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Old 12-21-2010, 05:29 PM   #16
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I would buy a WSM first then get a kettle later for grilling.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:41 PM   #17
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Another Weber kettle fan here. Reasonable price and it does nice job. Then build a UDS.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:46 PM   #18
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Kettle... then a UDS... then a WSM... then a BGE... then an offset.

After those... then there's a world of pellet poopers.

Just kidding... a Kettle or UDS... a great foundation for a future in BBQ.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:52 PM   #19
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1. Get the Klose Extended 20x60 Master Chef.
2. Decide 'cuing is not for you.
3. Give cooker away. I'll take it off your hands.

Seriously, starting out with indirect cooks on a Weber kettle is a fantastic way to start and you will have that thing for the rest of your life.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:03 PM   #20
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Yea I got started with a kettle cuz that's what my dad taught me on. I got one when I got my first place and cooked on it for 10 years, happy as a clam. Then I got a hair up my butt one day and decided to see what the heck else was out there. Joined the brethren and it was game over after that. I've since added a performer followed by an ECB followed by a UDS followed by another UDS followed by a Klose that I scored on CL followed by a Spicewine. And that was just in the last year, half of which I was unemployed! It's a sickness I tell ya. And it all started with a kettle.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:21 PM   #21
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I use my Weber Kettles more than any other cooker.
same here.....oh wait, thats all I have though.......for now
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:43 PM   #22
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You really cant beat a weber kettle and they last forever. Great for starting out, best bang for the buck hands down
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:03 PM   #23
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There is one cooker every man must have: A Weber kettle.

After that get a WSM. You will never have to buy another cooker, but you will, because you'll want to.

I have 13 outdoor cooking devices, and am always looking for more.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:32 PM   #24
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Looks like you will be getting a Weber Kettle. I can only add, get the 22.5" one, silver is good, Gold has some advantages, ash control is the biggest one. The 18.5" is a little less money but the larger one will work out better for you for versatility.

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Old 12-21-2010, 10:59 PM   #25
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^^^I 100% agree with Terry about getting the 22.5" kettle.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:06 AM   #26
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Im a beginner as well and I built a UDS...and it is simply amazing and cheap to build!! My vote...UDS
1-UDS...22.5 in Weber Kettle...Charbroil Gasser
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:40 AM   #27
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If you decide to get a Weber Kettle you may want to check craigslist. You can get new grates for them from Homedepot and Lowes. Also other parts are available online.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:37 AM   #28
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Hey All,

Well that is an ovewhelming response for the Kettle. Suppose I shall be on the prowl shortly for one. OK...now for some more beginner dumb questions. What does one use with this? Charcoal and/or wood? Again, sorry for my lack of knowledge. I also have to thank you all for the responses. From the discussions I see here, I was worried no one would care about helping a newbie. Again, thanks for the advice.

OK..last question for now. Some advice on the recomendation of a UDS. Ready. What the heck is it? Can't try and build one until I know what to make!

Thanks what a great forum you have here.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:59 AM   #29
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The ultimate UDS thread: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=23436

I use Stubbs briquettes with wood chunks for smoking indirect on my kettle. If I'm cooking something fairly quickly I'll also use wood chips in a foil bomb (chips wrapped in foil with a few holes poked in) on the coals.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:54 AM   #30
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Well this certainly has turned into an obsession for me! Doing some research with the advice here. Love the Kettle as a starting point. But the UDS looks like it would be a fun project also. Then the WSM looks awesome as well.

UDS vs WSM?? Are they not the same thing except one is your own creation and the other made by Weber? Plus the difference in cost.
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