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Posted: 9/24/2005 7:06:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2005 9:56:23 AM EDT by Offspring]
Now that I own my own house with a real backyard I want to get a decent grill. All I have bought in the past are the $50 walmart charcoal grills. I think I want propane, but not sure. What brand names are good? What should I stay way from? I am trying to keep it in the $400+/- range.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:07:30 AM EDT
WEBER
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:09:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Stormtrooper:
WEBER



+1
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:10:07 AM EDT
Go Weber or go home.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:14:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:16:56 AM EDT by Ghost-Shooter]
Get the biggest Weber you can afford. You can cook fewer steaks on a big grill, but you can't cook more on a smaller grill. While you're at it, get a charcoal chimney (unless you like the taste of lighter fluid) and some natural charcoal. You'd be amazed the difference it can make compared to the el cheapo Wally world grills. The natural charcoal isn't cheap, and not always available but it is significantly better than briquettes in terms of heat, longevity, flavor and reusability.

Or, if you're are rolling in the dough, you could get a Big Green Egg. They ain't cheap, but they are worth it; the only grill that I've seen maintain a temperature within 4 degrees F for over 4 hours.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:17:54 AM EDT
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:18:38 AM EDT
Webers are quality, but if you want to really step up to the plate and grill like a pro, get a Chargriller Super-Pro with the side firebox.

You can do standard direct grilling, or smoke the meat. This grill can handle 4 deer hams at once!

Charcoal is the only way to grill if you care about taste.

This grill is available at Lowes for about $175 with the side firebox.

I do not work for lowes or any grill company, just an enthusiastic griller.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:21:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.



Bingo. Big is good. Charcoal is good.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:23:54 AM EDT
Sears Kenmore Elite. No offense to the Weber guys, but if you compare them, you will see there is no question.

The Kenmore Elites have porcelain cover cast iron cooking surfaces AND cast iron burners.

I also like the higher end Vermont Castings grills.

Weber is a second class citizen compared to either of those.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:25:57 AM EDT
Another Weber fan here. After replacing a $200 cheapie every 5 years, I bought a Weber Premium Silver C this spring. I use it 6 nights a week.

Sure, gas doesn't taste as good as charcoal, but the convenience is worth it to me. Most places will have grills on sale this time of year, shop around.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:26:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:27:15 AM EDT by albob]

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.



Bingo. Big is good. Charcoal is good.




+2 Go charcoal, or go home. A good cut of beef just doesn't taste as good grilled over gas.

AB
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:32:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bsbg:
Another Weber fan here. After replacing a $200 cheapie every 5 years, I bought a Weber Premium Silver C this spring. I use it 6 nights a week.

Sure, gas doesn't taste as good as charcoal, but the convenience is worth it to me. Most places will have grills on sale this time of year, shop around.



I am stuck between convenience and taste. Charcoal vs propane.
I know I can get more bang for the buck out of a charcoal grill, but I would have to make fewer trips to the store for fuel with propane. Damn you decisions. I guess I should get both.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:32:25 AM EDT
Charcoal does taste better. On the other hand, it seems that a gas grill could come in handy in case of SHTF.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:34:44 AM EDT
Weber, certainly nothing less...
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:41:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Charcoal does taste better. On the other hand, it seems that a gas grill could come in handy in case of SHTF.



Good point. With all the hurricanes it would be pretty convenient. I use the hell out of my little coleman stove after storms.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:44:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:46:20 AM EDT by ar-wrench]
I buy charcoal 100 lbs at a time, no problem with SHTF situations.

Can also use hardwood coals from a fire, no absolute need for charcoal. So it is actually better than propane in an emergency!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:46:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:50:03 AM EDT by Offspring]
I just found this while surfing for grills.
Smith & Weson 38 special grill

Stucco Grill
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:53:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:00:39 AM EDT
I bought an AUSSIEa couple of years ago.Very satisfied with it.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:02:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Offspring:

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Charcoal does taste better. On the other hand, it seems that a gas grill could come in handy in case of SHTF.



Good point. With all the hurricanes it would be pretty convenient. I use the hell out of my little coleman stove after storms.



