Just moved to a place where I can actually have a grill. I obviously MUST own a charcoal grill, and will likely start with a basic Weber kettle.
1. Any comments on the actual usefulness of the side table and rack that come with the Platinum One-touch? Doesn't seem to justify the additional $$.
2. Am I crazy to consider a small gas grill for nights when we don't have the time/energy for charcoal? If so, can anyone comment on the Weber Q portable or similar portable grills?
Thanks in advance!
I'd say go with the Weber Gold charcoal grill... I got one for a X-mas gift and have been using it here in the NY suburbs all winter, snow and shine, fo 1-2 people and for 30 person parties... with hardwood charcoal of course. Amazon has a very good price with free delivery... the side racks and such on the platinum are a nuisance and not worth the extra money. A cheap rolling table is more convenient.
As for the Weber Q... you need to have a table to set it on since it is a table top model or buy the accompanying cart. Also for best performance you need to buy a 20 LB propane tank and the special hose attachment. The small disposable tanks don't put out enough btu's to cook properly. When you add in all the costs for the Q you may want to pick up a different model in a small but full standing propane grill.
There have been some great posts on this a few months back.
Some of the best bang for the buck seem to be of the three following brands, and especially those specific models. You can find the first two brands at good prices at The Home Depot and Lowes, as well as some local hardwre stores in season. Or right now with store display models and leftovers from last year at closeout prices. Also do some google seraches for online sales and reviews
BroilKing Crown 20
Napoleon Ultra Chef U405
Hope this helps you narrow your search down a bit.
I think my dad's weber of many years ago had some sort of side attachement. It didn't work very well, but they may have imporved it since. You will need a stable work area if for nothing else just to set a plate on. I noticed the grills have started to multiply at the hardware store, so maybe look at one and see how solid the work areas are.