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Unread 07-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #46
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My first grill was (IIRC) a hibachi similar to one someone already posted. For a wedding present in '74 we got an 18" Weber kettle which we still use. My first purpose built smoker was an 18" WSM. My most recent smoker is a New Braunfels Black Diamond.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 09:26 PM   #47
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My first grill was a Smokey Joe knock off in 1999. Grilled many a good pork chops, burgers, brats, steaks, sweet corn and hot dogs on there all through college. I even grilled ribs before I knew what the heck I was doing. Bought my first gas grill when my ex and I lived together in an apartment - an Aussie gasser that I cooked on until it rusted away. Now my CharBroil Commercial gasser, Thermos kettle, UDS (my favorite, by far), ECB, Thermos mini kettle and Coleman RoadTrip LX (that I won from Crisco) pretty much serve any need I have for cooking outside.

Its fun reading about everyone's first grills!
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Unread 07-24-2013, 12:38 AM   #48
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First grill was a weber kettle. First smoker was an ECB.
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I cooked over wood embers on a grate, forever.
First thing I smoked on was a weber kettle, but my first and only " smoker" is my kamado style BigSteelKeg.
Yes, we are still in love.
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First grill was a little gasser from the drugstore about the same size as a WGA. First smoker was a Kingsford offset cheapo that im still using today.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 04:42 AM   #51
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My first was/is a ProQ Excel 20 (aka Napoleon Apollo) only had her 10 months or so and I'm hooked. Next will be either a Weber OTP or a UDS build

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Unread 07-24-2013, 04:49 AM   #52
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First grill was a Weber 22 1/2'' kettle that I received from my brother-in-law for a wedding present. Come to think of it, that is the only good thing I can say about him! First smoker was the New Braunsfell Bandera which led me to a web site that was then called the Bandera Brethren prior to the current name change.
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My first grill/smoker was a Thermos kettle that I picked up at Sears 6 or 7 years ago after reading a recipe for pulled pork in a Cooks Illustrated cookbook. I used it once a year for our annual 4th-of-July picnic.

Last year I joined the Brethren and actually learned something about bbq. I built an ECB, picked up a Cajun Bandit for a new Performer and have been smoking/grilling a couple of times a week since.

Somehow I see the kids more often now.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 06:55 AM   #54
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First grill was/is a SJS. That was many (14-15?) years ago, I still have it, and it still goes with me to every competition. It's even on my packing checklist. I cook my Friday night dinner on it. Sort of become a tradition.

First smoker was/is a WSM 18 about 5 years ago. It's in the backyard (retired from competition) and I still use it most every weekend. I've turned out some really good dinners cooking on it.

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Weber Kettle was the 1st grill I ever owned and my first official smoker was a Brinkman Smoke King Deluxe which I also won my first ribbon with.
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My first grill was a cheap cast iron hibachi that my wife and I bought to cook steaks on the balcony of our second apartment. I had a heck of a time getting the charcoal started but we did some surprisingly good steaks considering neither of us knew anything about cooking over open flame. Next (circa 1976) came a cheap ($20) aluminum rectangular grill that I am still using to do steaks and burgers. First smoker was a NBBD that I bought at a church garage sale for $25. Sometime afterwards, I found the BBQ Brethren and started making mods. By the time I sold it for $25, it was a much more usable unit, but I was moving up to a $1000 offset that I use now.
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My parents had some really old charcoal grill that I barely remember. Then gassers. Mostly a Holland, which they still use today.

I got some blue light special gas grill that I used in my apartment for 6 or 7 years. It literally rusted through and I bought the WEber Q200. Then when we moved I bought the Genesis.

Last year I got my WSM and love it. Now I'm drooling over BGE's or some sort of komodo . . .
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My first true smoke experience was in a pit we dug about 4 ft deep in the ground and covered it with sheet metal. That was a lot of fun but we ended up filling the hole back in after the big bbq. My first backyard unit was a POS Royal Oak that I would offset the coals. The metal was so thin and had so many leaks that airflow management worked in reverse. I quickly upgraded to BGE and have been totally hooked ever since.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 09:41 AM   #59
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Not mine but one like this. Circa 1970
My first was a double one of these.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #60
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Brinkman electric gourmet smoker (the red one with the plug-in).

made a Pork butt - it was actually delicious. It's not a bad setup for the occasional user, the problem lies in with control.

I used it for a few months, and sold it. Bought a Masterbuilt Electric and didn't miss it. NOW, I have about 5 different charcoal grills and smokers but I still like my MES!
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