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Ldyjarhead (Ldyjarhea1) Writes:

"We're trying to replace our old gas grill and can't seem to find one that still uses lava rock. I see lots of replacement parts and the lava rock itself, but no grills. Do they even make them anymore? My husband insists that's what he wants!"

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June 17, 2006 at 5:16 pm
(1) S. Trent says:

I’ve been doing the same research. Ducane makes 3 models I’ve found :
Ducane 200 3-Burner w/stand – Item # D20007301. Price over $500 I think.

Ducane 12002101 -2 burner with stand – approx $300

Ducane 1300 – 2 Burner w/ stand Item # S`3007101 – approx $400

July 7, 2011 at 3:36 am
(2) eric says:

dear sir,

i have burned my newly bought lava rock for about 30 min. to burn off factory residue and dust but it still emits a black smoke and leaves a black sooty residue on my grill. how do i stop this black stuff from coming off the rocks?

May 14, 2007 at 12:55 pm
(3) don says:

I too cannot believe most companies don’t make them with lava rock anymore. I think it is a conspiracy with the propane companies. No lava rock! 1. weighs less to ship 2. you use 1/3 more propane. BASTARDS!!!

May 17, 2007 at 11:48 am
(4) A.M. says:

I haven’t been able to find any Lava Rock Grills. I hate the new ones with “grates”. Gease everywhere….stained my deck! I bought a cheap charcoal grill for now. I like it better than the “grated grills” they are selling now. Surely someone will start making the lava rock grills again, once they know their is a demand for them. I HOPE!

May 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm
(5) Cliff says:

I will replace my old gas grill with a charcoal one. A friend has a new one without lava rock and the cooked food tastes like you cooked it in a pan on the stove.

June 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm
(6) Larry W says:

I agree! I have searched for a couple of years for anothoer lava rock grille. The new grilles do not do a good job of slow cooking.

June 21, 2007 at 2:55 am
(7) Dick Jones says:

I have been looking also for a lava rock gas grill with know luck.I have always cooked with charcoal but was getting lazy and looking for gas. T.S. I’m staying with the charcoal

July 8, 2007 at 8:27 am
(8) Edie says:

I ate a steak for the 1st time with a Lava Rock Grill. Wow what a difference! I am looking for one now and I am quite disappointed not to be able to find one. What are we to do?

July 9, 2007 at 7:56 pm
(9) john says:

I am having the same problem. Lava rock is the only way to go if using LP gas. It definatly flavers and cooks the best. I guess I will go back to charcoal. Probably only one or two mfg’s. and in China no doubt.

July 15, 2007 at 3:37 pm
(10) Linda says:

Add my name to the list!!! We didn’t even realize we needed them until we used our new grill and the food was BLAH!!!! Now we can’t return it; but have looked everywhere and can’t find any grills that use the lava rocks anyway. We tried to modify our grill to make a place for the lava rocks, but the heat doesn’t distribute so well. I’m very frustrated!!!!

July 20, 2007 at 9:40 pm
(11) Jill says:

If you find a gas grill with lava rocks, please let me know. I’ve shopped around too and can’t seem to find one.
Thanks

August 1, 2007 at 8:04 pm
(12) joselito says:

in portugal gas grills with lava rocks are a novelty. try GALP ENERGY in portugal.

August 4, 2007 at 7:47 am
(13) Gary from s.c. says:

I too have a charmglow grill and it sucks.1year old burners are gone. ordered new ones 3months ago. still not here. had a Ducane with briquettes instead of stainless cook plates for 8 years better flaver cooked slower got quality cooking like the steak houses produce.!! bring back the lava and related cooking process no more stainless my george foreman cooks better.

September 14, 2007 at 12:46 am
(14) Southern Bele says:

ditto, ditto, ditto. Can someone comment on the Ducanes?

September 25, 2007 at 4:33 pm
(15) Barbara says:

My bb pit w/lava rocks finally gave out and I too cannot find a source. The lava rocks still beind sold, but cannot find a pit powered by propane. Misery!

