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Hey All,

Thanks again for all the tips and advice. I really dig this board.

This morning I went out to a couple of local big box retailers to check out their selections. I had bought my 22.5 inch Charbroil at Kroger about a year ago and thought they might have something similar I'd like. They didn't. That said, I moved on to Target (same experience) and then on to Lowe's. Lowe's actually has a decent selection. They had 3 grills that I was interested in. They are listed below along with Lowe's price and a link to the manufacturer's site.

Weber Kettle One Touch Silver 22.5" - $84.99
http://www.weberstuff.com/webonetoucsi.html

CharGriller Smokin Pro BBQ Smoker - $169.99
http://www.chargriller.com/shop/grills/smokin-pro.html

CharBroil 26 Inch Grill - $99.99
(not listed on website)

I liked my CharBroil, but the durability on in was obviously pretty poor if I have to buy a new grill only 15 months after buying the first one. That makes me hesitant to buy another, especially since I don't think there is enough vertical space between the grate and the lid. I tried to do beer butt chicken a few times on my grill and the chickens just barely fit, gave me problems flipping over, etc. I also wouldn't mind having more grill space than 22.5 inches. Right now, I feel like the CharGriller is the best out of this group for my needs. It is very large (top to bottom), has built in wooden tables (which I like), a built in thermometer, and cast iron grates (I've never used these but I hear they are good, ?). It also has a device inside that would be make it very easy to collect and dump ashes if I just want to grill and not use the sidebox. That's a big plus for me.

So yeah, if I haven't bored you guys to death yet, I'd love to hear any advice you might have. I've looked at some higher priced grills but in my very recent post-collegiate lifestyle I just can't drop $400 on a grill. Thanks very much for your time and thoughts!

Joe
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