I have been looking online for a better BBQ. Tired of spending $500 every few years for a grill. Think I may try one of the Blaze grills. Any one have any experience with these, or other opinions? Thanks
We have had a Summit Weber for over ten years and had no problems with it. The secret to grill longevity is buy quality, keep it covered in the foul weather when not in use, and, most importantly, have it serviced once a year by a dependable and knowledgeable company.
I went through a series of “moderately priced” grills from Home Depot , etc. They lasted 2-3 years with typical use then burned/ rusted out here in the Pacific Northwest. Finally I spent up and bought a Webber. 5 years in it still looks and cooks like new. I did a full clean last Fall and all the fire exposed parts are solid and not deteriorated. Plus parts are available if needed.
Buy once, cry once. Sorta like a good gun.
My Weber has been stored on the patio 24/7 with a weber cover for the last 15 years, the only parts replaced were the flavorizer bars, they probably didn't need it but for me it was easier to replace them than clean them. A good pressure wash once a year and you are good to go.
I have a electric smoker if I want anything smoked and a Weber Smoky Joe portable for that charcoal flavor when needed.
RecTec is great; very high quality; terrific service; holds temperature almost spot on (+/- 2 degrees). Different sizes available. Use their pellets, available from Amazon with no charge for shipping. Green Egg is another; also have a propane grill that I have rebuilt a couple of time over the years.
Quality counts; spend more today and less later.
If you are a gas grill person, consider a pellet grill from the manufacturer of your choice. They don't give you high direct heat if you like to sear, but there are ways around that. My only regret I have about the Traeger I got is that I went too small. I have a gas-fired cast-iron platen next to my Traeger that I use to sear cuts of meat at the end of the cook when appropriate.
Pellet grills have roughly the same fuel cost and hassle as gas. I still occasionally use my Weber charcoal kettle, but it is way easier to fire up the Traeger.