New Built-in BBQ needed

hgluckmanMay 12, 2009

We've had a built-in BBQ Grill for the last 18 years. We're actually on our second Turbo (4-burner) with natural gas from BBQ Galore (about 10 years old, now). The wall/island that it's built into needs to be restuccoed, so I had to pull it out the other day, and came to find that it's in even in worse shape than I thought - I'm not the best when it comes to maintenance.

To fix up the Turbo, I would need new burners, new cooking grates, and a new grate for holding the ceramic bricks. Also, the gas channels in the back are rusted out, which I'm sure is not a good thing. I'm waiting to hear back from BBQ Galore with a quote for those parts, and also a quote on a new grill from them.

In the meantime, I've started to research others with the help of this forum, and I've got it down to four models, but I'd be happy to get other suggestions. I need a grill that will fit in a 30-in wide space, runs on NG, and would like to have it split between IR and conventional burners.

The model that has me most interested is the Prestige II from Napoleon (BIPT450RBI). I've seen a wide range of prices on these from just over $900 from Zoobler to $1260 from a bunch of places. Has anyone used the Zoobler wholesale club? It seems like these are primarily available in Stainless Steel, but Zoobler has at least some in color, too.

The other grills I'm looking at are the Broilmaster R3BN ($1170 from BBQ Guys), MHP WHRG4DD ($1330) and the MHP THRG2 ($1398).

Thoughts and opinions are welcome!

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Of the four barbecues you mentioned, IMHO the only one worth buying is the Napoleon. Why? Napoleon offers a limited lifetime warranty on their grills and is built as such. MHP is cheaply made and Broilmaster was great 30 years ago, but now its no better than Fiesta.

If you do high heat grilling a lot (90% or more of the time) you should consider the infrared sear burner. If not, don't buy it. You give up half your space for a burner you can only use a fraction of the time. The turn down on ceramic infrared burners is very small and using that part of the grill when that burner is off can cause the ports to plug with grease.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 4:26PM
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Thanks! We grill a lot of steaks, so I'm think the IR burner will be good for us. I've been focusing on the Napoleon as it just looks like a more solid unit.

I'm also considering the Solaire AGBQ-27GIR with one of the burners converted to standard. I wish you didn't have to pay for an extra burner, but I guess you get a backup IR burner that way.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 4:31PM
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I did go ahead and order the Napoleon 450RBI. We were having some issues with the wall/counter it will be installed in, and it looked like the Napoleon would work the best. I found a local dealer who sent their installation manager out to look at it, and he convinced me they would do a good job on the install. I had been leaning toward the Napoleon anyway.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2009 at 2:49PM
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