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Unread 04-28-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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weber kettle grillers

is the kettle grill with the gas ignition worth the extra dollars? tks all

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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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I bought one last year when we finally got a deck.

I think it is worth the extra money. No messing with a chimney or lighter fluid. I just pile up the charcoal, turn a knob and push a button. Five minutes later I turn the gas off, and wait for the charcoal to be ready. Takes a little longer to be ready than a chimney I think, but it is easier.

Did I buy the grill solely for the gas ignition? No; but I am very happy I got it after using a chimney for a while in my old weber.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:41 AM   #3
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No. The chimney is the way to go. You can start a nice fire in a windstorm.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:15 PM   #4
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I heartily recommend the weber with the gas ignition. Mine is heating up as I type, in fact.

Way better than a chimney starter. I found the burning newsprint in the chimney starter I used with my old grill made the yard smell like a bonfire at the landfill.

No muss, no fuss. Scoop some charcoal out of the bin, hit the lighter, and have a beer.

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Unread 04-28-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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Oh, I forgot my favorite part. If you are using lump charcoal, or reusing what's left from last cook, there's no worries of hot pieces falling through the bottom of the chimney as you dump it into the grill. I always had problems with this when cooking in the yard. Now that I have a deck, I really don't want to burn holes in the expensive composite decking.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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I never cared for the chimney. If I had to do it again I'd get the performer with the propane ignition. I currently have a one-touch gold and use the charcoal fuel holders to get things started...I find they start faster and are much easier to get ready than stacking coals.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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The gas ignition is great - I put my coals in the charcoal baskets and then turn on the gas for 5 minutes. After the initial 5 minutes, I turn off the gas, and my coals are ready in another 5-10 minutes depending on wind, temp, etc.

I say go for it - you won't regret it!
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Unread 05-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #8
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Best of both worlds...I light the propane burner and place my chimney on top, then shut off the gas after about 2-3 minutes. After that the chimney does the rest.

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Unread 05-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #9
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Unread 05-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
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What he say's. I still use the chimney with the burner. Can't beat it.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 08:15 PM   #11
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I use the chimney and 1 piece of news paper. Works great. Light the paper and away we go.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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I'm another one who uses the propane burner WITH the chimney. The propane lights off the bottom charcoal in about 90 seconds, then shut it off and the chimney allows it to catch the remaining briquettes above. It's a very efficient system...

Look on Craigslist for a used one. You can usually find one for the cost of a standard Weber Kettle.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #13
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x2 on teh chimney with propane burner. i use a chargriller duo, so i light the burner on the 'pane side while prepping the charcoal side.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #14
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I'll pass on the propane starter myself. I go with the chimney with lump charcoal and have never had any issues with my yard smelling from burning the newspaper.
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