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Post Tue May 04, 2004 10:17 pm
ThrRoff well done
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Location: Washington, DC

I stopped by the local BBQ Galore store Saturday intending to buy another Weber 22 ½ to replace my old one. To make a long story short, I bought a new cooking grate and fire grate for the old Weber, and a new BabyQ gas grill. I thought it was kind if whimpy, but my wife thought it was cute. I have wanted a small gas grill for those week day dinners for two people. I am totally impressed. Last night I did a couple of salmon steaks and tonight some chicken thighs. (8 fit nicely on the grill.) The thighs were nicely grill marked and done in 21 minutes, only 3 minutes longer than over charcoal in the old Weber.

The thing does have “porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates.” They seem to work just fine, but will need some tender care. I am hesitant to use the old grill scraper on them, and believe they will need a good washing every week or so. Anyone have any recommendations for their care?

Here are a couple of pictures:

http://roffee.org/grill/CHICKENDARKC.JPG

http://roffee.org/grill/BABYQ1S.JPG
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Post Tue May 04, 2004 11:42 pm
Vinsect well done
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Location: Middle Tennessee
Out of curiosity, does your Baby Q have flavorizer bars over the burners?
As for the grates, get a brush approved for porcelain. We have them at Home Depot. THere are also grate cleaning stones that are aproved for porcelain. Cool thing about those is that after repeated use their form contours to the shape of your grates for good cleaning of the sides.
Even so, keep in mind that porcelain softens as it gets hot so don't do a lot of scrubbing while the grates are actually hot. The main thing is to just throw the grate in your dishwasher between uses and let it do most of your cleaning. If your oven is self cleaning, throw your grates in the oven when you clean your oven.
Keeping your grates well lubricated when your cooking will reduce chipping and scratching from your spatula too. Your grates should last as long as you dont chip or scratch that porcelain.
If it aint broke, Break it!
Then rebuild it better.

Post Wed May 05, 2004 9:54 am
Airfoils well done
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If I were to get a gas grill it would probably be one of these for its obvious tail gating implications. It's really quite a nice design.

Post Wed May 05, 2004 12:14 pm
RichD medium-well
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Location: New Jersey
Weber didn't have this 2 years ago when I bought my Coleman Roadtrip. I do like the portability of these types of grills. We use it on picnics and at the campgrounds.
Enjoy!

RichD

Post Wed May 05, 2004 8:39 pm
ThrRoff well done
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Location: Washington, DC

Vinsect,

Unfortunately, it does not have the flavorizer bars, just a "P" shaped burner. And, thanks for the cleaning tips. I have found it is fairly simple just to wash it in the sink.

Alas, I am even more convinced that charcoal gives more flavor. I think I am going to do the chicken recipe on the Weber kettle this weekend just to compare.
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Post Wed May 05, 2004 9:06 pm
Airfoils well done
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ThrRoff wrote:
Alas, I am even more convinced that charcoal gives more flavor.


But of course.

Convenience, flavor
Flavor, convenience
Convenience, flavor
Flavor, convenience

Good or evil.

We all know what route GS took and never looked back! :twisted: God rest his soul
And of course, we all know what GOOD is :D

Post Sun May 09, 2004 1:34 am
Vinsect well done
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Location: Middle Tennessee
Thanks ThRoff,
I had a customer mention to me that his didn't have a flavorizer bar. I didn't know if his were just missing out of his box or if they just didn't come on the Q's.
Despite cooking directly over a bare burner though, I hear pretty good feedback on those.
If it aint broke, Break it!
Then rebuild it better.

Post Sun May 09, 2004 11:16 am
ThrRoff well done
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Location: Washington, DC

Vinsect,

I had the same worry about cooking over the bare burner. In a curious way, I believe the cast iron grill with wide bars does much the same thing. I continue to be impressed with the little thing. However, this weekend its back to charcoal and wood. Which reminds me, I need to quit playing and fire up the smoker. The first copper rivers salmon is here.
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Post Wed May 12, 2004 10:29 am
DarkRubiTJ medium-well
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Location: Livingston, TX.
A couple of things that I've noticed with my "Q". The grill grate is very lightly porclean coated,not like the ones that ship with the Genisis series. It does season quite well. I clean mine with a brass brush only and have only had to use a scaper a couple of times. If I let the grate heat up for about 15 minutes everything just brushes right off. I do oil it before every use. The only problem I've had with the burner is when I cook something dripy like pineapple dipped in butter and brown sugar, is that if it drips on the burner, it will clog up and cause the burner not to ignite fully. I've found the best thing to use is a fly tying "bodkin" and clean out the holes that are plugged up. Weber seems to be updating the "Q" series with every production run and every new shipment has differences from the previous ones.

Vinsect--Are you an HD associate also?

Post Sat May 15, 2004 12:26 am
Vinsect well done
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Location: Middle Tennessee
DarkRubiTJ,
Sorry I didn't get back to right away. I am a Home Depot Associate. Are you one also?
I'm a sales associate in inside garden so I get to sell grills. It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it. :D
If it aint broke, Break it!
Then rebuild it better.

Post Sat May 15, 2004 5:41 am
DarkRubiTJ medium-well
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Location: Livingston, TX.
Vinsect

Power Equipiment Specialest with a minor in Grills. HD 4615 Norfolk VA

Selling grills is a nasty :) job but I force myself to do it

Post Sat May 15, 2004 11:18 am
ThrRoff well done
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Location: Washington, DC

How about you guys moving up to the DC area. The people in the local Home Depot seem to know nothing about their products. :lol:
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Post Sat May 15, 2004 6:58 pm
DarkRubiTJ medium-well
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Location: Livingston, TX.
ThrRoff,

I'm sorry about your experiences at the DC area stores. Customer service at an HD depends on many factors. One main thing is the time you go into a store, sorry to say but if you go into a store at 2:00 on a weekend day you are probablly not going to get the most attentive service. The best time to hit a HD and get great service is early in the day and early in the week. I've worked in and around Home Depots for almost 10 years. 8 years as a contracter and 2 years on the payroll. I know my way around a store and that's the type of person you need to find and make friends with at your local store. Try to find someone who's been at the store a couple of years no matter what dept. they are in. You develop "go to" relationships with other people in other depts, and we all try to hook each others customers up. I've got friends in all the other depts. in my store and they will take care of someone that I turn over to them. My regular customers therefore know that if they have a problem they come see me no matter what and I'll get the problem solved. That's the best way I know of tto make a Depot work for you.

Post Sat May 15, 2004 9:41 pm
ThrRoff well done
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Location: Washington, DC

DarkRubiTJ.

Thanks for the advice. Especially about the times to visit the store. Unfortunately, about the only time I have is late evenings or Saturdays. I may have to change my schedule.
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Post Sun May 16, 2004 1:47 am
Vinsect well done
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Location: Middle Tennessee
Dark RubiTJ,
I'm a Power Equipment Specialist too. I really like working the grill aisle and the pesticide ailse the best though.
We need to see if we can get Depot to carry Steven's books. If we sell people on grilling instead of just selling grills, we can have loyal customers for life. We'll sell more grills and accesories in the long run. I think Steven does a great job at getting people exited about grilling.
Then they go home, wear out their Char-broil and come back for a Weber or a smoker and get lots of accessories. Its a win-win all the way around.
Glad to have someone else here who bleeds orange. Welcome to the board.
If it aint broke, Break it!
Then rebuild it better.

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