October 12, 2007 at 8:05 pm
(16) June Davies says:

All of the above comments reveal my feelings about grilling on the bbq’s offered now, I spend hours trying to clean mine (not cheap) and it is so messy. There is no reason not to give customers what they want!

December 11, 2007 at 12:03 am
(17) Barry says:

Amazing! The gas grill with lava rock was a great product but now is not available. If any manufacturer reads this, please resume manufacturing. Mine has been a Sunbeam Patio Master, and it’s nearly worn out.

February 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm
(18) Rick says:

My old Sunbeam Lava Rock grill finally died. I bought a new gas grill without the lava rocks and it sucks! The food takes forever to cook, it tastes bland and the grill is a pain to clean. I wish I had not thrown the old Sunbeam away. I’m gonna check on Ebay for an old/used one.

Rick

February 18, 2008 at 10:49 pm
(19) tscott says:

i see others are feeling my pain. i am going to rig a grill to fit my needs. i purchased a char-broil grill from Wal-Mart ($119). it has an oval shaped burner that is low in the pit. i also purchased a grill tray (also from Wal-mart) that i am going to place just above the burner and put lava rocks on it. if this doesn’t work…its back to charchoal grills.

February 26, 2008 at 12:16 am
(20) ayates says:

If you go to barbcues galore.com they have gas grills with ceramic briquets, I just bought one today and will use it later this week. I am so excited because I have been looking for several years for a lava rock gas grill after replacing my old grill with a new one with the flash shields, ugh I hate them. Anyway the guy at the barbecue shop said they dont make lava ones anymore because of flareups. I say atleast they cooked the food without burning it. Anyway thats my story, good luck!

February 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(21) THEO says:

lAVA rOCK GRILLS ARE THE BEST, TO COOK WITH,HIGH EVEN HEAT, WHICH GIVES FOOD THE GREAT TASTE.. I AM A PROFESSIONAL CHEF, AND WE ONLY USE A BIG JOHN GRILL, THAT HOLDS LAVA ROCKS..THEY ARE NOT CHEAP TO BUY.. MY BEST

April 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm
(22) gsingleton says:

I found some at MarBeck.com

April 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm
(23) ron colman says:

I agree, the new grills are worthless and a mess to try to clean. This is a case of manufacturers not listening to their consumers.

May 23, 2008 at 3:43 pm
(24) Edward says:

Came across this blog while looking for a new grill with lava rock. Very frustrating – can’t find one and after reading all of the above comments, I’m convinced that I’m going to keep my old Sunbeam Lava Rock grill and rebuild it!

May 26, 2008 at 11:19 am
(25) Buddy says:

I have an old lava rock grill and I am planing on rebuilding it.
I can’t believe that they no longer do them. I agree with the other comments nothing does a good steak like a lava rock fire.

July 13, 2008 at 8:39 am
(26) Peggy says:

I agree with all the above comments. I have been looking for a lava rock gas grill and can not find one. I am shocked that they are no longer made. In May 2008 I bought a Char-Broil gas grill at Wal-Mart, and after less than 10 uses, gave it away. It was extremely difficult to clean after use, does not clean well, appears dirty and greasy inside, the flare tent is a mess, grease and ash fall through the holes on the bottom of the grill onto my deck and WHAT A MESS!! I too will now go back to a charcoal grill. Manufacturers – listen up!! Bring back the lava rock gas grill — PLEASE.

July 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm
(27) Matty says:

Tescos Stores in england U.K has lava grills for 75 – About $140, it’s a 2 burner model, hope this helps you!

August 2, 2008 at 5:48 pm
(28) Cheong says:

I am from singapore…i just opened a new stall at makansutra glutton bay@ esplanade using LAVA ROCK GRILL…please come down n try my food using the LAVA ROCK grill….
It really give a different taste using that…
hope to see u there…thankz

February 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(29) Val says:

Hi! Cheong,

Could you please tell me where can I buy the lava rock grill? Roughly how much does it cost?

Thanks and your help is much appreciated.

