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Unread 05-26-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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I am torn between which grill to purchase....any suggestions from anyone is appreciated. I am convinced it has to be a 5 foot, very portable unit.
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Talk to TQ. He builds custom pits. He does really good work. He is a member here. He usually posts in Qtalk. His username is Tuscaloosa Q
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Yoder has a 24"x48" charcoal grill. I know it's not 5', but they are a custom pit company, they may be able to make one.

http://www.yodersmokers.com/charcoal24x48.html
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Yoder has a 24"x48" charcoal grill. I know it's not 5', but they are a custom pit company, they may be able to make one.

http://www.yodersmokers.com/charcoal24x48.html
wow are those nice. I would love to have one of those, but I am thinking it better be more portable. I set up most of the time by myself for events. I don't like to make my helpers(family) work the 12-14 hour days I do for events. I need something I can set up and be ready in a few minutes. kinda like this:

http://www.equippers.com//Adcraft-St...-60W/CG-60.asp

I just wonder if these things hold up like a yoder.....doubt it
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SAMs club has a 8 burner event grill that fols flat. Real nice for catering large amounts
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I own one of these:

http://www.acemart.com/prod6123.html...FQyg4AodHS8AKg

and it's sturdy as hell and works fine. I find only two problems with it: moving the grill to add more charcoal is a bit of an unwieldy operation, and while the unit is easily movable when the wheels are on it (and the wheels do go on and off easily, btw), I have a small truck and need to take the wheels off to load the grill into the cargo space, once the wheels are off, the weight of the thing makes loading and unloading it difficult for one person.
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I own one of these:

http://www.acemart.com/prod6123.html...FQyg4AodHS8AKg

and it's sturdy as hell and works fine. I find only two problems with it: moving the grill to add more charcoal is a bit of an unwieldy operation, and while the unit is easily movable when the wheels are on it (and the wheels do go on and off easily, btw), I have a small truck and need to take the wheels off to load the grill into the cargo space, once the wheels are off, the weight of the thing makes loading and unloading it difficult for one person.
I was hoping someone would have something like yours...thanks for the honest review. I hate to waste money on something that is going to tear my back up setting up. They do look like very nice grills though.
I also saw this model, but I'm worried about longevity.

http://www.akitchen.com/store/RMC-be...FegWMgodwGUAwQ
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wow are those nice. I would love to have one of those, but I am thinking it better be more portable. I set up most of the time by myself for events. I don't like to make my helpers(family) work the 12-14 hour days I do for events. I need something I can set up and be ready in a few minutes. kinda like this:

http://www.equippers.com//Adcraft-St...-60W/CG-60.asp

I just wonder if these things hold up like a yoder.....doubt it
If you want it easier to move I'm sure they could modify it and put pneumatic wheels on it like the comp carts (the charcoal grill doesn't have a comp cart option that I am aware of), those wheels make their cookers very easy to move around. Or they do have this option...







If you did a 5' grill I imagine it would go parallel with the trailer like their smokers, not perpendicular like above, but that's just a guess.
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SAMs club has a 8 burner event grill that fols flat. Real nice for catering large amounts
those seem like a bargain....thanks. I may end up doing it, but I would love to do charcoal.
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I am torn between which grill to purchase....any suggestions from anyone is appreciated. I am convinced it has to be a 5 foot, very portable unit.
How are you using it?

steaks, hamburgers,hot dogs, re-heats?
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How are you using it?

steaks, hamburgers,hot dogs, re-heats?
Finishing chicken mainly...some steaks, kabobs. But everyone wants chicken, chicken chicken. It's Luke a recurring nightmare, 200 thighs and drums seared on my little barrel grill.
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Meadowcreek makes some, I didn't realize how expensive grills were, lol
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Meadowcreek makes some, I didn't realize how expensive grills were, lol
I hear ya....they are not cheap. The meadow creeks are well built tanks! 12 gauge plate. It seems any job over 100 plate is worth the added grill space. I wish I would have known when I built the pit, I would have added a char griller
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If you want something commercial grade that will take the abuse and last, check out
http://www.crownverity.com/products/...al-grill-BM-60

They became a sponsor of mine after I had bought their largest propane grill for the parties I throw. Everything they make is commercial grade. They aren't the cheapest out there, but the quality is worth the price if you want serious cooking equipment.

If you are interested I can hook you up with a decent discount, like 35%, from the US sales manager who I work with as my contact at the company, just pm me with your contact info.
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I was hoping someone would have something like yours...thanks for the honest review. I hate to waste money on something that is going to tear my back up setting up. They do look like very nice grills though.
I also saw this model, but I'm worried about longevity.

http://www.akitchen.com/store/RMC-be...FegWMgodwGUAwQ
I would want to see that close up before I invested in it. I get a little dubious about things with too many bells and whistles.

You might try looking at used restaurant equipment resellers. I actually got mine from a friend who is something of a "picker". He found 2 of them somewhere and sold them both to me for $350. I sold the other one for $250. The price falls a lot once they're used, and a can of Rustoleum hi-temp paint covers many sins.
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