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Re: Weber Grills - Worth the Money?
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2018, 09:58:04 AM »
Lowes will also put the grill together for you for free if you wish. I went ahead and put it together myself because I wanted to make sure everything was tightened nicely. It did take an hour or two, so free assembly is a nice bonus if you want it.

Oh god, would I let a bored millennial (barely) minimum-wage worker put together my grill?

hell no, I'll probably find avocado toast in the valves

I'm a boomer, not a millennial, but I was one of those minimum wage
workers ($3.65 / hour!) who put stuff together at a big box hardware
store.  Final product was inspected by my supervisor and I got really
good at assembly -- both fast and proficient as with any skill due to
daily practice.

I am a millennial that worked in a big box store warehouse assembling grills around 8-10 years ago. One of the baby boomers I worked with liked to use an cordless drill to assemble the grills and stripped many of the screws, either the head or the threads sometimes both. He said it was above his paygrade to worry about the quality of the assembly.

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« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2018, 02:28:53 PM »
Here is something from left field. Someone here in town just posted a Weber Spirit (looks to be the smaller 210 Series) for sale with a cover. Says it "needs cleaning and a new starter. Still works. Propane tank included".

Any idea what a starter would cost? This might be a more Mustachian route...

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« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2018, 02:47:19 PM »
You can't go wrong with Weber-anything. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if our current Stok gets destroyed somehow. If you can find a hot deal on a Webber 22" kettle (anything around $60 or less), I'd say just go for it. You won't be disappointed. Walmart had a crazy YMMV deal last year where they were clearing these things out for $25.

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« Reply #54 on: April 17, 2018, 03:29:48 PM »
I've had a Weber Genesis Model ? for 11 years, most of which were without any cover. Definitely worth the price, we grill almost every day. Parts do wear out and need replacement. I do feel like its getting near the end of its useful lifespan.

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« Reply #55 on: April 17, 2018, 04:30:04 PM »
Accidentally learned a tip after receiving my weber grill..  If you are trying to determine 2, 3 or 4 burners, measure the weber grill against your existing grill (or need).  The weber grill is almost 10 inches wider than my previous grill!  This was a nice surprise, but I could have saved some money by going down 1 burner.

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« Reply #56 on: April 17, 2018, 05:02:09 PM »
Here is something from left field. Someone here in town just posted a Weber Spirit (looks to be the smaller 210 Series) for sale with a cover. Says it "needs cleaning and a new starter. Still works. Propane tank included".

Any idea what a starter would cost? This might be a more Mustachian route...

The starter isnít even mandatory.  You can use a long match, twig, cigar lighter etc just donít blow up yer face

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« Reply #57 on: April 17, 2018, 05:03:35 PM »
Accidentally learned a tip after receiving my weber grill..  If you are trying to determine 2, 3 or 4 burners, measure the weber grill against your existing grill (or need).  The weber grill is almost 10 inches wider than my previous grill!  This was a nice surprise, but I could have saved some money by going down 1 burner.

I do like two burners for the zones even if I donít need more space.  I also think the marginal cost is low

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« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2018, 09:38:35 AM »
Two burners is plenty big enough for my family and probably 2 more families if we have people over.

Spending more money for an extra burner for the once every year or two we may need it didn't sound all that reasonable to me.

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« Reply #59 on: April 18, 2018, 10:13:21 AM »
My $500 barbecue looks awesome next to my $300 blender and $250 coffee grinder.

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« Reply #60 on: April 18, 2018, 03:20:24 PM »
My $500 barbecue looks awesome next to my $300 blender and $250 coffee grinder.

You keep your grill inside (or your blender and coffee grinder outside)? *gasp*

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« Reply #61 on: April 18, 2018, 06:51:10 PM »
My $500 barbecue looks awesome next to my $300 blender and $250 coffee grinder.

You keep your grill inside (or your blender and coffee grinder outside)? *gasp*

And why do you have such a cheap grill?  Are you poor?

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« Reply #62 on: April 19, 2018, 05:31:29 AM »
My $500 barbecue looks awesome next to my $300 blender and $250 coffee grinder.

Being mustachian surely frees a lot of money to spend on high end products.

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« Reply #63 on: April 19, 2018, 08:15:26 AM »
I see that quite a few people mentioned rusted grills and storing it outside. Wouldn't cleaning it, drying it and storing it in a sheltered place increase the lifespan of a grill? Am I missing something? Asking because I don't live in the US and a grill that last only a few years is kind of weird to me.