September 11, 2008 at 1:05 pm
(30) john says:

I converted my gas grill with the the metal reflector plate to a lava rock grill.
It was really easy, I removed the metal reflector that all the new grills seem to have. Bought a grate that fit above the burners at home depot. The grill already had knotches for the grate above the burners. Bought a $6 bag of lava rocks and covered the lower grate. As the rocks get used and soiled i turn them over (when its cold..haha.) or replace them. The flavor is much better and if you have any flare ups just give a little squirt of water.

September 16, 2008 at 10:58 pm
(31) sharon says:

I have a grill 14 yrs old that uses lava rock, every two or three years I replace the grids and the burner parts because I refuse to “update” to the new no lava rock grills, my husband thinks I am silly for spending the money to update my “dated” grill but until they start making the grills with lava rock I have no other choice… If any of you have a grill that is still in decent condition you can still order the replacement parts… I hope some company wakes up and gives us a choice…. the grills today cook food with no flavor whatsoever….

May 15, 2011 at 10:45 am
(32) margie says:

I am looking for the grid to hold the lava rock,can’t find it no where in savannah,ga. If any one knows where please Email me,Thankyou!

October 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm
(33) DAVID A. says:

WHAT I AM LOOKING IS FOR FLAT LAVA ROCK FOR A RESTAURANT THAT COOKS WITH LAVA ROCK. iTS HAS TO BE FLAT IN ORDER TO PLACE A DISH OF 12″ ON TOP. CAN ANYBODY CAN HELP ME!

October 17, 2008 at 1:45 pm
(34) Steve says:

Chefs know that the best grills use lava rocks (or similar). Flare-ups are a good thing (not a bad thing). Rocks eliminate dripping fat. No cleanup is required, ever.

Experience shows us that stainless steel yellows and streaks. Black iron requires no polishing or maintenance.

October 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm
(35) Jason says:

I’m so glad I found these comments. I was just about to throw out my 10 year old lava rock Sunbeam grill for one of the new deflector plate styles. I guess I just need to re-build the one I have for like the 4th time. Except for the brick burners and racks, and now the pot burner, there really isn’t anything wrong with it, even after 10 years of use. Fortunately parts can still be had…

October 21, 2008 at 9:14 pm
(36) Pat says:

Check MHP (Modern Home Products) for a gas grill that uses brickettes.

April 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm
(37) AMR says:

How do you know where to put the rock grate (i.e., how far above the burner/below the cooking grate)? We want to remove the heat plate and put in a rock grate, but there are none made explicitly for our grill.

May 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm
(38) Sean says:

look at twin eagles, they have briquettes…pricey

May 3, 2009 at 5:53 am
(39) angus says:

Purchase from the UK, there are plenty of Lava Rock grills for sale over here. I just bought a firefly eclipse 300 and it is great.

May 9, 2009 at 12:39 pm
(40) JC says:

I purchased a new gas grill, and our 16yo won’t eat food cooked on it ! And, I hate it. I am digging out the old Sunbeam (lava rock) grill that is over 20 yrs old. I’ve replaced the burners, etc several times, but it looks like I’m going to have to do it again – Thank goodness it was buried in the garage, otherwise it would have gone to the landfill. Someone please, make a moderately priced lava rock grill !!!

May 17, 2009 at 6:20 am
(41) niall mc kernan says:

I have been looking to buy a lava rock bbq for over a year now, your just not going to find one in a shop or store, best thing to do is used advanced search on ebay, type in lava rock bbq and it will only show the old ones we all want.

June 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(42) debra says:

can i use lava rocks on a charcoal grill?

June 5, 2009 at 11:01 am
(43) LG in Chicago says:

Wow, thought I was the only one pissed-off there’re none of these grills in the market to be found – I miss the one I had back in Texas because allowed to use mezquite chips that add flavour to the steaks – some folks use hickory, but either way it doesn’t work the same with charcoal and obviously can’t use any kind of chips in a gas grill – straight open flame bb’queing doesn’t make sense to me, might as well just throw your chicken & ribs directly on your stove’s top – Lowe’s had a parking lot sale, lots of them, but I refuse to buy one of those gas grills. This is definitely a conspiracy cooked-up by the manufacturers, all lava rocks grills just can’t dissapear like that. I guess some of us will remain in grilling purgatory until …

June 9, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(44) James says:

OMG, so many ppl thinking the same thing as me. I loved my $100 grill with lava rocks. After it died, I got an expensive stainless steel one but I don’t like it. Now I can’t find one with lava rocks.

