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Old 07-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #46
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Join Date: 01-16-12
Location: Winfield, IL

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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Old 07-23-2013, 10:26 PM   #47
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Join Date: 09-17-12
Location: Oswego, IL

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!
- Matt

Hatfield and McCoy Barbecue - Co-Pitmaster
Illinois This Butt's for 'Que - Pitmaster

KCBS CBJ; 18.5" WSM; UDS; Thermapen Mk4; DigiQ DX2; IQ120; CharBroil Gasser (wind victim after 11 years); Maverick; OTS x2; etc.

We're (kinda) famous!

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Old 07-24-2013, 01:38 AM   #48
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Join Date: 08-03-08
Location: Mesa, AZ Not exactly hell, but the zip code is very close...

First grill was a weber kettle. First smoker was an ECB.
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Bo Compton in Mesa, AZ, KCBS CBJ[/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Weber Ranch Kettle, BDS Mega, OTS x 2, Weber Platinum[/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]18.5 WSM w/Stacker from ProQ, 22.5 WSM, Reverse Flow Lang Clone 80 butt capacity mounted on 25 foot trailer with attached awnings[/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=#ff0000]LFSA RED Thermapen,[/COLOR] [/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]And 1 2010 Victor brand Hot Dog Cart[/FONT]
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:11 AM   #49
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Join Date: 10-23-10
Location: The Never Never.

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.
Hold my dang beer...
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:45 AM   #50
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Join Date: 06-01-11
Location: valley village, ca.

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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Old 07-24-2013, 05:42 AM   #51
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Join Date: 07-23-13
Location: Manchester, UK

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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Old 07-24-2013, 05:49 AM   #52
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Join Date: 06-04-04
Location: St. Joseph, MI

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.
"You can't always get what you want but if you try sometime you just might find you get what you need"

Mange Bene Viva Bene!

Old Country Over/Under, Weber: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" WSM, Performer(Col. Steve Austin Mod), Two 22.5" Kettles, & a Smokey Joe; Brinkman Dual Zone Proffessional Grill, Uniflame Tabletop Gasser, Luhr-Jensen Big Chief, Turkey Fryer, Rocky Mountain Camp Stove and a UDS.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #53
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Join Date: 07-20-12
Location: Irondequoit, NY

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.
Weber Performer * Cajun Bandit * 18.5 WSM * WSM Mini
Donated the Weber OTG and modded Brinkmann Gourmet
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:55 AM   #54
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Join Date: 07-28-09
Location: Melbourne, Florida

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.

Lead Cook 'Second Star BBQ' using a Big Orange 'Prince', 22 OTG, SJS FBA & KCBS CBJ
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:22 AM   #55
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Join Date: 10-08-09
Location: Lenexa, KS

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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Old 07-24-2013, 08:29 AM   #56
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Join Date: 05-26-09
Location: Fulshear, Texas

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.
BBQ Apprentice - Old Country Brazos offset, 22.5 WSM, Various gassers, portable grills, etc.

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Old 07-24-2013, 08:43 AM   #57
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Join Date: 05-08-12
Location: Iowa

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 . . .
18.5" WSM ; 22" Kettle ; Weber E-330 ; Weber Q200 (for tailgating), Weber Performer
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:31 AM   #58
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Join Date: 10-01-12
Location: Omaha, NE

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.
Custom RF, XL BGE, Weber Performer Platinum, Super Fast Thermopen - Camo
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:41 AM   #59
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Location: Howell, MI

Originally Posted by bluetang View Post
Not mine but one like this. Circa 1970
My first was a double one of these.
Two Weber daisy wheel kettles A: 1979 P: 1993, and an unused ECB
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:44 AM   #60
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Join Date: 12-27-12
Location: North Aurora, IL

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!
Cat Daddy's BBQ : 22.5 WSM / PBC / Akorn / Weber OTG 22.5 Cajun Bandit / Smokey Joe Gold
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