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Offline Don T

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Favorite Gas Grill
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:28 AM »
I currently have a Captain Cook grill.  The flame tamers that hold the ceramic briquettes are falling apart.  I can buy new ones for $200, my wife thinks it is time to get a new grill.  We went to look at grills tonight and they seem cheaply made and they cost as much as I paid for mine 25 years ago.  I would have to step up to a $2000 grill to get something as well made.  What are you using that you would recommend?
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Offline Gregor

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2018, 04:09 AM »
In case it's only the parts you mentioned and there are somewhat reasonably priced replacements available for them:

Why dump a device that otherwise is working perfectly fine?

Online magellan

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2018, 06:00 AM »
I’ve owned a Tec grill for over 15 yrs now without a bit of problem.  Tec was the original radiant heat grill.  They’ve changed a bit now with the addition of an indirect heating system but still a very high quality built grill.   

More recently I purchased a Kamado Joe ceramic grill/smoker.   Really love this one also.  I was intimidated by this style cooker/grill prior to purchasing it.  I held off for a few yrs because i didn’t think I wanted to deal with charcoal.  To be very honest these type cooker/grills are very simple to use with a bit of common sense.   I love this thing.  I’m now grilling things I would not have taken on with my Tec grill.  Especially the slow and low temperature cooks.   They hold temperature for up to 12 hours or more.   

The Tec grill can hit and hold high temps if you require hi temperatures.   750 degrees, that’s impressive for a gas grill.   I will admit I’m a bit OCD keeping things clean and taking care of everything I buy.  I like to be able to open the grill and see it nice and clean before I start cooking.  I normally clean the grills the next day after using them.  My shop, truck I always keep clean. Just a habit, you pay so much for these items I believe in keeping them as clean as possible


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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 07:43 AM »
Joe,

Although I have more grills than I would ever need, replacement costs for some parts make one of them borderline on keeping.  And that one was the one with the infrared burner, the infrared rotisserie burner, the brass side burner, and the rare oven.  Some parts are "not available" even though they are being used on new models currently on sale.

Personally if I decide to once again go down the gas grill path I will look at the Weber line.  Pricey for what they are but they work and parts are readily available.

Peter

Offline Pompeio

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2018, 08:00 AM »
Big Green Egg! It’s cult-like following is well deserved.

I used to have both a Weber gas grill and a Brinkman smoker but got rid of them both 14 years ago when I bought the egg.  I have had to replace the felt ring and grid in all that time and I grill at least once a week.  Easy to get temperatures to 600 plus for searing steaks or maintain at 180 for “low and slow” barbecue. 


Offline JBag09

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2018, 08:04 AM »
I know I know, the title is “gas” grill. For the past few months I’ve been looking around for a new one since what I will need to spend to get mine running again isn’t worth it. I started looking at pellet grills. Mainly the Camp Chef, Traeger and Pit Boss. They are a bit pricey for the size you get. But from everything I’ve been reading they seem to be the new way to go. You can both grill and smoke on them, digital temperature setting to hold within about 10 degrees.
I’m leaning toward the Pit Boss at the moment, but may end up going with the Traeger in the end [emoji848][emoji848]

Offline BMH

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2018, 09:14 AM »
If you are buying a gas grill I recommend you look at https://nwnaturalappliances.com/gas-bbq-grills/ for information. I have used them for 20 years on all of my gas products and they have never steered me wrong. Had the Linx for 20years, best rotisserie on the market

Traeger moved their production from US to China and it is not the same quality as the original product. https://www.makgrills.com is from what I understand a better product and built like the original one.

My Favorite is still my Green Egg. You use https://www.weber.com/US/en/accessories/cooking/charcoal-briquettes-and-accessories/7416.html plus https://www.homedepot.com/p/Royal-Oak-15-44-lb-100-All-Natural-Hardwood-Lump-Charcoal-198228021/206732872 and you have a grill or smoker ready to cook on in 15mn. I grill around 150-200 days a year and had the grill for 10 years and it stills works like the first day

Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2018, 09:51 AM »
I’ve owned a Tec grill for over 15 yrs now without a bit of problem.  Tec was the original radiant heat grill.  They’ve changed a bit now with the addition of an indirect heating system but still a very high quality built grill.   

More recently I purchased a Kamado Joe ceramic grill/smoker.   Really love this one also.  I was intimidated by this style cooker/grill prior to purchasing it.  I held off for a few yrs because i didn’t think I wanted to deal with charcoal.  To be very honest these type cooker/grills are very simple to use with a bit of common sense.   I love this thing.  I’m now grilling things I would not have taken on with my Tec grill.  Especially the slow and low temperature cooks.   They hold temperature for up to 12 hours or more.   

