I'm rather impresses with some of the features I see on some of them: Side burners, built-in sinks and refrigerators, storage compartments, etc.
Was wondering what features you'd most like in a new grill, and why?
Well, it's a done deal.
Balancing cost and features, we decided on a Char-Broil model. It has one side burner, five standard burners, and a sear burner. Cooktop is rated at 65,000 Btu, and the side-burner at 10,000. I'm presuming the 65,000 includes the sear burner.
Haven't cooked on it yet. But just burning off the new-metal oils, with all six main burners, it hit between 450-500F in less than ten minutes.
Best of all was the price. A chain just opened up in our town, and, with the special grand opening prices and discount coupons, I paid $229 for the unit, along with a cover and some cleaning accessories.
Funny thing, Jock, is that we'd seen one like it at another store. Only difference is that the other one had the self-cleaning feature. Price was 5 yards.
The regular price on the one we bought is $259 at that store. So, can you imagine? About $250 for a feature that's totally unnecessary.
Now comes the fun part---learning to use it. I've never cooked on a gas grill before. I figure on starting slow, with hot dogs and burgers, then proceeding from there as I get the feel for things.
I did get a smoker box and some wood chips, though. Can't leave the charcoal burner and smoker completely behind, ya know.