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Charcoal Grill, What To Buy

 
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UpInFlames
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PostPosted: Sat May 12 07 10:16 pm    Post subject: Charcoal Grill, What To Buy Reply with quote

I'm looking to buy a small to medium size grill. My only requirements are that it is a quality grill and has cast iron grates. The rest is up you guys at the ring.Be gentle with me. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun May 13 07 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im a Weber kettle fan, but they have stainless steel grates. Id go with a chargriller if you must have cast iron grates.

Heres a helpfull charcoal grill link.

http://bbq.about.com/od/charcoalgrills/tp/aatp062604a.htm



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PostPosted: Sun May 13 07 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not quite sure why you're attached to cast iron grates, but my Weber Performer has been a superior grill for both grilling and has stood in for my NB smoker for almost 2 years now with stellar results.

I've always balked at the price of a Weber before and have purchased cheaper grills that left me wanting. This time I got the Weber I wanted and it has not only outlasted the cheaper models (with no sign of giving it up yet), but the features have left me happy in any number of cooking situations.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13 07 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You didn't mention price range, but:
BGE sells a cast iron grate for the large Egg.

I believe it will also fit the medium size Weber charcoal grill.

You can always buy the grill you like, regardless of the grate material, then buy a large grate for a gasser and cut it to fit.


https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1.asp?menu=logic&idProduct=3975

http://www.kitchenenvy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=410

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_ol/103-9381069-0847054?url=search-alias%3Doutdoor&field-keywords=cast+iron+charcoal+grill
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PostPosted: Sun May 13 07 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Weber kettles are hard to beat for value and performance.

They offer a variety of sizes and features to match most budgets or needs.

Why the desire for cast iron grates?
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PostPosted: Sun May 13 07 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Tom wrote:

Why the desire for cast iron grates?


BT, I figgered I would get a little more life out of the cast grates versus the wire type but it isn't cast in stone. Just shopping.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14 07 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Understood.

I saw in a lowe's sale flyer in todays paper they have a couple of charcoal models on sale with cast grates.

I usually replace the cooking and charcoal grate on my 22" kettle every couple years for around $50.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14 07 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UpInFlames wrote:
but it isn't cast in stone. Just shopping.


In that case, I very much like these:
http://patioclassic.com/chargrill.php

And you can cut a cast iron grate for a gasser to fit.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16 07 7:19 am    Post subject: Grill Reply with quote

I have a chargriller outlaw 24 X 36 that has cast iron grates & works as a smoker or grill depending on where you build the fire.

Lowe's has the smaller 30" version.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17 07 8:24 am    Post subject: Re: Charcoal Grill, What To Buy Reply with quote

UpInFlames wrote:
I'm looking to buy a small to medium size grill. My only requirements are that it is a quality grill and has cast iron grates. The rest is up you guys at the ring.Be gentle with me. Laughing Laughing Laughing


ORRR, you could buy the best (WEBER) and get the cast iron grate with grill attachment. VERY hard to find, but I found one here locally and they have at least another 5 in stock. Problem is the CI costs $$, you're looking at about 50 bucks. Then again, there are also grates that you can probably cut and get to fit your Weber. Lots of decisions to make!
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