The Tec grill can hit and hold high temps if you require hi temperatures.   750 degrees, that’s impressive for a gas grill.   I will admit I’m a bit OCD keeping things clean and taking care of everything I buy.  I like to be able to open the grill and see it nice and clean before I start cooking.  I normally clean the grills the next day after using them.  My shop, truck I always keep clean. Just a habit, you pay so much for these items I believe in keeping them as clean as possible


Hope this helps
I will look at the Tec grill. I do own a Traeger smoker for the low and slow cooking and absolutely love it.
« Last Edit: May 26, 2018, 09:55 AM by Don T »
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Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2018, 09:57 AM »
In case it's only the parts you mentioned and there are somewhat reasonably priced replacements available for them:

Why dump a device that otherwise is working perfectly fine?
I agree I should just buy the parts and I should have a good grill for the next 10 years. Well at least as long as nothing else goes wrong. There are limited parts available for this grill due to its age and the company folded.
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Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2018, 10:03 AM »
Joe,

Although I have more grills than I would ever need, replacement costs for some parts make one of them borderline on keeping.  And that one was the one with the infrared burner, the infrared rotisserie burner, the brass side burner, and the rare oven.  Some parts are "not available" even though they are being used on new models currently on sale.

Personally if I decide to once again go down the gas grill path I will look at the Weber line.  Pricey for what they are but they work and parts are readily available.

Peter
I did look at the Weber and thought it was constructed well. My hesitation was when I looked at the burners they looked cheaply made. My current grill has heavy cast Stainless burners that have ports on both sides. The other item on most of the grills is they just have a Stainless plate under the grill instead of ceramic briquettes and I think the briquettes off we more even heating.
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Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2018, 10:09 AM »
Big Green Egg! It’s cult-like following is well deserved.

I used to have both a Weber gas grill and a Brinkman smoker but got rid of them both 14 years ago when I bought the egg.  I have had to replace the felt ring and grid in all that time and I grill at least once a week.  Easy to get temperatures to 600 plus for searing steaks or maintain at 180 for “low and slow” barbecue.
They look really nice but I’m not sure if I want to go back to charcoal. Which is funny because I can remember 30 years ago saying I would not get the flavors out of a gas grill that I do from charcoal.
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Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2018, 10:19 AM »
I know I know, the title is “gas” grill. For the past few months I’ve been looking around for a new one since what I will need to spend to get mine running again isn’t worth it. I started looking at pellet grills. Mainly the Camp Chef, Traeger and Pit Boss. They are a bit pricey for the size you get. But from everything I’ve been reading they seem to be the new way to go. You can both grill and smoke on them, digital temperature setting to hold within about 10 degrees.
I’m leaning toward the Pit Boss at the moment, but may end up going with the Traeger in the end [emoji848][emoji848]
Well I do have a small Traeger and I love it for smoking. I have only tried grilling burgers on it and was not satisfied but that may have been my fault because I smoked for 15-20 minutes then turned up the heat. I definitely would not say mine holds temperature within 10 degrees, sometimes I set it on smoke and it is 225. If I were to get another pellet grill I would buy the Pro 34 or the Timberline series. I think they are better built and have better controllers than the one I have. If you are on Facebook, go to The Pellet grill page to see what everyone's has to say about the different brands.
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Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2018, 10:27 AM »
Here is my other thought. Fix this grill and in a few years build a bbq island. I grill 3to 4 days a week since our weather is usually nice. I guess I’m need to consider going back charcoal with the Big Green Egg. Honestly the reason I switched is gas is easier and quicker to get started after I got home from work. I’m retired now so I’m not rushed anymore.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Offline Mike DeHart

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2018, 07:39 PM »
another vote for ditching the gasser and getting an egg.  Versatile and great flavors.  Going on eight years on mine.  Shut the vents after cooking and there will be enough lump left over for a couple more cooks.
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Offline JBag09

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2018, 09:34 AM »
I know I know, the title is “gas” grill. For the past few months I’ve been looking around for a new one since what I will need to spend to get mine running again isn’t worth it. I started looking at pellet grills. Mainly the Camp Chef, Traeger and Pit Boss. They are a bit pricey for the size you get. But from everything I’ve been reading they seem to be the new way to go. You can both grill and smoke on them, digital temperature setting to hold within about 10 degrees.
I’m leaning toward the Pit Boss at the moment, but may end up going with the Traeger in the end [emoji848][emoji848]
Well I do have a small Traeger and I love it for smoking. I have only tried grilling burgers on it and was not satisfied but that may have been my fault because I smoked for 15-20 minutes then turned up the heat. I definitely would not say mine holds temperature within 10 degrees, sometimes I set it on smoke and it is 225. If I were to get another pellet grill I would buy the Pro 34 or the Timberline series. I think they are better built and have better controllers than the one I have. If you are on Facebook, go to The Pellet grill page to see what everyone's has to say about the different brands.
Thanks. Will check them out


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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2018, 09:55 AM »
Hi!

My favorite gas grill? Any gas grill that is replaced by one using coal!  [tongue] [tongue] [tongue] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

I apologize. Please disregard, and continue talking about gas grills  ;) ;) ;)  [big grin]

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline luke duke

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2018, 06:55 PM »
Get a Weber.

Offline Oldwood

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2018, 07:35 PM »
I like Weber also but I use these sitting on top of the factory grates.
https://www.grillgrate.com/
They take some getting used to but I would not go back.
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Offline Don T

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Re: Favorite Gas Grill
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2018, 07:59 PM »
I did look at a couple of Weber’s and thought they were well built. And the price reflected the quality. I decided to repair my current grill and when it needs work next time, I will be looking for a new one.
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