I am currently looking at purchasing a new grill and am curious about the the grills by char-broil that can use both charcoal and gas. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with one. I like the taste of the charcoal but on occasion like the control and convience of gas any thoughts?
CubFanPete..Welcome to the group. While I can't answer your question about the combo grill, there are a lot of people in the know here. Hopefully, someone can reply from experience. Hope you participate, and share your experiences with us. By the way..I like your screen name..
Although i have no experience with that particular unit I do have experience with combo units. In my opinion the obvious advantage is the versatility of either gas or charcoal. The subtle advantage is when you thing about both! As any charcoal guy will tell you, a chimney starter is esential. With these combo units you can use your gas as your starter. Not quite the same but deffinately effective. Not knowing that particular unit I'd caution you to make sure that there are enough air vents to keep air moving for charcoal. But take it at face value, I am a gas guy.
I am currently using gas but planning on buying a new grill. So also thinking about models with smoke boxes. Or just buying gas and getting offset smoker down the road. So many options takes awhile to sort through them all.
I only use charcoal so I don't have any direct experience with a combo unit. However, there were some discussions on the Kamado forum and the thing that I remember there is to be careful when using both at the same time. The fire can get pretty hot.
If you have the money and can wait for 4 months to get it, I'd highly recommend a Kamado. Especially if you live in a cold weather climate. Also, the gas unit in a Kamado is completely removable (if I remember correctly).
I like vegetarians. Some of my favorite foods are vegetarians.
I'm partial to separate units instead of a combo. With an offset you’ll be able to make true low-n-slow BBQ. An offset will take more time and effort, but that’s the way uhuh uhuh I like it. But if you’re looking at space saving and convenience the combo would be a good choice.
I have one of these grills. Here are my thoughts on it...the convenience of the gas is great. I can light my charcoal (briquettes) which ride in a stainless (?) pan with ease. The drawbacks? Well, you can pretty much only cook with the direct method when using charcoal because the cooking grate rides on top of this pan by a few inches. (5 maybe?) Then, the pan is very small when compared to a regular charcoal grill. And I currently have only the one pan, so refilling when/if needed is also an exercise.
In all, I think it was a great marketing tool but not very practical. Of course, I picked mine up for less than $30 so the price was right and I couldn't pass that up. The model I have is the Traditional Quickset. The Big Easy version with 3 main burners may be a different beast altogether.