"Here I go again and it's only been a little over a year! A very short recap is I tried a "cheap" SS grill from Lowes and it was everything you guys talk about here. Upped the budget and finally went with a Weber silver-B. A really nice grill (not perfect :) ) but I had a real even heat distribution problem. OUTSTANDING customer support from Weber and my local dealer - but it could never be resolved and Weber bought my grill back! Wound up with a Vermont Castings HD model (the $400 model) which has very good heat distribution. Well, using it for a little over a year and I've got one issue that cripples my grilling experience and results - very poor temperature consistency (each LP tank requires me to figure out how much to open the valve each time so that it gets hot enough) plus other things that now all add up like slow/long warm up times, not quite hot enough to sear correctly, the frame is a little shakey and not as sturdy as the Webers/others, etc). So I'm looking to replace.
I've narrowed it down to a couple of grills - the Broil King Sovereign-70 ($499), the Weber ES-310 $599)and an all SS Strata IV at a BBQGalore store that has a small dent in it ($799 -> $649). The Strata IV seems nice but NO realy info on this grill on the web and it's above my budget. The new Weber's are very nice, CR reports them to have very even heat, but I'm still hesitant (and I don't like having half the right shelf unusable due to the control knobs). So I'm leaning towards the Broil King - but I'd like some feedback on #1 how even the heat is on this grill, but also how fast to heat up, how hot it can get, temperature controllability, sturdiness/solidness of the frame, and quality level of their customer service."