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Where to buy a nice Charcoal Grill?

parrish5 Jun 7, 2011 12:52 PM


I want to buy my husband a really nice, large charcoal grill. Any idea where I can I can find something beyond the tiny webber ones?


  1. kpzoo Jun 7, 2011 01:13 PM

    Hogg Hardware in Westmount used to have an absolutely massive collection of grills/BBQs. I know they've downsized, but perhaps you could give them a call.

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      wattacetti Jun 7, 2011 01:34 PM

      Joey BBQ on Pierrefonds is another possibility.

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        parrish5 Jun 7, 2011 01:47 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions guys, but no dice. I called them and they both only sell the weber kettle type grill. :(

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          kpzoo Jun 7, 2011 01:56 PM

          Hmm. Have you already tried the big-box stores like Reno Depot, Home Depot and Rona?

          Also found this thread that may have other ideas. It also says that Hogg might be able to order the Weber model you want - something to consider?


          1. re: parrish5
            rich in stl Jun 7, 2011 02:00 PM

            The weber kettle comes in sizes from 12 to 36 inches diameter. The 36 incher is a HUGE thing. They have recently introduced a 26" model. I usually cook on an 18" unit - but sometimes on my 22.5" grill. Most folks find them big enough and they are extremely well respected.

            1. re: rich in stl
              parrish5 Jun 7, 2011 04:04 PM

              Thanks, I will take a look, he is just used to a big pit with a smoker on the side, but it is really old and a hand me down from my Dad. (I am from Texas where grilling on anything but charcoal is a big no no.) I appreciate all of the help very much. :)

        2. MikeyMadness Jun 7, 2011 08:57 PM

          I haven't been there in a while, but Alternatives on Hymus in Kirkland might have what you're looking for. I know they carry the Big Green Egg, which comes in various sizes, from 9" to 24".

          lternatives: http://www.alternativesqc.ca/eng/fireplace_wood.html

          Big Green Egg: http://www.alternativesqc.ca/eng/greenegg.html - http://www.biggreenegg.com/

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            Mr F Jun 8, 2011 07:51 AM

            Spotted a couple of years ago at Home Depot, no idea if still sold: a charcoal grill the same size and shape as a standard large gas grill, only with a fire-box instead of burners and plumbing.

            The attractive thing about this is that the height of the fire-box was adjustable, and of course you have grates at two levels -- unlike a Weber kettle, where you have a single non-adjustable grate and have to make all your heat adjustments by building just the right size fire in the right location (not to mention that a Weber works best with briquettes, not lump charcoal).

            Or if you're willing to drop a grand or so for the ultimate charcoal grilling experience, you can find a Big Green Egg or similar (Komodo Joe) at (I believe) La Maison d'Émilie on Laurier W.

            BTW, if buying at a big-box or Hogg, go ASAP. Typically these stores stock up once at the beginning of the season and that's it. As they sell out of a given model, they rarely if ever re-stock until the following spring.

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            1. re: Mr F
              Simon Patrice Jun 8, 2011 06:35 PM

              I know this will get split from the discussion but I still need to ask... why do you say that Weber works best with briquettes?

              1. re: Simon Patrice
                Mr F Jun 8, 2011 07:52 PM

                The kettle's lower grate is better suited to briquettes - the bars are spaced so that unless your lump charcoal is all large chunks, a lot of material falls through. It does still work well with a little practice, it's just a little tricky.

                I use a ~$70 bbq sold in most hardware stores. It's a squarish, somewhat kettle-like thing with a hinged lid and adjustable (3-position) grate, easily removed if you need to add charcoal. Instead of a lower grate for holding fuel, there's a side-vented pan, which works well with lump charcoal. Definitely good value for money, though I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking for a "really nice, large" grill.

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              westaust Jun 8, 2011 08:10 AM

              Best thing to do would be to find the model you want to buy online, and then look for a brick and mortar retailer in the area.