June 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(45) J Stevens says:

Glad to see I am not the only person who hates the new gas grills. I bought a $400 Charmglow 2 years ago, it looks great on the patio but I am ready to give it away. The clean-up is something else. Grease and drippings goes everywhere so the the inside of the unit has to be taken apart & scrubbed down after every use. I have gained a new appreciattion for Brillo pads, I hadn’t bought them for decades. And the meat is flavorless. And on top of everything else it uses 4 times the propane. The damn tank is always empty. I am going to buy a charcoal grill for now, (Shopko has a Char-Broil 23″ kettle for $59) then hit the yard sales every weekend until I find an old gas BBQ with lava rocks. Then it will be my mistress.

June 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm
(46) Carolyn says:

I hate my SS grill without lava rocks. These new grills are messy, hard to clean and the parts have fallen apart including burners and grills made with inferior products. Bring back the lava rocks and save my cleaning time and give me better tasting food.

June 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm
(47) Rhonda says:

I thought it was only me searching. I have been re-building my Sunbeam for years hoping there is a lava rock grill out there and I am just not finding it. I guess back to get more parts!

July 1, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(48) lisa says:

I just went to San Jose and had steak that was grilled on top of a brick of lava rock. I wanted to buy one for my house but the ones that I find online are charcoal sized. Has anyone come across a textbook size brick of lava rock online?

July 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm
(49) Rick says:

I thought I’d replace my 10 yr old Sears Kenmore lava rock burning grill with a new one today with none to be found!
I decided to call Sears parts and just replace those rusty broken little parts on the old one–Probably worth it. For $77.00 I got what I needed to restore to like new. The new styles just don’t give the same taste and performance. If it weren’t for the high cost of the new parts I’d say I almost beat the system??!!

July 10, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(50) Rick says:

(28)John may have the right idea here by converting the newer linear burner type to a H style burner if that’s do-able with most new BBQs It would have to sit securely and then you’d need a rock grate to somehow fit in to suspend your lava rocks.You’d void every warranty that comes with the grill but so what
The idea rocks if you can do it.

July 10, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(51) Deb says:

We too are very dissapointed that we cannot find the gas grill’s with the lava rocks.

Spring of 07. I bought the new type of gas grill’s, paid over two hunderd for it. We used it one season and have not used it since! I agree with the one that the food we cook on it, taste just like the food we cook in the house! We are very disappointed in it!

I’ve searched high and low two seasons now trying to find one that takes the lava rocks, without success!

Manufacturers! Give us BACK our lava rock gas grills!!!????? They probably say well the majority of people do not like them. Well, that depends on what majority they are asking, if at all! Just a lame brain excuse! If we wanted to taste metal’s cooked into our food we would cook inside in a pan!

We are in need for a grill in our summer home, but refuse to buy a new one that doesn’t take the lava rocks! We don’t seem to have good luck with charcoal grills!

July 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(52) Cherie says:

I found one at “The Christmas Tree Shop”
- a Fiesta model BH24030- it apparently is an older model but it is the grill with the Lava rocks ! I had just about given up hope – they apparently buy old stock so who knows how long they will be available.

July 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(53) Daryl says:

You can buy a bag of lava rocks at http://www.bbqparts.com for 7.99 You just need to type in a grill for replacement parts and it will show you the lava rocks, as an accessory.

July 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm
(54) jim raub says:

My best cooking ever was with lava rocks. like most the rest, couldn’t find one! However, my neighbor (could kill her did) at Lowes Home Improvement for about $ 150 bucks on sale. It’s called Barbique Grillware. Anyway thats what I snuck a peak at it, maybe more. Went down there and they were out of them. So back to Walmarts, 8 hrs assembly time!

