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Old 02-19-2013, 12:45 PM   #11
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BT. I /we actually bought two grills last summer, the first for DxW BD. I used hers once to celebrate the day and promptly came home and fired off an order for me. Both our grills are over 30 years old. We had one at our lake place and one at home. Made one less “thing” to reach agreement when we got divorced. Do you want this old sofa, no you can have it. I don’t want it. It’s too good to …call goodwill. We did not cover the grills in inclement or winter weather. Rust buckets. The black kettles themselves were in fine condition. She had one leg on hers balance with a brick, one wheel missing. Fine, she seldom moves it. Mine was indeed on its last legs.

The things I like about the Platinum, is the table wings on either side, more sturdy and steady wheel/leg base. The ash catcher, the one touch adjustable air flow with a handle. As I said earlier, so much easier than trying to adjust 3 fly wheels underneath. It comes with a thermometer, which is surprisingly accurate comparing when an oven therm is hung inside. Like an oven temp, not the meat temp. Two things it has , a hinged cooking grate and charcoal separators. You can buy both as separate parts for an existing grill at your local home improvement store. I always used a disp aluminum pan in the bottom center for charcoal division when indirect cooking. I still use a disp drip pan as needed. I like having the attached tables/wings. Better than hauling over a small picnic bench or setting up a tv tray alongside the grill. It’s amazing how much “stuff” you need to set beside your grill, bowl of sauce, oven mitts, platters, for cooked and raw foods, a cold drinking glass, etc etc. I think a better design would include sturdy drop leaf wings, This one takes up as much space as my gasser. Shuts down rapidly when done cooking. I can tell how much less charcoal I waste, fewer trips to the store for more coal with the new one.

The Gold looks, but I can’t tell for sure, the top air flow wheel is standard metal piece. Need to wear an oven mit or tongs to adjust. The platininum has a cool touch adjuster. No biggie until you decide I can just move it quick- like with bare fingers. The Gold does not have a thermometer on the cover, an easy work around. I like being able to look-see and I think I keep the fire at a more even temp. The Platinum cover slides back and rests on a holder. The Gold cover lifts off and you need to find that hook to hang it on the kettle. I don’t have time for hide and seek, so I set it on the grass. Hot, it turns the grass brown in seconds. You can be sure I heard about this Every Time when cooking at you-know –who’s house. What’s important, tasty grilled food done just right or your lawn. I’d rather flip burgers. After 20 years, its time to start a new conversation. The gold has the one touch air inflow apparatus with an easy reach handle. Better ash catcher. What makes the Platinum worth the extra $ for me. It has a sturdier wheel base. I move my grill around the yard, depending on sun/shade/ wind. I don’t need to move it at DxW’s. and the side wings are very practical. A neighbor has the Gold. Works fine for their frequent family of 4 use. I think Weber does a fine design job. And better quality than some knock-offs. I bought fitted grill covers. And use it. $39. That’s the only extra I thought I needed.

BT, you probably know this since it was invented by boy scouts using a coffee can. This is for anyone. Get a charcoal chimney starter I did not care for the Weber brand on this one, too large capacity for average use. I found one at a hardware store, @ $10 . I see the price is still about the same. No more lighter fluid, smell or taste. Starts the coals ready to cook in minutes. Safe. Portable. I totally recommend this piece of equipment for anyone who does charcoal grilling.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/chimney.html

My grill is the 22 ½ inch size. Bought mid July. I use it about the same as before, I like to think maybe more. About 3 times/ week in summer. Hard to say. Cooking mostly for one, if I make a steak, or extra chicken pieces et al, I cook with planned leftovers until it’s time to make something new.

When Jr. and I were buying Mom a new grill we were looking in stores at the Gold. His idea to get one with wings. He said one of his friends has one with built in side tables. We were surprised how fast the price jumps from the Gold to Platinum series. Couldn’t find a less expensive alternative. I paid $249 on sale at Amazon, free shipping . Maybe there will be sales for either model when it gets closer to prime grilling season.

I apologize for the length of this reply. Apparentally giving the Chief a run for the money today.
I use left over advertizing newsprint paper, and used cooking oil. It allows me to dispose of the cooking oil, and some of the junk mail, with no starting fluid flavors. Also, it ignites the charcoal in half the time it takes my chimney to do the same job. I just stuff the crumpled sheets of paper under the charcoal grate, with the vents open, and douse them with the used cooking oil. Place the charcoal grate in its place, & light a match to dry paper sections. I put the grill grate on, and let the hot fire turn any stubborn food to ash. Brush with a wire brush to clean before putting the food on.

My grill is as fast to cook on as is a good gas grill using this method.

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:50 PM   #12
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Any method that works is better than charcoal lighter fluid.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:16 PM   #13
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I've gone as long as 4 hours, long and slow, on my kettle without having to refuel. Given an hour and a half for each pound of brisket you will definitely have to refuel at some point during the cooking process. But it can be done.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #14
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Doesn't Weber make a smoking attachment to make smoking more efficient? I seem to remember it looked like nothing more than a smoke diverter and a way to keep charcoal to one side easier. You could probably rig something up yourself, Whiskas, after taking a look at it.
I know some folks who love the smokenator. It looks nice but I would try and rig something up.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:24 PM   #15
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I know some folks who love the smokenator. It looks nice but I would try and rig something up.
Yeah, that's it. I thought Weber made it. I know they make something for their gassers.

Whiska, I have a WSM. It's a great smoker. Sometimes I would take it apart and use it for a charcoal grill before I got my SJ.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:04 PM   #16
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thanks very much for all of the info whisk!

i was hoping that the platinum was all of the good things about the gold and more, not just the extra tables on an inferior grill.

i now have to deccide if the extra dinero is worth it for just using it occasionally. one side says to save the money, the other side says that i only buy a grill every 10 years or more, so what's a few extra bucks?

and yeah, i learned in the scouts years ago to cook over a can and just a few coals, but learned here that a chimney is the far superior method for starting charcoal for the grill. i'll have to buy a new chimney since i gave my parents my last one for when my family would come over their house for a cook out. lol, i told my brother about using it, so i think he put briquettes in it, then squirted in some lighter fluid.

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:31 PM   #17
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... i'll have to buy a new chimney since i gave my parents my last one for when my family would come over their house for a cook out. lol, i told my brother about using it, so i think he put briquettes in it, then squirted in some lighter fluid.

thanks again.
What? Wait. you didn't tell me about your chimney starter. And you certainly didn't give it to me. Oh, wait. You're talking about that brother who shares genetic material with ya. I don't have to admit to sharing blood with ya. You're my brother for sure. (C'mere ya little rascal. Let big brother give ya a noogie), just not through mortal parents (Don't think your patents would have survived us both under the same roof, especially as kids.)

If'n ya help me shovel the 4 foot high, by fifteen foot wide, by seven foot deep wall of snow that the plow left in my driveway, I'll make you some of my 1200 calorie, 'supreme, end it all because I've died and gone to Heaven' hot chocolate drink. I'll even super-size it. Really. Can you be here in, say, the next 30 minutes?

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i'm on my way, big bro.

the first half of the trip seems ok. not sure about those last few miles. i love snow, but that's crazy.
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i'm on my way, big bro.

the first half of the trip seems ok. not sure about those last few miles. i love snow, but that's crazy.
I'm gonna take pictures, just to show you what I'm up against.

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I am in need of a new grill and am partial to Weber. Think Ill give this little lady a go. Thanks for the info. Happy grilling!!
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