Gas Grill Dilemna
Let me start with a confession--by asking this i realize that I'm probably looking for confirmation more than advice. Wanted to get that out of the way first!!
We use our LP gas grill year-round, but for most of the winter it's usually on the weekend since it's too dark to cook out later than mid-afternoon. Rest of the year it's at least twice a week--often more. And, for the 3 main grilling seasons, we use the side burner as well--especially in the summer. Grills stay out on the deck year-round. We've bought a few covers through the years, but living surrounded by corn/bean field the wind does a number on those!!
We've been typical consumers in our grill selection--Char-Broil, Brinkman, etc. And we've stayed in the $150 to $300 price point--seemingly with no difference in longevity at either end of the price range. So, for the 4th time in about 12 years it's time to replace. Insides are rusted, i'd already replaced the gas rail & "flavor tents" in the current grill. (for charcoal i've used a Weber kettle for the past several years--no sign of aging. It's just not as fast to light in the evening.)
In a local Ace Hardware on Saturday, my wife and i drifted over to the grills and i took an up-close look at the Weber Genesis (E-330, for the side burner). I've seen a few at people's houses, but they were well-used so they looked black on the inside. The parts and construction sure do look impressive. Flavor tents are probably 2 or 3 times thicker than the last grill, and they sit on the cook box instead of a rust-prone rail. Grates were coated cast iron, and beefy. Warranty at 2-10 years, depending on the part--i think it was 5 years on the flavor bars and 10 on the burners. The only down-side i saw was the price--at $799 it was darned near the price of a pretty decent range!!
Have thought a little more about it over the past few days--and in the past 10-12 years we've probably spent over $1,000 on grills, but it was a little at a time. It's got me wondering whether this isn't a little like routers, table saws, and other tools. Do i spend it once and cry once--or do i just keep crying? Sue cooks--and loves it--so she understands the quality of cookware (and our range--ouch!!)
If you've had one of these exposed to the weather--how's it held up? Regrets? Did you just do it and don't look back?? Perhaps the most important question of all--did it help in justifying a later tool upgrade???
We have to do something pretty soon--Saturday's burgers were the last party for the current grill--it will go to the curb on Friday with or without a replacement.
Thanks for any input you have to offer.