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Old 03-08-2014, 01:17 AM   #1
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Gas grill on the cheap(er)

I'm a notorious cheapskate in some ways. I'll make or build something instead of buying just to save a buck.

I've wanted a gas grill to take camping for years (Charcoal does win, but gas makes it too easy. Sorry.) but small grills are either junky or so expensive that I'll just do without.

At the dealer I bought my Sierra from they had a tabletop gas grill for camping for nearly $300. It was decent looking, packed down small enough, but $300? Someone has bumped their head.

Yesterday I was in Home Depot for other reasons and saw a Brinkman tabletop grill, good looking construction, packs down to the same footprint of the camping grill and is about 1/3 taller when stowed.

The catch? $99. Plus, they had two display models out so they sold me one of the displays for $79. Brought it home, fired it up and it heats up very well, doesn't transmit too much heat to the tabletop either. Fairly light, I can carry it easily.

So if you're looking for a tabletop grill, this is worth looking into.

Brinkmann 2-Burner Tabletop Propane Gas Grill-810-1200-S at The Home Depot
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Tables like this still get (Burn Marks) from tabletop grills! Tables in lots of C/G are now (Plastic Coated Steel) they wear well but (Melt) when (Grills or Hot Skillets) are placed on them! Youroo!!
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:25 AM   #3
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I have this from Sam's paid $99 for it. Does a good job. it is semi retired for now new 5ver came with the bumper grill. Will take it out of retirement if the new grill disappoints.


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I have this from Sam's paid $99 for it. Does a good job. it is semi retired for now new 5ver came with the bumper grill. Will take it out of retirement if the new grill disappoints.


Bought this last fall but haven't used it yet (other then to fire it up) since the new 5er will be picked up in 10 days.
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To quote you "I'm a notorious cheapskate in some ways. I'll make or build something instead of buying just to save a buck." I don't look at it as cheap,I look at it as I can build it better than they can and the way I want it instead of settling for their cheaply built inferior product. As to the Gas grill I can't build it better but can improve it or modify it. Bought the grill from Sam's works good but needs something of a better flash protection from grease.
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Tables like this still get (Burn Marks) from tabletop grills! Tables in lots of C/G are now (Plastic Coated Steel) they wear well but (Melt) when (Grills or Hot Skillets) are placed on them! Youroo!!
I don't think (that word I'm not not well versed in.) this one will burn anything. I let it run for 20 minutes at full tilt to see how hot the surface would get and I could lay my hand underneath it, the surface of my tailgate was only slightly warm. I'll monitor it but I don't think this one will cause that issue.

I'll find out in a couple of weeks!
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I'm a notorious cheapskate in some ways. I'll make or build something instead of buying just to save a buck.

I've wanted a gas grill to take camping for years (Charcoal does win, but gas makes it too easy. Sorry.) but small grills are either junky or so expensive that I'll just do without.

At the dealer I bought my Sierra from they had a tabletop gas grill for camping for nearly $300. It was decent looking, packed down small enough, but $300? Someone has bumped their head.

Yesterday I was in Home Depot for other reasons and saw a Brinkman tabletop grill, good looking construction, packs down to the same footprint of the camping grill and is about 1/3 taller when stowed.

The catch? $99. Plus, they had two display models out so they sold me one of the displays for $79. Brought it home, fired it up and it heats up very well, doesn't transmit too much heat to the tabletop either. Fairly light, I can carry it easily.

So if you're looking for a tabletop grill, this is worth looking into.
I feel your pain and know exactly how you feel. You aren't being cheap imo. I'm in the market for an outside grill too. I'm leaning towards a Weber, I know, expensive but they do last. With the home gas grill I kept buying the cheaper ones and got tired of replacing them every few years cause of rot so I took the dive and bought a Weber. I've had it for 10 years now and only had to replace the "flavorizer bars", the metal bars that cover the gas jets and catch all the grease. Been real happy with it so I figure I might as well stick with them. Maybe I can get a display model.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:21 AM   #8
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No messy charcoal, no burnt or dried out meats from gas. It's a wood pellet grill for me. I have been grilling and smoking with one for the last eight years or so. Fill the hopper, set the temp, place the meat of your choice and grab a beer. No flare ups EVER! Added flavor from the wood pellets which can be had in hickory, mesquite, maple and many other flavors. That's a tri-tip smoking in the middle picture and yes that is bacon cooking on the grill in the bottom picture. Bacon cooked this way is great! Don't try bacon on a charcoal or gas grill without a fire hydrant nearby....
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A pellet grill? That is cool!
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Tables like this still get (Burn Marks) from tabletop grills! Tables in lots of C/G are now (Plastic Coated Steel) they wear well but (Melt) when (Grills or Hot Skillets) are placed on them! Youroo!!
At Thousand Trails and also Fawn Ridge in FL, there are a lot of plastic top picnic tables with warped places in them from table top grills. Some folks just have no respect or don't realize the bottom of the grill should be at least 10" -12" above the plastic top. I've seen some use the 3 or 4 2x's under each leg to elevate the grills. Luckily the RVQ's that come on the Flagstaffs have a rack that elevates the grill about 10" when used on a table.
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