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I haven't used mine in a while, but I cooked a lot of good food on it. It is very competitive with the egg for short cooks. The egg is so much easier for cooks over 1 hour. I also enjoy that the cooking grid in my XL in the nest is higher up than the Weber. First time I cooked on the Weber after using the Egg, I felt bent over like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Where shootings and tap water are equally deadly
My fleet of eggs: XL, Small & Mini.
LOL. You don't have to use lighter fluid to start the Weber anymore than you have to with the Egg. I never use it in either one.
Love my Egg, but I'm not stuck up enough to put down other brands to prop my Egg up.
As I stated earlier it was a joke...lighten up. I'm not stuck up or insecure. While you enjoy your Weber I don't. The purpose of me purchasing a BGE was to use it in all its ways of cooking but especially indirect and smoking. I've sold my old side box smoker on craigslist.
henapple, I don't think anyone is suggesting that; the thread did take a turn to w/n a Kettle is worthwhile to keep around and does it remain useful in a world increasingly populated by ceramic grills.
It's an interesting debate & one that has played out many, many times on various bbq forums over the years so it is not new - your thread title just kicked it off.
I used a kettle for years and I always used a chimney to light it. Lighter fluid is good for lighting the brush pile. To borrow a line from Alton Brown: lighter fluid is not "Good Eats."
McNuttly said: The egg does not do as well with briquettes as lump while the Kettle can handle either type. Some people don't like the flavor imparted by briquettes, but it seems pound for pound they are cheaper.