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    Introductions and a question!

    I know introductions are in order, but am really keen to ask a question.

    Been in the KC most of my life so I feel like BBQ is my church. I've grilled for many years, bought Meathead's book, bought the good thermometers, got an account here, now everyone comes over and I don't have any leftovers, etc. Haha!

    I feel like it's periphery to this site, but I'm wanting to add appetizers. They're almost always fried. I'm not frying that in the house--I've seen that commercial in Kentucky Fried Movie. [Can/Should I link to that video, lol?]

    I think that gas is really the only option. I've got some cast iron skillets and actually bought the FireBoard sous-vide thermo so I can make sure the oil temp is perfect. I'm sure it will work. I think.

    Maybe I should ask outside of this introductory forum?? Let me know, please.

    I think I want a cheap/cheaper gas grill for this. Not a tailgate one, but just above that. Cost isn't the focus, but effectiveness. I've got all the charcoal and stick grills/smokers that I need for everything else. But...I wonder if maybe there's other things I can do with a gas grill, and things I haven't foreseen? I saw a small 2 burner Char-Broil gas grill at Lowe's, and thought size-wise it was perfect. It would be great for cooking up oil for frying in something cast iron. But in my inexperience I could miss something.

    So on that Char-Broil gas grill, the lid for the grill does nothing for me, except maybe block some wind. There's a secondary, elevated wire shelf attached to the lid, don't need it, but maybe there's some awesomeness I don't know about? Should I look at some of the simple LP burners? (The ones that don't fall over and spread Greek fire to the neighbors' yards). I just overflow with data and ideas--I have to defer to the experience of others.

    -J

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    Greetings from South Africa

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      #3
      I’m not sure Im able to answer that. Huntington Beach welcomes you and whatever cooker you decide on.

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        #4
        Welcome from Virginia! For gas, I recommend Weber. It has just served me well for many years. If you just want for frying why not look at a Camp Chef portable stove, their burners get plenty hot and you can use for multiple purposes.

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          #5
          Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois! In my experience of deep frying, you get much faster recovery temp with the skillet of Dutch oven on a burner where the flame is directly on the bottom of the vessel. As David Norcross suggests above a portable stove with decent control knobs works well. A turkey fryer type single burner on a stand works, but flame is controlled by a needle valve and hard to be very precise, which makes temperature control difficult.
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            #6
            Welcome from Minnesota. I lean toward the portable stove too.

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              #7
              Welcome to the Pit from Dallas! I can’t help you with the fried stuff, but poppers and wings are great appetizers on the grill or smoker.

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                #8
                Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!

                Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

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                  #9
                  Welcome to The Pit.

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                    #10
                    Hello from Milwaukie/Portland OR.

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                      #11
                      The answers to your questions is YES

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                        #12
                        Welcome from Massachusetts. I have a Weber Spirit at my cottage. It gets really hot, around 500. Perfect size for what you want to do. In addition, I smoked some St Louis ribs yesterday using a smoke tube with apple pellets and it came out surprisingly good for smoke flavor. So it can be a backup for capacity.

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                          #13
                          Welcome to the Pit! Sorry, we don't fry either.

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                            #14
                            Welcome from the California Delta.

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                              #15
                              I'm not sure if you have one or want one but Blackstone makes a griddle / deep fryer combo and Camp Chef makes a griddle / burner combo.

                              This would solve your fryer problem and also give you a griddle to cook with outside for things like smash burgers, stir fry, eggs and bacon and home fries.

                              I use my outdoor griddle a couple times a week for cooking on. It was a great addition to my outdoor cooking arsenal.

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