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Old 01-29-2019, 05:18 PM   #29
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Not sure what your cubic foot restrictions are, but I really like my smoke hollow unit that I bought at Home Depot. My reason for purchase was size and functionality. Most of the small units only have one loop burner that covers the whole grate from underneath. With those you are either all hot or all warm. This little unit has three separate burners so I can control my heat if Iím cooking more that one item. A big plus is the center burner heats a smoke tray so you can put in wood chips and to a slow smoke. The lid is tall enough to let you fit in a whole chicken or tri-tip or brisket. Itís all stainless steel and has latches that keep the lid closed when traveling. Iíll attach some pictures so you can see how I arranged it in my storage compartment and what the unit looks like.

I've seen those and like the idea but could never find out how they perform with the regulator removed and hooked into the trailer LP tap. Any idea of how they perform that way?
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:34 PM   #30
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I don't own one yet but I hear good things about them. Lots of videos out on them along with instructions to remove the regulator and replace with either DYI fitting or ones you can buy online. I did read one owner said it seemed to cook a little hotter. I figure to spend $300 by the time I buy the grill, new fittings, 12' propane hose, griddle, and a cover. Maybe those that own one can tell you more.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:09 PM   #31
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Hi old engineer,

I assume it would work fine. Every bbq I have owned, including this one, gets s new adjustable regulator. The factory regulators are crap. You either can’t go low enough to truly low heat slow cook a tri-tip or brisket, or they don’t get hot enough to hot grill a steak. I buy an adjustable regulator from True Value and just unscrew the factory one from the hose and screw the adjustable one on. Not sure what connections you have on your onboard tank, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. My onboard tank has a plug for a second outlet so I was going to install a gas shutoff valve and a quick connect hose. I was originally going to do that and then realized I had room in the side box for the bbq size bottle so I use the bottle.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:10 PM   #32
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Also, I love this Smoke Hollow bbq. With the adjustable regulator it’s perfect.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:13 PM   #33
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Interesting. I learned something. I'll lock that away for future reference. Thank you!
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:44 AM   #34
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Hey all new to all of this, but I love grilling at home and really enjoy lump charcoal grilling. Is it just too much hassle to pack grills and charcoal or are there other factors that steer you away from charcoal vs gas?
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:57 AM   #35
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New to hardside camping also. Trying to learn the ropes.
Due to limited space and weight, I'm looking to use "propane" so I don't need to carry charcoal and deal with the bags and ash. I intend to utilize my outside hookup on my trailer. I enjoy the charcoal cooking but until things change, I'm going with propane. (I also enjoy griddle cooking that I can get with the small propane grills)
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Thanks Critters. I don't have an external hook up for propane. I think the ash problem is something I wasn't thinking of. Charcoal grills are dirty things for sure...hmm.
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You can pick up a "T" propane connector that is available at Camping World, Bass Pro (I think) and others that sell propane accessories and hoses. The Weber requires a direct high pressure connect to a tank (any size, including those one pounder tanks) so the "T" goes between the valve and the regulator and has the same connector type as the one pound propane tanks. I operate with the hoses (I have two 10 foot hoses to reach the back of my RV, awning side, where I like to do the cooking, but not under the awning. For transporting, I put the brass terminator cap on the end of the hose and tie the coiled hoses together and to the tank. You want to make sure it doesn't get loose. The cap and connections are designed to be "gas tight". Your other option is to use the expensive one pound tanks (about 3 times the price of bulk propane) or a 20 pound tank if you don't mind dragging one of those things around.

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Hey all new to all of this, but I love grilling at home and really enjoy lump charcoal grilling. Is it just too much hassle to pack grills and charcoal or are there other factors that steer you away from charcoal vs gas?

The time spent on heat up and cool down may be factors to consider too.
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The time spent on heat up and cool down may be factors to consider too.
Oh my lord yes. Basically no grilling the day of travel is what that would mean. Ok. Gas grill it is!
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Hey all new to all of this, but I love grilling at home and really enjoy lump charcoal grilling. Is it just too much hassle to pack grills and charcoal or are there other factors that steer you away from charcoal vs gas?

There are several reasons I don't use a charcoal grill. The first is the ash. I keep the grill in the basement and no matter what you do there is bound to be ash that escapes. Another is the size of a decent grill. I don't like the way small grills cook as they tend to be too hot, too cold, small cooking surface, etc. If I really want that smoky flavor I can just cook over the campfire. I always bring firewood from my property with me and all it takes is building up a bed of coals and throwing a collapsible cooking grate over it and we are cooking. The last is the amount of time it takes to get cooking. We use our trailer not just for camping but as a towable hotel room. It is nice after a day of site seeing to turn on the gas, get the food ready and start cooking without waiting for the coals to be ready. That being said I know folks who won't go anywhere without their Big Green Eggs or favorite smoker and always are sure to load them into the back of the truck.


Edit: One other thing that popped into my head is due to excessive dry weather we have had a time or two where open fires and charcoal grills were not allowed. I've never seen a fire ban for a gas grill.
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For us, LPG over charcoal is a non-brainer. I like that I can turn it on and be cooking in minutes. If something comes up that we decide to delay dinner, I can turn it off, and then back on when we are once again ready to cook/eat. There is no ash cleanup. I can cook as long or short as I want/need.

Absolutely love my Blackstone Tailgater. This past weekend, I started with bacon, sausage, and eggs on the griddle (full pound of bacon at one time!) for breakfast. Lunch was grilled turkey/roast beef, ortega chile, and melted brie sandwiches, also on the griddle. Dinner saw 5 1 1/4" thick ribeye steaks and 1/2 lb of pollo asada cooked to perfection on the grille. Next morning was chorizo tacos from the griddle, followed by breaded raviolis on the griddle for lunchtime snacks. Only thing I haven't used (yet) is the open burner (either the griddle, the grille, or both can be lifted off), but I'm sure that will come soon.
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