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End of summer so grills are on sale...

FrannieM Sep 21, 2012 02:11 AM

What kind do you use at home? Gas appeals because it would be so fast, and I am thinking some weeknight fast grilling outside, even in the cold. But charcoal is so damned tasty. What do you think?

  1. MikeB3542 May 28, 2013 08:21 AM

    I just use a small charcoal grill (MECO Aussie Walkabout)...I'm in an apartment and don't have a secure patio, so don't want something that I would miss if it disappeared. Weber's, and gas grills (even a cheapie) worth too much just to leave out...for that matter, 20# tanks are not cheap either.

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      Kelli2006 Sep 23, 2012 12:11 AM

      I'll give up my Weber kettle when they pry it from my cold dead hands.

      I live in Ohio and I grill year round, even when its 10° in January because there are times when only a great burger is going to satisfy.

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        mikie Sep 22, 2012 04:21 PM

        It's been a long time since I used charcoal, except for the Weber Smokey Mountain (a smoker not a grill). In a reasonable price range the Weber Genesis is probably the best bang for the buck. Gas grills are just to easy to get started and warmed up, so on a weeknight, they can be started up while you are preparing the food for the grill. Turn a knob, push a button and you're ready to go. I know charcoal doesn't take a lot of effort, but more than a gas grill.

        1. mcf Sep 22, 2012 03:52 PM

          I upgraded to a Weber Genesis propane grill two years ago and get lots of use year round. It's a whole nuther thing from any other gas grill I've used.

          1. Barbara76137 Sep 22, 2012 03:50 PM

            Please don't laugh, but since I live alone and only cook for myself, I love my little rectangular tabletop gas grill. I usually replace it every two years or so, and it is inexpensive. I live in an apartment and we aren't supposed to use any type of grill on our balcony/patio, so mine is really inconspicuous.

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              LJS2 Sep 21, 2012 08:46 AM

              If they are on sale and you have the space why not get one of each? I have both. Charcoal gives better flavor but gas is far more convenient. Weber kettles are not that expensive and do not take up much space. Depending on how good the sales are you might be able to pick up a kettle and a gasser now for less than you would pay for a gas model alone at the beginning of the season.

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                rasputina Sep 21, 2012 06:24 AM

                We have an assortment but no gas. I'm a charcoal purist. At this point the only ones that get used are the Big Green Eggs and occasionally the Lodge hibachi.

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                  ferret Sep 21, 2012 11:08 AM

                  I used to be a purist, but we have a natural gas Weber on our deck that is in heavy use year-round (not an easy feat in Chicago). But we also have a charcoal grill, an LP grill and a smoker.

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                    tim irvine Sep 22, 2012 03:03 PM

                    More less the same here. The Weber with a few apple chips in the box gets most of the use.

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                  msv Sep 21, 2012 03:53 AM

                  Yes, charcoal is tastier, but gas makes grilling all the time so easy. Indirect cooking is so much easier with gas, you can use a rotisserie for roasts, and I get better results with grilled pizza. I gave my charcoal grill away and don't miss it.

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