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My grill is about to disinegrate so help me chose a new one. I want it to be fueled by natural gas and my budget is about $500. The couple I am considering are linked below, but am open to suggestions. TIA

http://www.abt.com/product/28841/Ducane-30742301.html

http://www.abt.com/product/39076/Weber-4521001.html

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Those are excellent choices.

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Vermont Castings - a smaller not as known for grills brand, IMHO as good or better as Weber but not as overpriced.

I have one - heavy duty - in 5 years of extensive use - porcelain coating is pristine, burners are perfect and grill looks like new with not a rust spot on it or a bad weld
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I love the Webers. We had a Char-Broil (or something like that) for a while but it doesn't hold up to the elements like the Weber. You can get an amazing grill for well under $500 so go for it. You won't regret it.

And I am not a big fan of cookbooks (it's all mostly in my head) but someone gave us Weber's Big Book of Grilling (http://www.amazon.com/Webers-Book-Gr.../dp/0811831973) and I LOVE it. It has great charts for how to cook any kind of meat; and it goes by both temperatur AND time, so you will never mess anything up. I know just send Jeff out there with a thermometer and a timer and things come out perfectly-- and he's totally cooking-retarded.
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I just bought the Weber Genesis E-320, liquid propane.

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs075...._3350239_n.jpg

The only real difference between the Spirit and Genesis is the latter is a bit bigger. When I was negotiating with ABT, I mentioned that both Lowes & Home Depot had the Genesis for $50 cheaper. Then I also mentioned that I had a Lowes 10% off moving coupon (readily available online). He agreed to beat that modified price by a small %. They wanted to charge me $49 for assembly, and I pointed out that Lowes ALSO offers free assembly. He agreed to offer free assembly but NOT beat the modified price, only match it exactly, which turned out to be about $10 for assembly.

In the end, I got my E310 Genesis for $585, a cover for $34, free delivery, and "free" assembly. And given all the research I did, that was the best damn price I could find anywhere.

If you decide to upgrade to the Genesis, PM me and I'll e-mail you a copy of my invoice, which you can then use to make ABT price match it without any arguments.
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Those Weber commercials speak the truth. Mine is about 12 years old and I can not bring myself to get rid of it. I keep replacing parts on it because I can. I am getting a little rust through on a support bar so it only has another 3 or 4 years left.

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haha, my last weber was 20+ years old and had to rust through before I gave it up.

My current one is one of the big fancy $700 ones (I forget the model). I LOVE it. My only issue is that it's a bit big for when Bri and I grill just for ourselves, so I'm burning more LP then I really need to for such a large grill. I do wish I went with a natural gas attachment, but finding one of those, then paying someone to run the black pipe out to the deck was looking painful.

GSD, the grills you're looking at are both great.

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I've been using the same Kenmore gas grill since 1999. Paid $100 for it, replaced the burner and guts in it twice. It's been uncovered for the past 3 years and aside from some wood on the handle drying out it's spic and span.

TCO: $240 which also included a couple lava rock replacements.

When it finally dies I might go with a Weber... but this damn thing keeps making great steaks, burgers and roasts...

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Where do you put the charcoal in those grills?
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Where do you put the charcoal in those grills?
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where do you put the charcoal in those grills?
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Had my Weber for 10 years and it still fires on the first try. Never replaced a thing! Charcoal is overated IMO. I like my food to taste like it's meant to taste. I don't get why people like the taste of coal on their food, but the same people smother their steaks with A1 too!! LOL

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Where do you put the charcoal in those grills?
I like the charcoal grills, but cooking like that is more of a leisure time activity. If I only grilled on Sundays or did not have to work or have other responsibilities, then sure. But I like to grill most of my food, and a gas grill just makes that possible.

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