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Please help me choose a new gas grill [Moved from Home Cooking]


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Please help me choose a new gas grill [Moved from Home Cooking]

alanbarnes | Oct 8, 2007 12:15 PM

After 10 years and many thousands of meals, it's starting to look like it's time for the ol' Weber to go to the big BBQ in the sky. The "flavorizer bars" have disintegrated, the knobs are broken, the wooden side and bottom shelves are about shot, the ignitor hasn't worked in years, and the cast iron grates weigh maybe half of what they did when new. And it may just be my imagination, but the burners don't seem like they're cranking out the same BTUs they once did.

I would just get another Weber Genesis, but want better indirect cooking options, preferably with front-to-back instead of side-to-side burners. A little extra grill space would be nice, too. And stainless steel, while it doesn't contribute anything to the cooking process, is easy to maintain and looks pretty. A Weber Summit would fit the bill nicely, but the $1,500+ price tag is about double my budget.

Home Depot has a stainless Ducane grill (made by Weber) for about the price of the Genesis. 5 main burners plus rotisserie and side burners. I'd always thought of Ducane as a high-end brand along the lines of DCS, Tec, and Lynx; if that was ever the case, it isn't any more. So comparison to those grills doesn't seem fair. This Ducane isn't a high-end grill, but it appears to be reasonably well-made and priced VERY aggressively at $699; the non-Home-Depot version of this grill, which appears to be identical, goes for around $1,250.

Do any of you have experience--good, bad, or indifferent--with Ducane grills in general or this one in particular? Is there another grill that will deliver more bang for the buck? Any info and all opinions are appreciated.

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