If you want charcoal/wood flavor with gas it is easy to do, all you need is a pan a couple briquettes/soaked wood chips.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:02:59 AM EDT
Stop by a Barbeques Galore store. They have a huge selection of barbeques, charcoal and gas. I've been using a 3 burner, built-in Ausi Turbo Classic for at least 10 years. It's great. We live in earthquake country and for that reason I went with propane so that I could use it as a back up cooking source when the big one hits. Personally, I can't taste the difference between charcoal and gas - clearly, the purists can. The ease of use of gas is wonderful. Just turn the knob and in a couple minutes after it has heated up you're ready to go. Just turn it off when you're finished. No ashes to clean up. No mess. No waiting for the charcoal to light up. A tank of propane lasts a very long time. It's so easy, my wife uses it all the time. I would never mess around with charcoal again.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:12:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By albob:

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.



Bingo. Big is good. Charcoal is good.




+2 Go charcoal, or go home. A good cut of beef just doesn't taste as good grilled over gas.

AB



it's apparent that none of you assholes have been to gunstock or hun farm while i was in attendance
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:15:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Offspring:


I am stuck between convenience and taste. Charcoal vs propane.
I know I can get more bang for the buck out of a charcoal grill, but I would have to make fewer trips to the store for fuel with propane. Damn you decisions. I guess I should get both.



From www.weber.com


Which Grill to Buy, Charcoal or Gas?
IT'S A LIFESTYLE CHOICE

This is really your first decision. Are you convinced there's nothing like the taste and smell of food grilled over hot coals? Do you take a certain pride in your ability to get the fire started and keep it properly tended while you cook? Do you need that hands-on, primal experience?



Or do you want a perfect fire at the push of a button? Do you appreciate the precision temperature adjustments gas grills can provide? Would you rather avoid the whole charcoal set-up and the post-cookout ashes?



Whether you're in the charcoal or gas grill camp, you're in luck. Taste tests indicate there's no significant flavor difference either way. The choice is strictly personal. Consider how you plan to use your grill will you grill every night or just on special occasions? Will that change over time? Is cost an issue? While gas grills are initially more expensive, they generally cost less to operate in the long run. Both are great choices pick the one that's right for you!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:27:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ar-wrench:
Lookie




Big +1.

Go chargriller. You won't be disappointed.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:34:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:

Originally Posted By albob:

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.



Bingo. Big is good. Charcoal is good.




+2 Go charcoal, or go home. A good cut of beef just doesn't taste as good grilled over gas.

AB



it's apparent that none of you assholes have been to gunstock or hun farm while i was in attendance





Why? You do lap dances or something?

AB
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:36:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By albob:

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:

Originally Posted By albob:

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.



Bingo. Big is good. Charcoal is good.




+2 Go charcoal, or go home. A good cut of beef just doesn't taste as good grilled over gas.

AB



it's apparent that none of you assholes have been to gunstock or hun farm while i was in attendance





Why? You do lap dances or something?

AB



yes asshole, that has everything in the world to do with BBQ................

you're wrong. accept it. move on.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:39:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:

Originally Posted By albob:

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:

Originally Posted By albob:

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
I have used charcoal my whole life. I admit to being a grill snob.
I used gas recently, and, I must admit, I was right all along.
There really isn't much point to a gas grill. You are essentially cooking
on a gas stove outside.

That said, for way less than your range is, you could get a great, barrel type
charcoal grill with depth, in order to long cook thick meats.

I got what ammounts to a 55 gallon drum, cut and hinged about 2/3 of the way up
and it works like a champ. Got it for less than 100 bucks.



Bingo. Big is good. Charcoal is good.




+2 Go charcoal, or go home. A good cut of beef just doesn't taste as good grilled over gas.

AB



it's apparent that none of you assholes have been to gunstock or hun farm while i was in attendance





Why? You do lap dances or something?

AB



yes asshole, that has everything in the world to do with BBQ................

you're wrong. accept it. move on.




What's up with the name calling? I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken. Charcoal is better. Accept it, move on.

AB
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:40:32 AM EDT
What about Ducane grills? I have a Weber and like it but my friends Ducane blows it away. or maybe I'm just a really bad cook.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:42:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By albob:

What's up with the name calling? I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken. Charcoal is better. Accept it, move on.

AB



that's namecalling?!?!? have you fucking EVER read a post by me before, cumgargler?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:46:07 AM EDT
The Big Green Egg Rules!!

