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Happy Hapgood
12-31-2012, 04:12 PM
Looking for a small charcoal rig just for doing steaks and burgers quick for just the Wife and me without firing up the gasser or the WSM.

Have it narrowed down to 3. The little rectangle Weber travel grill, the 18.5" round Weber (I think it's called a Smokey Joe), or maybe a 22" Weber OTG.

The OTG is really more than I need for short uses like that though.

Anyone have any of these units and have any Pro's or Con's?

Thanks for any and all input. :becky:

Titch
12-31-2012, 04:18 PM
I have a OTG and a Weber GA,The little rectangle Weber travel grill.
I find myself using the kettle for most cooks,using one of the baskets for charcoal for the steaks for us two.
Just how it works for me,the GA is not as versatile as the Kettle.
Cheers.
Titch

gtr
12-31-2012, 04:25 PM
The 22" will be more versatile, as it's bigger and you can fit more on it. It's not as portable as the WGA. You can do long cooks on it (pork butts, etc.) and there are rotisserie attachments and whatnot available for it.

As for the 18.5 - they just re-issued the Jumbo Joe, which is a tabletop version of the 18.5. I just did the first cook on mine today (hotdogs! :whoo:). If you were to get the 18.5, I'd go wtih the Jumbo Joe for the portability of it.

The WGA is an amazing machine. Probably the least expensive of the 3 (or maybe about the same as the Jumbo Joe, not sure) and you can do some phenomenal things with it - look at any of Phubar's threads and you'll see. You can also cook indirect on these and they are highly portable and just simply amazing.

It's a matter of what you want to do - are you just gonna do steaks, burgers, etc.? Do you wanna grill up some side dishes as well? Do you want portability? Do you wanna use a rotisserie?

I'd get all 3 - oh wait I already did. :shocked:

HankB
12-31-2012, 04:29 PM
For quick work I fire up my Silver A (2 burners so smaller than your S-320.) If it's charcoal, I recommend a 22 1/2" Weber kettle of some sort. The 18 1/2" is good but the extra space gives you bigger cooking zones (more coals to one side or either side with none in the middle.) The most common Smokey Joe is 14 1/2" but I think there is one that is 18 1/2".

I do my shopping on Craigslist because I prefer their pricing. :)

Edit: I just looked in Shreveport Craigslist and there's nothin!

Bludawg
12-31-2012, 04:30 PM
Get the OTG I guarantee no regrets. I had a WGA it was good for 1 cramped for 2. A Smoky Joe is good for two but unless you put it on a table It's a PIA. OTG plenty of room easy temp control and versatile as all get out. I will never be with out a Kettle. In fact when I check out I'm gonna have My ashes put in a new one and buried in the back yard got a rider on my living will.

mbshop
12-31-2012, 04:36 PM
thats one of those loaded questions. having all three and more, it gives my whatever choice i need at the time. firstly i would recommend getting whatever on craigs list.
jumbo joes are nice but $$$$$$. you can get a used 18.5 kettle, cut the legs and you got a nice portable that costs a lot less. if i could only have one then it would be 22.5 kettle. but i do use my cga a lot. don't forget the smokey joe also. suggest you get all of them then you don't have to worry.

Happy Hapgood
12-31-2012, 04:54 PM
thats one of those loaded questions. having all three and more, it gives my whatever choice i need at the time. firstly i would recommend getting whatever on craigs list.
jumbo joes are nice but $$$$$$. you can get a used 18.5 kettle, cut the legs and you got a nice portable that costs a lot less. if i could only have one then it would be 22.5 kettle. but i do use my cga a lot. don't forget the smokey joe also. suggest you get all of them then you don't have to worry.

Thanks for the replies Friends. I'm not seeing a consensus here other than all 3. :laugh:
That could happen too. :clap2:

Qcrazed
12-31-2012, 06:51 PM
lodge makes a really nice ci hibaci

cirk
12-31-2012, 07:36 PM
Small BGE

rlt
12-31-2012, 07:55 PM
I like my smokey joe. Its good for small amounts.

