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Old 03-12-2019, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default LODGE SPORTSMAN VS WEBER GO-ANYWHERE: PROS AND CONS Looking for input.

I've been wanting to get a Lodge Sportsman just for kicks to mess around with one but the more I weight the pros and cons I end up talking myself out of it.

I put together a post hashing out what I percieve to be the differences. I already own a couple of Weber Go-Anywheres. Can anyone that owns or has used a Lodge Sportsman read my pros vs cons and tell me if I have it right or how you would change this post?

https://northeastbbq.com/2019/03/12/...pros-and-cons/

I'll add your comments to my post and credit you of course. If you have any pics or tips to cooking with the Lodge Sportsman I'm all ears.

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Old 03-12-2019, 03:02 PM   #2
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I will join in if I may.
I have never cooked on a Lodge Sportsman but I have cooked on a cast Hibachi that was very similar.
While it was a great Grill, thats all it was.
The Go anywhere is much more versatile, if you want grill marks just cut a Cast grill down to fit it. same outcome, not anywhere near as heavy.
The go anywhere can be used as a great little oven and you can use different heat Zones
Search Phubars posts if your inclined

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Old 03-12-2019, 03:32 PM   #3
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I have considered getting a Sportsman for traveling and camping. I think it would be fabulous to have a Sportsman, particularly for my use as a kabob, or quick sear grill at the table top. Maybe also for cooking with a skillet? IMnotalwaysHO, the Lodge would last longer than the Weber given the material, even with minimal use. But, versatility is limited for sure. It would be nice to have the ability to cover and cook things like Titch is doing! And you didn't mention in your article that after you dump hot coals safely, you still have to let ithe Lodge cool down enough to transport. If you are going to pick one, you made the right choice with the Weber.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:10 PM   #4
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I'm with Titch, the WGA is way more versatile, cheaper, lighter, and I am guessing way less maintenance, but I have not actually used the Lodge.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:25 PM   #5
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I looked at both the Sportsman and WGA, the WGA won out for it's versatility, larger cooking area and being easier to pack up.






Lodge Griddle on top of the WGA, Blackened Shrimp and Scallops.





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Old 03-12-2019, 04:41 PM   #6
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I have both and Weber Go Anywhere is the better grill. Like Titch said, the Lodge is basically cast iron Hibachi grill while Weber Go Anywhere is both grill and smoker. The lid really makes a big difference. The only advantage for the Lodge is it can put better sear marks on the meat and you can put bigger pots and pan on top of the grate since it's elevated and the cast iron can easily support the heavy weight.
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Bye the way, I enjoyed your article
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:10 PM   #8
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I had the Sportsman, once I got a WGA I sold the Sportsman. Just prefered the GA and it was time to thin the herd
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WGA all day long. Versatile as heck. List goes on from...

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Old 03-13-2019, 02:33 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for their comments. It confirms my suspicions. I too am a huge fan of the CGA. Writing the blog post without actually having owned the Sportsman I was looking to see if there was anything off base about my observations.

Much appreciated, especially the comments from Sportsman owners/former owners.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:19 AM   #11
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Only-Fire now makes a rotisserie kit for the WGA grill and for me makes this grill a no-brainer.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:07 AM   #12
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Default LODGE SPORTSMAN VS WEBER GO-ANYWHERE: PROS AND CONS Looking for input.

The Sportsman just have a cool factor that the wimpy WGA does not have. With the WGA, it’s just a fold up grill to me. I can get a similar functioning one at Walmart. But a cast iron searing hibachi machine? Sportsman all the way.

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Old 03-13-2019, 08:07 AM   #13
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I have both, the lodge is a great grill but the WGA is also and has the advantages of a lid among other things. I've seen Phu cook 5 star meals on his!

No need to resort to calling it wimpy if you don't like it.
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Old 03-13-2019, 12:52 PM   #14
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I bought the CGA for yakitori and kushiyaki type grilling. It works great for that and it’s relatively inexpensive yet very well built, versital and nearly maintenance free. If you want a good sear other than what the fire provides one can use CI or grillgrates. I was looking for a riser and noticed the Onlyfire rotisserie kit. Old Dave do you have a review for this?
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Old 03-13-2019, 01:02 PM   #15
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I bought the CGA for yakitori and kushiyaki type grilling. It works great for that and it’s relatively inexpensive yet very well built, versital and nearly maintenance free. If you want a good sear other than what the fire provides one can use CI or grillgrates. I was looking for a riser and noticed the Onlyfire rotisserie kit. Old Dave do you have a review for this?
I don't own one yet but will probably purchase one in the near future. Will put something up when I have the in formation.
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