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Old 08-26-2008, 04:06 PM   #11
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Roadfix...

Have you considered Weber's charcoal grills? Day in, and day out, they are rock solid back yard grills... especially for the purposes you mention. They are also very affordable!!

http://www.weber.com/bbq/pub/grill/2...Performer.aspx

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Old 08-26-2008, 10:48 PM   #12
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Thumbs up Have you seen the Vidalia Grill?

This grill does it all. Check it out on their website
My brother has one and everything off this grill is great. You have your choice of how you want to cook, gas, wood or charcoal.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:03 PM   #13
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This grill does it all. Check it out on their website
My brother has one and everything off this grill is great. You have your choice of how you want to cook, gas, wood or charcoal.
That's a very nice grill but I already have a large gas grill. I only recently got bitten by the charcoal bug. Who knows, I might one day sell my gas monster.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:27 AM   #14
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What fuel do you use?

I use my little $20 portable grill on a regular basis. In fact, I haven't even used my gas grill since it ran out of propane a few months ago.

Using Cowboy Lump Charchoal, I only need to clean out the grill every 8-10th use since the lump burns down to nothing. I used matchlight briquettes during my race on Sunday and had to empty the ash out after one use.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:06 AM   #15
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I'm surprised the Cobb grill users haven't posted yet

That does look like a nifty little grill though. I need something that can double as a smoker.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:26 AM   #16
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Lowe's (and for that matter, I'd bet Home Depot) has a good selection of charcoal grills. If I were in the market for one, I'd look there. I've noticed one that looks like it meets your specs.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:40 AM   #17
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I've looked at the ones from Lowe's and HD. There is one model at Lowe's (their house brand I believe, BBQ Grillware) which almost has the features I'm looking for but the internal crank mechanism for raising and lowering the firebox seem like it can bind and eventually stop working.

I've been using lump charcoal as well as charcoal, sometimes a combination of both. Yes, I've noticed lump charcoal leaves far less ashes.
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:02 PM   #18
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Thumbs up Best Charcoal Grill

My wife, bless her heart, bought me a Weber Ranch Kettle. It is about the same price you are looking at for your other grill. I have used this for everything including smoking ribs, steaks, Jamaican jerk chicken. It is huge and you can control temperature by the same method of weber kettle also by placing food on other side away from heat source. It is the best Charcoal grill I have ever owned and I have owned a few different ones. If you are going to spend that much money I would recommend this grill.

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Old 08-27-2008, 01:58 PM   #19
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^^^ Thank you for the suggestion but the Ranch Kettle is just too big for my purpose. All I need is about 500 sq in.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #20
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Have you look into these?

Weber Grills and Accessories
Barrel BBQ Grills
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