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Littleman

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What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 11:13 AM (permalink)
What's your favorite grill.  Big Green Egg is popular.  What about Primos. Thanks.
 
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    mar52

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    Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 1:08 PM (permalink)
    I sold both and own an Egg.
     
    The Primo has a better cooking surface because of its oval shape.  The BGE has a better following and better support.
     
    If you just want it for grilling, you want neither.
     
    The Firemagic would be my purchase if I just wanted one for grilling.  Beware as it's quite a bit more expensive than the clay cookers.  All stainless steel parts from a company that is about 70 years old.
     
    If price is a factor, go to Home Depot and buy a Weber, Brinkman or Charbroil. 
     
    Weber would be my choice, but if you need a larger cooking surface and like being able to regulate the heat by turning a crank the others are good... they just don't last.
    <message edited by mar52 on Sat, 08/27/11 7:23 PM>
     
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      Mosca

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      Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 3:06 PM (permalink)
      Ceramics are really awesome, but they're absolutely NOT the be all and end all, especially for casual weekend cooks. I would say that gas grills and regular charcoal grills are far more convenient and almost as versatile. I have a Weber Smoky Joe Silver next to my BGE.
       
      Primo vs BGE, both are great. Many retailers sell them side by side. I picked Egg, I would have been just as happy the other way I'm sure.
       
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        CajunKing

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        Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 7:13 PM (permalink)
        I have a good friend that was moving his BGE last weekend after a q contest and tipped it over and SHATTTTTTTTERED it!
         

         
        I have a weber it's an older grill but it's much like the "one touch silver"  I love the versatility, and ease of use.
         
        I would love a BGE or Primo but a thousand $$$$ a pop I will stick to my cookshack smoker, half barrel grill and weber grill
         
         
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          mar52

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          Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 7:26 PM (permalink)
          I gave my Cookshack to my brother.  I didn't use it enough.
           
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            Foodbme

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            Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 7:38 PM (permalink)
            I quit using Charcoal in 1973. I Have Gas now!
            P.S. Listen to Mar52. She had a grill etc store.
             
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              Foodbme

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              Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 7:41 PM (permalink)
               
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                mar52

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                Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 7:59 PM (permalink)
                On Foodbme's list I'd go for the Cajun Grill.  I forgot about them.
                 
                You can add a smoker box to them for real barbecue.
                 
                I'm forgetting the owner of the company's first name.    I think it's Chris, but I could be wrong.  His last name is Guidry and he was one of the nicest suppliers that I had.  His dad. Percy actually owns the company.  I like when you deal with the owners of the company...  even though I bought them through a Rep.
                 
                http://www.cajungrill.com/
                They're also close to you, sort of.
                 
                 
                 
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                  mar52

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                  Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 8:02 PM (permalink)
                  Gregg!  That's his name.  Percy is his grandfather. 
                   
                  I'm losing it!
                   
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                    joerogo

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                    Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 8:54 PM (permalink)
                    Mosca


                    Ceramics are really awesome, but they're absolutely NOT the be all and end all, especially for casual weekend cooks. I would say that gas grills and regular charcoal grills are far more convenient and almost as versatile. I have a Weber Smoky Joe Silver next to my BGE.

                    Primo vs BGE, both are great. Many retailers sell them side by side. I picked Egg, I would have been just as happy the other way I'm sure.

                     
                    Mosca, I hardly use my Weber anymore for grilling.  Once you get the hang of the Egg, it's just as easy to lite as a charcoal grill.
                     
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                      joerogo

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                      Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sat, 08/27/11 8:57 PM (permalink)
                      Foodbme

                      I quit using Charcoal in 1973. I Have Gas now!

                       
                      Foodbme, I am just the opposite.  I have been off gas for over 25 years.  That's about how old my Weber kettle grill is.    
                       
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                        Mosca

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                        Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sun, 08/28/11 12:03 AM (permalink)
                        joerogo


                        Mosca


                        Ceramics are really awesome, but they're absolutely NOT the be all and end all, especially for casual weekend cooks. I would say that gas grills and regular charcoal grills are far more convenient and almost as versatile. I have a Weber Smoky Joe Silver next to my BGE.

                        Primo vs BGE, both are great. Many retailers sell them side by side. I picked Egg, I would have been just as happy the other way I'm sure.

                         

                        Mosca, I hardly use my Weber anymore for grilling.  Once you get the hang of the Egg, it's just as easy to lite as a charcoal grill.

                         
                        Joe, I use it when I want to do 2 things at once, like ribs for 5 hours @ 225º, and chicken for 45 minutes @ 375º. It's the cheapest 2 zone solution I could think of.
                         
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                          bartl

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                          Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sun, 08/28/11 12:20 AM (permalink)
                          There are two grills I am especially fond of. For slow cooking, like ribs, whole chickens, roasts, whole eggplants (I grew eggplant one year, it was too hot to cook it inside, so I ate a LOT of baba ganoush), I like a Weber (the equivalent of today's One Touch Silver 22.5"). I use a chimney starter. If I want to do quick grilling (hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, kebabs, etc.) my favorite grill no longer exists; it was called the Sonofhibachi. It was an absolutely wonderful portable cast iron hibachi, that folded up and formed a chimney for starting, or closed up and was self cleaning. The current model, unfortunately, is made of steel instead of cast iron, and I don't care to spend the money to find out if it is as good. For grilling, I use a Smokey Joe Gold (I like the size of the cooking area, but the lack of bottom ventilation is annoying, and the standard fix would ruin some of its portability.
                           
