Originally Posted by laurajean
I am trying to find out what grill will work for us, I cannot decide on charcoal or gas? We are currently using a 14 inch charcoal grill. It's too small and the mess is a hassle to pack for transport. Do they make a combo grill that can be used by propane or charcoal. Best of both worlds...
I've been grilling for 50 years and I gave up on charcoal 30 years ago.
Too dirty, too much trouble, the alkaline charcoal eats through the metal too fast, (spare me the ceramic accolades) expensive and WAY too time consuming.
If you gotta, gotta grill over an open fire, dig a hole, find a couple of Concrete blocks (or something) and put an old Oven Grill over it. Or whatever your imagination can come up with.
Then use wood, REAL wood, burn it down to charcoal and grill over that. THAT is the real deal. Charcoal basically sucks. Especially if you gotta lug one of those nasty grills with you all over God's creation.
And don't go too small on your gas grill. Broil King makes 3-burner grill that kicks butt and the sides fold down. If you want a side burner, go for it. Shop around
I have a cheap one I bought at Wally World for my 29HFS. It's okay. Wish I had went with the Broil King (Lowes)
Charcoal is okay for some people at their home. Me? I don't bother with it.
You want a smoke taste? Take some Hickory, Apple or whatever, wrap it tightly in some Aluminum Foil and poke some toothpick-sized holes in it, then throw it over a burner or in between. No need to soak the wood first unless you want to or you're gonna be on the grill for hours on end.
Not as good as a real wood fire, but not bad. Don't over-do it. Start out slow until you figure out what's-what.
Just my $.02
And worth slightly less