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Old 07-03-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Have you used this device? It doesn't mentioned using lighter fluid, but I find it hard to imagine the charcoal taking off from just a start-up fire from a few crumpled newspapers. I'm curious about this now.
We've been using one for years. Lighter fluid is just plain nasty between being bad for the environment and the taste. We use the hardwood charcoal not the briquets - rarely do I need more than one round of newspaper. I was skeptical at first but tried it and it's great! Even better, if you're needing to add charcoal after cooking, you can get another can started and add it to the fire. I bought a nice Weber chimney - it's a bit bigger than the small ones they sell at HEB and Academy and has a second handle to help when emptying it into the grill.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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You can't go wrong with a Weber. I have a small Smokey Joe over 20 years old and it is none the worse for wear. We also have a Weber gas grill going on 6 years old and it is awesome.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...And don't sleep on your crockpot for cooking meats, either...
Hmm...
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Weber kettle grills are efficient and provide a large grilling surface.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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I only use a chimney to light my charcoal. Don't use lighter fluid with a chimney. I crumple paper and put it under the chimney and light it - sometimes it takes 2-3 tries to get the charcoal going. Sometimes I put a firestarter chunk under the chimney - that always works. The chimney is much cleaner and there isn't any chance of getting that lighter fluid taste in your food.
Well, learn something new everyday. How cool is this? I love the idea, as I hate to get that taste of lighter fluid that happens at times. Thanks to gguerra for posting about this and thanks to you and Moonlady for answering my question about it.

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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Another vote here for a Weber grill. Weber has all sizes and the small ones are just as fantastic as the large ones. We also use the chimney starter and it is wonderful! We have one that has a little door at the bottom for each clean up of ashes. Easy peasy!

Just say NO to lighter fluid! After years of using a gas grill we are back with charcoal and loving it! Good luck and good health to your hubby!
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:32 AM
 
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If its something you will be bringing in and out of the house when needed i like the Coleman portable stove like this one.=
Coleman - Coleman
Light weight,easy to use and in my case folds up and is stored under the kitchen sink.

Another device i use on occasion although not a grille is a stove top smoker ,this one.
The Original Stovetop Smoker
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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You can't go wrong with a Weber. I have a small Smokey Joe over 20 years old and it is none the worse for wear. We also have a Weber gas grill going on 6 years old and it is awesome.
I'll third the Smokey Joe... the one I have is over 10 years old and works like new, plus, its small enough you can pick it up and move it around even while grilling.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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This is shaped like a Weber but built like a kiln. Very pricey too!





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Old 07-05-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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We bought a small charcoal grill at Wal-Mart recently....DON'T BUY ONE! It has a ceramic-coated grill, and the ceramic was flaking off. The pieces were sharp...my hubby got a piece in his hand while he was putting it together. I took it to the shower and washed it and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed and the pieces just kept coming off.

We took it back. Hope they take it off the shelves, it's a hazard. We told them what was wrong.

It didn't have a brand name....it was square shaped, black, and had the ceramic-coated grill, as I said. Seems like the box said something about "Family". It was $39 and some cents.....whatever they're using at WM now. .88? .87? Who knows....all I know is it's another dollar in my mind.
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