July 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm
(55) Todd says:

Just bought a 24×24 13gauge expanded steel sheet and a bag of lava rock. I removed the drip plateand holder and cut the steel to fit in replacement with a pir of bolt cutters. I bought the steel at Sears Hardware (where they have sheet metal) and the lava rock at Lowes (which is a builders paradise here on the east coast). Getting ready to try it out now. Wish me luck :-)

August 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm
(56) Carne Asada Guy says:

I have a gas grill and I hated it because the grease ruined my burners, so I decided to replace the burner with stainless steel ones and had a grill made for it to hold lava rock just above the burners( there were grill holders there already). I picked up some lava rock off the grond from a volcano near my town. It works wonderfully and I am saving gas too, the food taste better and I get a more even cooking. I live in Latin America in case you are wondering about the volcano. You can see if your BBQ grill has grill holders below the top grill, if so, then have someone make you a grill to hold the lava rock and buy lava rock to put there.

August 9, 2009 at 11:48 am
(57) janette south says:

i bought three oblong cake cooling racks, modified them by bending up the ends to fit, then covered them with lava rocks. cheap (only 1.50 a rack and 8 the rocks) effective and quick.

August 23, 2009 at 4:14 am
(58) Westerly says:

Although not as good as the lava rocks, but still better than nothing is to replace your grill’s cheap metal “wire” grates with one of the same dimension that is made out of thick cast iron. Replacement cast iron grates can be found at most hardware stores. they take the lava rock’s place in storing up heat. Sure, like with a grill with lava rocks, its takes a bit longer to get the grill super hot, but once the cast iron is hot, it stays that way for a long time. and does a nice job of ditributing heat. As far as the flavor loss, some of that can be regained by following Al Bundy’s best grill advice ever…except for the grate…never ever ever clean it.

September 14, 2009 at 11:41 am
(59) Dennis says:

Buy a Fiesta Optima Gas Grill model 450 series. This grill is easy to convert to lava rock. I just bought one and converted it. All you need is a rock grate 13 x 26 or 27 and lava rock. The casting of the grill has the supports inside from previous lava rock applications.

September 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm
(60) Devon says:

http://www.campingaz.com/c-469-barbecues.aspx
I just bought one made by these guys in Norway for only 500kr (50 UK pounds!) has lava rocks, is great!

October 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(61) Tim says:

I used a weber go anywhere propane stove. replaced the vaporizor with a charcoal grate that I ordered from weber. works fine!

November 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(62) tom says:

I found one!!!! Fiesta Grills #ezd5555-b438. 49,000 BTU. It has a ” flavor bar” but if you buy a universal grill grate it will fit perfectly, add lava rocks and your good to go!!! The grill costs about $ 160 at Menards, grate another $ 20 or so. It works great.

April 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(63) Kathleen says:

Has anyone used the no flare grill tiles? I saw them at Lee Valley Tools and they look kind of interesting?

April 7, 2010 at 10:11 am
(64) marie says:

I hate the gas grills the food always get burned no matter how slow you cook it PLEASE BRING BACK THE LAVA ROCK GRILLS

April 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(65) Ben says:

Why not use ordinary river pebbles in stead of lava rock? Or marble chips?

April 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(66) LORRAINE says:

IN THE PAST SUMMERS I ALWAYS BOUGHT A NEW LAVA ROCK GAS GRILL WHETHER I NEEDED IT OR NOT AT A COST OF ABOUT $15.00 AT SOME OF THE BIGGER CHAIN DRUG STORES. CAN NOT FIND ANYMORE AND I AM VERY FRUSTRATED. THE NEW GAS GRILLS ARE JUST LIKE COOKING ON STOVE IN A PAN, NO CHARCOAL FLAVOR AT ALL. PLEASE BRING BACK OUR SMALL LAVA ROCK GAS GRILLS

April 29, 2010 at 8:24 am
(67) Andre van Wyk says:

Have a look on Planet BBQ, they sell Landman lava rock bbq’s

May 3, 2010 at 10:18 am
(68) Mary says:

Planet BBQ does not ship to the U.S.; I emailed them and asked.

May 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(69) sinead says:

just bought one in lidl(ireland),I didnt know what I had bought,but this has reassured me.

