Two great passions that go great together. . . ?

By Mir
May 5, 2008

As some of you know, our trusty grill bit the dust this weekend. (And by “bit the dust” I mean “went up in flames and scared the crap out of me.”) I’m now spending a lot of time browsing grills online, though there is a central disconnect I cannot seem to get past, I’m afraid. You see, I’ve always been able to find a deal on everything I’ve needed. And for some reason I can’t find a big Weber grill for just fifty bucks. Weird!

Anyway, in my scouting I came across this little baby (and later, its charcoal counterpart). I showed them to my husband and he was a little too excited. In fact, I did the mental forehead-slap afterwards—that would probably make an awesome Father’s Day gift for the man who loves both his tools and his bbq.


  1. Those are very cute grills, Mir….but I’m afraid nothing beats a Weber. Unfortunately, they are practically never on sale. I’ve had my Weber gas grill for over 9 years and it still works just as well as the first day I got it. Even the automatic ignitor still works!

  2. Cute, but my husband would love an awesome full size grill for father’s day so if you find one, please let us know!

  3. It’s not a big Weber grill, but I got this little Weber grill as my 5-year anniversary gift from work, and it’s the bomb. The “flavorizer” bar really does impart a char-grilled flavor despite the fact that you’re using gas. And it hits the $50 price point! (So cheap you don’t have to make much effort to keep it clean.) Not to mention how it stores easily for the winter. Just check out all those glowing reviews…

  4. Bite the bullet, and buy the Weber Genesis. Not too big for your size family, but big enough to handle a BBQ party. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything disappointing about any model, though.

    Unfortunately, you will never find it discounted anywhere, ever. We have a store around here that gives Civil Servants a 10% discount on everything in the store… excluding Webers. Every coupon that the other retailers put out always say “Excludes Weber Grills” too.

    If you decide to get a Weber, be very careful which cover you buy. Email me if/when you’re ready and I’ll explain in more detail.

  5. Actually, there is a way to get a discount on a Weber. It’s only a little bit complicated. If you have a Discover card with cashback, and an Ace Hardware nearby, you’re all set.
    Ace Hardware carries Weber.

    Go to Discover cashback, request a $25 gift card for $20 or a $50 gift card for $40. You can request as many as you need to pay for the grill as long as you have the cashback saved up. Ace is one of the Cashback partners that gives you a little extra.

    Then, sign up for Ace Rewards online if you haven’t yet. You can also sign up at the store if you forget ahead of time. The gift cards come within a week, and the Rewards card comes in a week or 2. Take the gift cards to the Ace store with your Ace Rewards card and you get the grill with all of the gift cards and get rewards back from Ace.

    A $300 dollar basic Weber cost “only” $240 (you need 12 $25 or 6 $50 gift cards and for every $25 you only paid $20 in cashback dollars). You saved $60 or 20% on something that never goes on sale. Then, when you build up enough rewards, you get a coupon for your next Ace purchase. Go during a double rewards time for even more benefit.

    We did this and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made. We love our Weber. The quality even on the “cheap” unit is so far above any other grill.

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