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Old 09-04-11, 09:21 PM
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Paging Tom Stomcrowe... BBQ advice

My old Weber Touch-n-Go grill has seen better days. It's coming up on 12 years old and has survived (more or less) 4 Navy moves and a hellacious windstorm (sort of) and I'm going to retire it when I move again to what will, hopefully, be our final move for a long time. And that will also be, hopefully, soon.

I like charcoal grilling, but also wouldn't mind the convenience of a gas grill for that last minute burger/dog dinner. When I searched for that, I found just a couple that offer both. One is a Char-broil, but they don't have all that good a rep. The other is this thing, which really has me intrigued. I can't find much about it online, so I figured I'd ask a grill-o-phile or two. Here's grill:



And here's a link describing it: http://www.olp-inc.com/smoke-hollow-wagons.php#

Know anything about this company? I've never heard of them before. Thoughts on the grill?

Anyone else who has info on the company or this grill, feel free to chime in, too!
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Old 09-04-11, 09:53 PM
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I don't care what Tom says ... that's one bad-ass grill. I say go for it. You can't lose. Even if it doesn't work well, you can leave it in the yard as eye candy.
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I have a Char Griller double barrell from Home Depot. Gas one side, charcoal the other and a smaller side gas burner. It has good components and nice easily removable grates for cleaning. It's been through two season of a guy who BBQ's damn near all summer with no problems. Probably had 500 lbs of salmon and halibut through it so far.
Love my grill so far.
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Sometimes, simple things that do the job well is better than something that tries to do too many things. What do you think of another Weber and a good smoker?
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Doesn't look like it comes in a natural gas model only propane and also don't see any metion on a stainless steel finish, therefore no matter how nice it is I'm not interested .
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
Sometimes, simple things that do the job well is better than something that tries to do too many things. What do you think of another Weber and a good smoker?
It's definitely a consideration! My Weber has been a great grill and I have not heard that their quality has declined in the past 10 years, so the going in position has always been to get another Touch-n-Go. That said, there are times where having the convenience of the gas grill would be nice. The smoker part is just a bonus as my wife makes killer ribs, but in the oven... I'd love to put them in a smoker for the afternoon for her instead, then a quick sear on the sear burner. Mmmmmm!

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Doesn't look like it comes in a natural gas model only propane and also don't see any metion on a stainless steel finish, therefore no matter how nice it is I'm not interested .
Funny, I prefer a black grill over what, to me, are the "hoity toity" stainless grills! But, to each their own. As for natural gas, I don't know if you can add a converter or not; that's a good question that I'll have to try and track down if I decide to go with this thing.
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Gotta go with....



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oh yeah!!!
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The problem with the black ones is that here on the we't coast they rust the hoity-toity stainless don't.
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You know what is hard to beat? Pork steak sprinkled with lots of salt and pepper then grilled over glowing campfire embers. Yum.
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Anything grilled over a campfire!
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Not sure what it says about quality or lack thereof, but they sell them at Sam's Club.
I use a chimney made from a coffee can, so my charcoal grill is going strong 10 minutes after I walk outside, that's fast enough for me.
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Personally, I use a medium sized Char Broil or a Brinkmann smoker. The Brinkmann has been more or less retired to grill service only. My Char Broil is excellent, though, and I'm happy with it.....extremely happy, actually!

As to fuel.....I use charcoal or wood only. Gas just doesn't give the flavor.
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Yeah, but they are $1300-$1500.00.
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By the way, sorry for the slow response, here, but I was out of town. I spent the weekend sailing and making Baby Back Ribs for 40. We had a big Labor Day Weekend party up at the lake.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
By the way, sorry for the slow response, here, but I was out of town. I spent the weekend sailing and making Baby Back Ribs for 40. We had a big Labor Day Weekend party up at the lake.
This is one time I'm glad there are no pictures, can't imagine what ribs for fourty would look like and don't want to.
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Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
The problem with the black ones is that here on the we't coast they rust the hoity-toity stainless don't.
Excellent point!

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Not sure what it says about quality or lack thereof, but they sell them at Sam's Club.
I use a chimney made from a coffee can, so my charcoal grill is going strong 10 minutes after I walk outside, that's fast enough for me.
I realize it's not a top-notch grill. I'm looking for something that - for $300ish - will work for what I need for some years. I know it's not an Egg or Kalamazoo or whatever, but for my purposes, I think it will work. That's why I asked the question... if it's obviously a piece of crap, I'll pass. If it's decent quality for what it is, it might be worth it for what I need.
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