May 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(70) Angelo says:

Just bought a very nice 4 burner stainless steel bbq from argos with a side burner. 199 The reason I went for this monster was because there is enough clearance between the burners heat shields, and cooking grill to convert to lava rock. Bought a brick build kit and used the grill from that to make a grill for the lava rock about 30mm above the burners. single layer of lava rock packed as tight as possible provides first class protection for the burners and gives a great flavour to the food. I agree completely with the comments made regardint heat shields, they are rubbish. The above conversion is great and works very well.

June 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(71) jason says:

Hi Angelo (and all) Can you tell me the make and model number of the bbq you bought from argos please,because id be interested in doing the same
thanks.
jas

June 8, 2010 at 9:06 am
(72) chris says:

I believe that these grills have the briquets that we are all looking for, pricey for me but maybe not for you.

http://www.broilmaster.com/

June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(73) troy says:

I have a broilmaster 7 years now and all I can say is it cooks like a lava rock viking grill!!! Just called for new burner ownly had to pay S/H $16.00 .2 years pr a flavor screen not long.bought grate and Grill Greats ceramic tiles made in PA. Less flare ups and I can grill steaks better then lava rocks with the same flavor!!The best $1100 I have spent. TIP DO NOT EVER CLEAN YOUR GRILL!!

June 16, 2010 at 11:48 am
(74) reybo says:

20 years ago I bought a 10-year-old Arkla lava grill at a yard sale and have been forced to continue using it, since there are no lava replacements.

Change the lava rocks? Whatever for? They don’t wear out. They produce the best tasting steak in town year after year.

I did have to replace the H burner and the grill, each just once. And I use a $2.75 flame thrower to light it rather than the iffy internal sparker.

There is a site on the Internet claiming to offer gas grill expertise. The first line states: “Most modern gas grills come from the manufacturer with lava rocks or ceramic briquettes.” And that’s dated March 10, 2010!

I think that’s a better planet than this one.

For a laugh, see http://www.gasgrill.org/tipsadvice/lava-rocks-gas-grills/

July 21, 2010 at 1:26 am
(75) Larry M Curtis says:

I read all of these coments because I bought a new gas grill not realising that it didn’t us lava rock, so after reading all I took the cast grills off the old grill and put them in the bottom of the new grill on top of the burnner tubes and added lava rock on them and it cooks good.

August 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(76) kevin waugh says:

I bought a little prtable gas grill back in 1985, It was about 18″ long and came with lava rocks. I Loved it!!! It didn’t have burners and was small enough you could turn the gas off half way though if you wanted! Been looking for years and can’t find another one!

August 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(77) Arlene Hopkins says:

I happened upon this thread about a month ago. I was shopping for some highly recommended grilling accessories (by cook’s test kitchen)…and I realized that we hadn’t been grilling nearly as much since we moved from California to Maine…even during the SUMMER. My husband has complained periodically that our new gas grill takes longer to cook and doesn’t get hot enough, etc…and mentioned wanting to convert it to use lava rocks, like his old beloved lava rock CharBroil grill we left behind for dead when we moved…it WAS totally falling apart. Upon reading this thread, what I recognized is that the food DOESN’T taste barbq’d…why bother?…just cook it inside. : ( So, his birthday is in a week or so, and he is out of town now, and…in addition to the grilling accessories I had already bought…GUESS what I found on craigslist for $60??? YEP, a CharBroil lava rock grill in great condition! CAN’T WAIT to pick it up tomorrow morning to surprise my favorite outdoor chef!!! Happy Birthday, Mark!!! xoxoxo

p.s. so, there IS hope for us scavengers!

September 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(78) John Whitehead says:

It’s quite true that gas grills without lava rock or similar do not
produce ‘grilled’ flavor meats. My 15 year old grill was finally
beyond repair and so a few days ago, I bought a new four burner one from Home Depot. I didn’t even try to cook on it as it was designed. The first thing I did was to lay
a grate from the old grill on top of the metal plates that buffer the burners. I layered that with lava rock. I discarded the
sheet metal cooking surfaces that came with the grill since they block heat and flavor from over half of the cooking area.
Then a couple of pieces of rebar laid on the ledge just under
the top and a new cooking grate put on those gave me a very similar configuration to what my old grill had.

