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Old 07-05-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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Sometimes I put a firestarter chunk under the chimney - that always works.
What are firestarter chunks made of? I'm thinking there might be chemicals or lighter fluid in that. Would it all be burned away by the time you started cooking? Are they labeled as safe for food?

I've seen those chimneys used on cooking shows. It always seemed to me that you would have to crumple the newspaper pretty tightly and sort of pack it in to get enough to sustain a fire long enough to light the coals.

I absolutely love smoked & grilled foods, but it is just absolutely too much trouble for me. Hubby is no grillmeister either. Probably we're doing it all wrong and making it harder than it should be.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:47 PM
 
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We have a Weber Q series portable propane grill for tailgating. It uses the small propane torch gas cylinders, and not the bigger tanks. It does a fantastic job - heats quickly and sears the meat nicely.

Have no experience with the Char Broil. The Q series are also available in electric if that's the way you want to go.

I've got a Q, too! Very reliable and if you want you can get an adaptor to use the big propane tanks.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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What are firestarter chunks made of? I'm thinking there might be chemicals or lighter fluid in that...
The ones I use are also known as fatwood - all natural. There are also starter chunks made of wax-impregnated wood fiber.
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...I've seen those chimneys used on cooking shows. It always seemed to me that you would have to crumple the newspaper pretty tightly and sort of pack it in to get enough to sustain a fire long enough to light the coals...
Pack it tightly and you'll have a smoky mess. Loosely packed works best because you need good airflow.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:37 PM
 
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The coals are a good distance from the meat and the dome allows for thicker meats like a 1/2 chicken


Weber Smokey Joe - Grillin' BBQ Pork Chops - YouTube
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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I am by no means a BBQ gourmet or experienced griller. But my husband is under doctor's orders to eat more meat - that means meat or eggs at every meal and snack. He has a very small appetite, so it is hard to get it down him. So even though I'm not a meat lover (though not a vegetarian, either) I have to change my ways and cook lots of protein. So one thing I am thinking about is buying some kind of grill. We have a small deck, and there are only two of us, so I am thinking small. I also need something easy. I noticed the Char-Broil Patio Bistro grill. I am concerned about carrying the full sized, full propane tank on this, but I suppose I could buy a smaller capacity tank. Does anyone have recommendations or thoughts on small scale, amature, easy grilling. (I know Texans can be fanatical about the perfect grill, making the perfect brisket, but I am not aiming that high.)
I'd suggest you consider this

_Gourmet Charcoal Smoker & Grill (852-7080-0) | Brinkmann

I've had mine for almost twenty years !

It's a Grill, It's a Smoker and a Steamer too

The possibilities for more protein are endless

I'll buy a chuck roast and cut it into thin strips then put them into a zip loc bag
add some Worcester, Soy sauce a couple drops of liquid smoke fresh ground black
pepper and garlic powder. let it sit for at least a day. I run a tooth pick through one end
that I've soaked in water then hang from the upper grate
at a pre heated temp of 200 to 250 until it's done mine usually take about four
to six hours.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:39 PM
 
Location: CO
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I've got a Q, too! Very reliable and if you want you can get an adaptor to use the big propane tanks.
Another vote for the Weber Q grill. I love mine, am scared of big propane tanks (not to mention lifting them) and love the small easy-to-use propane cylinder. I've had the grill for several years and it is perfect for smaller meals.

I also love my George Foreman for inside "grilling."
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:43 PM
 
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Another vote for the Weber Q grill. I love mine, am scared of big propane tanks (not to mention lifting them) and love the small easy-to-use propane cylinder. I've had the grill for several years and it is perfect for smaller meals.

I also love my George Foreman for inside "grilling."


They have 'em on stands for outdoor use, too.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:56 PM
 
Location: McAllen, 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.
I know the recommendations say to not use lighter fluid but what I do is wet the newspaper with a small amount of lighter fluid. I don't use lighter fluid on the charcoal itself and this works every time. Make sure to use a glove of some kind when emptying the chimney.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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We start coal in a chimney ALL the time, no lighter fluid, just crumpled newspaper.
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:54 PM
 
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The ones I use are also known as fatwood - all natural. There are also starter chunks made of wax-impregnated wood fiber.

Pack it tightly and you'll have a smoky mess. Loosely packed works best because you need good airflow.
Ah, I see. Thanks for the info!
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