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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

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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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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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

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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PK 360 grill

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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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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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Weber Summit Charcoal or Weber Performer Deluxe (w Slow n Sear) AND WSMS??

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  • eschmid2
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 11

    Top | #1

    Weber Summit Charcoal or Weber Performer Deluxe (w Slow n Sear) AND WSMS??

    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking for some help deciding what to get to upgrade my "tools". I am a newbie and been cooking on a Weber classic 18" kettle. Have experimented a lot to get a successful low and slow at 225 (silicone on the lid, variations of techniques, have a slow n sear, etc ...) Well its gone ok and I know there is a learning curve with everything, the kettle is getting dated and its time to update

    As many of these decisions are ... it depends ... here is some stuff about my needs:

    -cook for my wife and I only, sometimes another couple or 2 so capacity is not a huge concern
    -not really wanting to get into ceramic kamado because my driveway is gravel and don't have a nice flat cooking area (yes I know another opportunity for a project) so rolling the beast around and fearing it tipping over is not something I want
    - I am a newbie so want flexibility with what I can cook as the biggest driver for this decision. I ultimately want to try every recipe on this site
    - I have a decent budget to work with so my options below I can afford, but saving a few bucks for other toys is always an advantage
    - I live in the Pacific Northwest and want to cook year round, it doesn't get below 0 too much so I would say if its in the 20 degree F area worst case that would be a good low outside temp to still be able to do a cook
    - I cook with digital temperature probes and fast read thermometers of course

    OPTION 1: The Weber Summit Charcoal
    It seems this grill can do everything ... no one seems to be writing about modifications so to me this is good out of the box. I am reading there is a learning curve but that's fine. Without the table this is priced about $1500 without cover and maybe some other gadgets I need.

    OPTION 2: Weber Performer Deluxe (with slow n sear) AND a Weber Smokey Mountain 18" Smoker
    These 2 options together seem like they can do it all also. Reviews are great but seems there are some mods required to really get a good low and slow (lid gaskets and such ...) Combined Price for these about $750. So thats a big price difference between these 2 options

    So the big question: Does the Weber Summit Charcoal have more cooking flexibility than the combo Performer and WSMS? Which way would you go given the price difference?

    One other question: Is the Weber Summit Charcoal more preferred for cooking in cold temperatures like 20 degrees F?

    Sorry for multiple questions in a single post, appreciate all your feedback in advance!


  • Troutman
    Member Recipe Director
    • Aug 2017
    • 6301
    • Republic of Texallence

      22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
      6 Burner Weber Summit Gasser
      22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
      18” Jumbo Joe
      36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
      Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
      Classic Thermopen
      Thermoworks SMOKE
      Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
      Grill Grates
      SNS for the 22" Weber kettle
      A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
      Weber stainless veggie basket
      Weber stainless fish basket
      Weber stainless rib rack
      Phat Mat cooking mats
      Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
      For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
      For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
      For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
      For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
      For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
      Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
      Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
      12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
      Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
      La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
      La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
      Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

      JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
      Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
      Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
      Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

    Top | #2
    Weber 26” with SNS


    • JeffJ
      JeffJ commented
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      I second this.
  • fzxdoc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4200
    • My toys:
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
      Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
      Weber Kettle Premium 22"
      Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
      Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range

      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
      Grill Grate for SnS
      Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
      2 Grill Grate Griddles
      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

      Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
      Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
      Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
      Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
      Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
      Thermoworks Timestick Trio
      Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
      Maverick ET 733
      Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
      Grill Pinz
      Vortex (two of them)

      Two Joule Sous Vide devices
      VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
      Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
      Charcoal Companion TurboQue
      A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    Top | #3
    I'm prejudiced, but I think you can't go wrong with a Weber Summit Charcoal Grill. It has a 24" grate, not all that much smaller than a 26" kettle plus you can use the whole grate if you cook in Kamado mode and a portion of the grate with less charcoal if you cook with the SnS/DnG. Adrenaline BBQ no longer makes the SnS for the WSCG, but perhaps you can speak with Dave about an option, (like getting his charcoal basket and using a water pan, maybe, or using the snake method for your charcoal in kettle mode. You could also try to find a WSCG-compatible SnS second-handed.

    If you need convincing about the WSCG, watch this video:


    Also, with its double-walled design, it holds the heat rock steady, even in winter, albeit the winters where I live are relatively mild--plenty of days in the 20s and 30s.



    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      My response to that is an old Leftie Frizzell song;

      If you've got the money, I've got the time
      We'll go honky tonkin' and we'll have a time
      We'll make all the night spots, dance, drink beer and wine
      If you've got the money, honey, I've got the time…

    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      Troutman, nice themesong for my Mr. Fancypants, aka WSCGC. It's worth every penny.

