I prefer charcoal for direct heat grilling as well, although IR ala "Tec," Solaire, and many others, is a close second. To my mind, either system is far preferable to "flavorizing bars" or ceramic briquettes used in other systems, such as Weber. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if, in a few years, we're forbidden from using charcoal in Los Angeles County and other areas particularly susceptible to particulate emission.
My interest piqued by the term, I looked for anything "defamatory" on the Rasmussen/Solaire website and found nothing. In fact, the only references to Weber seem to be quotes from Weber itself, and from a Barron's Magazine review of the little Solaire portable SS likes so much. Neither could be considered remotely defamatory.
D, I'm curious. What did Soailre say about Weber you considered defamatory?
What were we talking about?
Klose Steak Grill with Swing Set
Backwoods Fatboy with DigiQ II