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BackRhodes

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Gas grills on sale Fri, 03/16/12 8:50 PM (permalink)
Springtime is when bbq grills and patio furniture go on sale...
 
I don't work for or have any interest in ANY of the brand names I've mentioned...I'm just saying it how it is...so don't even think of flagging this as spam, because it ain't...
 
For a long time I was a grilling purest: open flames from downfall oak on my ranch, with a tripod cowboy type grill suspended over the live flames (not coals)...and the fire pit is unprotected outdoors...so I couldn't grill when it was really windy up here in the mtns for fear of starting a wildland fire...
 
The problem is that once the winter rain & snow starts, it was "Game Over" until the wood and firepit dried out in mid springtime...
 
But when I went back to work on the railroad, there was one of them new fangled gas grills behind the locomotive shop...and I *had* to learn to use it because on the RR crew we all took turns cooking burgers...
 
And one of the local motels also had a gas grill in back for folks to use...it didn't quite work the same as the one at the RR yard, but I adapted...
 
I don't remember what brands these 2 are...
 
Last June I saw an ad in my local shopping flyer about a sale on gas grills, and I started to compare grill sq inch area and btu ratings, and other features...and for just over $150 I bought a Grill Zone gas grill...
 
It needed "some assembly" but I was able to wrangle all the screws into the correct holes, usually on the first try...
 
I've been using this thing ever since then, often 3 to 5 days a week, even in winter (between the rain showers and snow flurries)
 
A few days ago I got another flyer from the same hardware store (True Value) and see that the same dollars will buy even a larger Grill Zone model...more grill surface area and more burners...
 
No matter what brand grill is your favorite, springtime is when gas grills, and patio furniture goes on sale...
 
Yes, the Webers still command a rather high price, and that might be just what you want...but I find the low priced Grill Zone to do everything I want...
 
I no longer have to wait months before I can grill once winter sets in...as long as I have 30+ minutes of no precipitation, I can at least grill up something...
 
Is there room for improvement with my grill...???
 
Yes...the plastic hand tightened gas line connector is a PITA...it can leak propane if not snugged in completely...
 
Also the bottom pan of the firebox is a PITA to line with foil...maybe this is easier to do with a more expensive brand name grill...
 
The 2 wheels are light weight...
 
I also look at this thing and say to myself: if that bottom pan was just a bit lower you could broil steaks on the underside of the flame tubes...I guess nobody thought of that...so when the nice weather returns I'm going to explore how I can modify this contraption to broil steaks...
 
If you asked me 2 years ago if I'd want to get a gas grill, I would've answered with a firm "no"... but now I use it as often as I can, weather permitting...
 
The sad news is that it's been nothing but solid rain all day, and the snow level will drop below my elevation...so I might have to cook my grub indoors...if I still remember how...
 
PS...I'm so hooked on this thing I have 3 small 20# propane tanks dedicated to my gas grill...lest I run out of gas halfway through a cooking session...
<message edited by BackRhodes on Sat, 03/17/12 1:48 AM>
 
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