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  1. #1
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    Default Gasser recommendations

    Here's my dilemma, my charbroil commercial series grill is just about TOAST after 2 1/2 years of hard cooking. I would need to replace the vaporizer bars and the grates to bring it back up to par which would probably cost me close to $200. So, please give me recommendations on a gas grill that has some life expectancy. It's stored outside but under my back patio so it isn't exposed to much weather. Are the Webers more durable? I wouldn't mind spending a bit more money (6-700 maybe) for a grill that would last 5 or 6 years. So, what's your experience and what would you recommend? I'd even consider a hasty bake if they are worth it. Talk to me gentlemen!
    BellFab Smoker
    Weber Performer grill
    OSU - UDS Smoker
    KingCooker fish fryer

  2. #2
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    Weber or Ducane
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  3. #3
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    I've heard of folks having hastybakes for 20+ years
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  4. #4
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    THANKS! That's why I came here. I'm not talking a grill that will sit on the back porch unused for 100 years. I'm talking one that will last for 5 years or so being used, on average, a couple of times per week if not more.

    Do you all have personal experience with the ones above based on useage like I mentioned?
    BellFab Smoker
    Weber Performer grill
    OSU - UDS Smoker
    KingCooker fish fryer

  5. #5
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    I just bought a CharBroil RED infrared gas grill. It's all infrared. Only place you can get them is Home Depot. I researched gas grills a bunch and the RED is the one. Consumer Reports says they have had one under test 2 years and they rate it the best of all they have tested.
    There is no gas flame under the food. It has a metal pan between the burners and the grates that acts as an infrared emittor. It produces HIGH temp. for searing if needed. (That also acts as the cleaner for the grates and infrared emittor pan)
    So far it has produced some great burgers & pork chops. I have not had time to use it as much as I would like. But I will.
    It lives on a covered deck and won't see any harsh weather. We grill a lot and like the convenience of gas. (Yeah Tim, I know. But I'm not you.)
    Just info. You asked after all.
    (And I have a Hasty Bake. It is great, I like it. You have ashes to contend with.)
    "If you can't smell smoke it ain't a barbeque joint" peculiarmike

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    Well Mike, I do appreciate the input. I can spend $300 every few years for a grill if I must. However, I could spend some more cash if I could get a longer life outta them. My charbroil cooks AWESOMELY! It just pisses me off that the grates and vaporizer bars are so damn expensive. I mean really, I can spend a little more and get a whole new grill versus just replacing a few parts for almost the same price. I know they gotta make $ but this is crazy!
    BellFab Smoker
    Weber Performer grill
    OSU - UDS Smoker
    KingCooker fish fryer

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    The RED has no vaporizer bars. The grates are heavy porcelain coated and never see direct flame. Burners are lifetime warranty.
    It might blow up next week. Or it might last a long time.

    I'm gonna find out.

    I'm just throwin' this out since you asked for input.
    Each to his own.
    "If you can't smell smoke it ain't a barbeque joint" peculiarmike

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    Mike, I seriously appreciate your input. I'm not predisposed to one grill or another and not even gas versus charcoal, just looking for honest input and I do appreciate it! Thanks again
    BellFab Smoker
    Weber Performer grill
    OSU - UDS Smoker
    KingCooker fish fryer

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    I think you'll have a tough time finding a gasser that will last for 5 years under heavy use without replacing certain wear parts. Look for brass or stainless burners.

  10. #10
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    Tim, what about a charcoal grill? Would that make much of a difference? Maybe a big green egg or something similar?
    BellFab Smoker
    Weber Performer grill
    OSU - UDS Smoker
    KingCooker fish fryer

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