The thing you get the with the webers is the hoods of a weber grill are way thicker than the brinkmans, char-broils etc.. Meaning they have much better heat retention. Cooking steaks, burgers and dogs it wont matter. But if you are gonna throw something in there for a while it should cook a little faster and probably more even. When I moved in my house my mom told me she woudl buy me a grill as housewarming gift. We went and looked and I almost bought a genesis, then i saw this grill called a Char-Griller Duo. It had a gas grill on side and a charcoal grill on the other side. I thought how great when time is of the essence i can just fire up the gas part. I bought the side smoker box for it as well it was an extra 70 bucks. I used the gas grill one time so far in three years. I use the side burner to light my charcoal chimney then so I have never even filled up the propane tank in three years. Instead of paying 400 plus for a grill it costed mom 280. Needles to say she was happy. If I had it to do over again I would have just bought the charcoal grill with the smoker box and never messed with the gas side. This is the one I have and its freaking huge. This is the one I would rather have. Its slightly cheaper and smaller. I have even seen a side charcoal lighter/burner accesory that uses the small LP bottles.