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  • RafaelSantana
    Former Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 3
    • Madison, WI

    Hi from Madison, WI

    A recent but short-lived Wisconsin thaw has got me thinking hard about upping my BBQ game once the weather turns for good. Step 1 was a membership here.

    Step 2 is replacing our grill. We have a 24" Kingsford brand charcoal grill. It has some handy features, like an ash-catcher, a door for adding briquettes, and a crank to raise or lower them. But the metal is cheap, and the back panel has about worn out. Plus we have two carnivorous boys aged 6 & 8 who are getting more rapacious by the day. My wife, on the otherhand, tends to prefer a vegetable option. So, I'd like a little more room to maneuver.

    Right now, I'm between getting a 22 or a 26 inch Weber kettle, but leaning 26. I like the additional space of a 26, but I wonder whether I actually need it. Plus, the 22 seems to have more fun accessories. But I did see a rumor that a 26 inch version of the slow n sear may come out this spring.

    As for what I grill: steaks, burgers, chicken, and lamb on occasion. I'd like to get into smoking and rotisserie-ing too.
  • Huskee
    • May 2014
    • 15424
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Welcome to The Pit RafaelSantana! Nice to have you here. I think you'll be quite happy with either choice!

    Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

    Also, it's very important that you add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list in case you are ever drawn as our monthly Gold Medal Giveaway winner!

    Hope to hear & see more from you!


    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6551
      • Colorado
      • > Weber Genesis EP-330
        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
        > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
        > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
        > Thermoworks Smoke
        > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
        > Thermoworks Thermapen
        > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
        > Anova sous vide circulator
        > Searzall torch
        > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

      Welcome to the Pit, Rafael! Can't go wrong with either of those kettle choices ...


      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5692
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        If you cook complete meal on your grill or for company with regularity, I would go for the 26". Othenrwise the 22" will save you money and get the job done. I would go for the one touch gold with the cash cup removal system. It is easier than on the silver.


        • DWCowles
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 9696
          • Smiths Grove, Ky
          • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

          Welcome RafaelSantana


          • BigBear
            Former Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 657
            • Dallas-Ft. Worth

            Welcome to The Pit RafaelSantana . Good luck with the new kettle. Sounds like you are well on your way to upping your BBQ game.


            • CeramicChef
              Former Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 1184
              • OKC, OK

              RafaelSantana - welcome to The Pit and welcome to The Addiction!

              Size matters. I've always chosen the largest cooker that fit my budget and I've never rued that choice. It's better to have the size and not need it than to need it and can't get it. I'd get the 26" Weber Kettle ceterus paribus.

              Here's to great cooks and even better memories with family nd friends!


              • Danjohnston949
                In Memoriam
                • Dec 2014
                • 4398
                • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                RafaelSantana, Welcome to The Pit! I have never used a 26" Weber but I am currently using 2-22 1/2" Webers one has a
                S 'n S and DigiQ Temp Controller that I use for Smoking! The other I use for Grilling, both are Performers with ash catchers! As far as I know the accessories that will work on the 22 1/2" will work on the 26" with the exception of Rotisseries and similar that mandate rings to be added to the Grill! I know there are too
                many happy people on this site with the 26” for it not to be GOOD!
                Eat Well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan
                Last edited by Danjohnston949; March 5, 2016, 02:34 PM.


                • jharner
                  Club Member
                  • Jan 2016
                  • 1290
                  • Louisiana - North West but a coon ass at heart
                  • Cookers

                    Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill
                    Weber 22.5 Kettle
                    Brickman Box Smoker


                    Slow N Sear
                    Tube Smoker
                    Turkey Cannon
                    Rib racks
                    Weber chimney starter


                    Maverick ET 735
                    Tru Temp 3619n
                    Thermapen mk4

                    Favorite Drink

                    Free beer
                    Coors Light
                    Windsor ( Canadian blended whiskey )

                  Welcome to the pit, enjoy.


                  • fuzzydaddy
                    Charter Member
                    • Nov 2014
                    • 4972
                    • Winchester TN
                    • Hardware
                      Blackstone 36” Griddle.
                      Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
                      Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
                      DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                      Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
                      Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
                      Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                      ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                      Consumables / Favorites
                      KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
                      Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
                      SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                      MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

                    Welcome aboard RafaelSantana!


                    • DeusDingo
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 1156
                      • Madison, WI
                      • Weber Q320 grill
                        Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 Propane Smoker
                        Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

                      welcome from a fellow madisonian!


                      • CurlingDog
                        Charter Member
                        • Sep 2014
                        • 548
                        • Port Washington, WI
                        • Traeger Jr Elite, Modern Home Products TJK gasser,Char-Broil 26" Round Charcoal Grill CBRMH-2600/S, Weber Smokey Joe, small portable POS charcoal grill, 13.25" GrillGrates, Thermopen, Maverick ET-732, Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer
                          gorilla gloves, bear paws

                        and Welcome, from a fellow Wisconsinite!


                        • David Parrish
                          Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
                          • May 2014
                          • 4905
                          • Charlotte, NC

                          Welcome RafaelSantana! We're glad you're here.




                          2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                          We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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