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Old 11-06-2015, 09:19 PM   #1
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Life expectancy of Sidekick Grill

What is the life expectancy of a Sidekick grill? My 1 gear old grill has small pinholes in the heat diffuser already. Looks to be a $25 part on a $125 grill.

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Old 11-06-2015, 09:24 PM   #2
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Mine lasted 2 seasons before it was a rusty eyesore and I replaced it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:07 PM   #3
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Mine is nearly 9 years old and still works great.
But I store it in a Coleman grill bag, in the trailer.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:18 PM   #4
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Mine is nearly 9 years old and still works great.
But I store it in a Coleman grill bag, in the trailer.
Dan, yours was probably still made in America with real steel, not recycled razor blades. Lol.
My outside, inside, and burners looks great. It is just the heat diffuser that is taking a beating.


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Old 11-06-2015, 10:23 PM   #5
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I have fixed the heat diffuser a couple times. thinking of getting a piece of steel to replace the sheet metal.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:35 PM   #6
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I've had mine for 10 years and on it's 3rd camper.
have not replaced anything.
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Old 11-07-2015, 01:14 PM   #7
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just made it two years then replace with a stainless version, and traded the rv two month later. No review on stainless version.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:00 PM   #8
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Mines OK after two tears but it doent heat up like it did the 1st year. The couplings and hoses look OK and cleaned up the burner assembly and input diffuser from the LP suppky but really hasnt improved it.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
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What is the life expectancy of a Sidekick grill? My 1 gear old grill has small pinholes in the heat diffuser already. Looks to be a $25 part on a $125 grill.

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Never used mine, got rid of it when we got home with camper. Its a piece of junk. We bought a Weber Q 2200 grill
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:39 PM   #10
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Never used mine, got rid of it when we got home with camper. Its a piece of junk. We bought a Weber Q 2200 grill
If you never used it, how do you know it's a piece of junk?
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:48 PM   #11
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only problem I have had is heat difusser
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:37 PM   #12
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If you never used it, how do you know it's a piece of junk?
Tried lighting it once and gas was leaking out around control knob....to the dump it went.
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We have had ours for three years and clean it after trip . It's just like new .
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I just finished summer 3 with mine. I had to reattached the heat diffuser because I broke it off cleaning it. Need to reattach again with some stainless hardware next time.
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Old 11-07-2015, 07:44 PM   #15
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Used mine 1 season, new in 2014. Was rusting and falling apert. Didn't like it. Bought a Weber Q 2200 with a cart and love it. Can use the small screw on propane bottle or with the adapter hose use a regular 20 lb tank.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:38 AM   #16
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:25 PM   #17
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Had mine 6 years & the only problem is that I had to replace the carry bag. Heat diffuser came loose but when I set the BBQ up I simply put it in place. When/if it needs replacing it will be with the same thing.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:48 AM   #18
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when it came time to throw ours out we found an RVQ 1 in a yard sale in the original box, spotless, apparently used one time and the family sold the trailer.

the lady said her husband said its all gotta go.

She said she'd take 5 bucks for it - didn't care what it was worth.
I think she was mad at him for selling the trailer.

We've had it since 2011 and it works prefect with little rust in the burner.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:39 AM   #19
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I used mine once this year.
I'm hoping to at least double production, next year.
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:29 PM   #20
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The manufacturer replaced the deffuser for free. Quoted me a replacement price for the whole grill of around $52.
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