              I remember about 10 years ago, my parents were looking for a vermont castings BBQ, and it turned out one of the retailer was a propane distributor in an industrial park in brossard, without looking online for the retailers, there would have been no way to find out that place

              1. SnackHappy Jun 8, 2011 08:31 AM

                You don't see a lot of non-kettle charcoal grills around these parts. People here generally don't know from grilling and think gas grills are less of a hassle and grill "just fine", hence the very sparse offer.

                Canadian Tire is currently selling an interesting looking model. It's not high-end by any means, but it's looks serviceable.


                For the high-end stuff, look at Urban Patio, Maison d'Émilie and all the other chichi-poopoo places of that sort. Places that sell gas fireplaces also often sell high-end grills. They stock mostly gas grills, but also offer charcoal or gas-charcoal combo grills.

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                1. re: SnackHappy
                  parrish5 Jun 8, 2011 09:26 AM

                  Thank you all so much for the advice! I really appreciate it. :)

                  1. re: parrish5
                    blondee_47 Jun 8, 2011 01:32 PM

                    I bought a few years ago at Canadian tire a Charcoal BBQ that ignites with propane...The propane is a pain in the ass and I have yet to use it: just need a chimney, charcoal and paper..but also the Mastercraft parts are not sold in Canadian tire so if after a few years like I did this year, I needed to order online both the cooking and the coal grates.

                    Now that there are only two of us at home the BBQ is too big a cooking surface and I would love to find the old Hibachi type BBQ but they seem to have died away.

                    1. re: blondee_47
                      SnackHappy Jun 9, 2011 06:09 AM

                      blondee_47, hibachis are still around. You can find them here and there. Most of them are quite cheap looking, but a few are okay. Rona sells a decent looking hibachi.


                      If you're just looking for a small charcoal grill, there a few portable models available including two from Weber.


                    2. re: parrish5
                      johnnyboy Jun 8, 2011 08:19 PM

                      I have bought a 26" round Weber at a big-box Rona in the burbs, they had plenty in stock. I'm not sure you could find anything much bigger for charcoal around these parts, apart from ordering it online. It's about 100 dollars. Not entirely satisfied with it: flimsy legs, too much space between grids as mentioned previously, but all in all it does the job.

                    3. re: SnackHappy
                      johnnyboy Jun 8, 2011 08:23 PM

                      Oh I like what I'm seeing with this Canadian tire one. Integrated thermometer, plus adjustable grid height, make this much more flexible than the Weber I have, which has neither.

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                        parrish5 Jun 9, 2011 04:37 AM

                        Thanks everyone, had to break down and tell the husband as it looked like this was going to be tougher than I thought. Yesterday we did some calling around and it looks like he will be making a road trip on Friday to Kingston to the Lowes where he will be getting the Char-Griller, grill plus side smoker. We are considering the combo gas/charcoal unit but the reviews are a bit shady on the gas side...so we shall see. This board is fantastic, you all were so awesome, I really appreciate it! I will be coming back for more BBQ convo's in the future, this Texas girl appreciates the importance of grilled meat. :) Thanks again.

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                          blondee_47 Jun 9, 2011 11:03 AM

                          parrish5 I, too, gave an answer to this question and now re-reading the question I have to give my 2 cents and say that while it is true that there do exist Nice Gas Grills for sale a 'Nice Charcoal Grill' is only as nice as the person doing the cooking on said charcoal grill...Charcoal BBQ in not an investment in beauty it is an investment in cooking quality so perhaps it is the man/woman who needs to be 'nice' or good at cooking the charcoals....too much time on the internet for me this week...and this is purely tongue-in-cheek thought.

                          1. re: blondee_47
                            Mr F Jun 9, 2011 12:54 PM

                            I would say the Big Green Egg is a thing of beauty, but maybe that's just me.

                            1. re: Mr F
                              BLM Jun 9, 2011 09:51 PM

                              I agree. But it's for a serious charcoal grill person.

                              1. re: BLM
                                parrish5 Jun 10, 2011 04:52 AM

                                With a lot of cash to spend on it. ;)

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