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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:09 PM   #16
SurrealOne
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My first grill was a cheap square kettle grill. I made lots of awesome steak, burgers, dogs, and chicken on it. Unfortunately, my x-wife ran it over with my truck pulling in the garage one day. My first offset is the Char Broil gourmet I have now. Yeah, it's crap. I've ruined some good pork on it...but I've also made some killer ribs and redeemed myself in the pork butt category. I'm about to build a stick burner to replace this cheap one...so I can't wait.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #17
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first Grill: In 2000 my fiancé and now wife and I had just moved into an apartment and needed a little grill so I bought a Weber go-anywhere gasser. Never ruined anything on it but it's not that big so no real epic cooks but it has always been a faithful companion to many a camping and tailgating trips. I even replaced the the flavorizer grate on it and the igniter still even works.

2nd: A POS COS given to me by my Uncle that was moving out of state. He had never really used it much and I hade some great cooks and some epic fails. I did some research and tried a few mods but was never really happy with it. I was able to turn out some good pork buts, chickens, turkeys, and salmon. But every time I tried a brisket it was just an epic fail.

3rd: Weber Q100 wanted something a bit bigger than the go-anywhere for camping. I like it but man it runs HOT!! I have charred some stuff on that baby!!

4th: 2006 The wife and I bought a house and needed a patio grill so we bought a Weber Geneses Silver C. It has turned out many a fine steaks and your typical fare. I ruined a couple of nice porter houses on it due to a grease fire :-(

5th: 2013 found the Brethren and built a UDS and love it!! Everything that comes off there is awesome. I'm not a saucer or a looker so the UDS was a perfect match. And I finally nailed that brisket I was looking for!!

6th: Had to buy a Weber 22.5 OTS for the lid for my UDS, I love it too!!

A little long winded but that's my grill story!!
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:40 PM   #18
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just some cheap gasser long ago.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:51 PM   #19
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Got into grilling 3 years ago and bought a Weber 22.5 OTG. Shortly after caught the smoking bug and my kettle is still my main device. I also use a Mini WSM I put together a few weeks ago.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #20
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My first grill was very similar to this one. I liked that you could raise and lower the charcoal grate three diferent levels from the cooking grate.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 12:06 AM   #21
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Mine was the 2004 version of my Aussie Grill pictured below, it was Meco Grill though, and it was Red with a wood side-table...





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Unread 07-23-2013, 12:11 AM   #22
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A POS Brinkman bullet with no top vent. frustrating till my UDS!
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Unread 07-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #23
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Weber Kettle was my first grill, First smoker was a Brinkman, and I still have 2 of them that have been given to me since my very first one. My friends really didn't know how to use them, and really didn't want to hear me tell them what they were doing wrong with their coals.... So they dropped them off at my house after years of dust collection, and long after they had given up. I still use the old bullets, they work fine. The temp gauge sucks but with all the probes and temp stats out there you can manage anything.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 01:04 AM   #24
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My first grill was a Sunbeam charcoal grill given to me as a Father's Day gift back in 1998. The grill was similar to a Meco or Aussie grill with a square design and adjustable charcoal grate. It was a great grill for me at the time that lasted seven years before I gifted the grill to a couple of friends. Sometimes I miss it for nostalgic reasons.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 01:08 AM   #25
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My first grill was river rocks (yeh I know ) old piece of wire mesh and a piece of old kero tin as a lid.
Snags and Rissoles and the odd stolen chicken came up a treat
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Unread 07-23-2013, 05:18 AM   #26
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The first grill I ever purchased was a Weber Smokey Joe back in the mid eighties before I got married. Used to fire it up almost every weekend for brats, burgers, steaks, etc. Obviously not a lot of room, but I made it work for me and my buddies for many a year.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 05:37 AM   #27
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My first was a weber kettle then a WSM then a klose stick burner and now I have a Pitmaker safe. I still have a kettle and a gasser for when Im being lazy
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Unread 07-23-2013, 06:30 AM   #28
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First grill was a Weber silver 22. I had it for 25 years and used it probably every-other weekend. It didnt take much skill. I now have 2 Weber 22's; use them both.

My first smoker was a Brinkman Smoke-N-Grill bullet type smoker. I never learned to use it well, always ruined whatever I had on it, I ended up throwing it away after a few years of rusting in the corner...
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Unread 07-23-2013, 06:42 AM   #29
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I really don't remember. My dad let me take over grilling when I was around 10 or so when he let me grill a steak once. Must've been pretty good, because I started doing them routinely after that. Or, maybe grilling was interfering with his drinking time...

Some square boxy thing. My first purchase was a cast iron hibachi I had for years...
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Unread 07-23-2013, 06:43 AM   #30
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One of my first purchases after getting discharged from the army back in 1968 was a Portable Kitchen Cast Aluminium "Ozark Oven" similar to the one my dad used. I used it for about 20 years before I upgraded to the Brinkmann SnP Pro which I still have. My son now has the PK.
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