For years I have struggled with my grill. It was a cheapo that I had bought a decade and a half ago while broke and newly out of college. It held up well but had quite a few flaws. The tank holder underneath had broken the first season of use so moving the grill required holding the tank with one hand and moving the grill with the other. It had only two burners and the temperature control only set it at hot or flash fry. If I needed warm or moderate grilling temperature, I turned one side off and put everything over there but you didn't get that good char effect. You basically ended up with stuff that looked like you had baked it in an oven. It didn't have a drip tray so I ended up fashioning one out of some wire and a large can but still it was hit or miss if it caught everything. The pizzo igniter never worked out of the box meaning I always had to have one of those hand held butane lighters with long tips to light the thing. Finally, about three years ago the burners started crapping out with large sections caving in to rust and by last fall, I essentially had two blowtorches where the gas entered near the center of the grill because the burners had rusted completely off. I could have bought new burners for about half the price of the grill but they alone wouldn't address all the other issues so a few years ago I began saving my pennies to live up to my recent motto of buying it right the first time around even if this was my second.
Last summer I had thought about buying one on discount during fall but with a potential move coming and a poor selection left, I put it off. I honestly thought we would have moved by now but we haven't and grilling season was upon us so in March, I finally plunked down the cash and bought a new grill.
I apologize for the cloudiness of the photo from my cellphone which I only recently discovered was due to a gunked up lens from carrying it around in my pocket all day. The above grill is a Kenmore and one that took me an immense amount of searching to find. It met my requirements nicely. Those requirements were:
- Stainless steel for better rust protection.
- At least 4 burners for better temperature control
- Better gas tank holding method
- Larger wings for putting food, cooking utensils, seasonings and beer to drink while grilling
- Heavier duty racks that could be removed for occasional cleaning
- No side burners (don't ever use them and they just take up a lot of real estate and add more parts to go wrong.)
The no side burners requirement was perhaps the hardest specification to find in a grill that met the other requirements but I had a few to choose from and in the end, I opted for a smaller much more cost efficient grill than the other two. I have grilled on it several times already and probably a couple more by the time you read this post and it makes grilling such a joy instead of the battle it has been for the last 15 years. No longer do I have to eat sub par food. The meal that you see at the top of this post was the very first on the new grill way back in mid-March. Two steaks, a handfull of asparagus and some leftover frozen raw shrimp. Surf 'n' turf! Man was is good.