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Old 04-02-2007, 04:48 PM   #11
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Before you buy check out the Big Green Egg. It is the Bomb!!!!!! and it's all ceramic, so you don't have to worry about rust. (they offer a lifetime warranty on the ceramic.

www.biggreenegg.com
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:12 PM   #12
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Never owned a gas grill, so I never got use to the convenience of one... I guess that is a good thing? LOL!!! DD... I do hope you find the one you want.... nothing beats a grilled meal!
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:28 PM   #13
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If your price limit is $160., I'd buy a Weber charcoal grill rather than a $160 gas grill.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:34 AM   #14
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I would be lost without the convenience of my gas grill, whether I'm grilling a couple hot dogs or burgers for lunch or doing steak and potatos for dinner. I can actually use it either way, gas or charcoal, but I ended up using the charcoal tray as a large drippings catcher underneath. Works great for cooking all day, too, without having to add more charcoal.
You can get good portable ones for a lot less than your budget figure, or add a little more and get a very serviceable one at Home Depot or the like.
Heck, you could buy one of each for 160 bucks, then in a few years decide which you like better and upgrade.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:01 PM   #15
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The problem that I have with gas grills versus the Webber Kettle is that I have seen roaring flames come from both cheap and expensive gas grills that were not only difficult to control, but downright dangerous. Grease is a great fuel and burns very hot. Flare ups with gas are more difficult to control because you can't smother the fire by closing the air vents. And you know what, dry chemical fire extinguishers just make a mess of food. Water tends to spread grease fires, making them more dagerous, and most of us don't own Co-2 extinguishers.

I have never had an uncontrolled fire in the Webber kettle as I can control the amount of air going into the thing through its vents. And the flavor is definetly better, as is the versatility. I can use more cooking techniques with the charcoal grill than are possible with gas.

And the vaunted convenience of gas is lost to me. The time it takes the charcoal to get hot is used to prepare the food for grilling. It's no more difficult to clean than its gas counterpart, and the ashes are actually beneficial to my garden. My only complaint is that the Webber Kettle isn't big enough to really cook a lot of food on. But then, neither are most gas grills.

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Old 04-03-2007, 02:56 PM   #16
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And the vaunted convenience of gas is lost to me. The time it takes the charcoal to get hot is used to prepare the food for grilling.
An afternoon barbeque, yes, but there's no way I would grill a couple burgers or hot dogs for lunch with a charcoal grill. The convenience is in how much more quickly you can start grilling and when you're done, you just turn it off and it's cool in 20 minutes. Seems like a much safer option on the porch. (I don't have flare ups that can't be solved by moving the food over and the occassional flare up adds flavor, IMO).
Example; I turn my grill on as I walk in the house, turn the fryer on, chop some onions, cut up some potatos, put a couple dogs on the grill, drop the potatos in the oil and I'm eating in 15 minutes. I don't need to worry about humid charcoal, washing black off my hands, emptying the ash pan...

It's been a while since I've seen charcoal used, so maybe there's something different going on with the newer grills, but can you snuff out the charcoal and use it again the next time you grill? Or does it have to burn itself out?

Don't get me wrong, I love charcoal grills too, in their place, but I don't understand how they can hold a candle to a gas grill for convenience if you just want a quick grilled meal and don't want to plan a picnic around it.
To each his own
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:04 PM   #17
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An afternoon barbeque, yes, but there's no way I would grill a couple burgers or hot dogs for lunch with a charcoal grill. The convenience is in how much more quickly you can start grilling and when you're done, you just turn it off and it's cool in 20 minutes. Seems like a much safer option on the porch. (I don't have flare ups that can't be solved by moving the food over and the occassional flare up adds flavor, IMO).
Example; I turn my grill on as I walk in the house, turn the fryer on, chop some onions, cut up some potatos, put a couple dogs on the grill, drop the potatos in the oil and I'm eating in 15 minutes. I don't need to worry about humid charcoal, washing black off my hands, emptying the ash pan...

It's been a while since I've seen charcoal used, so maybe there's something different going on with the newer grills, but can you snuff out the charcoal and use it again the next time you grill? Or does it have to burn itself out?

Don't get me wrong, I love charcoal grills too, in their place, but I don't understand how they can hold a candle to a gas grill for convenience if you just want a quick grilled meal and don't want to plan a picnic around it.
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When I use my Egg, I utilize the lump charcoal and I am able to simply snuff out the fire and any coal that is not used can be re-burned on my next cook.
I fire up the grill whether I am cooking for a gathering or just wanting to grill a dozen shrimp. I am set up, and ready to cook in under 15 minutes. Plus the flavors that are produced (even on a quick cook) is superior to any gas grill.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:33 PM   #18
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That's pretty cool. I've never seen anyone reuse charcoal, but then everyone I know uses regular charcoal (briquets are they?). I'll have to look into the lump kind. Who knows, maybe I'll convert. I'm not beyond trying something new out to see if I like it. Just like those new starters seem a lot better than than the old squirt with fluid and stand back.....
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...And the vaunted convenience of gas is lost to me...
It's not about time, it's about ease.

A gas grill should be preheated as should a charcoal grill. It's just a lot easier to light a gas grill. Turn on the gas, press a button, walk away; as opposed to the setting up, filling and lighting a chimney.

I don't mean to suggest that is a particularly difficult or time consuming task, just that it's not as easy as lighting a gas grill. Then there is the storage, handling and disposal of the charcoal. Not an issue with gas. Again, not a huge deal, just a bit easier and a bit less messy with gas.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:47 PM   #20
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I don't know about ease of starting with a gas grill.
I've never had to worry about my lump charcoal blowing up in my face if it didn't light right away. (gas stove did that once to me. Who new women had that much facial hair?)
I only have to worry about mess with lump if I drop my BBQ sauce in my Egg.
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