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Off Topic - Recommendation for a portable gas grill

FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033
It seems that the place we are going to be tailgating this weekend in College Station only allows portable gas grills.  Does anybody have any experience/recommendations?  Is the WeberQ the way to go.  Reviews suggest it is good for fast searing, but even on it's lowest setting it will sear whatever is on the grill.  Are there better options out there?  Thanks for any input or advice.

XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

San Antonio, TX

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  • Bring the egg and a can of propane, they will not know the difference.



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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,517
    something i bring with me when i cant burn lump is my camp stove, castiron pan and sausages peppers onions, bacon wrapped scollops, reheat some egged chili, meatballs and sauce, steak and cheese subs etc   seems more handy than a gas grill
    :D my old camp king is probably 50 plus years old
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,295
    edited September 2013
    Depends how serious you are, I guess.
    You can get a little Weber or a Master Forge 12000BTU gas grill at Lowe's for under $70 that will perform like a $70 grill - it is either on or off, there is nothing in between no matter where you set the dial, it is hot or it is cold. 
    You can get a 14000BTU Napoleon (had one on the boat - used in the salt chuck) that is very well built of 304 SS, wind proof and will do indirect cooks as it had two burner controls that actually change the temperature for about $225. 
    Like eggs, big difference between a Chargrill egg for $200 and a LBGE for $800, being an egg owner you understand quality. 
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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    So you did find a place to tailgate? I wanted to go this weekend but I have a race that I'm working at and that trumped the Ponies getting ran over by Johnny (I will sign anything for money) Foozeball. Would love to see SMU win but we don't pay our players like we used to. Have fun down there it's a great place to watch a college game.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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  • I just snagged a used Weber Q100 off of craigslist for $75 for a music festival I was heading to. It came with the folding cart stand which turned out to be really nice to have, as well as a cover. 

    There is supposedly an adapter and hose you can get to use a full size propane tanks. However, I bought two of those fat boy propane tanks at home depot, the 16.5 ozs, and cooked on it for 3 days straight.

    I did grilled WANGZ, pork chops, brats, hot dogs and burgers. Did not have a camp stove and tried to use for cast iron with eggs and pancakes and sausage. Worked OK, but took a while to get the pans hot and used a lot of fuel in the mean time.

    Overall I would reccommend that little sucker for no more than 4-6 people. But it does get nice and HOT.

    There is the Q200 for a larger size, but honestly this little sucker doesnt take up a lot of trunk space and did a great job.

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,715
    edited September 2013
    Hands down the TEC Cherokee is the best. I've used three different ones over 10 years. Very expensive but the best.

    Academy has one that is very similar for several hundred less.

    If its a once or twice a year thing, I'd get the one from academy. If you will use it often, go with the TEC.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • I have a never ending need to give Jimmy Buffett money.  I've had this grill for about 5 years and it works great.  http://www.margaritavillecargo.com/product.aspx?pid=6793

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,814
    michigan_jason  has it right. Get a LP tank and a hose next to  you Egg. They will never tell the difference. 
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • You can also retrofit the egg to use propane.  There is a video on youtube. (I don't recommend permanent modifications)
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  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 1,984
    The weber q series are great grills. Only issue is they don't burn quite hot enough. I'm thinking ill try slightly boring out the gas holes with my torch drill bits. But still the best portable grill for the money IMO.
    Aiken, SC
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033

    Thanks for all the great input. 

    @TUTTLE871, since I don't know my way around College Station, I found a company that apparently is on a variety of college campuses that leases space and sets up tailgating canopies for people.  They set up some chairs and a table and transport all your gear from your car to the canopy they have set up for you.  They do this in the park across the street from the stadium.  I'm pretty sure there are some places around the stadium that don't cost money - and allow charcoal grills - and while I am there this weekend I will try to figure out where to do that for next time.  As a result, I am not interested in spending much money on a portable gas grill that I may only use once.  It's not like I need another grill.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • DfishelDfishel Posts: 104
    Mini egg!!
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033

     

    Dfishel said:
    Mini egg!!

    My ProQ travels easily as I can lift it by the handle on top. It gives me two 20 inch cooking surfaces if I bring the whole thing - or one if I leave the mid section at home. So, it is hard for me to justify buying a mini.


    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,814
    Swing by Salado and you can take mine. image
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • MJGMJG Posts: 170
    I have a Coleman Roadtrip grill and like it for tailgating.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033
    @MJG, thanks.  I saw the Coleman online and it looks like a good option as well, along with the grill recommended by @travisstrick

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033

    @travisstrick, so I narrowed it down to the Coleman or the one you recommended and went out last night to see what was available locally and potentially compare them.  I got a version (not exactly the one in your link) of the Outdoor Gourmet because I couldn't find the Coleman at either Bass Pro Shop or Academy so it was no contest.  It has a collapsable rolling stand, a small side table that folds up and two burners that are front/back rather than left/right - all for $99.99.  My son and I put it together last night and it seems pretty reasonably built and it gets plenty hot.  Thanks for the recommendation.  Thanks to others as well for their input. 

    My daughter has informed me that she will have a bunch of hungry friends stopping to tailgate with us, so (if Costco has what I want) we're going with blackened beef tenderloin sandwiches (thanks to a suggestion from another tailgate thread on here) and Johnsonville brats. 

    The last time I went tailgating, I was a high school senior and a guest with my parents at another family's site at the 1980 Orange Bowl national championship game between FSU and Oklahoma.....

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • I'm glad I could help.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033
    You should know that when I looked at the only online review of the grill you recommended it described terrible problems and suggest that nobody should buy it.  When I talked to my son about our options he said "Who are you gonna trust? Some random person online - or Travis?"

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • Foghorn said:
    "Who are you gonna trust? Some random person online - or Travis?"
    I recommend that you take it back for a refund.
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  • My dad has the $700 TEC and the academy one. He primarily uses the academy version. He lives on the Gulf of Mexico and even the salt air hasn't ruined it yet.

    Your son is wise beyond his years. :ar!
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033
    "Your son is wise beyond his years"

    Yes he is. When we grill and camp together I tend to be the immature pyromaniac and he is the voice of safety/wisdom/reason. That's why I trusted him on this issue.

    Of course, if this grill malfunctions on Saturday then I know who to blame...

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,249
    If he trust Travis... Drug test =P~
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,814
    henapple said:
    If he trust Travis... Drug test =P~
    Is the test on Travis or Fog or both???????????
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033
    I think he meant to test my son.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,814
    Foghorn said:
    I think he meant to test my son.

    I know your Son. He is quite normal, its the other two I worry about.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,249
    Foghorn said:

    I think he meant to test my son.

    lols jk broski...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,033

    "lols jk broski... "

     

    Understood.  I was just trying to clarify for Mickey.  Poor fella can't read and it seems to have gotten him confused. 

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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