Where to buy a nice Charcoal Grill?
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?
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.
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".
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.
re: Simon Patrice
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.
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