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Old 12-30-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Well with the purchase of my new home I retired my old gas grill that had served me faithfully for many years. Now I'm debating as what to get next and have decided that I want to do charcoal. I'll admit I grill mostly but would like the option of smoking occasionally.

Unfortunately space is somewhat of an issue.

I've been looking at the classic Weber 22.5". I have also found what appears to be a great little product for it known as the Smokenator 1000. Anyone ever used one of these? All the reviews I have read have been great. I loved my gas grills for easy of use and simplicity but I'm feeling the charcoal bug right now.

+ it will leave me with more propane to brew with....


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Old 12-30-2010, 06:55 PM   #2
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I vote mid grade gas grill, and build a UDS.


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Old 12-30-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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+1, Build a UDS and raise the charcoal basket somehow for grilling.

I must say, however, that for great grilling of steaks, etc. nothing beats the ease and temp range of my infrared grill.

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:04 PM   #4
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Get either a small gasser or a used Weber kettle for grilling and build a UDS for smoking. Or do like me and get all 3 plus more.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:02 AM   #5
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Well with the purchase of my new home I retired my old gas grill that had served me faithfully for many years. Now I'm debating as what to get next and have decided that I want to do charcoal. I'll admit I grill mostly but would like the option of smoking occasionally.

Unfortunately space is somewhat of an issue.

I've been looking at the classic Weber 22.5". I have also found what appears to be a great little product for it known as the Smokenator 1000. Anyone ever used one of these? All the reviews I have read have been great. I loved my gas grills for easy of use and simplicity but I'm feeling the charcoal bug right now.

+ it will leave me with more propane to brew with....
If you say that space is an issue go with the Weber; you can smoke and grill plus the thing will last forever. I have the 22.5 Weber, I love it. Actutally got the Smokenator 1000 for Christmas but have yet to put it to use. If you are going to get the Smokenator off of Amazon there is a kit that comes with an extension grate to add some extra room, I think it only a few bucks more. The person who got me mine did not see that so I am going to order it extra. I have always wanted a smoker but I figured this was a cheaper way to see how it went before jumping in with both feet. I have read about the UDS if you are somewhat handy and would smoke a lot that is a good way to go.

Get yourself a chimney I can get my Weber heated up as fast as a gas grill with that baby.

 
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:00 PM   #6
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Anyone used the Weber Performer (charcoal with gas start)?
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Anyone used the Weber Performer (charcoal with gas start)?
They have gotten great reviews but it really just comes down to if the ease of starting and the table are worth 3x times the money. Personally I would just rather get one of these and 3 kettles.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:24 PM   #8
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I think you'll be happy with the weber 22.5" and the smokenator 1000. I have the weber but not the smokenator, but my initial review of the product makes me think it would work very nicely for smoking with the weber. If I didn't have a separate smoker I'd probably get one of those smokenators.

 
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They have gotten great reviews but it really just comes down to if the ease of starting and the table are worth 3x times the money. Personally I would just rather get one of these and 3 kettles.
I don't need 3 kettles. 1 kettle that is easy to light would be ideal. I think I am going to get it. $299.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:43 PM   #10
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Get a Big Green Egg. It's the most versatile cooker available. You can bake, grill, make a brick oven style pizza, smoke some Que and is a steak cooking machine. There is not much this can't do.



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