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usernametaken Apr 26, 2011 03:11 PM

I am shopping for a new grill and I would appreciate recommendations. We do not eat meat so many of the reviews are not really applicable. We do grill fish as well as veggies, seitan and pizza. I have looked at the green egg grill, but wonder if it is worth the price if we won't be cooking meat? Perhaps the basic webber is really all we need? Any thoughts?

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    Cheez62 Apr 28, 2011 09:27 PM

    While I'd love to be able to cook on a BGE, I'd never again like to be without a Weber. I have a gas grill that I almost never use, a rectangular charcoal grill that I use when I need a bigger grate capacity and also for grilling pizzas (which I've really gotten down after a lot of practice, but that;s another subject), a vertical offset smoker, and 4 1/2 Weber 22 1/2" kettles. I love my Webers, and they are most often the only grill I am using (though sometimes more than one at a time ;-) ). Get a Weber. If you get something else later, BGE etc, keep the Weber. You'll be glad you did.

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      usernametaken Apr 28, 2011 07:00 PM

      PS - and now (thanks to Google - which provides more information than anyone needs!) I have now decided that what I really need for pizza is an outdoor pizza oven!!!

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        usernametaken Apr 28, 2011 06:58 PM

        Thanks for all the advice! The konro grills are interesting, but I do want to be able to make pizza. Although the green egg is tempting, it sounds like it might be overkill. After obsessing at Home Depot for a while, I think I have decided on the weber performer. The propane starter seems handy, and I really like the cart. I did look at the Stok, which I think it their own brand? It looks really cool, but in the end, I thought I should go with the old reliable brand. Plus the weber is made in the USA and the Stok is made in China.

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          mikie Apr 29, 2011 09:27 AM

          I think you will be extremely happy with the quality of the Weber.

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          sparkareno Apr 27, 2011 12:10 PM

          I don't know if you want to spend the big bucks for a BGE just for pizza. I make amazing pizza on my Weber kettle. Make sure you get one big enough to put all your veggies etc. on. I'd go for the top of the line kettle (which is what i have)--hinged grill grates, enclosed ash catcher & lid holder...all nice extras.

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            rasputina Apr 27, 2011 10:23 AM

            Big Green Egg for sure. It makes incredible pizza. You can do fish and veggies on almost anything.

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              Woodfireguy Apr 28, 2011 06:15 AM

              How hot can they get?

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                rasputina Apr 28, 2011 08:07 AM

                I've seen mine at 1000 degrees dome temp. I don't have an infrared therm to check what temp it was at grate level.

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                  Woodfireguy Apr 28, 2011 09:42 AM

                  That will work....thanks

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              ziggylu Apr 27, 2011 09:22 AM

              how serious are you about pizza? For pizza, the Egg is definitely worth the bucks if it's something you're serious about and make all the time. But if you're not seriously into pizza probably not worth the money for you and a Weber kettle would probably serve you really well.

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                Westy Apr 27, 2011 06:56 AM

                I love my Portable Kitchen grill. Great for two people. Gets hot quickly and maintains heat well. The 4 vents make it very adjustable in terms of air flow.
                I agree on the Egg comments. They are nice, but best for slow cooking and meat. Overkill or just not optimal for quick grilling.

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                  j8715 Apr 27, 2011 05:59 AM

                  the green egg or other ceramics are used to keep low temps for a long time for cooking tough cuts of meat, i think it would be a waste of money for you. however they can get super hot temps for pizza. . .

                  anyway, if it were my money i would probably get a weber since it will be fine for fish and one of the main features of the egg would be going to waste. also all that money you save by not buying the egg can be spent on expensive wild alaskan salmon which is awesome on the grill.

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                    wattacetti Apr 26, 2011 04:12 PM

                    If pizza wasn't a requirement, I would have suggested a Japanese konro grill

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