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How To Rust Proof A Grill
The Detroit Post
Saturday, 16 October, 2021

How To Rust Proof A Grill

author
Ava Flores
• Friday, 11 December, 2020
• 19 min read

Harsh winter conditions and the rainy spring season are no match for our rustproof grills. With or without a grill cover, the PK’s cast aluminum body withstands grill rust when exposed to snow, ice, rain, salt air, even spilled beer.

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If damaged mechanically, aluminum’s oxide layer repairs itself immediately. Durability under varied conditions is one of the reasons why the PK has been a popular choice for outdoor cooking for over 60 years: it dutifully withstands outdoor elements without forming rust.

Moisture that builds up in a grill during and after cooking can cause the burners to rust, limiting their effectiveness and shortening their lifespan. The burner materials, the local climate and how often you use your grill all affect how quickly it rusts.

No matter how fast the burners rust, preventive maintenance can protect them from corrosion and keep them in good working order for years. Every time you use your grill, you create moisture on the burners, so clean it and store it properly after each use.

This prevents grease, food particles and insects from clogging the holes and causing corrosion. In damp climates or when you expect not to use the grill for a while, wrap the burner unit in a cloth cover.

For the week day quick grill, we grill lots of chicken (all cuts) and pork chops, plus I reverse sear all of my steaks. Budget: $600-900, I just pulled that out of my ass from the experience with the $300 Char broil and seeing the price on the Webers.

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I have a Weber Genesis II SE-310 3 burners, for 4 years now. No issue at all. They have quite a price point range, so you ought to be able to find something in your budget.

You could get by with the 3 burner feeding 6 but it’s nice to have a little extra space especially if you’re cooking something a little bigger. I find myself regularly only using 2 or 3 of the 4 with a family of 5 but I’m happy I have the 4th when needed.

For that price point I’d buy an all stainless Phoenix. I replaced the $30 burner once and that was last year ETA: also These have had my interest for some time.

I had to replace the inside grates a few years back, but they were cheap and easy to find. I've definitely gotten my money's worth. We've given 2 to people as gifts now, and they have also been extremely satisfied with them.

Someone once said (probably here) that the budget grills last a year for every $100 you spend. Found it to be true so finally bit the buy-once bullet and got a Weber Genesis 4-burner.

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Aside from replacing the igniter and keeping it clean I haven't done a thing to it. The pic came about after my daughter made the startling (to her) revelation that her little pink pony toy was actually engraved on the side of my Colt carbine ...

I changed the burners out last spring with some parts of Amazon for $25. I can usually get 8-10 years out of them with keeping them covered when not in use and the occasional interior cleaning.

That being said, a quality gas grill really sounds tempting. There’s nothing like pushing a button, waiting a few minutes to heat up and be eating in short order.

Originally Posted By Anglo: I have a Weber Genesis II SE-310 3 burners, for 4 years now. No issue at all. They have quite a price point range, so you ought to be able to find something in your budget.

Webers are nice, in that replacement parts are easy to get, if needed. I am typically pretty good about keeping it covered when not in use but it's been rained on a dozen times.

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Originally Posted By fishwife: Wilmington Grille This will be the last gas grill you ever purchase. They have plenty of options, griddles, steamer, smoke box and more.

Joined Oct 2019 Posts 1136 EE Offline I’ve never spent any serious money on one, but $200+ Should last more than a year.

No matter how “heavy” built I think one is, it rots out. Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.

Joined Mar 2016 Posts 5220 EE Offline Originally Posted By vapor: I wish I could get a gas grill to last more than a year.

I’ve never spent any serious money on one, but $200+ Should last more than a year. I have an $88 Walmart grill buddy or some crap that is 4 years old and still going.

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You are correct that the structure that holds the shields decays rather quickly. Mine are either going or the shields have more damage that I think.Still, for 4 years old, it is holding up.

Make sure you get the one with the sear burner for great steaks. Mine is 6.5 yo, still going strong, but I did replace the original flavor bars.

My Weber Genesis is going on ten years or so in Michigan. No rust, all I’ve replaced are the grates and flame shields.

It sat on the patio with a cover for a year or two and has been uncovered ever since. I then installed an aftermarket igniter, which didn't last any longer than the first two.

For most of those 11 years, I've just used one of those long, disposable lighters to ignite the grill. I did replace the favorite bars a few years ago, once they were pretty rusted.

