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    Jeff, I really believe that in most cases, one of the old Genesis 1000 or Silver B grills, if taken care of and not left out in the rain and elements would last two generations easily with simple maintenance and minimal consumable parts replacements. I am guessing you are prepping those youngsters to appreciate the grills and training them how to use and care for them.
    Grills and guns are a lot alike. While one would usually suffice and you can only use one a time, each grill/gun is better in certain situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian B Atlanta View Post
    They might be fighting over that 5000.
    I can hear it now. "You take the Escalade, I want the Weber."
    Grills and guns are a lot alike. While one would usually suffice and you can only use one a time, each grill/gun is better in certain situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian B Atlanta View Post
    They might be fighting over that 5000.
    That's if I finally get off my *ss and start the restoration.

    Jeff

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    LOL. I here you

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    Bruce,
    Even if not kept out of the elements I don't think there would be a problem.

    All my Weber's, Flame Firepit included, sit outside year-round in the New England weather. Through the Rainy Springtimes, the 100 plus inches of Snow in the Winter, and through the (too short. sometimes humid) Summers, these vintage Weber's just keep going and going.

    Jeff

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    Yah, I agree. You will probably be fine. But it seems the only thing that would doom one of these older Genesis grills is the frame giving out and rust is about the only thing that would do that. Everything else that might wear out is fairly easily replaceable.
    Grills and guns are a lot alike. While one would usually suffice and you can only use one a time, each grill/gun is better in certain situations.

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    I had the exact same grill WAY back in the day except it said Sunbeam. They were made in IL by a company called MHP which still makes a very similar grill. Those things were tanks. They were heavy cast aluminum, made in USA and worked pretty well. The Lava Rock was a PIA though and I modified mine. I got this idea if I could isolate the direct flames from the media and find a way to circulate the heat it would be a really nice cooker. So on a whim I bought some mild steel 2" square tubes. Cut them to fit and placed those on a rack over the burner. The air inside the tubes would become super heated and circulate with good force from the ends and around the inside like a convection oven. Because of the glass window you could actually see it working. That thing could grill, roast, smoke, bake better than you could imagine. I ended up giving it to my buddy from England when he moved here. He came up with a mid to my mod where he took the same tubing but welded it together than made heat relief slots in it with a plasma cutter and it was even better. When he bought his Weber (he always wanted one), he gave it back to me. Eventually I brought it to MN to my father in law's lake place where I left it after he died as I did not want to take it home. It lasted a good 20 years and who knows? May still be in use LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    I think a lot of us went through the throw away grill stage where they bought another cheap $200 or less grill every 2 or 3 years. Plunking down over $500 grill was just really hard to do back in the day. Had we done that and bought our Genesis 1000 or Silver B, we likely would still have that grill today provided we cared for it during that time. And would be way ahead in total cost to boot.
    Exactly. I wish I had been smart enough to do that 25 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff MA View Post
    Some of us did just that..

    I purchased my Spirit 700 brand new when I first bough my Home in 1999.

    I held onto it for the next 18 years and in 2017 sold it to a good Family Friend after a light restoration,he is still using it to this day.
    I got the "Weber Fever" and bought my Genesis Platinum II 3200, a Genesis 5000, and most recently a Weber Junior.

    My three Children will probably be using them long after I'm gone.

    Jeff
    Same here. I bought my first grill (Genesis 1300) a few years after getting my first house at age 29. Before that, I never had a grill to use except for a couple years when I had a roommate who owned some cheap grill. The grill is still going well 19 years later. I did modify it three years ago by swapping out the LP manifold for NG from a $75 CL pickup. This year I got the fever and added two more NG grills. S320 and Genesis Gold C.

    Iím also happy that I put a deposit on a deck project that will be starting within two weeks. It will be nice to have a proper deck again and not grill on the grass/dirt. Lived without a deck for 13 years!

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    My Embermatic looks a lot like yours. All Aluminium top and bottom. Mine is NG. I may keep it after all and adapt to LP. Im pretty convinced at this point that back in the day all grills were Aluminium top and bottom. We talking 25 to 30 years ago. Everyone was making them. I wonder what happened, why the change from all cast Aluminium ? Now is only Broimaster and MHP and PGS. May be others but not many. Keep it and restore it.
    What kind of grates yours has ?
    Last edited by Chris in GA; 10-17-2018 at 09:36 PM.

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