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« Reply #64 on: April 19, 2018, 08:29:33 AM »
Last year I was in the market for a natural gas grill and the options were either a Craigslist Weber Spirit E-310 or new Char-Broil on sale. Both options were roughly the same price, and I ended up going with the used Weber. So far it has been working great...although if you buy a used grill be sure to lay down a tarp in you car to catch any char-bits that fall out. I learned that lesson.

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Re: Weber Grills - Worth the Money?
« Reply #65 on: April 19, 2018, 08:34:12 AM »
I see that quite a few people mentioned rusted grills and storing it outside. Wouldn't cleaning it, drying it and storing it in a sheltered place increase the lifespan of a grill? Am I missing something? Asking because I don't live in the US and a grill that last only a few years is kind of weird to me.
I'm sure that storing it in a sheltered place would increase the lifespan, but there are a few things preventing most people from doing that.  First, it's a pain to move something that can be quite large and heavy from the back of the house (where most grills are actually used) to the garage (which is nearly always on the front of the house) and then back out the next time you want to grill.  Also, some people don't have garages.  And even if they do, they may not have room in the garage for a big grill.  So, most people either leave them completely exposed to the elements or use a grill cover. 

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« Reply #66 on: April 19, 2018, 09:14:53 AM »
I see that quite a few people mentioned rusted grills and storing it outside. Wouldn't cleaning it, drying it and storing it in a sheltered place increase the lifespan of a grill? Am I missing something? Asking because I don't live in the US and a grill that last only a few years is kind of weird to me.
I'm sure that storing it in a sheltered place would increase the lifespan, but there are a few things preventing most people from doing that.  First, it's a pain to move something that can be quite large and heavy from the back of the house (where most grills are actually used) to the garage (which is nearly always on the front of the house) and then back out the next time you want to grill.  Also, some people don't have garages.  And even if they do, they may not have room in the garage for a big grill.  So, most people either leave them completely exposed to the elements or use a grill cover.

There are also varying levels of cleaning it.  Iím pretty sure drippings are acidic since they seem to eat through my aluminum drip trays over time.  That plus the high heat seems to accelerate oxidation, and atmospheric humidity will still condense inside on a cold morning.

 I scrape off my grates before and after cooking but I donít clean under the grates, or the flavorizers, or the inner body very regularly as itís a pain in the butt.  But Iím sure it would extend the life of those elements. 

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Re: Weber Grills - Worth the Money?
« Reply #67 on: April 22, 2018, 07:57:14 AM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

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« Reply #68 on: April 22, 2018, 06:28:38 PM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

So if it lasts twice as long at under twice the price itís still not frugal?  Or are you just saying that any grill is an unnecessary expense when most people already have working stoves?

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Re: Weber Grills - Worth the Money?
« Reply #69 on: April 22, 2018, 07:09:48 PM »
Weber Grills are worth the money but I would never buy a new one. Get the cheapest one you can find on Craigslist and then purchase the replacement parts for it from Weber to make it "like new" inside. This was actually my dads side gig for a little while. He would scan CL for down and out Weber grills. He would scrub them clean and then replace the parts he needed to in order to make it more desirable. He made 80-100$ profit on each one.

I have similar predicament,  I have their old charcoal kettle grill that came with apt that is rusted on the actual body a little bit.  I just bought all new cooking grates and charcoal grates but misssed seeing all the bits of rust on the body of kettle grill. Is that not safe to cook in?  considering the rust part is where the charcoal will be going?

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« Reply #70 on: April 22, 2018, 08:29:41 PM »
Weber Grills are worth the money but I would never buy a new one. Get the cheapest one you can find on Craigslist and then purchase the replacement parts for it from Weber to make it "like new" inside. This was actually my dads side gig for a little while. He would scan CL for down and out Weber grills. He would scrub them clean and then replace the parts he needed to in order to make it more desirable. He made 80-100$ profit on each one.

I have similar predicament,  I have their old charcoal kettle grill that came with apt that is rusted on the actual body a little bit.  I just bought all new cooking grates and charcoal grates but misssed seeing all the bits of rust on the body of kettle grill. Is that not safe to cook in?  considering the rust part is where the charcoal will be going?

Is it rusted through or just rusted?  Seems like it would still be safe, and you could even bolt a new plate of steel over the rusted spot

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« Reply #71 on: April 23, 2018, 06:52:46 AM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

So if it lasts twice as long at under twice the price itís still not frugal?  Or are you just saying that any grill is an unnecessary expense when most people already have working stoves?

