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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

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The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

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The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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Charcoal Starter Chimneys: Char-Broil Half Time vs. Weber Compact

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    Charcoal Starter Chimneys: Char-Broil Half Time vs. Weber Compact

    Last week, I asked, on this topic , whether anyone had experience with the new (to me at least) Char-Broil Half Time chimney. I have the Weber Compact, which I like using with my PBC especially because of its 8 inch height. However, it takes the charcoal almost twice as long to heat up as it did when I was using my large Weber chimney, which I have since given away. It used to take 15 minutes for 42 coals to be ready to pour on my large Weber chimney; with the compact chimney it takes sometimes 20-25 minutes or more. That extra 10 minutes was beginning to bug me.

    The main design differences between the chimneys is the diameter: 8 inches on the Char-Broil vs 5.75 inches on the Weber, and the fact that the Char-Broil chimney has many more slits in it compared to the Weber Compact.

    They are both the same height, 8 inches.

    The Char-Broil holds 80 KBB briquets; the Weber Compact holds 40.

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    Today I set the chimneys side-by-side with 42 coals KBB in each of them. I lit them at the same time, using a Weber wax starter cube.

    The Char-Broil won, far and away.

    At 18 minutes, the Char-Broil (on the left) was ready to pour over the unlit coals in my PBC, since the topmost coals were just beginning to ash over.
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    The Weber Compact chimney did not reach this same point until 26 minutes had elapsed.
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    So for $11 for the Char-Broil Half-Time Chimney Starter vs. $14 for the Weber Compact Chimney Starter, I guess I'm ready to "trade down", dollarwise, to using the Char-Broil chimney.

    Kathryn
    Last edited by fzxdoc; August 31st, 2016, 08:11 AM.

  • Top | #2
    Love the head to head testing! Thank you.

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    • Top | #3
      Thanks, Jon Solberg . Love the new avatar, BTW. It's great.

      I think the point is that the Char-Broil Half Time Chimney, while perhaps not living up to its name as being able to produce good lit coals in half the time, is nearly as good as the full-size Weber and certainly much better than the Compact Weber chimney.

      So, especially for PBC folks looking for a more manageable chimney dimensions with the same heating capabilities as the full size Weber chimney, the Char-Broil Half Time is, for me at least, the clear winner.

      Kathryn

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      • Top | #4
        Well without any standard deviations or coefficient correlations I guess we can call that a test.

        I don't know why some folks thought those slits wouldn't help since more openings equals more oxygen which equals more fuel.

        Now I'm glad I waited so long to get a compact Weber.

        Thanks!!!!!

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        • Jerod Broussard
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          fzxdoc the slits "are the draw"

        • HawkerXP
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          Just wondering if a little modification to the Weber Compact could help speed things up. Maybe continue drilling more holes in line with the 3 that are showing on your pic. I don't have the short one. I do the rake coal basket insertion method on my PBC.

        • bardsleyque
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          I'm thinking the larger diameter has more to do with it.(same as the big weber)

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        Well, for us WSM types and Hasty-Bake fuse method types that looks like a darn good option! Thanks fzxdoc

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        • Top | #6
          Thanks for the write-up doc! Great info to know.

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          • Top | #7
            I always thought the full sized Weber I bought was just too unruly to handle. This one seems like it does a similar amount of coals and is easier to use. Would you use that with a Weber kettle?

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            • fzxdoc
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              I just checked. The Char Broil chimney holds 80 coals just fine, fuzzydaddy and morganjim .
              K.

            • fuzzydaddy
              fuzzydaddy commented
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              Thank-you fzxdoc! That is great.

            • bardsleyque
              bardsleyque commented
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              Char Broil for Char Broil,Weber for Weber,that's the only way it can work!!!
              (lol)

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            Thanks for the comparison. Much appreciated, but you're not helping my Amazon "saved for later" list.

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            • Tim E
              Tim E commented
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              LOL. This sounds way too familiar.

            • Thunder77
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              Hey that's my line! LOL. I guess probably all people with GAS use that line.

            • Northside Brian
              Northside Brian commented
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              fzxdoc since finding this site my wife now makes me do most of the cooking. the trade-off is that she lets me buy almost any cooking gadget i want (as long as i tell her it will make my food taste better or easier to cook)

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            fzxdoc Hey. Thanks for the help on the call outs issue I had. I'm very surprised that the char-broil 1/2 time chimney starter with all those vents actually got the coals fired up faster. I think for $11 it's definitely worth giving it a shot. That to is now on my have to get list. Where does the (MCS) end????

            Lets keep the smoke coming.


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            • Potkettleblack
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              The MCS usually ends in either bankruptcy or a shuffle off the mortal coil. There is no cure.

            • Elgine
              Elgine commented
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              I don't know where it ends but just started with me and wife is already like you want to do what. But since she is going back to work at least part time gives me a reason to smoke and freeze a bunch so they can have easier meal times when I'm not home.

            • Steve B
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              Potkettleblack I hear what you're saying. My wife is totally disgusted with all the stuff I'm buying. I may just bankrupt my self at some point. LOL.

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            Originally posted by morganjim View Post
            I always thought the full sized Weber I bought was just too unruly to handle. This one seems like it does a similar amount of coals and is easier to use. Would you use that with a Weber kettle?
            I'll for sure be using it with my WSCGC, which as you know is both kettle and kamado.

            Kathryn

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            • ecowper
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              It's a Kett-amado

            • billg71
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              ecowper, I think it's a Kamettle. Whatever you call it it works real good!

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            What is the height difference? I have both the full size and compact Weber chimney because like you, I found the full-size to be unwieldy in the PBC. I do like it for my Webber Kettle however. In the pics it looks taller. Also, you must know more about the PBC than anyone but Noah and Amber. When are they just going to hire you?
            Last edited by Obi-Dan; August 31st, 2016, 08:31 AM.

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            • Top | #12
              There is no height difference, Obi-Dan . The dimensions of the Char Broil chimney are listed in inches as 8x8x8 not including the handle. Basically they are the dimensions of the cylinder. The dimensions of the Weber Compact chimney are listed as 5.75 wide (diameter of the cylinder) x 8 high (height of the cylinder) x 10.5 long which includes the handle.

              Thanks for the compliment. Every time I use my PBC, I learn something new. It's such a great smoker.

              Kathryn

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              • Top | #13
                Thanks fzxdoc but I will save my 11 bucks for some brew or some watermelon shine

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                • billg71
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                  And exactly how much watermelon shine can you get for 11 bucks? Around here that'd be a couple of shots, just enough to get you wanting more.

                • DWCowles
                  DWCowles commented
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                  billg71 I shoulda said put the 11 bucks toward some brew and shine

                • Old Glory
                  Old Glory commented
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                  What is this Watermelon shine you speak of?

              • Top | #14
                I think I'll just stick with my Weber large chimney and keep the short one on the bench for now ...

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                • fzxdoc
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                  Short folks often end up on the bench, hahaha. That's where I, a 5'2" non-athletically-inclined woman (dare I say klutz?) spent most of my high school gym class years.

                  Seriously, though, I think Jerod Broussard trimmed down his Weber large to fit his PBC. It's a thought.

                  K.

              • Top | #15
                Thanks for the test results fzxdoc . The weber small chimney was shelved after 2 uses because I was also annoyed about how long it took to get ashed over coals. I will be getting half-time for my PBC cooks. Awesome!

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