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post-homedepot.jpgWe don’t know if this is a nationwide thing, but our local Home Depot has some great deals on charcoal grills right now.  This weekend we picked up a discontinued 22″ Char-Broil for $50 — on sale from $79.

If you’re in the South, there are still plenty of nice days left to cook out.  Heck, here in Texas it’s just getting to where we can go outside without fear of immediate immolation.

Personally, I have to also admit that I’m a first-time convert from gas to charcoal.  What really did it was the fact that every couple of years my gas grill would find a way to render itself useless.  I think it really comes down to the fact that if you’re not willing (or able) to shell out for a grill with cast-iron burners, you’re pretty much going to throw away your gas grill every couple of years.

Yes, I know it’s possible to buy replacement parts, and I’ve done that more than once.  But they never seem to fit right, and after a while the valves and such start to go — leaving you with a dangerous piece of gear.

So here I am learning to cook with charcoal at this late date.  Stop laughing.  (Better yet, drop me a line with some of your best hints and tips.  I could use ’em!)


6 Responses to Deals: Home Depot’s Grill Sale

  1. Kai says:

    Here’s a great way, if cooking with charcoal, to skip the boring pre-heating stage and go from cold to ready-to-cook in around three seconds:
    Barbecuing with Liquid Oxygen
    Scroll down to the Hobbies and Interests section and have a look at how it’s done.
    Basically, it’s getting a couple of glowing coals, a whole heap more unburned coal and dumping a few gallons of liquid oxygen on it. If you survive the resulting fireball, your grill will be ready to cook on straight away.

  2. Jake says:

    This is might not be quite as fast, but much safer. Get a starter chimney. http://www.colehardware.com/hotline/97/06/safeFire.htm It sure beats building a pyramid and is ready to go faster. No starter fluid or self-lighting briquets needed either so no chemical taste if you’re grilling something like fish.

  3. James b (tool skeptic) says:

    Ok, I have to admit I did consider dragging the oxy-acetylene up to the deck for a little oxygen injection fun in the charcoal grill. But good sense got the best of me. I do keep an old hair dryer with the grill accessories to get the coals more evenly roasting after they are spread out. It gets things hot, but obviously the fire dies out quicker if you were planning on more than one grill full of meat.

  4. Myself says:

    Oh yeah, the air induction works wonders. We have a metal-cased squirrelcage blower that I believe came out of an old Chevy’s dash. It’ll whip a pile of charcoal into an orange-white fireball in a matter of minutes, and the radiant heat will burn the fingers of the schmuck holding the blower if he’s not paying attention. (heh.)

    Here’s the thing: If the coals die too quickly after that, throw some more on and blast some more air in. It takes just moments to get them lit, and you’re ready to cook unless they’re presoaked and need a few minutes to burn off the smell.

  5. Randy says:

    OK you’ve heard about the chimney starter, so I’ll just say that the Weber version has some nice design features and is only a few of dollars more than a cheap one. Another trick I use is to get some cheap steel (or the disposable aluminum) bread pans for charcoal distribution. Sometimes you want to provide heat around your food, but not directly under it, and these are a great way to do that. This works well for BBQ roasting or semi smoking something like a large pork roast or brisket on a kettle style charcoal grill.

  6. karl wroblewski says:

    we are looking for a conversion for one of your bbq,s from propane to
    natural gas.

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