I'm not the person who said that above but I agree with him. I also agree with your point about something lasting twice as long.

However, in my experience there is a middle-ground between shitty bbq that dies after two years and Weber. For instance, buying a $400-500 bbq at the end of the season for $250 that will last 10 years is a great value. I'm on year 7 of this process right now and she's still going strong. Works just as good as the day I bought it and still looks good as well, even though I use it year round in Canadian winter.

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Re: Weber Grills - Worth the Money?
« Reply #72 on: April 23, 2018, 05:08:12 PM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

So if it lasts twice as long at under twice the price itís still not frugal?  Or are you just saying that any grill is an unnecessary expense when most people already have working stoves?

The latter. Also, its not under twice the price.  The Weber in this case is the expensive option (or so this thread leads me too believe).

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« Reply #73 on: April 23, 2018, 05:11:06 PM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

So if it lasts twice as long at under twice the price itís still not frugal?  Or are you just saying that any grill is an unnecessary expense when most people already have working stoves?

I'm not the person who said that above but I agree with him. I also agree with your point about something lasting twice as long.

However, in my experience there is a middle-ground between shitty bbq that dies after two years and Weber. For instance, buying a $400-500 bbq at the end of the season for $250 that will last 10 years is a great value. I'm on year 7 of this process right now and she's still going strong. Works just as good as the day I bought it and still looks good as well, even though I use it year round in Canadian winter.

Yea, but dont forget the sunk cost of not investing money that you instead on shit you donít need.

Anyways, there are worse things to spend $$$ than grills, just making a point.  At least grills help to make food, which is an alternative to cooking out... though they tend to be used for meat, which is less frugal generally and less environmentally friendly when consumed in excess.

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« Reply #74 on: April 23, 2018, 05:43:51 PM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

So if it lasts twice as long at under twice the price itís still not frugal?  Or are you just saying that any grill is an unnecessary expense when most people already have working stoves?

The latter. Also, its not under twice the price.  The Weber in this case is the expensive option (or so this thread leads me too believe).

Lets be honest, Weber is mid-range.  But yeah, we don't really need grill.  We also don't really need toilet paper

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« Reply #75 on: April 23, 2018, 05:50:11 PM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

Make no mistake about it, an expensive grill is an unmustachian extravagancy in almost all scenarios.

But, if you can afford a splurge and get a lot of pleasure from it, then go for it.  But dont try to kid yourself that it is in any way frugal, even if it lasts a long time.

So if it lasts twice as long at under twice the price itís still not frugal?  Or are you just saying that any grill is an unnecessary expense when most people already have working stoves?

The latter. Also, its not under twice the price.  The Weber in this case is the expensive option (or so this thread leads me too believe).

Lets be honest, Weber is mid-range.  But yeah, we don't really need grill.  We also don't really need toilet paper

Whoa whoa whoa.  Letís not equate grills with toilet paper.

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« Reply #76 on: April 23, 2018, 08:24:32 PM »
Weber Grills are worth the money but I would never buy a new one. Get the cheapest one you can find on Craigslist and then purchase the replacement parts for it from Weber to make it "like new" inside. This was actually my dads side gig for a little while. He would scan CL for down and out Weber grills. He would scrub them clean and then replace the parts he needed to in order to make it more desirable. He made 80-100$ profit on each one.

I have similar predicament,  I have their old charcoal kettle grill that came with apt that is rusted on the actual body a little bit.  I just bought all new cooking grates and charcoal grates but misssed seeing all the bits of rust on the body of kettle grill. Is that not safe to cook in?  considering the rust part is where the charcoal will be going?

Is it rusted through or just rusted?  Seems like it would still be safe, and you could even bolt a new plate of steel over the rusted spot


lol just a little reddish brown at the bottom base, where all the charcoal goes anyways..thanks for responding really appreciate the knowledge!  I asked around at work today too before seeing this respone and consensus was totally fine because its where charcoal goes, someone even suggested something I didn't hundred precent get but makes me think I'm safe to cook with.  Even looked at craigslist and people were selling more rusted webers than mine :)

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« Reply #77 on: April 24, 2018, 12:58:03 AM »
Weber Grills are worth the money but I would never buy a new one. Get the cheapest one you can find on Craigslist and then purchase the replacement parts for it from Weber to make it "like new" inside. This was actually my dads side gig for a little while. He would scan CL for down and out Weber grills. He would scrub them clean and then replace the parts he needed to in order to make it more desirable. He made 80-100$ profit on each one.