June 10, 2011 at 9:50 am
(79) Rodger Tompkins says:

Thank you for your sugestion, I never thought to use rebar. We have been looking for a new grill for 3 years, I kept my old racks just in case. Now we can go out and buy one this weekend and be grilling again.
Rodger and Loretta Tompkins

December 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(80) Scott Gray says:

I agree with all of you. Food does not taste right unless cooked on a charcoal grill or lava raock grill. We make and sell both charcoal and lava rock gas charbroilers. Please visit our website http://www.bigjohngrills or call us at 800-326-9575.

January 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(81) shana says:

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April 21, 2011 at 6:52 am
(82) Katt101 says:

If any1 in Ireland or UK looking ‘Outback’ do 1 but thats the only company I’ve found still doing them

April 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(83) Terry says:

Ditto to each and every one of you. This ‘new’ style of BBQ grill is all you can buy anywhere. If it ain’t broke why fix it? The ones we had using the rocks were terrific and the food was so good. Now, it’s like you cooked it on your inside stove. However, the WORST problem with these ones, I feel is the Clean Up!! The whole reason for bbqing outdoors, besides the yummy food, is no cleaning up. Just the grill and that’s it. Now with these “rockless” bbqs,
everything has to be cleaned separately and taken apart. The great doesn’t burn off on the rocks like it used to, it collects in the bottom try to be cleaned up later in the kitchen sink. This system has to go!!!

May 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm
(84) Attaboyslim says:

I have asked this question in as many ways as human possible but it is as if everyone is hiding from it or something. I will as in a combined form and if any one has a clue, let me know, I promise I won’t bite. Here we go:

In a three burner gas grill that has no lava type rocks, is it possible for me to use ordinary rocks, river rocks, gravel, broken bricks or broken cinder blocks instead of the customary Lava Rocks?

Please respond. Thank You

June 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(85) Harry says:

No! You can NOT use River Rocks, Bricks, Gravel, etc.
The high heat from the burners can cause them to rupture, even Pop, and/or Explode from the moisture in them. (Yes even rocks have moisture) Lava Rocks are actual volcanic stone that is porious and been molten stone.
Any other rock or stone can be DANGEROUS to you and anyone around the grill!!!

July 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm
(86) Dave says:

The prize goes to Harry. Very dangerous. When I was a boy My Dad & brother and I built a campfire at a local park using rocks we scrounged from the immediate area. One of them blew up and my brother ended up in the E.R. to have his eyes flushed. Luckily no permanent damage. The Boy Scouts teach you all about it.

June 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm
(87) Linda NC says:

I too am looking for a lava rock grill(electric). So if any body
on this list finds one please let it be known where you found it.

June 9, 2011 at 6:25 am
(88) B says:

Glad I found this. Was looking for a lava stone grill because I have just had some excellent bbq meals at a friends. And they are hard to find. Now I know it is worth persevering in my search. BBQ salesman told me modern grills dont need lava stones anymore. Was wondering if he was right but it seems he is not. So glad I did not come home with a non lava stone grill. Hate cleaning and its the flavor I am after.

June 25, 2011 at 11:52 am
(89) lava says:

I haven’t owned a gas grill for several years. My last was a lava rock grill and it worked great, just fell apart. My new grill has those stupid tents. May as well bake food in the oven. Anyway, I finally got tired of the lousy flavor the tents provide and went to Home Depot, bought a replacement rock grate and replacement lava rock. I now have an awesome grill once again! It heats hotter, provides flames, and overall does a much better job. Food tastes bbq’d.

All I did was buy a rock grate (ceramic wire type) and cut it down with a grinder (hacksaw will do). I placed it right on top of the burners themselves and put the rock on top. I plan to raise it just a bit by drilling a few holes just above the burner level and inserting a long skinny bolt, two in the front and two in the back to hold up the grate.