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The only thing wrong with it is that the cabinet is out of alignment and a strong wind will blow the doors open and often off. I calculated how much it had to have weighed with a full propane tank installed and if I remember it correctly, it was upwards of 150 lbs.

I have an $88 Walmart grill buddy or some crap that is 4 years old and still going. You are correct that the structure that holds the shields decays rather quickly.

Mine are either going or the shields have more damage that I think.Still, for 4 years old, it is holding up. I'm not opposed, just hate to spend a lot of cash and end up with basically the same problems.

I use it an average of 4 days a week year round, rain, sleet or snow. I just assumed I use mine more than most people, so the life is shorter.

Originally Posted By go tigers: I have a 4-year-old Char broil. For the week day quick grill, we grill lots of chicken (all cuts) and pork chops, plus I reverse sear all of my steaks.

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Budget: $600-900, I just pulled that out of my ass from the experience with the $300 Char broil and seeing the price on the Webers. I see some posts on Weber Genesis and Napoleon that they last 12-20 years.

I’ve got a Weber Genesis 2 burner (bought in 2013). Just replaced the rusted out Favorite bars and keep it covered when not using it.

Weber Spirit E -210, we didn't need a large grill. It's fine when you want to cook quick, but we both prefer the Weber Kettle charcoal for premium steaks.

I have a six-year-old Charbroil that is rusting out (the stainless lid is fine, the steel frame, however, is almost in two pieces now). In the Charbroil's defense, it has endured five Indiana winters without a cover.

Originally Posted By Engineer5: Keep watching Craigslist of FB Marketplace. At least in my area a lot of people move to FL and don't want to lug a heavy grill around.

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They worked fine I just noticed some rot beginning. I didn't ever cover my grill so it is exposed to a LOT of moisture.

Weber is a great company and their warranty service if needed is easy-peasy. Lots of aftermarkets low cost parts available on eBay for these grills since they are so popular.

I strongly recommend getting a model with the extra sear burner. I upgraded mine to a sear burner model this year, bought a used 2014 model for $200 and swapped parts around to put the best of everything in what I was going to keep.

I have seen a LOT of used webers for sale, and never seen one with the painted enable flaking or chipping. If you get the all-stainless exterior, you do have to care for it a little as it will develop minor surface rust, but it comes off with Bar Keepers Friend abrasive cleanser, and if you wipe the grill down with stainless steel Magic spray once in a while, it will not develop.

Originally Posted By Engineer5: Keep watching Craigslist of FB Marketplace. When I swapped my 8-year-old Genesis out for the sear burner upgrade, I cleaned up my old one really well, and sold it for $250 on FB marketplace, in about 2 days.

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But for me, I want the stainless steel cooking grates, stainless favorite bars, and the sear burner, so that takes it to $699 for the SP-335 model. The biggest difference in the loaded Spirit and the loaded Genesis is cooking surface area, 424 sq in vs 513 sq in.

Knowing how long I was going to keep it, I'd spring for the Genesis. I pray that this post is not a waste of site resources.

Joined Jun 2003 Posts 7840 EE Offline Originally Posted By PCB66: My Weber Genesis lasted 16 years and was still good when I gave it away after deciding I didn't need it with having the Big Green Egg. During the time I had it I had to replace a few parts but it was easy and the parts were readily available.

Joined Mar 2002 Posts 41879 EE Offline Originally Posted By corwin1968:Originally Posted By PCB66: My Weber Genesis lasted 16 years and was still good when I gave it away after deciding I didn't need it with having the Big Green Egg. During the time I had it I had to replace a few parts but it was easy and the parts were readily available.

For people who don't really grill much and don't care, the Spirit II E-210 is just fine with two burners, and a bottom of the barrel price at $379 But for me, I want the stainless steel cooking grates, stainless favorite bars, and the sear burner, so that takes it to $699 for the SP-335 model.

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The biggest difference in the loaded Spirit and the loaded Genesis is cooking surface area, 424 sq in vs 513 sq in. Knowing how long I was going to keep it, I'd spring for the Genesis.

The biggest difference in the loaded Spirit and the loaded Genesis is cooking surface area, 424 sq in vs 513 sq in. Knowing how long I was going to keep it, I'd spring for the Genesis.

The top is porcelain enameled, and the rest of the body is non-ferrous metal (won't rust), so I haven't really bothered with covering it. The 3 burner model might have been a better choice for the extra BTU's.

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