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midwest_kc 02-26-2020 03:44 PM

I live in the burbs, and grill/smoke in the driveway all the time. I literally don't remember the last time I did it in my backyard.

I don't have a covered area in the backyard, but I have a prep table set up with all my rubs and such in the garage, next to the garage door. My truck is always in the driveway, so I drag whatever I'm cooking with out onto the driveway between it and the garage door, and I can sit inside the garage if I need to stay out of the weather, while still being close to my prep area. It's a pretty ideal setup.

jstrand 02-26-2020 03:47 PM

Just to expand on my earlier post. I also cook out back on the deck where I have my Weber gasser, DC and SRG. Thing is it faces West and there is a large wetland so in winter the north wind really sucks so then I go out front.

So it just depends on the weather, what I'm cooking on and how much I'm cooking. Oh and whether I want to be social or antisocial that day.

WeberWho 02-26-2020 04:19 PM

I must have been 12 years old when I heard someone pounding at my parents door and yelling, "Call 911" at 2am. It was my parents neighbor and his house was on fire. He and his family were fortunate to get out of the house safely. Unfortunately their house burned down to the studs and pretty much lost everything.

It turned out the cause was from a flying ember from their kettle grill that got lodged in between their deck boards. It took hours before the fire really took hold. Long after they've gone to bed. They heard glass shatter and were woken. They thought someone was maybe trying to break in. Only to find out their whole back of their house was in flames.

I promised myself whenever I bought my house that I'd keep any grill off the deck. It almost scarred me when I was watching my neighbors watch their house burn down. Almost seemed surreal.

I can't tell you how many times I wish I could walk six feet from my kitchen to my deck and use my grill. Instead I have to walk through the living room, down a flight of stairs, through the garage, to get to my driveway. A complete pain. Than I picture myself watching my house burn down and all I needed to do was walk through the living room, down a flight of stairs, through the garage, to get to my driveway.

So I'm a weird grill/smoker driveway guy...

Nuco59 02-26-2020 05:43 PM

Like a lot of folk, my house has a front entry garage- my several cookers live in the garage.
Could I haul it to the back to cook- and then hauling the cooker back to the front to store it?
I could and I have- but 99 % of the time it's on the drive way.

A fella who has easily offended neighbors might need better neighbors.

food4thot 02-26-2020 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by midwest_kc (Post 4276289)
I live in the burbs, and grill/smoke in the driveway all the time. I literally don't remember the last time I did it in my backyard.

I don't have a covered area in the backyard, but I have a prep table set up with all my rubs and such in the garage, next to the garage door. My truck is always in the driveway, so I drag whatever I'm cooking with out onto the driveway between it and the garage door, and I can sit inside the garage if I need to stay out of the weather, while still being close to my prep area. It's a pretty ideal setup.

Your setup sounds similar to mine.

Have a 2-car garage with two garage doors. Can keep one open during cooks and the other one closed to hide my array of random stuff on that side.

Built a bar back in college for use in the dorm. Designed to be multi-functional. Served as a desk and allowed us to put the two university issued desks in storage, saving room space. Built it to also hold stereo components (large and heavy back-in-the-day). Looked pretty cool and got favorable comments from weekend visitors. Designed to be movable. Was very sturdy yet could break it down with a screwdriver and wrench/ratchet.

Bar is over 40 years old and been re-erected four times. Never thought I'd have it this long but it's now in my garage with a TV and laptop sitting on it...whilst the heavenly smell of cherry or pecan emanate from the cooker in the driveway.

Smoker34 02-26-2020 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Jrogers84 (Post 4276123)
"Detroit style" house have a large front porch that is raised but 4-6 steps. Its 100% common in the area to have furniture and a grill on those.

"Detroit Bungalows were typically built in the Craftsman architectural style. They are typically 1-1/2 stories, with sweeping low pitched gabled or hipped roofs that extend over a front porch that matches the width of the home."

FYI I dont think you offended anyone but im sure you managed to get a few people to form an opinion on yourself.

Well, somehow and for some reason, my question elicited some snarky replies rather quickly, and although I don't see why those were necessary based on my original question, I apologize for whatever I did that made them do that. I still don't understand why an honest question started that. I've been on this earth for 50+ years, in many different environments and I've never seen anyone grilling, barbecuing, sitting on lawn furniture or lying in a hammock in front of a house anywhere except in photos or videos on the internet. And thus, my question because until a few here legitimately answered me, I couldn't think of why anyone would do that and why the neighbors wouldn't complain.

