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Major Stains
06-25-2013, 05:03 PM
Just thought I would ask the experts, as you guys over the pond love a good burn.

I am looking to invest in a new grill soon, but due to the piss poor weather and lack of covered area I can't justify in spending 's on a top of the range burner.

I have always been a coal man, but get a feeling I might be inclined to use a gas fire more often as part of regular mealtime cooking. But I hate the idea of scrimping on something that will only last a couple of seasons.

A firm favourite at the moment is a Weber kettle, as I love the idea of indirect cooking with added options like the pizza oven. It won't take up much space or dent the pocket too much.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p320/exfiniti/weber.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/exfiniti/media/weber.jpg.html)

If I go gas, there seems to be a jump in size and price.

What are your thoughts my pyro Mpeeps?

Gink
06-25-2013, 06:14 PM
Just thought I would ask the experts, as you guys over the pond love a good burn.

I am looking to invest in a new grill soon, but due to the piss poor weather and lack of covered area I can't justify in spending 's on a top of the range burner.

I have always been a coal man, but get a feeling I might be inclined to use a gas fire more often as part of regular mealtime cooking. But I hate the idea of scrimping on something that will only last a couple of seasons.

A firm favourite at the moment is a Weber kettle, as I love the idea of indirect cooking with added options like the pizza oven. It won't take up much space or dent the pocket too much.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p320/exfiniti/weber.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/exfiniti/media/weber.jpg.html)

If I go gas, there seems to be a jump in size and price.

What are your thoughts my pyro Mpeeps?

I used to prefer the "ritual" and flavor of coal, but I swear the older I get the more that ritual starts to feel like just extra time and effort. Had a gas grill for a few years, was pretty damn convenient to just light it up, be able to adjust heat, etc. Learned the hard way about keeping the bottom areas clean though, pretty easy to set it on fire with a bit of build-up. Wasn't a real spendy model, didn't take the best care of it, probably would have got at least 4-5 seasons out of it if the dog hadn't chewed all the hoses off. Not hard to fix, I just haven't bothered. Weber kettles and the like are still awesome to cook with, for me the difference really just comes down to convenience. If you enjoy the time and attention you give to coal, it gets great results. If you like to be able to just fire up the barbie and get cookin', gas is great.

donhardeone
06-25-2013, 10:09 PM
I have cooked on both gas and coal for years, just prefer the taste that comes along with coal over gas. For me it is mainly that when I grill, I like to do it such that I get a decent amount of that smoke flavor into the food that you just can't get with gas. The convenience of just being able to go out and light the gas grill up though and not have to worry about how long the coals last or hot they burn is nice though. We keep both, but I use my little black Weber charcoal grill (very similar to the one in your pic) 2-4 times a week depending on the weather and amount of beer (can't grill out without a brew...it's just un-American. The gas grill mainly gets used in the few times I want to cook more than my Weber can fit, I'm in a rush, or I only want to cook enough for one. Weber is the way to go in my book. Though I have several friends and family members who have gone to the Big Green Eg grills and swear by them (like a friggin cult I tell ya): http://www.biggreenegg.com/.

Major Stains
06-26-2013, 01:13 AM
Thanks guys.
Yeah I had seen the eggs, but they are mucho grande !
Look pretty cool.

Back to more pontificating...

Madlob75
06-26-2013, 05:44 AM
Don't know if you can get these over there, but this might be the best of both worlds.

http://www.chargriller.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=1&flypage=flypage_tabbed.tpl&product_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

Major Stains
06-26-2013, 07:18 AM
Don't know if you can get these over there, but this might be the best of both worlds.

http://www.chargriller.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=1&flypage=flypage_tabbed.tpl&product_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

Wow. I could open a restaurant with that badboy! Nice find.

Danbo
06-26-2013, 07:43 AM
Alleluia!!

mechatool
06-26-2013, 10:01 AM
I have cooked on both gas and coal for years, just prefer the taste that comes along with coal over gas. For me it is mainly that when I grill, I like to do it such that I get a decent amount of that smoke flavor into the food that you just can't get with gas. The convenience of just being able to go out and light the gas grill up though and not have to worry about how long the coals last or hot they burn is nice though. We keep both, but I use my little black Weber charcoal grill (very similar to the one in your pic) 2-4 times a week depending on the weather and amount of beer (can't grill out without a brew...it's just un-American. The gas grill mainly gets used in the few times I want to cook more than my Weber can fit, I'm in a rush, or I only want to cook enough for one. Weber is the way to go in my book. Though I have several friends and family members who have gone to the Big Green Eg grills and swear by them (like a friggin cult I tell ya): http://www.biggreenegg.com/.

My wife picked me up a Green Egg for christmas last year. I love it. If you can put down the extra cash, you will never have to buy another grill and you can do all kind of cooking on it. Everything from smoking, indirect cooking, grilling. I had a Weber before the egg and liked how the Weber cooked.

roadrnr
06-26-2013, 10:29 AM
Being a Texas boy, I don't use gas grills. I've had them, and they are ok, but really you can't beat a good wood fire grill. (charcoal..what's that?) Granted, I DO use charcoal when I'm going to grill up some food...However, for both my Webber and my smoker, I start with a small amount of charcoal and load up with Mesquite, Oak or Pecan (at minimum). I also love to use cherry and apple wood, but my base is ALWAYS one of the other three.

I love the hell out of that Webber. The main reason is how it heats evenly and it keeps the heat. Once it get's up to temp, it stays there for awhile.

Major Stains
06-26-2013, 11:59 AM
I'll have to try and find a wood supplier, all the shops just do charcoal over here...briquettes, lumpwood, and webers own coal. Be nice to mix it up. I've got some wild rosemary at the bottom of the garden, that adds a nice taste to chicken.

Now on to accessories.

I've seen the weber fire starter, that looks pretty handy. White hot in 20 minutes.
Love the idea of pizza add on too.

So much to consider. I just want to eat the food now!

HardlyCapable13
06-26-2013, 05:03 PM
Forget them both. Get a smoker.

Gink
06-26-2013, 07:10 PM
Forget them both. Get a smoker.

There's an idea. My old man smokes damn near everything. Delicious. Though a lot of stuff he still throws on his gas grill for a few minutes at the end.

Major Stains
06-27-2013, 01:09 AM
Forget them both. Get a smoker.

Way to throw the cat amongst the pigeons!

I was struggling with two options...

Black_Out_424
06-27-2013, 08:56 AM
Traeger Smoker, they are the best!!!!

http://www.traegergrills.com/

roadrnr
06-27-2013, 10:50 AM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5282/5348215682_f8c7b1bdd6_z.jpg

Major Stains
06-01-2014, 02:20 PM
Thought I would show off my inaugural BBQ with the Webber that my wife bought me last year for our wedding anniversary.
The show stopper had to be the 'Moroccan Butterfly Lamb', it was delicious!
The rest was pretty tasty too.

http://i57.tinypic.com/2h3dcsg.jpg

FeelinKorny
06-01-2014, 05:33 PM
That's a nice grill. Compared to my tiny little thing. I went all out and spent a whole $20 on a portable grill a couple weeks ago. Thing holds at max 4 burgers or a pack of dogs. Stands maybe 2 feet of the ground.

Ive already grilled out 6 times. Amazing tiny little cheap thing.

donhardeone
06-02-2014, 07:05 AM
That looks like a great snack Stains...where's the main course? :wink: