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Old 04-23-2014, 12:31 PM   #31
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I couldn't agree more. Grill, smoke, roast, indirect, sear. So versatile. I too always say if I could only own one cooker it'd be a kettle hands down. When I'm standing there flippin burgers on my early 70's Red Head, the feeling I get, well it just don't get any more American than that!
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:04 PM   #32
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Weber kettles, sliced bread and night baseball..in that order, mho.:-d
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:17 PM   #33
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I've cooked everything I grill or smoke on a kettle for over 30 years. Everything else, I cook on my second kettle. Never cooked anything over 20 lbs, though.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:34 PM   #34
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Kettles are awesome~!

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Old 04-23-2014, 09:07 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Grain Belt View Post
Tonight I cooked up some 2 inch thick prime sirloin steaks with new red potatoes, and a cast iron skillet of garlic mushrooms, all on my old standby, a '98 green Weber Mastertouch kettle.

I was thinking to myself, I could recreate this meal at so many places I like to spend time. There are kettles at my dad's place, at two hunting camps I frequent, at my sister's, and at several of my friends house. I also have a jumbo joe when the need arises on vacation.

If I have a bag of Kingsford, a handful of apple wood chunks, and an 18 1/2 or 22 1/2 inch Weber kettle in the area, I can cook most of the things I can think of.

I love kettles. They are so versatile.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:36 PM   #36
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I remember my dad grilling on a Weber when I was a kid. We still have that same Weber at the ranch. I think it is a 1985 Weber. I now have multiple Webers and use them weekly.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:08 PM   #37
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I have a Weber OTG...22.5"...and I love it. There isn't a better grill to learn the basics of heat and smoke. I like to split the charcoal grate in half with a hickory split, lump on one side and a foil drip pan on the other; and use different woods on the lump for my smoke (the split always gives it some hickory). Then I just keep the exhaust vent over the meat so even though I'm cooking with indirect heat...the smoke has to travel right over what I'm cooking. Yep...love it!
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:23 PM   #38
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When I first found this site, I went out and bought a Weber 26. I learned how to smoke on it, control temps, fire, smoke, etc. I believe one should master the kettle before moving on to a bigger smoker. You just learn so much. I love my kettle and will keep it until the day I die. (I'd love to score a 70's era redhead someday - the grill, that is - ahh the nostalgia)
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:38 PM   #39
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I initially mainly used my kettle for grilling and just recently started smoking on it but wanted more capacity so went to an UDS. I do love my kettle/webers though. Got one in College which I gave to my roommates when I went into the military then in 29 stumps bought another weber and its been with me since, albeit banged up, dinged and wheels/legs modded so they stop falling. Controlling the temp for smoking was fun and now going to an uds it is so easy.
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:11 PM   #40
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I love my Weber kettles, and now love them even more since I got 18 and 22" round sets of GrillGrates! (and now a GrateGriddle!)

I probably use my BGE more just because it's on the deck though, sorry Weber!

In fact, just rescued one from someone's trash pile on the curb not long ago. Just need to replace the grates and the vent assy.
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:57 PM   #41
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Absolutely gotsta chime in on this thread. Without question, the single most versatile outdoor cooker is the Weber kettle. In fact, right now it's the only thing in my line-up. I'll never get rid of it.
The Line-up: 22.5 Weber OTS; 22.5 Weber WSM.
Gone but not forgotten: ECB (modded); New Braunfels Hondo stick burner.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:04 PM   #42
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After the failure of the hog roaster in the back on the trailer, which by the way had a 200 lb piggy on it, we quickly got ALL of kettles together and fired them up, cut up the pig into manageable (pieces that would fit) onto the kettles. Disaster averted thanks to somebody having a few kettles.
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