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Propane grill recommendations.

JCAP

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Hey all,
Hope the social distancing is going well and that everyone is holding up and is safe.

The other day I went out to clean my 8 year old Brinkmann 5 burner and she's a goner. Some rusted out holes that seem newish and the burners aren't lighting on the right side. I noticed that they were finicky last summer but thought I could get through another season. But I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get another gas grill.

I have a few that I have my eye on, with a budget of around $500 or so. These are the three that I am considering:

1. Weber Spirit II-E. I could go either 210 or 310 model. It's only three of us in the house regularly and if we have people over I use my charcoal toys. But I could see the benefit of the extra burner.
2. BroilKing Baron 320
3. And just because I love playing with fire, the Oklahoma Joe's Charcoal/LP Gas/Smoker Combo

Does anyone have any input on these three? Or am I missing a killer propane grill? I feel that I could get any one of them and be incredibly happy. But advice is always welcome. Thanks!
 

cmayna

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I'm in a very similar situation with my old gasser grill. I'm considering a weber Genesis or spirit series with a side burner.
 

mike243

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I have had the 310 spirit for 6-7 years now I think, need to redo the burners because of the cross light got rusted out because I replaced the burner covers with cheap ones. my fault not weber
 

sandyut

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I have owned a Genesis for over 10 years and its still works like day 1.
 

Buttah Butts

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I’d say go with a Weber. They aren’t what they used to be quality wise but still a good grille for the money.
 

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Hey all,
Hope the social distancing is going well and that everyone is holding up and is safe.

The other day I went out to clean my 8 year old Brinkmann 5 burner and she's a goner. Some rusted out holes that seem newish and the burners aren't lighting on the right side. I noticed that they were finicky last summer but thought I could get through another season. But I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get another gas grill.

I have a few that I have my eye on, with a budget of around $500 or so. These are the three that I am considering:

1. Weber Spirit II-E. I could go either 210 or 310 model. It's only three of us in the house regularly and if we have people over I use my charcoal toys. But I could see the benefit of the extra burner.
2. BroilKing Baron 320
3. And just because I love playing with fire, the Oklahoma Joe's Charcoal/LP Gas/Smoker Combo

Does anyone have any input on these three? Or am I missing a killer propane grill? I feel that I could get any one of them and be incredibly happy. But advice is always welcome. Thanks!
I replaced my Weber Genesis three summers ago with a Broil King Baron 440 and love it. Build quality is outstanding and it weighs a ton; is made in one of their plants in Tennessee or Ontario, Canada. Heat uniformity is excellent across the entire cook surface. I was fortunate to find one returned to Lowe's because the thermometer was missing and buyer returned it. Lowe's replaced the thermometer and discounted the price 25%. I jumped on it.
 

sawhorseray

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I've never had any pellet or propane stuff but I clicked on that OK Joe combo and it sure looks like a lot of neat stuff to play with, stick-burner, oven, stove all in one. RAY
 

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I have an approx. 8 year old Broilking Baron 420 that I'm fixing to replace. Everything needs to be replaced so in my mind it's a good time to get a new grill and I'd for sure buy this same grill again. It's served us well. I got my money's worth out of it for sure. Lowe's doesn't offer them in store any more, don't know why? I've got my eyes peeled as well..........
 

JCAP

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Thanks all! It’s a tough decision.....more research to do for sure. But good to know that people like these grills.
 

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Check out the KALAMAZOO! At $20K it's only a few dollars more than a Weber...JJ
 

civilsmoker

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The Oklahoma Joe looks pretty cool....If it is built well. If you put some grill grates on the burner side it should cool real good....

As far as a recommendation, I haven't even looked at a gasser for a long while since I've had a Weber Genesis Gold for 17 years. Have rebuilt the burners two times and valves once now cause use it a lot! It will get a 3rd rebuild in the next year or so. I fully expect to get 20 plus years of service out of it!

PS the original propane tank will soon be a charcoal grill cause its almost up on re-certs....that's when you know you've gotten good use out of a bbq by the way.....
 

Buttah Butts

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Holy Crap those Kalamazoo grilles are expensive!! I thought buying the wolf grille was ridiculous now I don’t feel as bad
 

hoity toit

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it's a shame grills don't last very long..I guess the salt and the weather take their toll on them.
 

JCAP

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It took a lot of thought and research on my end. But I just couldn't get excited about a propane grill. Love charcoal too much.

So I picked up a 22.5in WSM. Lookin forward to playing with this thing.
 

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I'm sure that you will love that WSM JCAP. I have to say that my love for charcoal is complete. I can't imagine using propane again. My kettle is all the grill that I need for just the two of us and occasional company. If I were to go for something in the $500 range it would be that new 560 from Masterbuilt. All the bells and whistles of a pellet grill with the taste of charcoal + wood. I love that you can grill with it in about the same time that would a propane grill. The benefit of consistent lower temps means you can smoke on it. That's all of my needs met in one package. If I find myself wanting to replace my OKJ at some point then I will be looking at whatever the current model of that gill will be at the time.

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Okay. I'm kind of an obsessive "out of the box" thinker. I've owned one gas grill in my life. It is now a defunct grill, but it stores my propane bottle and keeps my Camp Chef Pro 30 single burner stove out of the rain.

For about $300-$350, you could get a two burner Camp Chef Pro 60x, a grill box, and a griddle. You'd have a stove, grill, and griddle. It can be left up or stored out of sight. I'm not saying it's for you, but just something to consider.
 

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