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Old 07-23-2011, 10:07 AM   #16
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I got it because I was tired of the usual tin boxes. Part of it was for the appearance. Also, being cast it can survive the cold winters uncovered (although the heavy vinyl is ver durable), since when it is -10F, I don't have to worry about waiting to go out and cover a hot grill in the snow. I am still learning how to use it and control it without just flipping it open. It is great for seared rare steaks or hamburgers, but low temperature cooking (roasts, turkeys, whole chickens, etc.) takes a little more thought. - It is not traditional or for everyone.

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The way I cook on low is fairly simple. I put the front and back burners on med-low and leave the middle one off, then place the stuff in the middle. The grill will stay anywhere from 350-400 depending on outside temperatures and I adjust from there. The grease from whatever is cooking will not drop onto the flames and I don't get any flare-ups...

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I got it because I was tired of the usual tin boxes. Part of it was for the appearance. Also, being cast it can survive the cold winters uncovered (although the heavy vinyl is ver durable), since when it is -10F, I don't have to worry about waiting to go out and cover a hot grill in the snow. I am still learning how to use it and control it without just flipping it open. It is great for seared rare steaks or hamburgers, but low temperature cooking (roasts, turkeys, whole chickens, etc.) takes a little more thought. - It is not traditional or for everyone.

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The biggest reason I like the boxy gas grills is some have grease pans. how does the q300 react to grease drips?
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The typical collector tray hanging closely under the center drain with replaceable tray avaialble from Weber (of course). Just download or look at the manuals from the Weber site. I think they are available for all models and make buying easier. Obviously, they will tell you all about the accessories/gimmicks.

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The typical collector tray hanging closely under the center drain with replaceable tray avaialble from Weber (of course). Just download or look at the manuals from the Weber site. I think they are available for all models and make buying easier. Obviously, they will tell you all about the accessories/gimmicks.

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I also noticed the Weber Q200. $200. Only difference is that it doesnt have a cart or a temp gauge.
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I think the Q200 is smaller and not have the same burners or grates. I know that when I bought the smooth top replace for one side it was different and more costly (about $50). I don't know if it has 2 fold up shelves and is really more portable. With the reputation Weber has, they are not stupid enough to have such a difference in pricing for similar grills, since they are not adding the frills like chrome, color options, extra burners, etc.

If it does not have a stand like the Q300, you will have buy one anyway.

I bought my Q300 on the internet, because no retailers in a large market area had any left in stock and it turned out it was a good move because it was delivered free, but my wife and I had to wrestle the big, heavy box up house stairs to the level the deck was on.

After a year, I am zeroing in on the use for normal use on chicken, steaks and roasts and will try it on ribs and brisket soon. The flat smooth grill 1/2 top cast iron insert turns out to be good for onions, mushrooms and who knows what I will discovery. My lightweight Brinkman smoker and my 22 1/2" charcoal Weber got blown away/destroyed yesterday, but everything else survived, so I will use my newer Weber more than I expected. It is a weird looking grill, but it works amazingly well without a lot of poking and tending once you understand it.

You can go crazy over-shopping and searching for glitz, details/differences, so just make a best fit choice for you and begin to learn how to use it.

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I think the Q200 is smaller and not have the same burners or grates. I know that when I bought the smooth top replace for one side it was different and more costly (about $50). I don't know if it has 2 fold up shelves and is really more portable. With the reputation Weber has, they are not stupid enough to have such a difference in pricing for similar grills, since they are not adding the frills like chrome, color options, extra burners, etc.

If it does not have a stand like the Q300, you will have buy one anyway.

I bought my Q300 on the internet, because no retailers in a large market area had any left in stock and it turned out it was a good move because it was delivered free, but my wife and I had to wrestle the big, heavy box up house stairs to the level the deck was on.

After a year, I am zeroing in on the use for normal use on chicken, steaks and roasts and will try it on ribs and brisket soon. The flat smooth grill 1/2 top cast iron insert turns out to be good for onions, mushrooms and who knows what I will discovery. My lightweight Brinkman smoker and my 22 1/2" charcoal Weber got blown away/destroyed yesterday, but everything else survived, so I will use my newer Weber more than I expected. It is a weird looking grill, but it works amazingly well without a lot of poking and tending once you understand it.

You can go crazy over-shopping and searching for glitz, details/differences, so just make a best fit choice for you and begin to learn how to use it.

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Consumer reports rates the q200 actually than the q300 for whatever odd reason.
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Consumer reports rates the q200 actually than the q300 for whatever odd reason.
Your right.... I can't find any q300's around me. Hard to find.

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