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Old 03-31-2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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Captain Morgain and LudiChris just had a big discussion about that...Oh, Jim Minion had some say too...Where's that thread???
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Old 03-31-2005, 05:39 PM   #2
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I prefer charcoal. I can easily sprinkle chunks or chips on the coals and get a great smoke flavor. I've never found a gas grill with a smoke box that provided the same effect.

I have a gas grill, a charcoal grill and a WSM. I use the gas grill for convenience. The rest I use for flavor.
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Old 03-31-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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I am assuming you are asking for Grilling purposes vs. smoking. If so here's my .02.

Charcoal = better flavor more time involved in getting the grill ready and clean up.

Gas = more convenience, less clean up and less flavor

If you are not in a hurry when grilling, charcoal is the way to go.

If you are in a hurry, gas is the way to go.
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I thought it was a grilling question all the way around but that raises a good question...

Grilling or Smoking??
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What Tex described is what I have always heard, and tried, and imho, it doesn't work anywhere near a charcoal grill. I highly reccomend it.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:09 PM   #6
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Hey Taurus, for what its worth, I have used a gas grill for the last 26 years. I just got my first charcol grill a month ago. I'm enjoying playing with the fire, which I'll bet most kids do. I still use the gas grill and find that sometimes I'm using both at the same time. I don't think I'd ever give up either one right now. If I were you I'd get a decent gas grill and pick up a cheap charcol grill also. I did spend a little more on my charcol with a Weber 1 touch gold but hey, I'm worth it. Good luck with your decision and let us know what you do!
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:42 PM   #7
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The shorter the cook the less difference it makes IMO. I use charcoal because of the control it gives and does add to flavor. The amount of money I would need to spend on a gas grill to give what I can get on the fajita grill is 3 times.
A cooker like a BGE might be a good choice, ceramics give you a lot of temp range.
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As a third option, give Traeger Pellet Grills a look at. You use wood pellets continuously fed thru a auger that allows you to cook 3 ways. High, medium and smoke. There's a link the BBQ Link section.
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Bob,

Here are a couple of units that will last you a lifetime but definitely outside your budget but still something to think about in the long run:

http://www.bbqpits.com/cooks_&_chefs_combo_smoker.htm

http://www.bbqpits.com/20x42_grill_chef.htm

http://www.bbqpits.com/20x54_grill_chef.htm

You can get any of these mounted on a trailer as well.

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Bob as you get closer to that dream, be sure to post here. I can tell you some horror stories, but I won't do so now because I don't want to discourage you!
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