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I've been looking at gas grills to replace my well used, 15yr old Weber. It has been flawless and worth every penny. I looked at the new Weber Genesis for a $700 price tag, and I'm sure it's worth every penny as well. Then I saw this Char-Griller Duo which got me thinking. I could retire my old gas grill, and have the best of 3 worlds....a gas grill for quick dinners, a charcoal grill for when I have a little more time (I prefer the taste of charcoal to gas), and add a firebox on the side and I have a small smoker. All for less than half of what the Weber costs. If I even get half as many years out of it as I did my old Weber, it would be worth it. Does anyone have any experience with this unit?

 

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I don't have any experience with it but it sure looks nice. Where did you find it?
 

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I don't have any experience with it but it sure looks nice. Where did you find it?
I found it at Lowe's. The price is right, I'm just not sure about the quality, even though it seems pretty decent.
 

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Does the smoker box fit on the side????
Yes, it goes on the right side. They sell the bolt on firebox as well. I think its only around $70.
 

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i have the charcoal version of it with the side fire box. i got it bakc in '03 and have used it a LOT. now my charcoal pan is rusting out, but the replacement tray is not much so i will order a new one soon. the side box can serve 2 purposes, it can be a firebox for smoking, or you can load up a little charcoal and grill in it like a small grill. they also make a plate that mounts on top of it to serve as a hot plate for cooking!

my main grill area is roughly the same as the combined of this unit. but honestly how many times do you NEED that much grilling surface at one time? i find most of the time i only build a small fire and cook on one side. when we have cookouts i need the full grill, but for jsut us mine is way oversized!

a friend of mine got the exact one you are looking at and i like it. we usually cook on teh charcoal side, then turn the gas side on low and use it to keep stuff warm if the rest is going to take a while.

all in all, i would buy this one or another chargriller, they have **** good grills!
 

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I saw that at Lowes as well. It is a very nice idea, though it is not large enough. With 5 of us, and 3 of them still growing, I need all the cooking surface I can get. Last year I got a Brinkmann charcoal grill from Home Depot.


Brinkmann Single Zone Charcoal Grill (810-3810-S)
ID #: 810-3810-S

It works well and has plenty of surface area to cook on.

Pete
 

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it holds more than you think. we cooked ribs, chicken, corn, and potatooes on it at my friends house one time. enough food to feed about 8-9 folks. but for large cookouts it just ain't enough. i also have an older Kenmore gas grill similar in size to my big chargriller, and i have had to use both at once in past! that is something like 3000 sq inches of cooking surface NOT counting the warming shelves in either one.
 

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Thanks for all the input guys. After much thought, I decided to go with another Weber. These things are a lot of up front cost, but last forever! I wanted the stainless model at my local Lowes, but in the 24 hours from the time I made up my mind, until I went to pick it up, they sold the last one......Dammit!! oh well, I got the enameled version which will match the house better anyway (at least that's how I'm dealing with it.)
Thanks again for all the suggestions.
 

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shenninger,

I think you made the right choice. I to have seen the grill in your original post. After looking at it, sure is a good concept but don't think it will stand up to the test of time (elements). My Weber Genesis 3000 is 16 years old and looks almost as good as the day I brought it home. Heck I even have one of their 18" kettles that I bought at the Yokosuka Japan Navy Exchange in the mid 70's and it is still going strong.

By the way nice looking grill.

V/R
Jeff
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