This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I've recently moved into a house with a big enough yard that I can have a barbecue, but never having done it myself, I don't know what kind to get. Charcoal or propane? How much should I spend? Do I need it to be a smoker? What other features are important? How much should I spend?
I'm almost sold on The Big Green Egg, based solely on Bear's paean to it, and the fact that it looks really cool, and I like green. Maybe those aren't the primary criteria I should be applying to this problem though.
A simple Weber charcoal grill is inexpensive and works well. But charcoal, while a wonderful fuel, is a hassle, you have to start early, mess with it. and then when you are done, its a big mess.
Propane grills are a lot less hassle, you turn it on almost like a stove, give it a minute or two to warm up and you are ready to cook.
After years of using a Weber and charcoal, I switched to a Ducane with a rotisserie. I love to rotisserie. It makes wonderful chicken. Nothing I can do will make the main burners of the Ducane get as hot as a good charcoal fire.