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Old 05-18-2008, 08:15 PM   #41
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hey danny - good to see you around...

i was going to post the exact same thread! guess gas is the winner...

anyone have thoughts on cast iron grills?

anyone use the hardwood they have at trader joe's or other places? similar to using charcoal or different technique?
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:16 PM   #42
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+1 for both. Gas for quick and easy, weber kettle for low and slow. (including our traditional t-day slow smoked turkey.)

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Old 05-18-2008, 10:08 PM   #43
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Food grilled on gas is almost as good, and it's quick and easy. Most people go for quick and easy.
I go for sloooow and easy. Since I ER'd, words like "quick" and "hurry" aren't a part of my lifestyle.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:59 PM   #44
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hey danny - good to see you around...

i was going to post the exact same thread! guess gas is the winner...

anyone have thoughts on cast iron grills?

anyone use the hardwood they have at trader joe's or other places? similar to using charcoal or different technique?
I have one with cast iron grates, that I really like. It puts a professional looking sear on the steaks. I turn mine 30-45 degrees after 2 minutes for a beautiful cross hatch...I have a stainless grill as well, with stainless grates. It doesn't seem to do as good a job at the sear as the cast iron, and was so much more expensive.

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Old 05-19-2008, 10:38 PM   #45
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I've never used a gas grill, I've always used charcoal. I like the time it takes to get the coals ready. It's nice to hang out and drink beer with buddies while the coals heat up. I guess it is part of the "barbeque ritual" for me.
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+1 on charcoal. I can see the speed advantage of gas but have always used charcoal. I save the propane for brewing beer.

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But I cant see Al spending $200-300 for a small grill unless the gods of LBYM dropped dead in their sleep last night
Well, I got the current one out of the shed, and I think I can get a month or two more out of it. I could break the rusted flavorizer bars with my pinky, but if I'm gentle, they'll be OK.

The trick will be to freecycle it before it's too far gone.

Two questions on the Weber Q grills: Concerning the little 14.1 ounce propane tank. How long does it last, and can you have it filled at the gas station just like with the regular tanks?
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Al, I freecycled an old gas grill with no burners, no cooking grates, a broken igniter and one wheel ready to fall off. So no worries.

I believe those little propane tanks are disposable. Having said that, I now fear you're going to try to figure out how to fill them yourself. If I should see a little mushroom cloud somewhere to the northwest, I'll know what happened.

I think someone makes a coupler to hook a big gas bottle to the weber q, but I think its expensive. At a few bucks a bottle for the throwaways its a long payback period.

As far as how long it'll last, roughly a little less than 1/20th the time a regular gas grill 20lb bottle lasts...
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OK, thanks. One more season with the big Weber, then I'll get a Q. Just the right size for cooking a "fattie."

The adapters cost $20
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Is the Weber Q a charcoal grill with a propane startup to get the coals red hot quickly - hence the small propane canister?
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