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                            HDtravlr1

                            Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sun, 08/28/11 12:20 AM (permalink)
                            Hasty Bake a local Tulsa legend.
                             
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                              Mosca

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                              Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sun, 08/28/11 11:19 AM (permalink)
                              bartl
                              For grilling, I use a Smokey Joe Gold (I like the size of the cooking area, but the lack of bottom ventilation is annoying, and the standard fix would ruin some of its portability.

                               
                              Hey bartl, that's why I got the Silver. The vent is on the bottom.
                               
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                                carlton pierre

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                                Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sun, 08/28/11 1:35 PM (permalink)
                                I've owned both gas and charcoal and prefer charcoal.  I like my Weber just fine but if someone wanted to give me a Big Green Egg I would use it.
                                 
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                                  agnesrob

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                                  Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Mon, 08/29/11 9:12 AM (permalink)
                                  carlton pierre


                                  I've owned both gas and charcoal and prefer charcoal.  I like my Weber just fine but if someone wanted to give me a Big Green Egg I would use it.


                                  Ditto!
                                   
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                                    CajunKing

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                                    Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Mon, 08/29/11 5:59 PM (permalink)
                                    Hey CP
                                     
                                    If you find that someone, can you ask for two? 
                                     

                                     
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                                      mar52

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                                      Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Thu, 09/1/11 6:20 PM (permalink)
                                      Littlemannnnnnn... Where are you?
                                       
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                                        Cosmos

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                                        Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Fri, 09/2/11 11:02 AM (permalink)
                                        I have been a Weber user since I started grilling on my own (1980ish). I had a smokey Joe in college in Chicago which has since been replaced. We were given a 27" Weber as a gift, I then inherited my fathers 27" Weber. Both Webers lasted about 20 years. I now own, along with 'Smokin' Josephus',  a 27" on a cart (forget the model) with the gas starter and love it.
                                         
                                        I have cooked pretty much everything on it..chickens, ducks, goose, turkey, ribs, pork butts, pizzas, and of course steaks and burgers and sausages.
                                         
                                        Its a great design and  it never lets me down.
                                         
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                                          bartl

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                                          Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Fri, 09/2/11 11:12 AM (permalink)
                                          Mosca

                                          bartl
                                          For grilling, I use a Smokey Joe Gold (I like the size of the cooking area, but the lack of bottom ventilation is annoying, and the standard fix would ruin some of its portability.

                                          Hey bartl, that's why I got the Silver. The vent is on the bottom.

                                          The grilling surface is way too small, though. I wish they could make a version of the Gold with the vents in the right place.
                                           
                                          Bart
                                           
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                                            Mosca

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                                            Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Fri, 09/2/11 11:36 AM (permalink)
                                            Bart, I think we're talking about different grills then. The Gold and Silver that I'm thinking of are the same size.
                                             
                                            http://www.weber.com/expl...rtable-charcoal-series
                                             
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                                              ScreamingChicken

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                                              Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Fri, 09/2/11 11:40 AM (permalink)
                                              HDtravlr1


                                              Hasty Bake a local Tulsa legend.


                                              I've seen some old cast aluminum Hasty Bake grills and they look pretty neat.  Even though I have Webers coming out of my ears (I hope that phrase doesn't cause any blood-boiling) I wouldn't mind owning one.
                                               
                                              Mosca


                                              Bart, I think we're talking about different grills then. The Gold and Silver that I'm thinking of are the same size.

                                              http://www.weber.com/expl...rtable-charcoal-series


                                              It's the Smokey Joe Platinum (discontinued) that has the 18-1/2" grate and the side vents.  Some owners drill the bottom of the bowl to accomodate a daisywheel vent.
                                               
                                              The SJP also has fixed legs and is fairly tall, which means it doesn't fit in the trunks of some cars.
                                               
                                              Brad
                                              <message edited by ScreamingChicken on Fri, 09/2/11 11:44 AM>
                                               
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                                                bartl

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                                                Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Sun, 09/4/11 6:48 PM (permalink)
                                                Mosca
                                                Bart, I think we're talking about different grills then. The Gold and Silver that I'm thinking of are the same size. http://www.weber.com/expl...rtable-charcoal-series

                                                Weber keeps changing the names. The portable grill I bought 10 years ago (then called the "Jumbo Joe", later called the "Smokey Joe Platinum", which I got confused with "gold" and, apparently, not even made right now, it had a 18.5" grill. And it does fit in the trunk of my car.
                                                 
                                                Bart
                                                <message edited by bartl on Sun, 09/4/11 6:50 PM>
                                                 
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                                                  marzsit

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                                                  Re:What's Your Favorite Charcoal Grill........... Mon, 09/5/11 7:22 PM (permalink)
                                                  both of my webers are 15+ years old and going strong. indoor storage and regular cleanings help :)  the standard 22.5" grill model with charcoal side baskets is very good for slow-and-low indirect cooking, very economical on fuel consumption..
                                                   
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