would say it is dangerous. The rust will not hurt you. If there are holes though then you would need to be careful of hot coals falling out where they should not.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:58 PM   #12
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Do get the Weber! Ours has been outside in MN winter weather for over 5 years now, no rusting problems. We grill all year so we dont put it away. Ok I dont grill all year, I make him do it Nov-March if at all possible. :)
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:12 PM   #13
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Hope not this year. With all that global warming it's been so called I haven't even though about grillin outside. Usually I do it, or at least did it every year in the past.
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Just once or twice in December when my oven went out and I had to stick a casserole out there..... it wasn't too bad out yet! Not at all since.... but if it gets to 40 I'm grillin!!
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:53 PM   #15
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Man, you guys and gals gotta move your grills closer to the door.
I think I like grilling more in winter than I do summer.
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The door is flanked by 2 grills, the big gas one on one side the Weber on the other.
Then you dont have to shovel much snow to get to it....
I need to move somewhere warmer.
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......I need to move somewhere warmer.
HAH! Don't we all. I think it got up to 14 today, but the sun was out anyway.
I imagine grilling in the winter is tough on a grill, that's why I went stainless with my last one. I never looked, but I imagine there's condensation as it's cooling down, which we know isn't going to be good.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:53 AM   #18
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Most of the cheap metal grills, gas or charcoal, will rust out in a couple of years, depending on your locale and how you take care of them.

A few rust spots won't hurt any thing unless food touches them or they pose a hazard. Too many rust holes and the functionality is tossed out the window.

I live about 3 miles from salt water and any type of metal grill is a pain for me to maintain. I upgraded to ceramic in 1999 and haven't had to replace one yet.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:16 AM   #19
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There is no such thing as no grilling weather.
OK, heavy rain is, but otherwise...

Let's grill! :)
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There is no such thing as no grilling weather.
OK, heavy rain is, but otherwise...

Let's grill! :)
That's what umbrellas are for.

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