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Giving in to the Dark Side, Buying a Propane Grill

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That can also be said of the different types of woods one can use from mesquite to cherry to apple, oak,.... all create a unique favor in their own right.
Any wood from a fruit or nut tree makes good cooking wood. Even odd stuff like apricot and peach are good.
 

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How's shipping from Cape Town?
https://cobbgrillamerica.com

If you're interested in briquette grilling, the Cobb Premier should be all you'll require or the 'Kitchen in a Box'.

I don't understand why they have so many websites. Cobb is quite big in the UK and Netherlands.

You might even find a local supplier but shipping shouldn't be a problem.

Have to add, we add wood flavour by soaking wood chips in water and embed them, in foil, below the coals.

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Cobb chicken on my porch (for TomD).

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Nice but I'm thinking you don't fire that sucker up on a whim for a couple of burgers!
True, but once you fire it for pizza, you can bake everything from chickens to bread for the next 20 hours on the residual heat. I fire up the disco (plow disc) for quick meals.
 

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Yeah, I've been eyeing off a ceramic version of the one Irons has... the gas one is not long for this world.
Kamado grills were a whole new world for me. Little did I know you could hit and hold damn near 700 degrees for a few hours just using natural lump charcoal. I can cook double thick bone in ribeye steaks like a professional in 10 minutes flat.
I don't know what temps I was cooking at all the years before Kamado, but it sure as hell wasn't an even, steady 650 degrees. Another nice thing is when the meat is done I close all the vents and smother the fire. Whatever charcoal isn't totally burned I use again.


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Another nice thing is when the meat is done I close all the vents and smother the fire. Whatever charcoal isn't totally burned I use again.
When done cooking, can you add fresh wood to turn into charcoal for next time?
 

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When done cooking, can you add fresh wood to turn into charcoal for next time?
I never thought of that! I don't see why it wouldn't work it is basically a kiln once you close the vents.
I get 20 pounds of lump for around $15 so charcoal isn't a big expense.


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Any wood from a fruit or nut tree makes good cooking wood. Even odd stuff like apricot and peach are good.
Without the bark! In Texas fruit and nut wood is easy to come by, I used Pecan and Mesquite. Up here you have to wait for an Apple tree to die. Next time you come to Montana, could you bring a few logs and drop them off at my house?
I have had steaks and burgers grilled on Pine and Fir wood without bark, you just have to use a lot of it and wait for it to get 80% burned out. Not bad, just a lot of volume.
 

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Without the bark! In Texas fruit and nut wood is easy to come by, I used Pecan and Mesquite. Up here you have to wait for an Apple tree to die. Next time you come to Montana, could you bring a few logs and drop them off at my house?
I have had steaks and burgers grilled on Pine and Fir wood without bark, you just have to use a lot of it and wait for it to get 80% burned out. Not bad, just a lot of volume.
Without bark is true for all cooking wood, especially mesquite. Mesquite is best when it is seasoned many years, otherwise it leaves an acrid taste to the meat, imo. I cut down a neighbors standing dead pecan tree last year and have been burning pecan for heat and cooking - it's a better cooking wood than heating wood. I would say it lasts about 1/2 as long as good oak.

Firewood can be a precious commodity in the high desert, there's plenty of oak, mesquite, and pecan around but it cost an arm and a leg, but if you keep your eye open during the spring and summer, you can haul off plenty of firewood - it doesn't get so precious until it gets cold. I got kinda spoiled from the hill country, where firewood was plentiful - I had property on the high divide between Fredericksburg and Comfort and had all the oak, mesquite, wild cherry, and texas walnut I could use from standing or fallen dead.

Next time I come to Montana I'll bring you some.
 

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I keep it as simple as possible, using this small propane stove.



I fire up an old cast iron skillet to about 600 degrees, sear the steaks about 1 min on each side, then put the skillet in the oven for 20 minutes.
Perfect steaks every time, uses almost 0 propane, and no ugly grill rusting away outside.
 

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All of you "anti - Gas" neanderthals have to thow away your gas stove and cook with coal only
 

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All of you "anti - Gas" neanderthals have to thow away your gas stove and cook with coal only
My stove top is induction, works great with cast iron.
 

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I understand the "smoking" and flavor thing.

After all. Adding "flavor" is the manly art.

I just want to eat!
 

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I tried grilling regular pork chops last week but it was a bust. The 1/2" chops were dry and not worth repeating. Did things differently this week. Used 1-1/2" center cut pork chops (about .8 lb each) with stuff rubbed on. I started out by heating my cast iron pan to almost glowing heat and seared the hell out of them for about a minute per side, put them on the grill at close to 600 degrees for 90 seconds per side to make grill marks and then cut the fire to minimum (around 300) for 2 minutes per side x about 3 repetitions. The flavor was every bit as good as with a fine steak.

The main thing is that it takes me a minute or two to get this grill ready compared to the better part of an hour for my wood or coal grills. I'm way more likely to use it.

The guy I work for just bought a pellet grill. Using a cell phone app, it will start up, maintain a temp all day long, broadcasting temperature charts to his cell phone, he can raise or lower the temp from his phone. Friday, he put a brisket on before leaving in the AM, the temp had been within a couple of degrees of 220 all day.
 

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The guy I work for just bought a pellet grill. Using a cell phone app, it will start up, maintain a temp all day long, broadcasting temperature charts to his cell phone, he can raise or lower the temp from his phone. Friday, he put a brisket on before leaving in the AM, the temp had been within a couple of degrees of 220 all day.
Brand? Sounds interesting... but prone to failure. Still, I wanna see it!

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Not that one. I didn't notice the brand but Eli's was stainless and had a big pellet hopper on the back with an automated auger to feed the pellets into the fire "chamber" is the best word. The fire "chamber" had an auto ignition system. Eli mentioned that it cost in the $1800 range.