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Old 11-09-2015, 06:16 PM   #1
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We cook over charcoal a lot...

... so obviously having hot coals around is no problem if there is a firepit but sometimes there are none available. I started carrying a metal bucket with a tight fitting lid to store the hot coals when done cooking. The air tight bucket will kill the hot coals by morning and we can even reuse some of the cooled coals. It also enables me to just put the coals into a bag before tossing them into the trash.
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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We cook over charcoal a lot too. I use a small Weber. When done, close the vents, empty in the morning. Coals are dead. I don't reuse, considering the price of charcoal.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:14 PM   #3
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We cook over charcoal a lot too. I use a small Weber. When done, close the vents, empty in the morning. Coals are dead. I don't reuse, considering the price of charcoal.
I considered a small Weber too, but then found a flat folding grill on Amazon that fits nicely in the storage compartment.

If I don't reuse the charcoals, I bag up the good used ones and leave it for the next camper on the site.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:19 PM   #4
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We cook over charcoal a lot too. I use a small Weber. When done, close the vents, empty in the morning. Coals are dead. I don't reuse, considering the price of charcoal.
mikel68; I am on my second Weber smokey joe. Do you have problems getting yours up to a good cooking temp? I can't seem to get mine hot enough. I've tried regular & lump charcoal with the lump getting a little hotter, but not hot enough for my liking. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:46 AM   #5
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We cook on a gas grill Weber Q100 is the mode number I believe. Great grill and cooks evenly. The gill has a quick connect hose that attaches to the main camper propane tanks.

When we were out west this year in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico no open fires where allowed. In fact some of the campgrounds did not even have fire pits such as at the Grand Canyon AZ and in Albuquerque NM. Plus no charcoal fires where allowed. We were told only gas grills where allowed in the Grand Canyon and at the park in Albuquerque.
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Do you have problems getting yours up to a good cooking temp? I can't seem to get mine hot enough. I've tried regular & lump charcoal with the lump getting a little hotter, but not hot enough for my liking. What am I doing wrong?
Are you using a chimney to get the charcoal started? I always used one at home, but wasn't using one with the little Webber when camping and it took forever to get it going. Bought a second chimney just for camping and have had much better results. You can get the coals red hot fairly quickly in the chimney.
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Are you using a chimney to get the charcoal started? I always used one at home, but wasn't using one with the little Webber when camping and it took forever to get it going. Bought a second chimney just for camping and have had much better results. You can get the coals red hot fairly quickly in the chimney.
Yes I do use a chimney & it starts the coals just fine. The problem is they won't stay hot once dumped into the grill. Even at that one side of the grill is always warmer than the other. I've tried the vents adjusted in different positions & this really doesn't help much either. Been grilling with charcoal for years with other grills & no problems, just the Weber. I've been using a Lodge cast iron hibachi & it works great, but would like to be able to use covered grill. I've tried other brands of covered grills with about the same success as the Weber.
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Yes I do use a chimney & it starts the coals just fine. The problem is they won't stay hot once dumped into the grill. Even at that one side of the grill is always warmer than the other. I've tried the vents adjusted in different positions & this really doesn't help much either. Been grilling with charcoal for years with other grills & no problems, just the Weber. I've been using a Lodge cast iron hibachi & it works great, but would like to be able to use covered grill. I've tried other brands of covered grills with about the same success as the Weber.
I have had the same trouble with our Smokey Joe. I use a chimney, get the coals just right and when I put the meat on the grill and the cover back on, the fire seems to just die out even with the vents wide open. Only way I can use it is to leave the cover off. It is nothing like my 22" Weber at home. I have considered the Jumbo Joe as an alternative but after looking one over, I'm not sure it would work any better.

The solution, of course, is to haul around a full size one like I see some folks do. Anyway... here's to real grilling.... on charcoal.
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I considered a small Weber too, but then found a flat folding grill on Amazon that fits nicely in the storage compartment.

If I don't reuse the charcoals, I bag up the good used ones and leave it for the next camper on the site.
This propane user wants to thank you for leaving something I now need to throw away, or look for another camper in need.
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Do you have problems getting yours up to a good cooking temp? I can't seem to get mine hot enough.
If you have a Smokey Joe Gold with side vents (aka SJG), here is a solution.
I prefer to cook over indirect heat, so use this technique with ours most every time.
If I need to fill the grill, I'll leave the lid partially off and that helps too.

The Smokey Joe Silver with the vents on the bottom draws better as a grill, but I prefer the Gold as it won't leak ashes and and has a lid latch.
When I'm done cooking I shut the vents and will reuse any leftover coals for the next cook, unless we are ready to leave. Putting them in a Weber Compact charcoal starter makes this quick and easy.

With a few parts the Smokey Joe's also make great smokers, here is a link to mine.
IMO the Gold version is better for this, as the Silver version's bottom intakes get clogged with ashes unless you make a baffle.
I use one of these, camping and at home so I can monitor the grate and meat temp from nearby.
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I buy throw away charcoal grills $5 a piece when I leave the next morning I throw away the whole works and move on. I also have a gas Weber I never use. I prefer charcoal throwaways. They also are match light real quick.
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This propane user wants to thank you for leaving something I now need to throw away, or look for another camper in need.
Hmmmmmm.. that's sorta what I was thinking. But what do I know? Just in our third year at this.
Anyway,
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I think the problem is with the ashes blocking the bottom vent. Have been thinking about drilling some vent holes up on the side to give it more air flow. If it doesn't work, nothing lost because it really doesn't work now.
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I buy throw away charcoal grills $5 a piece when I leave the next morning I throw away the whole works and move on.
Nothing cooks like a Weber charcoal grill (Ducks), a few of those and you've bought one but I get that you don't have to store it. LOL

I used to have a Weber Q grill and it was good but my SIL inherited it.
It was too heavy for camping so I tried an O-Grill, it was lighter but IMO charcoal still tastes better.
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I bag up the good used ones and leave it for the next camper on the site.
I want to cook my food on your old charcoal? Leave nothing for the next camper, unless it's a few chunks of firewood...
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I think the problem is with the ashes blocking the bottom vent. Have been thinking about drilling some vent holes up on the side to give it more air flow.
The guys that use a Smokey Joe Silver for a smoker, will put a small empty tin can upside down over the bottom vent. Then use a can opener to make holes around the sides where it meets the bottom, and you have a baffle to keep the ashes from blocking the intake.

When smoking you can be cooking for several hours so the ash build up is a big problem.
The Gold version doesn't have this issue, but IMO needs a bit of help for best airflow when grilling, the link I posted earlier using aluminum foil makes this easy.
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I cook with a Smokey Joe and leave the vents wide open. I can grill a tri-tip in 40-45 mins and its medium rare. The coals die out if I move the vents at all. I used Duraflame charcoal and no chimney. At home I used a Treager, so I'm used to low and slow. Tri-tip at home is a 3 to 4 hour ordeal in which many beers are sacrificed. ;-)
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