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#166933 - 04/30/07 04:15 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Will do. And again, just because I don't buy a Weber or Brinkman or whatever, doesn't mean that your links and brands didn't help me out. It allowed me to focus in on other good brands and see what is what...
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#166934 - 04/30/07 04:26 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: nickbuol]
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Yep, I don't think you can go wrong spending $269.00 for US built. Up here in Canuck land, most of the Q's in that price range are "off shore", and the quality & parts availability is horrid.

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The pictures on their web site are deceiving.




Yea, the cooking grids look like they're right on top of the sear plates!

When it comes time to smoke, try and find some of this natural lump charcoal or similar. It contains no fillers or additives, (Read oil/petro chemicals) that the standard charcoal briquettes contain.
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#166935 - 04/30/07 04:50 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: pmbuko]
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Peter, I was going to ask how the porcelain flavorizer bars have stood up, but then I remembered you upgraded to the stainless.... nice call.

At the HVAC company I work for, the showroom now sells Weber, Vermont Castings, Broil King, as well the Napoleon Q's we've always carried.

I'm still a Napoleon fanboy, but the Weber Genesis E310 is one heck of a Q for $899 CDN. (With the SS cooking rods & flavorizer bars) No fancy extras like rear or side burners, but it's REALLY, REALLY solid. In fact, at that price point, I'd take it over the similar priced Napoleon.
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#166936 - 04/30/07 05:13 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: real80sman]
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I don't think the Aussie grill is a U.S. made grill, far east I do believe. I had one for around three years that the bottom turned in to pure rust. Everything in the bottom section was trash after three years. On a good note they did warranty everything but the grates. I must admit I did not always cover it so I do take part of the responsibility for its condition.
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#166937 - 04/30/07 05:19 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: Wid]
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Could be... When I went to their Company Website, it only lists the plant in Greeneville, TN. So I assumed..........

Regardless, as both of us have mentioned - porcelain pot bad.
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#166938 - 04/30/07 05:20 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: Wid]
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Save your money and get a Char-Broil
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#166939 - 04/30/07 05:37 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: real80sman]
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
I forgot to mention my brother also had one. His went up in smoke within the first year. I think it was a regulator that went bad. I can not recommend these grills. I do agree save up some more money and get something better.

BTW I gave the grill and it's new parts away.


Edited by wid (04/30/07 05:39 PM)
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#166940 - 04/30/07 05:37 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: Wid]
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Anyone tried one of the cheaper Webers?
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#166941 - 04/30/07 05:43 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: Wid]
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Loc: Marion, IA
They had a major recall a few years ago (2004 I think) on their grills due to falty regulators, like you mentioned. I keep going back and forth. I just can't spend more money on a grill, but if I can get by for 5 years (length of warranty) then I will be ready to get something really nice anyway. Reviews for this thing are across the board. Aussie grills in general get just "OK" reviews, but this particular one is rated pretty good and is marks as a GV (good value) by consumer reports.... ARGH!
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#166942 - 04/30/07 06:58 PM Re: Anyone here have an Aussie grill? [Re: SirQuack]
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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Save your money and get a Char-Broil




Mmmmm... Maybe save a little longer:

"Foreign competition continues to hurt many American and Canadian manufacturers. This year Char-Broil will close down its last U.S. production facility and all future products will be made in China and imported to North America. Some inside the industry have questioned whether Char-Broil will survive as an American Brand, or simply end up being turned over to a Chinese company. "

From: Grills, Barbecues and Smokers 2006 by Derrek Riches

Same thing is happening with Vermont Castings. Their North American plants are all but shut down.

It's quite scary. Even Napoleon is introducing a line from China this year called Mirage. (The rest of their lines are still built here) They didn't like the quality of the OEM manufacturers there, so they built their own plant. Guess what - it didn't matter. The entire first shippment of containers had to be shipped back due to bad castings.

You can still get quality grills made in North America, but it will be tough to find one under $800.
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