SMOKE FREAK 02-26-2020 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by jstrand (Post 4275917)
Cook out front with my kettle and my Copperhead. Main reason is they are both kept in the garage. But it's nice to hang out and watch the neighborhood go by while drinking beer and my neighbors will generally swing over to chat and have beer with me.


In my town I'd end up in jail for that.
I'll stay in the back yard with the privacy fence...

SirPorkaLot 02-26-2020 07:58 PM

Curious: Front Yard/Driveway Cooking
 
Youíre obviously not from where BBQ is part of the heritage.

Church parking lots, baseball fields, empty lots, driveways, front yards, back yards, side of the road.

Anywhere and everywhere you can bbq they bbq and to be honest, no one really cares what the neighbors think, because they are likely right beside you drinking a beer.

BBQ is about community in the south.

Happy Hapgood 02-26-2020 08:26 PM

I have a covered patio just a few steps from the kitchen right out the Den door. The patio is concrete. Keep all my cookers in the back. Back when I Cajun fried turkeys every Thanksgiving and Christmas if it was raining heavy I'd set up in the side entrance garage. Have the option of both. Wherever I can set up is fine and neighbors don't mind.

drunkenmeatfist 02-26-2020 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Smoker34 (Post 4276407)
Well, somehow and for some reason, my question elicited some snarky replies rather quickly, and although I don't see why those were necessary based on my original question, I apologize for whatever I did that made them do that. I still don't understand why an honest question started that. I've been on this earth for 50+ years, in many different environments and I've never seen anyone grilling, barbecuing, sitting on lawn furniture or lying in a hammock in front of a house anywhere except in photos or videos on the internet. And thus, my question because until a few here legitimately answered me, I couldn't think of why anyone would do that and why the neighbors wouldn't complain.

In one of your replies you implied that cooking in the front yard means you have a vehicle on blocks nearby. Seems like you weren't just asking an innocent question without expecting snarky responses.

Smoker34 02-26-2020 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by drunkenmeatfist (Post 4276420)
In one of your replies you implied that cooking in the front yard means you have a vehicle on blocks nearby. Seems like you weren't just asking an innocent question without expecting snarky responses.

Nope. That was my snarky response to a snarky response. My original question was from curiosity and it sure struck an immediate nerve with some, but not most, here. I made that comment only after there was snarky pushback. I’m done with this. Happy barbecuing, grilling and lounging in your front yards. Just please don’t do it in my neighborhood.

drunkenmeatfist 02-26-2020 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Smoker34 (Post 4276430)
Nope. That was my snarky response to a snarky response. My original question was from curiosity and it sure struck an immediate nerve with some, but not most, here. I made that comment only after there was snarky pushback. Iím done with this. Happy barbecuing, grilling and lounging in your front yards. Just please donít do it in my neighborhood.

i'm really not invested in this issue. I do my cooking in my backyard. It is clear that you look down on people that don't do the same though. Really weird, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion I guess.

Bacchus2b 02-26-2020 09:31 PM

All of my smokers are in my backyard except for my LSG Large IVS because I ran out of patio space, so it stays in my garage.

I live in a safe neighborhood but still get a little paranoid with overnight IVS cooks that someone will drive by at 2:00 am, see the smoker, and try to steal it. Not that moving almost 1,000 pounds of hot steel in the middle of the night is easy, but you never know! I block the driveway off with one of my cars at night because I know the IVS is not rolling through the grass!

That being said, I like the privacy of my backyard...

Jason TQ 02-26-2020 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Smoker34 (Post 4276430)
Nope. That was my snarky response to a snarky response. My original question was from curiosity and it sure struck an immediate nerve with some, but not most, here. I made that comment only after there was snarky pushback. I’m done with this. Happy barbecuing, grilling and lounging in your front yards. Just please don’t do it in my neighborhood.

I'm guessing you don't see how you called yourself out with these 2 very different sentences, lol. Would have been better to just man up and say what you really wanted that first post.

But yes, so innocent and curious
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PatAttack 02-27-2020 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Smoker34 (Post 4275933)
Nothing, as long as you place them near the car on cinder blocks.

So, you HAVE been by my house!??


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