I needed to replace my old Char-Broil grill that had died from neglect. My co-workers were strongly advising me to spend $800 or so on a premium grill. Being an avid bargain hunter and thrifty, I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a grill that would get limited use. After reading the reviews, I decided to pick this up at my local Walmart for $158. I hand-picked the one without any signs of damage on the box. Got it home and all of the parts were present, accounted for, and in perfect shape. The assembly took a little longer than I would have liked. A few of the screw and bolt holes took some patience to line up and secure. Everything works fine, including the igniter that was DOA on my old Char-Broil. I've made it my personal mission to see if I can get this to last as long as the premium brand. Here are a few things I believe will help: 1. Use a nylon brush to clean the cooking grates. They are coated, and a stiff wire brush will scratch the porcelain coating. 2. Use a cover BUT be aware that a cover is a double-edge sword. It protects from heavy precipition but it also absorbs moisture and traps it in the grill. We had a heavy rain last night. When I uncovered the grill to inspect my handy work, I was surprised that the grill was wet all over. So I am planning to remove the cover periodically, particularly after heavy rain or snow, and dry out the grill by running the burners for a few minutes. I believe this is why people have seen rust on grills that were always covered. 3. Finally, I will winterize the parts that are vulnerable to rust, such as the heat tents and grates. I'll give them a good cleaning and coat them with vegetable oil. It is non-toxic and will provide some moisture protection. The oil should burn right off next time it is used. I do not plan to do this on the burners, since they could get clogged. I believe this grill to be a much better value than other brands offered in the same price range.
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