I have similar predicament,  I have their old charcoal kettle grill that came with apt that is rusted on the actual body a little bit.  I just bought all new cooking grates and charcoal grates but misssed seeing all the bits of rust on the body of kettle grill. Is that not safe to cook in?  considering the rust part is where the charcoal will be going?

Is it rusted through or just rusted?  Seems like it would still be safe, and you could even bolt a new plate of steel over the rusted spot


lol just a little reddish brown at the bottom base, where all the charcoal goes anyways..thanks for responding really appreciate the knowledge!  I asked around at work today too before seeing this respone and consensus was totally fine because its where charcoal goes, someone even suggested something I didn't hundred precent get but makes me think I'm safe to cook with.  Even looked at craigslist and people were selling more rusted webers than mine :)

Yeah the rust won't affect your food.  Unless you are cooking on a flammable surface (wooden deck, or dry grass) and there's a chance hot coals are gonna shoot out the bottom, I wouldn't worry about it.  Even when it rusts through it will probably drop bits of ash long before catastrophic failure

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« Reply #78 on: April 10, 2019, 06:41:16 AM »
Whoa appreciate all the feedback from the forum. Planning to go ahead and take the plunge and buy soon.

Here's a new question. When discussing with a few friends over the weekend, both suggested I NOT buy from Lowes or the other big box stores. One of these guys used to work at an ACE and said he thought the grills sold at Lowe's were of a lower quality.

I Googled it and found conflicting statements.

What is also a bit odd is I went to the Gadgetspicker to "Locate a Dealer" in my area and Lowe's, Target, Home Depot, and several ACE stores all show up as "Dealers". Lowe's is selling the grill for $449 and ACE has it for $499 (with free delivery and set up).

Sorry for replying on this old thread. But I'm going to buy a Weber LP grill this month. Can someone suggest should I buy it on amazon or look for a offline dealer?

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« Reply #79 on: April 13, 2019, 07:47:09 AM »
would look on craigslist for used ones. really cheap. my Weber propane grill is 22 years old and only replaced the flavor bars.

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« Reply #80 on: April 13, 2019, 04:07:53 PM »
I'm not huge on propane -

I've had an AKORN kamado that I very much like.  I've had it about 3 years now.  It's cheaper than the ceramics - somewhere around $300.  I bought it because I wasn't sure I really liked smoking meat.  Turns out I do.  I think next time I'll spend $$$ on a ceramic.  I think the smoker will last another couple years if not more.  I'm thinking about selling it sooner than later - and upgrading while it still has some life in it.

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« Reply #81 on: April 13, 2019, 09:07:50 PM »
I'm not huge on propane -

I've had an AKORN kamado that I very much like.  I've had it about 3 years now.  It's cheaper than the ceramics - somewhere around $300.  I bought it because I wasn't sure I really liked smoking meat.  Turns out I do.  I think next time I'll spend $$$ on a ceramic.  I think the smoker will last another couple years if not more.  I'm thinking about selling it sooner than later - and upgrading while it still has some life in it.

For flavor, I far prefer wood or even charcoal.

But for convenience and economy*, nothing beats gas.

*Firing up a kamado for a single burger or steak is wasteful

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Re: Weber Grills - Worth the Money?
« Reply #82 on: April 14, 2019, 08:51:58 AM »
Leaning heavily towards replacing my cheap crappy grill and after a lot of reading online, landed on the Weber Spirit E-310, $449 at Lowes.

I've yet to meet anyone not totally satisfied with their Weber. There are cheaper brands/options, but from what I read some of the cheaper ones have parts that go bad quicker and are more a throw away item every few years it seems. I cook meat several times a week, so definitely would get the use out of it. The parts replacement from Weber seems to be a great perk as well from what I've read.

Let's hear from the MMM grillers out there.

They changed manufacturing to China last year on the e spirit line. They feel like crap... Nothing like the same model one year before.

I recommend you to wait ou5 for liquidations on the Genesis models that happen around now to end of summer.

I got my Genesis LX S-440 for $300 ... It's a grill with a MSRP of $1700

It was a deal of a decade. While you may not get such big discount, I would definitely wait a bit and look for clearance sales.

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« Reply #83 on: April 14, 2019, 09:12:13 AM »
For those who live in places where charcoal and gas grills aren't allowed, Weber also makes a top-notch electric grill, the Q1400.  We've had ours for a year and it beats the crap out of a George Foreman.  We paid about $270 for it.