BBQ Grill for Coastal Environment

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Submitted by Happs on September 2, 2010 - 4:55pm

What is a good gas BBQ grill to own if you live along the coast? I purchased a standard non stainless steel grill for about $200 and it rusted very quickly, even after repeated paintings and gave out after less than 20 uses, probably because the lines and inner parts corroded. Real stainless steel is too expensive to justify the expense, even for long term use. Is there an inexpensive grill out there that will not rust and that would be ideal for a high rust/salt air coastal environment? Are used BBQ grills a good option vs new? Thanks for any opinions/suggestions.

Submitted by UCGal on September 5, 2010 - 9:08am.

We live in University City - so about 1-1.5 mile from the beach.

We have a 20-30 year old weber kettle charcoal grill. You know, the old school black grill that was common before propane and nat gas grills became the rage. It's still going strong, no rust, indestructable.

It may not be as "instant" as the gas grills.. but the food tastes as good or better. My husband was given it, used, when a neighbor moved. This was in Philly. It has been left outside in the snow, rain, June Gloom.... No rust.

Submitted by GH on September 5, 2010 - 10:28am.

I have owned a Weber gas grill now for 10 years and live about 1/4 mile from the beach... Still going strong.

Submitted by patb on September 5, 2010 - 11:03am.

ceramic, like a green egg?

build a brick one?

look on craigslist?

Submitted by Happs on August 9, 2011 - 1:46am.

Are the Weber Q200 portable grills good quality and do they hold up to rust? I've done research on regular sized under $200 grills that are commonly sold at home improvement stores and they are not of good quality. I will only be using this grill for three months along the coast and need something that can hold up to rust. I'm also thinking if I were to buy an originally $700 grill for $200 used that it might be of better quality material that will hold up better to rust. Just have to figure out transportation.

Submitted by svelte on August 9, 2011 - 7:40am.

No rust on my Weber and it is about 10 yo. A good Weber thread:

Submitted by LAAFTERHOURS on August 9, 2011 - 10:15am.

I have a weber performer, was over 300 new. Its a charcoal grill with gas starter and I have used it for two season, grilled probably 3-5 days a week. It looks and works like new so I highly recommend them. I got the optional propane tank hookup which i also recommend. I think I fill the tank maybe twice a year.

I want to build a built in grill and would love to find a way to incorporate both a gas and charcoal solution but not sure thats possible.

Submitted by Geedup on August 9, 2011 - 11:23am.

You might want to look at The Big Green Egg. Search for Craigslist to see if you can find a used one in good condition. I've had mine for 2 years and love it. They are pricey but they will last a lifetime. You can even make your own pizza on it.

Submitted by jstoesz on August 9, 2011 - 11:41am.

pricey, but I had a Magma which clamped onto my sailboat pushpit for years. I think they make larger upright versions. Used it every week. I did have to replace the burner once though.

Can't get closer to the salt than that.

Submitted by sdduuuude on August 9, 2011 - 12:17pm.

Spraying the parts suceptible to rust with some kind of high-temp, food-grade oil after every use may help.

Submitted by CAwireman on August 9, 2011 - 9:05pm.

My suggestion - first and foremost, get a gas grill.

Burning charcoal is dirty for yourself and your neighbors. They are often not allowed if you live in an apartment complex or HOA.

I have at least one neighbor who forces us to close the window due to the nasty/noxious charcoal smell whenever they grill out. As soon as I find out who it is, I'm going to either send them an anonymous note, or complain to the HOA. Its REALY BAD. And, I have a 5 month old on top of it. Do yourself and all involved a big favor, go gas! If you haven't before, you'll love it!

And happy grilling!

Submitted by mike92104 on January 11, 2012 - 2:19pm.


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