ADVICE: Need a new grill - Weber vs. Char-Griller

Discussion in 'Grilling Tips' started by shlongstar, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Hey All,

    I decided to get a charcoal grill for grilling, not smoking/barbecuing.

    I went to Lowe's thinking I was going to get the Weber OneTouch Kettle 22.5" Grill cause I was hoping to get by with <$100 spent, but then saw the Char-Griller Smokin' Pro for $139 (without firebox).

    It got me thinking, for the extra $50 I can get the Char-Griller, which gives me the option to convert to a charcoal smoker if I eventually buy the firebox accessory.

    I never really planned on getting a charcoal smoker... but should I keep my options open by getting the Char-Griller?

    What do you guys think... Weber vs. Char-Griller as my charcoal grill?

    I'll be reading around a little more, but I'd love your opinions.
     
  2. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Can't ever go wrong with the Weber as a grill. And you can do some smaller smokes on it too. I have the same model you were looking at. Just make sure it's got the flip up grates. Makes adding wood and fuel much easier than lifting the grate off.
     
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  3. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    I love my CG because I can smoke or grill both direct & indirect. I also like the capacity of the CG. If you're not planning on having to cook a lot of food at once, there is a smoker device you can buy for a Weber.
     
  4. goobi99

    goobi99 Meat Mopper

    definitely weber...cant go wrong!!
     
  5. grizandizz

    grizandizz Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    No question, go with the Weber, it will last you a lifetime and is extremely versatile.
    I'm a little bias because I grew up them but have also grilled on my friend Char-griller units.. No comparison.
    I have a 22.5 I love but my favorite is my 26.75 Weber my Mom bought for my Dad 2 years before i was born, I'm 41!!

    I wanted to smoke a 10 Pork Butt today and did it on the weber since my UDS isn't done yet, it was perfect!
     
  6. I agree completely. Weber all the way. I have been cooking on one since 1970 ( ok, dad had me flipping the burgers at the ripe old age of 9). I am on my third one. I would part with most of my other gear for one reason or another, but you won't get my Weber.
     
  7. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have both and offset char-broil and two weber kettles.

    If I have to get by with only one I would get the kettle.
     
  8. jcurrier

    jcurrier Smoke Blower

    Get the Webber- you wont regret it. You can do just about anything on it. And as others have said it will last for ever- I have three
     
  9. Wow, when posting this I was leaning towards the Char-griller cause I was excited about getting an off-set smoker out of it too... but now I'm leaning towards the Weber.

    I've done a lot of researching too, and that kettle seems like a badass. Especially cause I might get one off craigslist now for cheap [​IMG]. Plus I'm perfectly happy with my GOSM.

    Thanks to all that have replied! [​IMG]
     
  10. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  11. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    I'm not saying to not buy the Char-Griller.

    But everyone should have a Weber Kettle in their arsenal at all times.
     
  12. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't speak about the Char-Griller Smokin' Pro because I haven't used one or know anyone that uses it except fellow SMF members.

    But I can tell you a lot about the Weber Kettle, since I have owned and used one since the early 80s for both grilling and smoking. The kettle is one of the most versatile bbq tools you will ever own. Grilling on the kettle is easy and after some practice you can turn out food grilled food that taste better than most restaurants. Whole chicken using indirect heat is incrediable. With a few tricks you can even do pizza. As for smoking I have done all the common smoked meats, brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, poultry, etc, and they turned out really good. Search SMF there is a lot of info on smoking using the kettle.

    Note, even if you do buy the kettle, after awhile if you like smoking meat, you will get a dedicated smoker, but thanks to the kettle you will know exactly what you want.
     
  13. fireangel

    fireangel Fire Starter

    Can never go wrong with a Weber.
     
  14. Heck yeah, I ended up getting the Weber 22.5" Gold. It's beautiful. Hopefully gonna do my first tri-tip or steaks on it tonight or this weekend.

    Can't wait. I'll try to do QView or "GrillView" if possible. :)
     
  15. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    I love my Char-Griller!!!!
     
  16. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Good choice - grilled meat on my Weber rivals restaurant quality. When you need screaming hot, Weber delivers.
     
  17. jon foster

    jon foster Smoke Blower

    I grew up on the Weber kettles too. Moved away from them for a few short years to try propane grills. We tried two actually then moved back to the kettle. Nothing compares...

    We do keep a Weber Q in our truck at all times though.

    Jon.
     
  18. wensil1066

    wensil1066 Newbie

    I think Weber barbecue is the best option as one would be satisfied with it, because it requires less smoke and easy to handle any where.
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    WEBER!!!
     
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