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04-01-2019 09:38 AM
ffishman I bought some from Menards. Looks like ground up compressed wood. Started just fine and no odor or smell. Next trip to Menards, I will have to pick up some more.
04-01-2019 09:21 AM
Ricky Spanish
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I bought some thing they call starter cubes. Never used them before, so it will be interesting to see how they work. Claims to out 2 or 3 under the chimney and in 15-20 minutes, the coals will be good to go.
They work but smell like lighter fluid. If you're using a chimney, just one cube will usually get it done. I'm going back to the wax and sawdust type when I finish the pack. Cheaper and no stink.

About 1/3 or 1/2 of these cheap things are what I've used for years. Rather than putting them under the chimney, I put them at the bottom of the coal side of the chimney and pour the coals over them. Light from below with a propane torch. You can find them in every camping section.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cogh...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
04-01-2019 05:08 AM
Bobby Winds
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Kinda need to plug those in. Extension cord kind of makes them a PITA. Especially when some distance is involved
Not when I'm on my deck cooking with one of my charcoal / wood grills (4 grills, only one is gas) and I installed a plug right close to where I need it. EASY PEASY . . .
03-31-2019 11:22 PM
DW
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Looking around, it appears Weber is the way to go. Every where I look the price is the same, 165.
Consider a Weber smoker. Have smoker capability, or reduce it to a basic Weber kettle type grill. Two in one and many possibilities!
03-31-2019 09:03 PM
3M TA3
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Thatís a great way to start your charcoal, but for those who donít have that feature a electric starter for about 12 minutes is the way to go and can usually be purchased for about $10....see here, many to choose from....
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=electrica...l_7xyokpgei5_e
Kinda need to plug those in. Extension cord kind of makes them a PITA. Especially when some distance is involved
03-31-2019 08:57 PM
3M TA3
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Originally Posted by Ricky Spanish View Post
It may go without saying, but a probe thermometer is a must if you are not sure when something is done to your liking. I have several, but like this one the best:

https://buythermopro.com/product/the...t-thermometer/

One probe clipped to the grate to monitor pit temp and the other in the food. No need to look or wonder what's going on inside.
ThermoPro is a great thermometer. I have several different ones and I find myself, when cooking or smoking on the grill, using the remote dual reading unit. It"s spoiled me.
03-29-2019 05:59 PM
bfish Fatties are always good. Beer can chicken is regular fixture on my grill too.
03-29-2019 04:37 PM
ffishman Broke in the new Weber. Made some Italian sausages and the wife got a super fresh loaf of french bread. Man, that was some good sandwiches. What to make next????
03-22-2019 02:36 PM
ffishman I bought some thing they call starter cubes. Never used them before, so it will be interesting to see how they work. Claims to out 2 or 3 under the chimney and in 15-20 minutes, the coals will be good to go.
03-22-2019 11:02 AM
Bobby Winds
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Years ago I purchased a very high end gas grill that cost a lot. Within 3 years I had to start replacing all kinds of parts which was very disappointing. Then I came across what I think was the first Weber Performer and since I prefer charcoal I purchased one. The originals are a bit different than the newer models, it has a stainless steel top and uses a 5 pound propane tank. Also I think the charcoal storage basket is better protected from the elements.

Believe I've had this grill well over 20 years and have never covered it even in the winter. I live on a canal and the spiders are huge and when I use to cover the old grill the spiders just loved getting in there. In addition to the top being stainless steel I think the cart is aluminum, never rusts. Maintenance on this thing is great, I did some touch up painting on the cart due to a little bit of fading from the sun. Replaced the grills a few times, painted the small propane tank once and have it inspected as required.

About 5 years ago I noticed a chip in the kettle and a bit of rust and was really worried that I might not be able to order a new kettle that fit. Called Weber and they were great, the Rep said they have replacement kettles that fit perfectly. Think is was something like $100 to make this thing like new.

What I really like is using the propane to start the charcoal, no charcoal lighter fluid. Stack up the charcoal, turn on the propane for 5 minutes or so and turn it off. Takes about 25 to 30 minutes and ready to BBQ on charcoal that doesn't have a hint of lighter fluid.
Thatís a great way to start your charcoal, but for those who donít have that feature a electric starter for about 12 minutes is the way to go and can usually be purchased for about $10....see here, many to choose from....
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=electrica...l_7xyokpgei5_e
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