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nralover
05-19-2011, 10:40 PM
Whis is the best grill available for cooking larger amounts of food? I love everything about my Weber 22.5 inch but the size limitations. Any ideas?

BBQ Grail
05-19-2011, 10:46 PM
Well then the 26 inch weber kettle would be good for you. Or really splurge and get the ranch kettle.

blackdog043
05-19-2011, 10:52 PM
Get another 22.5, I have 3, including my Performer. I have only had to use 2 at one time so far.
Edit: A plus for using 2 kettles is doing chicken on one and ribs or another meat on the other, that way, no worries about getting raw chicken juices on something else.

Big Bears BBQ
05-19-2011, 10:53 PM
I agree on the 26"...................

Skidder
05-19-2011, 11:05 PM
One 26.75" Weber = 508sq.in. Two 22.5" = 726 sq. in both cost around $300.00 for the gold models you could do it for less than $200.00 with the silver model

bmanMA
05-19-2011, 11:25 PM
Man that Ranch is mighty sweet.

bigabyte
05-19-2011, 11:33 PM
The 26 inch, and especially the ranch kettles take a lot of fuel. Then again, if you go double on the 22.5 then you will use double the fuel any way. I think your wallet is going to dictate your decision. If you can afford the big kettles, go for it. Collect them in all sizes and colors. I wish I had all sizes and colors.:cool:

NorthwestBBQ
05-19-2011, 11:37 PM
The 37.5" Ranch Kettle...

http://www.riversidegardencentre.co.uk/images/products/Weber-Ranch-Kettle.jpg

Oldyote
05-19-2011, 11:39 PM
You could go with the extra large BGE. Of course the price is a bit steep.

Smoothsmoke
05-19-2011, 11:45 PM
Santa Maria grill.

Mitch
05-19-2011, 11:48 PM
Two 22" webers. But 3 is better, and almost as good as 4.

Skidder
05-19-2011, 11:50 PM
I use a heavy duty Kingfisher Kountry Kooker 17"x36" 600 sq. inch that sells for $1100.00 found it on Craigslist for $120.00 love it so watch CL. Here's a pic of it in the background. It was gas and I converted to charcoal.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q64/Skidder1/bbq2019.jpg

Frank Grimes
05-20-2011, 12:26 AM
I would love to have a Ranch Kettle, but just can't justify $1100 for a grill right now.

Hoss
05-20-2011, 12:41 AM
I would love to have a Ranch Kettle, but just can't justify $1100 for a grill right now.


I gave $300 for mine.Brand new.The store was going outta buisness and it was a floor model.It is a sweet machine.But I would NEVER pay $1100 for one.

Igotgas
05-20-2011, 12:53 AM
I gave $300 for mine.Brand new.The store was going outta buisness and it was a floor model.It is a sweet machine.But I would NEVER pay $1100 for one.

I picked mine up off of CL for 450 in like new shape. The Ranch kettle sure gives a WOW factor.

The Grill Sergeant
05-20-2011, 01:27 AM
I don't think I can recommend the 26" Char-Broil but it's cheap. Saw them earlier this winter at $89 and it seemed to be a good alternative. I have one and the ash catcher rusted out, but I think that is more operator error than anything else. They are probably about $129, or so, this year. I'm hankering for a 26" weber or an ranch kettle.

I"ve owned a Charbroil 940 for over 20 years and it seems to b by "go-to" grill for almost every burn except the long ones (12 hrs +), in which case I use the 22.5 WSM.

I don't think you can get the same quality cb-940 as earlier models, but keep ur eyes open on CL. Here's a pic of mine at the most recent refurbish...

Of course, it doesn't look like that now, but I will refurbish again this year and b more than proud to claim it!

BTW, I have figured out ways to ge a 5 & 6 hr burn out of it.

