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Topic: They don't make them like they used to . . . . From: Cathy,
Subject: Re: Cast aluminum/iron grills
I am desperate to find a cast aluminum / iron charcoal grill... we recently lost ours to old age and I am having a very difficult time trying to locate either a cast aluminum or cast iron (???) bbq grill. I had gotten our old faithful at Sears and of course they no longer carry these... from my shopping I can not locate any around the New Orleans area. Can you help???
You have my sympathy from McComb, MS. I have two old cast aluminum no longer mfg'd. The last one I bought at a yard sale. Cast iron grills are heirlooms no longer manufactured in the country. The nearest substitute is the model 900 from Char-Broil- which is mostly sheet metal. Ace hardwares handle them, as does Sam's, occasionally. OK Joe makes a pretty good sheet metal job available at the same locations.
I recently bought new a small, portable cast iron grill made on the design (and to the patent) of the old Birmingham Stove Works "Sportsman" model. It has no cover and the grill surface is about 12 x 24". Works great for grilling small amounts but wouldn't do as your major grill.
I have threatened to go to Mexico or Tiawan with a decent design and see if I could get some made.
If you find a good used one, cherish it.