help -- want to buy a big gas grill

FloydoMay 20, 2002

Please Help...I am trying to decide on a new gas grill.

I do not need fancy, don't want fancy, just want biggest primary cooking area. We have a lot of people here on a regular basis and youth groups with many, many kids are planned for the near future. I do not want to feed people in shifts, rather I would like to cook as much food at once as possible.

I want quality of Weber, but will not spend nearly $3,000 for their biggest. I like the idea of spending a couple hundred bucks on a grill, but the last two times I have done this, I have had rusted out crap that needs replacing within a couple of years. SO, I would like to get something of size, basically looking for the biggest bang for the buck. I would be willing to spend up to $1,000 to get a grill I can count on for a long, long, time.

Has anyone out there tried a Kenmore? WHat about the Big Easy? My grandma would kill me if I didn't buy a Weber, but I am looking for as much input as y'all are willing to give me. Please help ASAP--


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

oh, BTW, I would also welcome opinions about the flavorizers of Weber versus the ceramic briquettes or lava rocks that I have had in the past...

please spare no detail

    Bookmark   May 20, 2002 at 2:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You should check out the Member's Mark Model #: MM YO660l at a Sam's Club. It is $1500 and it is huge, well made and will last a LONG time. You will need a truck to get it home. Good luck

    Bookmark   May 27, 2002 at 10:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have the big easy and I like it so far.. I got it for $249 at wal-mart. It doesn't have rocks or briquettes, I guess like the webers with their "flavorizer bars". Seems to be a pretty nice grill for the money. It has 3 burners and a flush side burner.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2002 at 3:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Take a look at the Members Mark $599 model as well if you have a Sam's in your area (same manufacturer as the Kenmore). Since you indicated you would spend up to $1000 I would strongly recommend the Virco for $799 that you see in other discussion here. 32" grilling surface with 3 heat zones and a 4th side burner and 5th ceramic burner for rotiserrie. Comes with heating rack, and nice cover as well. All stainless thick stainless steel welded construction and pullout grease tray (easy to clean, but all SS if you want to do it later ;-)
This is not rocket science and since the parts are fairly simple/straightforward components, name brand is not nearly as important as seeing how well it is constructed.
If you don't have a Sams or Costco, then take a look at the JennAire at Lowes. A cut above the Weber grills that I could look at first hand. Stainless steel in alot of places there it needs to be there.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2002 at 11:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I saw a large, well built grill at Home Depot yesterday from Vermont Castings. They have one that is maybe 26" x 16" but this looked about 34" x 18" ??

Also, if size is the prime consideration, have you considered those large open grills (no lids) that you see at some commercial venues? No idea on price, but I think I saw some at ($$$)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2002 at 3:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Weber Flavorizor bars vs. Ceramic bricket or Lava Rocks:
They all have one think if common. There is no flavor in any of them. The simple truth is that the flavor comes from the food you cook. The bars, ceramics, rocks, drip pan, etc. serve the function of providing a medium which is hot enough to vaporize the juices of the food dripping down on them into a greasy smoke which then flavors the food. This is what defines grilling and regardless of what the medium is, the food is what flavors the food. The more residual build up the better the flavor. This is why a dirty (seasoned) grill always produces better tasting food than a new grill out of the box.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2002 at 9:28PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Found this recipe and it is a keeper! Easy marinade...
Charcoal grills and/or Volcanic rock grills coming back
Someone was telling me that lots of people are turning...
How long one can use Grill (Life time)
Hi, My previous owner left us Grand Turbo grill by...
Do you need to secure a grill on the patio?
I live in a state that gets tornado warnings on occasion...
Need suggestion for a gas cooktop to use outdoor
Can someone please suggest a gas cooktop/burner that...
Sponsored Products
Belle-V Ergonomic Ice Off-White Scoop
$49.50 | FRONTGATE
Marcy NS-716R Magnetic Resistance Recumbent Bike - NS-716R
$180.49 | Hayneedle
Funstripes Big Jar-Large - MS-010A
$301.33 | Hayneedle
Copper Fire Pit: Bronze Crossweave Firebowl Fire Pit with Free Cover and Fire Pi
$184.98 | Hayneedle
Hot Pink Bliss Shag Rug
$79.99 | zulily
Vineyards Lazy Susan
$12.99 | zulily
AICO Furniture - Oppulente California King Poster Bed in Sienna...
Great Furniture Deal
David Bromstad "Feeling Blue" Artwork III
Grandin Road
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™