I have been grilling on a gas grill for the last three years (since the purchase of the current house) and while I like the convenience of the gas grill I missed the deeper flavor and versatility of a charcoal Grill. This weekend I attended a friends birthday party with my girlfriend and we had steaks cooked over a charcoal grill and that was the catalyst I needed to finally make the commitment to a charcoal grill.
Tonight I went a bought a Webber One Touch Gold kettle grill, visions of steaks over an open flame, smokey baby back ribs flavored with apple wood and beer-can chicken will dance in my head. I can't wait to break it in this weekend, I figure I can use the gas grill for the times I'm in a rush but can enjoy the pleasure and flavor of a charcoal grill when I have more leisure time.
Good grilling May is knocking on the door.
Congratulations! That my friend was an excellent purhcase that you'll not regret. You'll find that as you begin to master a real fire, the 'convenience' of your gasser is negligible at best since the benefits of cooking over a real fire and their effects it has on your food will eventually far outweigh any arguments gassers can make. But you're already finding that out
Here are some accessories I would reccomend to start out with for your Gold:
*Chimney Starter and some parafin starter cubes
*Hinged cooking grate
*Foil drip pans
*Couple bags of lump charcoal
Weber Slide-Aside™ lid holder
Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie
*= must haves
Once you get a rotisserie, you might forget all about beer can chicken
(though I admit the presentation value of beer can chicken is tough to beat). I still do beer can when I don't feel like stuffing and trussing the chicken/turkey. Weber has more accessories of course and most of them are quite useful but the ones I mentioned are the best to get started with.