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Grill Questions: Infrared and BGE


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Grill Questions: Infrared and BGE

Imby | | May 28, 2010 09:11 AM

New house, bigger deck. The fat lady is singing for my little city-life Weber Q.

When the weather is decent, we'll grill (chicken, steaks, burgers, vegetables, etc.) 4-5 times per week. Convenience is pretty important, so a gas grill is probably the direction we'll go.

Two gas grill questions:
1. Do I want one with an infrared "searing" burner? Am I really missing out if I simply go with a Weber Genesis 320-ish grill? I'm pretty comfortable technique-wise, so I was perfectly happy with "fire under grate" methods. But these infrared things are all over the place - are they really going to add to my enjoyment if I can find a sturdy, decent BTU-output grill?
2. What are the benefits of going from the Weber Genesis line to the Summit line? Is it just nicer gadgets for the purpose of price discrimination (like a slightly slicker igniter) or is it really an overall quality upgrade?

Secondly, we do love BBQ and at some point would love to do some smoking. Big Green Egg is very, very tempting, but between the charcoal and the small cooking grate (which has to be removed if I'm not mistaken), the convenience barrier might be too high for now. Question:
3. We have a raised wooden / composite deck, not a concrete patio. Is it still advisable to have a charcoal grill/device (e.g., BGE) that requires a chimney starter on a deck rather than a patio? Should I just suck it up, give up on the romance/authenticity factor and get an electric smoker?

Thanks in advance, grill hounds!