What Is The Best Gas and Charcoal Combo Grill?
Hello, I have a Weber classic Charcoal Grill that I love
and my wife and I are looking to have an outdoor kitchen built. We'd like to have a gas grill for quick
startups and convenience but I like charcoal grilling. What options are out there to get both in a
grill? I found a Kalamazoo Gourmet gas and charcoal combo grill but the prices are way out of my
league. I've never had a gas grill, only charcoal so I'm really not familiar with them. We also will
be using natural gas as we have a line outside already.
Thanks for your help.
I see you're looking for
the best of both worlds with the gas and charcoal combo grill. There are a few gas and charcoal combo
grills out there, but most are not of the quality or design that you would want if you're designing an outdoor
kitchen. There are also a few gas grills that sell charcoal trays that you can insert over or in place of
the gas burners. I think this would be your best option. The main one I know doing this is Napoleon
Grills. They have a wide selection of built-in models to choose from, and make powerful, long lasting
grills. Below are a few options depending on the size and price you’re looking for.
Napoleon Mirage 6
Napoleon Mirage 3
Charcoal Insert for Mirage
Best of luck with the
outdoor kitchen plans!
Thanks for your quick reply and detailed
answer. I really appreciate it. I had my choices down to 3, but didn’t really have any gas and
charcoal combo grills.
1 - A Napoleon, I
haven’t picked a model yet so I'll review your notes.
2 - A Weber
3 - A Kitchen Aid
I liked that the Weber and
the Kitchen Aid were both around $2000 - $2500 and included a smoking tray so I could really get the flavor from
wood chips. It also has the rotisserie and warming tray. What do you think of my three choices
and any drawbacks? I read one bad Napoleon review, I'm not sure of which model or line so it’s got me a
little worried. I've also read good stuff so they are back on my short list. I'm getting some cash
from a refinance so I want to spend it reliably.
Personally I like options 1
and 2. You certainly can't go wrong with the Weber; I like the searing burners on that model, as well as
the fact that you'll always be able to find parts. I found it for $2149, which isn't a bad deal at
all. As far as the Kitchen Aid, I honestly don't have much experience with their grills. There is
very little information online that I could find, but I do know they are manufactured by Nexgrill and have
customer support through Kitchen Aid.