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Unread 07-11-2013, 08:08 AM   #31
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I absolutely could not agree more. I had the chargriller with side firebox that I cut my teeth on for my house (we use an Ole Hickory for comps, parties, catering, etc.)

You're learning things the hard way on the Char Griller...I promise.

With my BGE XL, you'll feel like something is missing. No need to add fuel, very, very consistent temps. I'm not going to say set it and forget it...but compared to my old char, it darn near is.

In addition, and I know this is a smoker thread...you can do 550 to 700 degree pizza cooks, steak sears, etc., on a ceramic.

I say get what you can afford... there is certainly nothing wrong with a WSM either.


But having a ceramic, I'll never go back to anything else for smoking at home.
I like the old chargriller and its done well for me so far as I've been learning over the past three years. My wife actually started the addiction. She bought the chargriller at Krogers for $75.00. I know it uses a ton of charcoal (royal oak). It takes about twelve pounds of lump charcoal plus wood in the summer and double that in the winter to do a Pork Butt at 225 degrees!
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Unread 07-11-2013, 08:24 AM   #32
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I like the old chargriller and its done well for me so far as I've been learning over the past three years. My wife actually started the addiction. She bought the chargriller at Krogers for $75.00. I know it uses a ton of charcoal (royal oak). It takes about twelve pounds of lump charcoal plus wood in the summer and double that in the winter to do a Pork Butt at 225 degrees!
Loved mine too... But compare 12 lbs to about 3lbs maybe, no adding later...and maybe touching the vents 3-4 times over a 12 to 14 hour cook...

I honestly feel it was like cheating...LOL.

However, I did love the cooking surface area, gotta love cast iron grates, and the ability to lower/raise the coals if you used the main charcoal basket for steaks, chicken, dogs...etc.

Between my Egg, Gasser and my Weber OTG, my Char Griller was ignored and it was sold to a BBQ/Smoking newbie for him to experience it from the beginning. It went to a good home...:)
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Unread 07-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #33
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I'm actually having a custom pit built mostly because I want to do some catering and comps but I'll have to say that even if all I wanted to do is cook in the back yard for the rest of my life I would still want a quality pit. It's kinda like the golfer who plays for years with Wilson clubs from the local sporting goods store and then has a chance to sample Callaways or Pings. He's simply applying the playing experience that he's accumulated over the years to a much better piece of equipment but the difference in quality can be astonishing. I have been cooking on a NB offset for about 18 years and I can make pretty good Q on it but I've had the opportunity to cook on custom pits off and on and the difference is really night and day. After struggling for years with thin steel, poorly fitted doors and a design that had to be modified in order to even work properly, the first time I cooked on a pit that had some real thermal mass, was well sealed and had a good working design I was amazed at how much easier cooking became. Q is a passion for most of us and I think that with only one shot at this life we should do the things that make us happy and get the most out of those things as we can. Some guys golf, some guys ride motorcycles, some guys hunt and fish a lot but we love to cook and we owe it to ourselves to have the best experience that we can with what we're passionate about. One thing that I learned from my Dad's early death was that you just never know when there will be no tomorrow and you have to live NOW, so why shortchange yourself? Even though my new pit will cost 10 times what my cheap offset cost, I know that it will be 10 times easier to use and it will have about 50 times more cooking capacity and efficiency! So to sum up, save your money, no matter how long it takes and get what you want. You've worked hard in life to provide for others and over paid on federal taxes all of your life, so you owe it to yourself to have something that makes YOU happy. If you get the chance, PULL THAT TRIGGER!
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