Grillin’ & Chillin’

June 18, 2011


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially our own! I love you, Dad! (I assume that Lloyd loves his Dad, too.)

Last weekend we bought a grill. We were actually shed shopping, but Home Depot had the model of grill that Lloyd’s had his eye on for a while, and it was $20 cheaper than it used to be. Our old grill is a rusty adventureland, and we didn’t think it would make it through one more summer. Hence, shiny shiny new guy.

Lloyd says that it is the highest rated grill according to Consumer Reports, and I believe him, since I’m never going to read that issue.

After we put it together I read some online reviews, and everyone said pretty much the same things: even cooking; it lacks a ‘grilled’ taste since it does the infrared thing; and it was danged difficult to put together. People complained that it took well over an hour and a half to assemble. Well, it took us a week.

Saturday: Buy a grill.
Sunday: Get it out of the truck.
Monday: Get it out of the main box.
Put down that camera and help me lift.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Walk around the boxes of grill parts.
Saturday: Stay in your pajamas and assemble while watching a dumb movie.

It was some spy movie. I didn't pay attention.

Bonus points go to Char Broil for their excellent system of packaging parts. They were in a blister pack with the size and number of parts labeled on the back side. Excellent! We did still wind up with two extra lock washers, but they can’t be that crucial.

Like a camera! I finally have an example.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Grillin’ & Chillin’”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    We recently assembled a Char Broil grill and we, too, had extra washers. Must be some kind of bonus prize for buying their products. (Ours is about a month old and hasn’t fallen apart yet.)


  2. Brad Said on:

    I don’t think you should leave your grill in the living room. I think there’s some danger with indoor grilling.

    It makes me think of the warning label I saw on a bag of charcoal: “Burning charcoal inside can kill you”.


    • Peggy Said on:

      Dang it Brad, that was my comment!

      Um……We’re grillin’, we’re grillin,
      I hope you like grillin’ too….


  3. Gretchen Said on:

    This also reminds me of a Homecoming Variety Show many years ago -- I believe that Lauren was one of the back up singers/ dancers…Maybe Joel Symmank was one of the singers?

    I only remember the chorus: The B A R hyphen B hyphen Q U E!


    • Lauren Said on:

      Ha! You are correct. Kathryn Brandt (now Peperkorn) and I twirled some spatulas and I tried not to pass out. Joel and Karl Suhr jammed out and sang the praises of the Barbeque. You have a good memory!


  4. Christina Said on:

    It needs a little boy on it….hehehe


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