  • xaugievike
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 571
    • Chicagoland
    • Weber Genesis 300 series
      Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
      Weber Performer w/SNS
      Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
      Ooni Pro Pizza oven

    Top | #4
    I dont think you go wrong with either decision. an immediate benefit to the performer/WSM combo is you have two cookers to keep different cooks going at once at different temps.

    But the WSCG is a beast.

    Your comment on cold cooking is a feather in the cap for the summit. the insulation layer makes winter temp control quite easy.


    • Old Glory
      Club Member
      • Feb 2018
      • 457
      • Northshore MA

      Top | #5
      WSCG then get a Pit Barrel Cooker


      • klflowers
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 1983
        • Tennessee

        Top | #6
        I have an 18" wsm and a 22" master touch/sns, and while I have some serious mcs issues, I am able to cook anything with that combo.


        • Thunder77
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 2569
          • Halethorpe, MD
          • Weber 22.5" Kettle with SnS Brinkmann 5 burner gasser. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

          Top | #7
          I’m prejudiced as well, because I want my next grill to be a Weber Summit Charcoal Grill. I have a 26 with SnS, but I REALLY want a Summit.
          On the one side, you would have to learn 2 cookers. On the other, you only have to learn one.


          • au4stree
            Club Member
            • Aug 2018
            • 364
            • Birmingham, AL
            • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

            Top | #8
            Both options are solid choices. I’m biased, the WSCGC has been wonderful to cook on. It does it all really well, granted it doesn’t get terribly cold here in the south, but it does well in colder temps. The analogy a salesman gave me was coffee in a yeti cup vs a ceramic mug, the yeti holds heat better. Thus the yeti insulating benefits. Good luck


            • jfmorris
              Club Member
              • Nov 2017
              • 2035
              • Huntsville, Alabama
              • Jim Morris

                • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
                • Weber Genesis Silver A w/ GrillGrates (2002)
                • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                • Anova
                • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                • Thermoworks Dot
                • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                • Thermoworks RT600C
                • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

              Top | #9
              If you have the cash, I think the WSCG is great. And... several here have found it brand new on eBay for under $1000 for the model without a table, and I found one for $1599 with the table on there just now.

              That said, I personally like the idea of two cookers. There are times you might want to smoke something that takes hours or all day, and also grill something else. I find myself doing that a lot.

              My very favorite cooker right now is my Weber Performer Deluxe, which I have outfitted with a Slow 'N Sear, Easy Spin grate, and Drip 'N Griddle. I also have a full set of Grillgrates. The Grillgrates allow me to cook things like burgers and chicken without worrying about a 2 zone setup, when I need more capacity. I cannot stress how great the table is for food prep and having a place to put your pans and spatulas while cooking. The propane ignition to light your charcoal is a great convenience, as is the charcoal storage bin. I live in Alabama where its hot and humid a LOT, and have never had any issues with wet or damp charcoal. I also have a PartyQ for when I want automated temperature control, and a Hovergrill to expand capacity with a second cooking level.

              Personally, if it were me, I would go for a Performer, pimp it out with all the goodies - and get a 22" WSM for those times you want to smoke big hunks of meat that won't fit on the Performer with the SNS. You can get ALL the toys, and still come in less than even a discounted Summit charcoal grill..... and I think you will find there are times you want two cookers - a grill AND a smoker - if you continue long in this hobby.


              • jfmorris
                jfmorris commented
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                ScottyC13 glad I was able to help. You will like the Performer a lot - there are so many accessories for 22" kettles that you can cook about any way you want on it. Which Performer did you end up with? While I love the Deluxe (gas ignition!), I see a lot more sales and clearances on the Premium, at least around here.

              • ScottyC13
                ScottyC13 commented
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                I got the Deluxe from a local guy for $300. He got it as a gift but wanted something else. It is assembled but never used!

              • jfmorris
                jfmorris commented
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                ScottyC13 you got a great deal! Enjoy!
            • eschmid2
              Club Member
              • Jul 2019
              • 11

              Top | #10
              All, thanks so much for all of your advise and knowledge so far, thought this was all leaning towards the WSCG until jfmorris post, that got me back to rethinking the 2 cooker option and all the accessories .... still undecided at this point, and happy to know ebay is a place to watch for good deals. Again thanks so far for everyone's feedback, really appreciate all of you!


              • Dadof3Illinois
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 561
                • Southeast Illinois

                Top | #11
                I use a Weber 26” kettle with a SnS and a PBC. This is an awesome combination IMO and it saves you some money so you can buy more protein. I think everyone has to have more than one cooker...ha


                • beeger
                  beeger commented
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                  I have the same setup & have no complaints. All the versatility I would ever want.