Good Luck!

brickie
05-20-2011, 08:21 AM
If you really like Ranch kettles keep looking on CL. In the Chicago area I've seen a few of them in the $400 ish range lately, so they can be had.

brickie

palmcoastbob
05-20-2011, 09:02 AM
Another vote here for the Weber 26. It actually uses less coal than I expected, mostly because when you close all the vents it snuffs the fire like throwing a switch. I always have a lot left for my next cook.

Bob

Marck
05-20-2011, 11:10 AM
A second 22.5 Kettle solved that dilemma for me. Also got one of those hover grills from the Smokenator people so that one of the kettles has increased capacity. Recently I put Moink on the hover grill with chicken below on the main cooking grate - sure didn't hurt the chicken to have bacon drippings on it! :=)

Brewer
05-20-2011, 01:48 PM
I really like my ranch kettle. I never use my 22.5 kettles anymore. I can create multiple heat zones and it's got plenty of space for whatever I throw at it. It came with a heavy (literally) duty stainless grate (with flip-ups). I threw a WSM charcoal ring in it to corral the charcoal for indirect. I also added a tel tru thermo. It's a tri tip cookin machine!

Price is definitely high, but I didn't pay out of pocket for it - I used AMEX points to buy it. Would I pay $1100+ for a new one? Maybe - the more I use it, the more I like it. :thumb:

ScreamingChicken
05-20-2011, 01:51 PM
Nothing wrong with having at least one Weber kettle of every size, provided there's room for them. Last Sunday I used a 22" for some beef and turkey, an 18" for some short ribs, and a 14" SJ for veggies and was able to set up each one specifically for what was being cooked (and this was all at the same time, which kept me hopping).

Brad

Coltrain
05-20-2011, 02:04 PM
If you looking for something cheap to just grill on, the Char-Griller Super Pro is pretty good. It has a lot of space (something like 830 sq.in.), you can adjust the height of the charcoal to help adjust temp and it has cast iron grates to put a good sear on your meat. It can be a fuel hog though to keep temps up to grill offset, and keeping temps constant can be a struggle if you try to smoke on it. But for direct grilling it's great at about $140 at Lowes.

h20loo
05-20-2011, 02:12 PM
webers are good but if I'm going to spend any time dreaming- then its going to be about a Santa Maria twin grill....

che22879
05-20-2011, 03:06 PM
How about a 55 gallon drum grill? I got mine from a shop but if you have a drum you can make your own. I've had mine going on 3 years. The guy I got it from sells them for $90.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m9/che228/ribs/100_7014.jpg
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m9/che228/ribs/100_7017.jpg

Smoothsmoke
05-20-2011, 03:17 PM
This is what I want to get next.

http://i959.photobucket.com/albums/ae72/bobbyceja/IMG_2226.jpghttp://i959.photobucket.com/albums/ae72/bobbyceja/IMG_2132.jpg

Lake Dogs
05-20-2011, 03:33 PM
+1 Ranch Kettle

jimmyinsd
05-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Get another 22.5, I have 3, including my Performer. I have only had to use 2 at one time so far.
Edit: A plus for using 2 kettles is doing chicken on one and ribs or another meat on the other, that way, no worries about getting raw chicken juices on something else.


i know we have had this discussion in the past, and i still have to go with this. at $90 each at wally world its pretty hard to beat the money vs sq inches of cooking space and still get weber quality.

you wont get the WOW factor with multiple 22.5s vs 1 ranch, but for $270 you can get 3 -22.5's and have nearly 1200 sq inches of cooking space vs $900 (new) for 1100 sq inches.

no offense to those that have them, if i had the coin i would probably have one too, but bang for buck the 22.5 is damn tuff to beat.

Oldschoolbbq
05-20-2011, 06:21 PM
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb404/oldschoolbbq/My%20BBQ%20and%20Parties/Betty003.jpg
Well,mabe you need one this size:thumb: I love it,and can feed a herd of people:becky:

Mister Bob
05-20-2011, 06:50 PM
I have the 26 and it can cook for a crowd. If you need more than that, the Ranch Kettle can cook for an army!