I hope this helps someone else resume great backyard grilling. :)

July 2, 2011 at 2:47 am
(90) Jedi Grill Master says:

When my grill got to 12 years old, I looked at new ones. They were all from China so they got rid of the rocks because the weight was too high to just ship rocks. I refused to buy a new one and re-built the old Fiesta brand old-one. My parents have a Weber Genesis they never use, cause it just tastes bland.
I hope no one steals mine, -I guess I will have to chain down my 14 year old ratty grill, as its not replaceable.

Lava Rocks forever!

July 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm
(91) rj says:

Like they say, even the cheapest charcoal grill produces better tasting food than even the most expensive gas grill.

March 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(92) Brenda says:

I am searching for one right now. Broilmaster makes one for $963 item number is 2824552. I am hopeing to find one for a little less money but for you who are desperate there is one.

May 29, 2012 at 8:13 am
(93) Bea says:

Hi. I was googling and found this site. I have an older Fiesta grill. It has some lava rocks in the bottom, but they are loose laying around the gas burner. There is also a thick wire rack directly above the burner, then about 3 inches higher the grate you cook on. Does anyone know if the lava rocks stay in the bottom around the burner or do they go on the 1st grate above the burner? How many do you use/how full do you put them? Looking for proper answer :) Thanks in advance!

August 5, 2012 at 3:35 am
(94) Ted says:

lava rocks go on a grate right above the burner. At the beginning of the season, when the grill is cold, reach in and manually flip over every rock so it’s upside down. Then about every 8 years, replace the burner and the grate the rocks sit on.

What makes me mad about the new grills is none of them come in natural gas anymore. They are all propane. You have to buy an extra $80 kit and convert the propane ones to natural gas. Once you cook on natural gas you will never go back to propane. The flame is not as hot and the food doesn’t burn as quick.

The secret of grilling simple, never clean anything other than the grate, and only use a brass brush on that once it’s hot. Stainless steel grills are for posers. Flareups are great – with skill you can completely cook a hamburger with the grease that drips off it.

August 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(95) Di says:

I just bought one in a charity shop for $10. YIPPEEEEEEE

September 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm
(96) Kate C says:

I have an unused Sunbeam Lava Rock Gas Grill with all parts intact that I am selling for $30 out of Los Angeles craigslist if anyone needs one. Email me at calicate@msn.com and place Gas Grill Sunbeam in your subject line OR go to Craigslist.org Los Angeles/Northridge city and see my add. Dated 9/2/2012

January 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm
(97) Frank K sr says:

I bought a falcon IV lava rock gas grill from a thrift store back in 1968. In 1988 I had to replace the burner. Also the cooking grate and the lava rock grate had burned out several times. I took 1/4 inch re-bar and made my own grates. ( Just cure the cooking grate like you would a cast iron skillet.) That BBQ was the best I ever owned. In 2003 my wife bought me a very nice 3 burner propane BBQ with side burner that had metal drip angles that burned out in 2 years and the burners rusted out and fell off in 3 years. It was a nice looking BBQ er but that’s all it was, food tasted bad and it had grease all over the bottom. I gave my Falcon BBQ-er away and now wish I had never done that. I can’t find a lava rock BBQ-er any place!! I have went back to the charcoal bbq-er for now. Still looking.

March 21, 2013 at 3:49 am
(98) Feilen says:

Lava rock stone grill, it is a new accessorry BBQ too which is instead of the old one.

More details can visit http://www.grillstonecooking.com, you can see more lava rocks and other new bbq stone for pizza, steak, vegetables…

June 4, 2013 at 11:32 am
(99) Doris says:

I tried looking up grills on internet but can’t find them with lava rocks. Anyone know some good web sights? Want to get a Fathers Day gift.

June 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm
(100) Susie says:

As everyone has said here, I too was looking to replace my 14 yr old grill that I’ve rebuilt a few times and was so disappointed to find that they are obsolete! I am again, rebuilding the one I have, although looking pretty bad. The plastic wheels on mine tore up several years ago and I replaced them with some old push lawnmower wheels…perfect size and don’t see them giving out anytime soon. I guess if they don’t come back with the lava rock grills I will use some of the tips I’ve read on here for a new one. I am glad I found this page and appreciate the tips and tricks that people have posted to convert. Thanks to all who have contributed! Let’s hope they bring the lava rock grills back!

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