                • JeffJ
                  JeffJ commented
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                  I have the same set up on my patio plus an OKJ. Have the gasser, Jumbo Joe and 14.5" WSM in the garage. Just took the Joe and WSM camping last weekend.
              • bep35
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 283
                • Pierre,SD
                • 1987 Weber Kettle (Still going!)
                  2004 Cookshack Smokette (The original!)
                  2012 Weber Genesis (Wonderful for steaks and chops!)
                  2014 Pit Barrel Cooker (Lovin it!)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen
                  Thermoworks Mini Handheld Thermocouple & Meat Needle Probe
                  Various other wireless remote thermometers

                  Beer...Bud Light (Timeless)

                Top | #12
                Had a 22" Weber Original Premium with SNS and really liked it. I came across a Weber Summit Charcoal Grill at a closeout price of $749. After much encouragement from users on this site, (let me tell you the pressure was intense!) I went for the WSCG. No regrets. It is my go to smoker/griller and I prefer it over the 22" Weber/SNS, PBC, or the Summit Gasser which I also own. Didn't see that coming.

                You might also take a look at the Adrenaline Barbecue Slow "N Sear Deluxe Kamado. They have it on sale for $1,274 (includes shipping) which puts it at a price point below the WSCG.
                Last edited by bep35; August 14th, 2019, 08:50 PM.


                • eschmid2
                  eschmid2 commented
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                  Hi there, thanks for the feedback ! Do you mind me asking where and how did you find the Summit at a close out price like that? Thanks, Eric

                • bep35
                  bep35 commented
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                  It had sat in a local hardware store for over two years. I kept my eyes on it but was never willing to make a move at list price. One day it had a clearance tag on it and the price was $799. I talked them down to $749. I think the local folks didn't see the value in a grill that was three times the price of the other Weber's that were sitting beside it. They just didn't know it was a great deal.
              • Smoking77
                Club Member
                • Mar 2017
                • 231
                • Los Angeles

                Top | #13
                I don't have advice for you, but I'm excited for your new cooker/cookers. Enjoy!


                • Razor
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2018
                  • 131
                  • Pittsburgh

                  Top | #14
                  A Performer Deluxe owner and a 18" WSM owner here. The only add-on I have is a Thermoworks Signals with the fan, and the GrillGrates.

                  The Signals is the best money you can spend, takes all the guess work out of the WSM. You definitely want that day 1. There are other very good options out there for controllers, I personally like the display on the Signals. I think you get more information without having to look at an app or push buttons to cycle through things if you're right there. With the fan controller it literally becomes a pellet popper but with better smoke.

                  Here in the summer I'm able to run the WSM overnight for 12 hours at 225 and still have briquettes going in the morning. Extremely versatile. The Pit Barrel is nice, but you can get a rib hanger for the WSM and hang stuff if you want. Personally I don't see the advantage of hanging meat and the risk of it falling off. Never have to worry about that with the WSM, and you can take the water bowl out to accomplish the same "style" of open cooking. Can you tell I love the WSM?

                  I'm using the GrillGrates less and less. They are nice to have, but not something you need on day one. I say keep your eyes open when they have a scratch and dent sale, then jump on them.

                  I want the WSCG, but the combo you mentioned is a much better setup. You get considerably more space to cook on, and you can have multiple things going at once. Some day I will get a WSCG, but I think if anything I would sell the WPD before the WSM.

                  The only thing I would recommend different would be to get the 22" WSM. It comes in handy for things like jerky. The 18 is nice but I found a little bigger is better.

                  The other thing I would recommend, become friends with your local Weber dealer. Where I live we have a family owned store and they do a great job of competing against the big box stores if you know what I mean.


                  • eschmid2
                    eschmid2 commented
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                    Razor, good points and thanks very much for the suggestions!

                  • jfmorris
                    jfmorris commented
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                    I also think the WSM 22 is the way to go - it has the capacity for smoking ribs without cutting them in half, or rolling into a circle.

                  • TripleB
                    TripleB commented
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                    Yes, I agree with the 22" WSM. Add the gateway rib rack and diffuser plate and now you also have a PBC.
                • drobinson003
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2019
                  • 14

                  Top | #15
                  I have been using the performer since 2008 and the WSM 22 1/2" since 2010. I recently added the SNS.
                  I use the WSM for big cooks for my American Legion Post and large family gatherings. The Performer
                  with the SNS is perfect for the purposes you require. I used it last night for a tri tip. Perfect and I love
                  the easy clean-up. Good luck.....




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