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by Ron Johnson » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:53 pm

I'll admit it, I don't like gas grills. To me, it's just like cooking on a grated grill pan on your stove, no smoke, no grill flavor.

Last year I bought a Weber with the gas starter. I love it. Just dump in the coals, hit the starter button, and walk away. When the coals ignite turn off the flame and your ready to grill in a few minutes. I like being able to do direct grilling for burgers, steaks, and stuff like that and indirect for roasting chickens or smoking some slabs of ribs.
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Yep, I like the charcoal too.....

by Dan Thomas » Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:53 pm

Yeah, you can't really replace the flavor that real charcoal provides. However for ease of use, gas(Propane) has it's purpose also. For things that don't require a long time on the grilling surface, and if your only making a quick meal or snack, you really can go wrong with a nice gas grill. That's why I have both kinds...When I'm going to make the effort to smoke ribs or pork shoulder or a brisket, I have two charcoal chimney style smokers. But I use the gas grill for a lot of other things.
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by Charles W. » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:59 pm

This is what every charcoal griller needs. Greatest invention ever! No need for lighter fluid, or coals pre-soaked in fluid. Coals light up every time--wait 20-30 minutes, and it's perfect:

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by robert szappanos » Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:00 pm

The only way to cook...Go to some of the rib cookoff's...Not many if at all gas grills being used......... :lol:
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by Kris Billiter » Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:30 pm

I could not agree more. I wouldn't say I hate gas grills, but it's close. I know they are more convenient. I just don't have any fun using one. I have a Webber Kettle and my reliable chimney, and they get the jo done every time. I must confess though that one day I would love to have Big Green Egg!
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by Ron Johnson » Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:10 pm

I don't hate gas grills either, I just don't see the point. My stove is gas. I have a grill pan. There is no difference between a hamburger cooked on a gas grill and a hamburger cooked on a grill pan on my gas stove. Just my .02.
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by Lois Mauk » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:37 am

I second Charles W's recommendation about the charcoal chimney. It gets your charcoal (we use a natural hardwood type) rocket hot and then ready to grill in no time flat.
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Re: Charcoal Grills

by TP Lowe » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:40 pm

Ron Johnson wrote:
Last year I bought a Weber with the gas starter. I love it. Just dump in the coals, hit the starter button, and walk away. When the coals ignite turn off the flame and your ready to grill in a few minutes. I like being able to do direct grilling for burgers, steaks, and stuff like that and indirect for roasting chickens or smoking some slabs of ribs.


I've got the same grill now, Ron. I find I just don't grill out because of the time it takes to get the charcoal going. While it may be a technique issue on my part, it is why I'm switching to gas this year. Who knows - I may go back quickly.
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by Kim H » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:47 pm

I LOVE cooking with charcoal! It's like playing with fire AND with food all at once! And the chimney starter is sooo easy and clean. Just put some newspaper in the bottom, fill it up with charcoal, light the paper, and in about 15 mins, you have hot coals. I could be wrong, but I can't see a gas starter being much easier than that (but it sure beats lighter fluid!). We also have a gas grill for convenience, but never ever use it. We do have a propane powered smoker, which I admit is nice. Here's the grill we got last year - the Mac Daddy! There are 2 separate sides, with a divider that you can remove. And you can raise/lower the charcoal trays independantly to have 2 different temperatures on each side. Yeah man!!! :D

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by Mark H. » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:51 am

Both gas and charcoal grills have their respective places. I own at least 6 different grills. My all time favorite has always been the Brinkman type "bullet" water smoker. It can smoke, grill, warm, etc. Even a complete novice can turn out great pork butts in 8 to 10 hours. The water pan negates surprise flare-ups. Try smoking a corned beef for 4 to 6 hours. It's the best pastrami I've ever had.

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