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Old 06-12-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Looking for a kettle to compliment my BGE....

I recently *made* a friend buy a one touch silver (actually technically, I took his credit card, told him i was using it to buy him a proper grill, and went to walmart and bought it), and i was so impressed with how good it cooked that I want a kettle of my own. I bought him a chimney, a bag of kingsford (no royal oak at this walmart), a bag of hickory chips, and a cryo of spare ribs (gotta love super walmarts for one stop shopping, wish we had one near me).

The ribs that came off this silly little $89 kettle were perfect in every way, I would have been proud to have served them from my BGE or some high end competition rig.

So, my question is. Which one should I look for? The performer seems nice, theres one in my area on CL for $50 in good condition. The gas light seems nice i guess, but gimmicky.

the one touch silvers are as simple as they come, but with no thermometer it's all a "feel" thing...theres one for sale with a chimney and a bag of charcoal for $29 used one season.

THeres also some new in boxes 22.5" one touches i can get for around $60.

any thoughts/suggestions?
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:36 PM   #2
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For me, hands down the Performer. If it is as built, it will have a dome thermometer and the the hinged grate. The cart is also handy as a workspace.
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:42 PM   #3
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I 2nd the performer. If you can get one for $50 off of craigslist thats a steel. I bought mine for $100 and love it. Having the table space and the gas start is a very nice addition.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:01 PM   #4
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I've got the silver (thanks to Ashmont) he threw on the hinged grate, and I plan on using my turkey fryer thermo for the dome.

I agree with the other guys though, if it's 50 bucks for the Performer, it's a bargain right there.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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the performers seem to be the prefered setup but i would suggest getting a silver also. you know, just in case ya gotta cook at a tailgate party, etc.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:14 AM   #6
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I got a performer off of CL Portland yesterday (despite the fact that I had knee surgery that morning) for $125. It was the older model with the SS top. I used it first time tonight, and i love it. I had been using gas forever, but never again (other than the charcoal lighter in the Perf.).
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:22 AM   #7
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I went with the basic models. I got a 3 wheeler for $15 and a OTS for $25. As for thermometers, I bought cheap ones at HD for less than $10 and mounted them my self. They work great.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:27 AM   #8
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The obvious answer is buy them both. I have both a performer and a OTS.
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:06 AM   #9
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For $50 the Performer is by far and away the best deal, even if you don't use the gas igniter. I've had mine for a year now and I still haven't tested the igniter on it...
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:54 AM   #10
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The obvious answer is buy them both. I have both a performer and a OTS.

Yes, just buy them all...


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Old 06-13-2010, 07:07 AM   #11
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:12 AM   #12
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As a new performer user (Craigslist find) I say get the performer. I have had a weber gold for a while and love it too. Either one is great in my book. I have never had a weber silver, I like the enclosed ash tray, I cook on a wood deck, it just seems like the silver would get ashes everywhere.

I use the propane ignition, let it run for 5 minutes and shut it off. Works great. You do have to mess around with the coals once or twice, but I do that even when I use the chimney starter.

The thermometer in the lid is great too. After a long time of not having it, I really like having it now.

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Old 06-13-2010, 08:31 AM   #13
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Both!...........just sayin'
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:19 AM   #14
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That"silly little $89. kettle" is $129. here.
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More is always better. He who dies with the most toys wins.

NO... He who dies with the most toys.... Dies, leaving his relatives to fight over who wins!
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