Vision
12-31-2012, 08:25 PM
You want an OTG or the new silver (if you like the lid holder).

Amazon.com: Weber 1401001 Performer Silver Charcoal Grill, Black: Patio, Lawn & Garden

bigabyte
12-31-2012, 09:14 PM
My vote is for the OTG. I fire up my 22" Weber Kettles all the time, even for small stuff like just a steak and potato.

Typically, the routine is like this. It is quick, simple, and all of the words to describe it make is seem far more complex and difficult than it really is.

1. I put a couple wads of paper under my Weber chimney (it's bigger than the average chimney) and fill it just under halfway with new charcoal, then top off with whatever is left behind in the unit from last time. If needed, I top off with new charcoal but this almost always fills the unit between the new and used stuff.
2. I light the paper, then turn the blades in the One Touch system to clean out the ash leftover from the previous cook.
3. I go inside to prep something (or finish prep)...season meat, whatever. I just need about 10 minutes to get that chimney fired up.
4. I dump the lit coals on one half of the unit and use a fureplace shovel to arrange the coals on that half evenly, then put the grate on to heat it up and put the lid on (vents open of course).
5. I go back inside to bring all the stuff out for cooking. By that point I brush the grates to make sure they are clean, rotating them to get both sides.
6. Cook.
7. Shut down the intakes and exhaust as soon as the meat is pulled.

Wow. That's it. Pretty much anything you cook on those things (save for longer smoking sessions) follow those exact same rules almost to the letter.

I have cooked just a single steak/burger/chop/whatever for lunch (search for my Q-Talk threads, many are jsut what I had for lunch), all the way to feeding the family on that thing complete with sides, with the same setup every time. The trick is simply having methods and timings for moving items from the hot side to the cool side. This isn't an issue for smaller cooks like you are looknig for.

So, in a nutshell, I see no reason to get a smaller cooker if your goal is smaller amounts of food to cook.

If portability is a factor, well, then that's a whole different story and I would probably suggest the rectangular Weber in that case.

Smoothsmoke
12-31-2012, 09:15 PM
jumbo joe!

code3rrt
12-31-2012, 09:20 PM
I've got the Weber performer and the smokey joe. When all I'm cookin' is burgers or steaks for the 2 of us the smokey joe is perfect. As far as putting it on a table being a PIA, I just set the smokey joe on the performer table or, I have an extra table by the Q anyway, so no biggie for me. In any case the Smokey Joe is perfect for my needs when cooking for 2-4 people.

zacman
12-31-2012, 09:30 PM
Out of my 7 grills what am I cooking New Years Eve dinner on. My 22.5" Kettle. 2 zone all day turning the grate between cooks. Wings, followed by Shrimp Kabobs, followed by Ugly steaks and twice bake potatos..oh wait i still have to put that on.. Any way if only 1 grill get the OTG it is by far my go to grill.

PatioDaddio
12-31-2012, 10:56 PM
You might look into the Lodge Sportsman's Grill. I don't have one, but I've been giving it some though over the past couple of years. It gets great reviews.

Lodge Logic L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill:Amazon:Kitchen & Dining


Just a thought,
John

dadsr4
01-01-2013, 09:24 AM
Based on my ownership of two kettles, a kettle paired eith your WSM oiuld be ideal. A kettle works well for just the wife and I. I can pull the legs off to transport it, and the 22.5 inch diameter allows you to do zoned cooking.
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colonel00
01-01-2013, 10:37 AM
Personally, I would vote for a SJG. I find that I use that more than anything since I am usually only cooking for 2 and in small amounts (i.e. 2 steaks or 2 burgers etc.). I can cook indirect in the SJG for small meals and it works great with minimal charcoal. Also, once you have the SJG, you are only a few steps from having a mini-WSM which again is great for small meals. I love doing tri-tip on mine as I can smoke it for a bit and then just take the pot off and let the coals heat up for a finishing sear. Just my $.02. You will probably be just as happy with an 18" or 22.5" kettle too. Watch craigslist and pick one up cheap.

