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About Ejcrossl

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  1. Just bought a Napoleon Mirage M485RSIB

    How is it holding up after 2 years?
  2. Help! Need a built in grill!

    What did you end up going with? I've done my research and narrowed mine down to similar conundrum.
  3. EDIT: I just realized I put this in the wrong header, please bump it to the appropriate section :/ Mistake on my first post, ughhh. I am looking to upgrade my grill for the first time ever!!!! We are redoing our patio, and a built in made the cut. However, I can't decide what grill to get. I'm coming from a Weber Summit line (I think it's like 24") cart grill. Things that matter to me: Durability: I want this to last, with minimal repairs required. SS is required. SS grates is required. Size: I really want something in the 40" range. Its typically going to be too big, but I want the capability for bigger occasions. Heat: I want the capability for low heat (low and slow) and high heat (not much time for cooking). I also really desire a sear station. I love the idea of 600-800 degrees in a matter of minutes. Budget: I pretty much put my limit at $1500 (give or take), unless for some reason there is some huge positive for spending more then we can reevaluate. After searching for countless reviews and videos, here is what I have found so far: Blaze 5 burner BLZ-5-NG ($1600): So far this is the one that I am leaning towards. Pros: Size is perfect, Optional sear burner can easily be replaced and decent price for it. High and low heat capability All stainless 304 Good Warranty Cons: Made in China, but reviews say this hasn't been a quality issue with this one. Consumer reports rated it very low Reviews show it has really uneven heat which is something I was really hoping to alleviate from my current situation. This really is the only thing that keeps this one from sticking out as a no brainer. Napoleon BILEX605RBINSS This was my front runner until I learned it was a cheaper steel made in China product. Pros: Price is right Comes with Sear burner built in Size is right Napoleon receives good reviews for quality of the cook. Good high heat and low heat cooking. Cons: Warranty isn't that great Worried about the quality of the materials for the China version End caps of the hood are cast aluminum and appears to be plastic. Not appealing for built in center piece. I've considered the Prestige line but would sacrifice sq footage to stay in the price ballpark, and additional sear station for built is is REALLY expensive. Other than the uneven high heat, the Blaze seems to beat this line in quality for price? Any suggestions or thoughts? Any experience out there to sway me into something I will love for many years to come? Anything out there that I am missing?