I know the subject is rather cryptic, but they don't really afford you much space in the subject line to be descriptive. Sorry.
With the house just finished being repainted and the back deck cleaned and stained, I am looking to replace my Sunbeam 540 grill with something new to go along with the new-looking home appearance. The Sunbeam has been going down hill of late with an inability to heat on windy days, the internal sparky not working, the side-burner hasn't worked in +2 years, the bricks half incinerated (lol) from massive usage, and the grate looking like it lived in hell.
To further the good-bye notion of departing with the current grill is a condition that Sunbeam has gotten out of the outdoor appliance business and parts are scarce. I could find the burner and grate replacement which will cost me $70-80 plus shipping, but nothing else. This was a grill I paid Home Depot $169 for some four years ago. I think I got my money's worth.
Anyway, I am thinking of a new grill and do not know if it is worth buying a $500-600 grill to hold me over the next 5-6 years, or buy a $250-300 grill every 3-4 years. I grill mostly steaks, brats, fish, the occasional rack of ribs, etc. and 95% of the grilling activity is just for myself (wife rarely has me grill her anything and we have no kids).
I see the most common grill manufacturers like Weber and Char-Broil at the 'big boxes' (Home Depot and Lowes), but wonder if soething like a Capt'n Cook or Turbo might be appropriately worth considering (see these at bbqgalore.com) as well. Anyone care to offer some advice on this one of the most important outdoor living applaince?