I've had them all, Coleman, Webber, Hibachi, Captain Cook, etc. The BGE adds more flavor than any gas grill possibly can.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:47:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shift:
What about Ducane grills? I have a Weber and like it but my friends Ducane blows it away. or maybe I'm just a really bad cook.



ducane is a very nice grill, but pricey. so far as that goes i'd also recommend outdoor concepts inc. and DCS

dcsappliances.com, not sure about oci.........................
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:52:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ISMO:
The Big Green Egg Rules!!

I've had them all, Coleman, Webber, Hibachi, Captain Cook, etc. The BGE adds more flavor than any gas grill possibly can.



Understand one thing, jarhead. "Fire, HOT."

(the above is an inside joke subject to all copyright rules. for information on joke please contact dpeacher or jarhead_22. all rights reserved)
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:55:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:
Originally Posted By albob:

What's up with the name calling? I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken. Charcoal is better. Accept it, move on.

AB



that's namecalling?!?!? have you fucking EVER read a post by me before, cumgargler?[/quote




AB
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 9:18:11 AM EDT
get a large quality gas grill and put in a metal box filled with natural charcoal or wet wood chips. Best of both worlds!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 9:43:05 AM EDT
Again, Sear Kenmore Elite. Cast iron burners, 'nuff said.


IBTL
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 10:12:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 10:26:31 AM EDT
Can you smoke on a propane grill? I've heard some people say the water vapor given off by the propane interferes with smoking, but others say it works just fine. Anyone here tried it?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 10:32:46 AM EDT
Charbroil makes a decent grill for around 250+. Weber IMO is nothing more than a name. My dad got a Charbroil that did more than the "comparable" Weber for around 250 at THD.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 10:35:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 10:37:08 AM EDT by 67Steven]
Traeger Grills, nothing comes close.

www.traegerindustries.com/grill.htm

Steven

ETA: Sorry, I didn't see the $400 price cap, but awesome grills.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 10:58:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
Can you smoke on a propane grill? I've heard some people say the water vapor given off by the propane interferes with smoking, but others say it works just fine. Anyone here tried it?



Works fine.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 10:59:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:
Charbroil makes a decent grill for around 250+. Weber IMO is nothing more than a name. My dad got a Charbroil that did more than the "comparable" Weber for around 250 at THD.


Buy both, leave them in typical grill environments and typical use then come back to them 1, 3 and 5 years later and see which one is holding up.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 11:03:01 AM EDT
Another vote here for the Chargriller charcoal grill.
Tastes great
Less costly
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 11:37:43 AM EDT
I too am interested in the answers here. But only can consider
LP. Are you guys that are recommending Weber recommending
the charcoal Weber or the gas Weber?

Is there anything better than the lava rock pieces in a gas grill?

Thanks guys.

DanM
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:59:50 PM EDT
Gas Weber.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:09:13 PM EDT
Weber... I got a $300 From the depot a few years back.. It's great and it don't flame up...
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:16:26 PM EDT
I got this one for Father's Day and I'm very happy with it.

It is great for grilling. Zero hassle getting the charcoal started.

For BBQ I use this


echo6
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 3:29:29 PM EDT
Get both! A good side fire box for BBQing ribs, brisket, and steaks and a gas grill for burgers, brots, and chicken breast. Get a cast iron box for the gas grill and you can have smoke too.

Gas is +1 for the convenience factor.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 4:39:37 PM EDT
+1 for weber. but go w/ natural gas if you possibly can. it is so much better than propane.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 9:55:14 AM EDT
I just got a Weber Silver B from the Home Depot.

Link Posted: 9/25/2005 10:18:48 AM EDT
Nice grill. I have an A series and love it.

I know too many people who buy a grill one spring from Wally World and then end up buying another one the next spring. Your Weber will hold up for multiple seasons. Mine has completed season #2 and I expect it will last another 8.
Link Posted: 9/25/2005 10:34:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Offspring:
I just got a Weber Silver B from the Home Depot.
www.rabidchicken.com/pics/DSCN0097.jpg
www.rabidchicken.com/pics/DSCN0098.jpg




You are going to need more than that AR pistol to guard those Ribeyes.....

BTW, be carefulll, you see my UPS driver, likes to leave stuff inside my grill, one day I had 500 rounds of .45 ammo come in, an dhe putit inside my grill, I did not know this, and could not find it, well I was going to lite the grill and opened the lid and WOW, theres my ammo,
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