Harbormaster
01-01-2013, 10:57 AM
Happy New Year Toast -

Of the grills you listed, cooking for two, my choice would be the WGA. (the rectangular Weber).

If portability is NOT a consideration, put lit coals in the charcoal ring of your WSM, sit the lower cooking grate on top of the charcoal ring. Voila, an 18 inch charcoal grill.

NRA4Life
01-01-2013, 11:40 AM
OTG is my recommendation.

HankB
01-01-2013, 11:46 AM
You might look into the Lodge Sportsman's Grill. I don't have one, but I've been giving it some though over the past couple of years. It gets great reviews.

Lodge Logic L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill:Amazon:Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00022OK2A)


Just a thought,
John
I have one and like it for what it does well and that's grilling. But it is pretty much a one trick pony. No way to do indirect. I'm not sure how well it would work in cold or windy weather unless you provide some other way to block wind.

The seasoning burns off the first time you use it and it gets pretty rusty looking fast. Either get used to that look or season it each time you use it. (I do season the grate but not the rest.)

They provided a nice bail to lift it but did not bother to balance it. When you lift it, it tips forward, the door flops open and coals spill out. They obviously didn't test the design before they manufactured it.

The nice thing about it is the cast iron grate, but you can get that for a regular Weber and have a much more versatile piece of cooking equipment.

chriscw81
01-01-2013, 11:54 AM
My 22.5 OTG is by far my favorite weapon! Get one!




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fantomlord
01-01-2013, 12:40 PM
The WGA is an amazing machine. Probably the least expensive of the 3 (or maybe about the same as the Jumbo Joe, not sure) and you can do some phenomenal things with it - look at any of Phubar's threads and you'll see. You can also cook indirect on these and they are highly portable and just simply amazing.


yeah...what Phu does with his WGA is nothing short of magic

Happy Hapgood
01-01-2013, 01:28 PM
Thanks to all for the great replies! I'm going to look at each one in person to get a better idea. Happy New Year everyone!

Missed-Em
01-01-2013, 04:59 PM
I've got a 22 1/2, Smokey Joe and UDS. 22 1/2 hasn't been used in 18 months. SJ is great for steaks and burgers for the 2 of us and if you add a tamale cooker you got a mini WSM. Problem now is which one to use on the next cook. Go with the Smokey Joe.

Happy Hapgood
01-01-2013, 07:35 PM
A lot to consider. The rig I purchase will be used mainly on work day evenings for quick, easy and most of all GOOD! ;D

martyleach
01-01-2013, 07:39 PM
If you need the portability go with the WGA. If not, go with an 18" Kettle. Fire up a half chimney of briquets and let 'er rip.

Boshizzle
01-01-2013, 07:45 PM
I use my weed burner to fire up my Smokey Joe and can be cooking in 90 seconds. The SJ is easy to clean up and put away after a cook too. I think it's great for weekday meals for two or three people.

mbshop
01-01-2013, 10:00 PM
yea, if its just for home then get the 18.5. i used mine for the first time a few months ago and i actually liked it for burgers, etc.

Trumpstylz
01-02-2013, 01:51 AM
I highly recommend the weber performer with the gas ignition. It does everything, and with the wsm, you would be in serious business. If not that, I woud get the 22.5 or 18.5 inch ots (if you have it on a wooden deck, might wanna get the gold model.

You can probably get either of them on Craigslist, and if you don't see the one you want, just wait a little while.

Happy Hapgood
01-11-2013, 05:01 PM
Update. I went with the Weber GA. Only $49 from Amazon with free shipping. Should have some fun with it.

I'm thinking about a Weber Performer when I go for a full size charcoal grill.

Trumpstylz
01-11-2013, 06:05 PM
I'd get the full size 18.5 ots. Gives you a little bit of everything, its just not quite as portable as the others.

Amazon.com: Weber 441001 Silver One-Touch 18-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black: Patio, Lawn & Garden