The line up of Gas Grill at Home Depot for 2012 relies heavily on Brinkmann, Weber, and a handful of Char-Broil Grills. Prices range from $99USD to $800 in most stores and these grills offer a number of features. Amongst these grills you will find one with a built in smoker, a number of Char-Broil's infrared gas grills, and the Home Depot poster grill, the Brinkmann Vertex.
Home Depot Gas Grills for 2012
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This is about as basic a gas grill as you are going to get. For about $100 you get two burners in a metal box. That's it. Of course the advantage is that this grill has few parts to fail. Of course this grill lacks quality as much as it does feature. The burners are lightweight, poor grade metal and will probably only last a year or two. On the other hand, for the price you can get a grill for the season that will do a decent job of grilling burgers and hot dogs. Don't expect it to cook well. The heat is low and uneven, but you can't beat the price.
The Brinkmann Portico collection are the latest entrants into the "patio" grill category. These smaller, but full height grills are perfect for the person who doesn't need to grill for more than a couple of people and who don't have the space for a large grill. This is a low cost and lower quality version of this grill. This 2-burner, no frills, gas grill sells exclusively at Home Depot for $140USD.
This gas grill is where Brinkmann starts getting closer to a good grill. Without all the extras and stainless steel, this is a basic grill that is close to being worth the price. Typically of these style of grills, the internal components are thin and lightweight, meaning that they won't last very long, but it just might be long enough for you to get your moneys worth.
This basic unit offers you a full feature gas grill at a discount price (around $200USD). The four burner design gives you lots of versatility in your cooking. With the addition of a side burner you can do virtually anything but rotisserie. This grill is, however, limited in durability thanks to its reliance on low quality materials and lightweight construction. All stainless steel parts, including the tubular burners at 400 series stainless. The knobs and handles are plastic. The "features", like the bottle opener and flip up front panel are more gimmick than gadget. There are certainly better grills out there.
This is a typical $200 Char-Broil gas grill. Offering 4 main burners and a simple side burner, you get a basic function grill for a low price, but don't plan on it lasting very long. The lightweight cooking grates, burners and burner covers won't take a lot of punishment and will start to corrode early. If you are only interested in a grill with limited cooking performance and don't plan to keep it long then this isn't a bad investment, I just wouldn't want you thinking that this is the last grill you will ever own.
The Char-Broil TRU-Infrared represents an innovative approach to an inexpensive all infrared gas grill. This unit uses a simple sheet of perforated stainless steel to convert the output of a standard gas burner into infrared energy. This small, patio sized unit has two burners that put out only 21,000 BTUs under 333 square inches of cooking space but can still reach temperatures around 700 degrees F. Unfortunately this grill is constructed from low quality and thin stainless steel limiting its durability. Each burner has an individual temperature gauge.
Over the years several companies have attempted to blend the convenience of gas with the flavor of charcoal. Recently there have been a few side by side grills. Basically this version is two grills, one gas and one charcoal mounted together on a single cart. Add in a side burner, albeit a weak one and you have what would appear to be a complete package, and all for about $300USD. Sound too good to be true? Well it should. The real question is, do you really need this 5 foot long, 120 pound all in one grill or would you be better served with separate grills. The truth is that this grill isn't that well built.
Being able to list features has become a the major method for mass market retailers to sell grills. This grill's big feature is its sear burner. To put this sear burner in, Brinkmann took out two 10,000 BTU, standard burners and replaced them with a single, U-shaped dual control 20,000 BTU burner. Over the top of it, they put a different style porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate to give the illusion a separate space. This is an illusion and nothing more. Other than this, the Elite is a big grill, 5 feet across with 650 square inches of cooking space. This is more space than most of us will ever need.
For 2011, Char-Broil has made some design changes to its RED line of infrared grills, largely to address the long preheat times that this grill suffered from. The boosted output of the main burners will heat the grill faster. However, this still leaves the problem of the central component, the infrared U-emitter, not being able to take the heat. While this grill can produce some impressive heat and grill up some great steaks, issues with design and the quality of components limit its lifespan. I just want you to be prepared for that.
This is a big gas grill. With the exception of the infrared searing side burner it is also a rather basic grill. The infrared sear burner is so you can quickly sear meats before putting them on this big grill. The irony is that while the grill could hold around 20 steaks, the sear burner can only hold one, so if you wanted to grill up a large number of steaks with a great sear on them, you would have to do it one at a time. So the bottom line is that this a really big grill with two side burners (one is a standard burner) for around $400USD.
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