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Broil King Signet 20 vs. Vermont Casings VCS300

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Broil King Signet 20 vs. Vermont Casings VCS300

registered | Apr 16, 2011 11:02 PM

I need a new propane grill. My main use is for steaks; fish, hamburgers and chicken are secondary. I don't need a rotisserie and most nights I'm cooking for two, not 20.

My budget is $500 Canadian. Ideally, I'd buy a Weber but I don't want to purchase anything less than a Genesis, which will run me at least $700 (if I import from the US) and $900 if I buy in Canada.

Based on quality, I'd settled on the Broil King Signet 20. It seems extremely well built. It doesn't have many, if any, bells and whistles, but I don't need any. It's available for $400. The specifications are as follows:

# 40,000 BTU Dual Tube™ stainless steel burners
# Heavy duty porcelain coated cast iron cooking grills
# 3 Flav-R-Zone™ heat partitions
# 400 sq. in. primary cooking area
# 635 sq. in. total cooking area
# Porcelain plated rack for warming and slow baking
# Linear Flow infinitely adjustable burner valves
# Therma-Cast aluminium oven with stainless steel wrap
# Stainless Steel Flav-R-Wave™ vaporization system
# Perma-Mold drop-down side shelves
# Deluxe Accu-temp oven thermometer
# Rust resistant zinc coated steel components
# Sure-lite electronic ignition system
# Reddi-Bilt 4 step assembly system
# Black powder coated paint

However, I have the opportunity to buy a 2008-model Vermont Casings VCS300 for $500. This is a new unit available locally on clearance. The original MSRP was $1100. It's made in China to the following specifications:

# 3 Stainless Steel Main Burners
# Main Burners 37,500 BTUs
# Primary Cooking Area (440 sq. in.)
# Porcelain Coated Warming Rack (190 sq. in.)
# Total Cooking Area (630 sq. in.)
# Porcelain Coated Cast Iron Cooking Grates
# Signature Sear Plates (Stainless Steel)
# 15,000 BTU ­­­Side Burner with Single Source Electronic Ignition
# NeverFail Electronic Ignition System
# Limited Edition Mica Black Porcelain Enameled Lid
# Stainless Steel Enclosed Cart
# Curved Stainless Steel Lid Handle with Cool Comfort Grip
# Heavy Duty Commercial Casters
# Patented Soft Touch Back-lit Dials with Chrome Bezels
# Integrated Tool Holders
# Stainless Steel Condiment Trays
# Towel Bars
# Stainless Steel Marinating Tray with Removable Cutting Board

Any thoughts on which of these two options I should go for? The Vermont Casings grill looks better, but the reviews for Vermont Casings seem to be all over the map - some people say Vermont Casings makes better grills than Weber; others curse them.

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