This week, S.B. wrote to us with this question:
I am a great fan of Mr. Raichlen and have learned a great deal from his books.
I have a great desire to cook with wood (not wood chunks or chips). In the book "How to Grill", Mr. Raichlen talks about using a weber charcoal grill but in other books, when the discussion of wood grilling is broached, this is not mentioned. Pure wood grills (such as Grill Works) are quite expensive. Are there any reasonable alternatives for wood grilling- such as using a Weber kettle grill?
I have a BGE and I have used wood chunks/chips with lovely flavors but do want to try cooking on a pure wood grill which is reasonable in cost (less than a $1000)."
Our reply: The Grillworks--that Argentinean-style grill Steven occasionally uses on Primal Grill as well as the Aztec wood-burning grill--always get viewers' attention because they are uncommon in the U.S. But they are too expensive for many grillers. Certainly, you can burn wood chunks or logs in your BGE or Weber kettle grill. But it sounds like you are looking for a grill built exclusively for wood. Barbecue Board...we'd love your input. Thanks!