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Don't understand it. What used to be a place full of good talk, grill porn and so on is now as lively as a wake. Actually most wakes I attend are livelier. Whazzup around here?!

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Don't understand it. What used to be a place full of good talk, grill porn and so on is now as lively as a wake. Actually most wakes I attend are livelier. Whazzup around here?!

 

Lots of looking no talking! Visitor activity so high last month service provider tried to get me to upgrade! Can't explain it otherwise! Maybe after 10+ years all the questions are answered😕

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Serious grilling season for me doesn't start again until late September / October. 116° (actual) in Phoenix yesterday - and of course my grill is on the west side of the house. I only do stuff that doesn't require much time - burgers, a steak, or last night I warmed up some Tony Roma's already cooked babybacks. Safeway had them for $5 a rack a couple weeks ago, so I stocked up! They are actually pretty good and easy!

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I still post occasionally. But 'hood is right. I fully expcted my purchase of a Broil King would bring a shit storm on me from the likes of Ronald, Tubby, etc. Not a peep. Very disappointing. B)

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Nah, I think they'd agree you bought a very nice grill (but than I can't speak for them) ;) I have a second Broilmaster which I am going to get going soon. Another P3 model. I have a full set of CI grates for it. I need to buy ceramic briquettes and a rack for it. Also a new control panel cover. Stupid me when I picked the grill up I completely forgot that cover. I hope to put them side by side :D Still trying to find a fabricator to make the fire box part for my Summit. Hopefully I will.

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I have seen their posts when someone buys a non-Weber product. I finally had some answers and there are nowhere to be found! LOL!

 

I'll have to keep an eye out for a used Broil Master. Skeptical about the briquettes. But your enthusiasm for them is cool.

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I gave advice via direct message to a new sign up with the handle Highcroft about buying a similar Broil King to mine. He mentioned something about not being able to reply to threads. does that sound right to you? could it be that newbies are not allowed to post for an amount of time or is it just creating new threads?

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I gave advice via direct message to a new sign up with the handle Highcroft about buying a similar Broil King to mine. He mentioned something about not being able to reply to threads. does that sound right to you? could it be that newbies are not allowed to post for an amount of time or is it just creating new threads?

 

Honestly don't know the answer. Maybe the newbie did not activate the account correctly? As for the briquette thing...................last night I was cooking up some chicken on the Broilmaster. Even the aroma is more like a charcoal cook and even my wife notices it. And trust me other than baking she's not a cook and does not notice little things like this. I think it's something about how ceramics hold much higher amounts of heat, and release it slowly. Also that rather than juices running off it allows a certain amount of absorption so they smoke more. I really don't know but there is a difference.

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Chris,

 

Almost cant believe it (tongue in cheek) but I have to agree with "hood". I had an older variant Broilmaster P-2 and the barnyard strutter off of that grill had a completly different taste than most traditional gassers. With that said my Holland by far makes the best chicken (read taste, juiciness,skin crispiness et al...) of any of my grills/smokers which is different than both the Broilmaster and more tradional gassers I have AOG and Weber.

 

Glad you are rocking the Broilking. Said it many times on this forum their are some great grills and lest we not forget the cooks out their. I directed a few friends to your review and they have/are impressed. One of them pulled the trigger and is quite happy with the unit.

 

Concerning this place being dead it is what it is however hopefully things pick up.

 

Jeff

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See there ya go Jeff now I may have to go out and get a Holland too. See the trouble you cause? :P

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I can't afford to keep with you guys! LOL! But I will keep my eyes open for a used BM. Having two grills isn't the worst idea, especially if they have different strengths and uses. ;)

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I can remember just a couple of years back if I didn't log in for a four hour period I'd have at least two hours of posts to catch up with. Today I log in and there are only 13 new posts since my last "drop-in" all the way back on July 14 better than two weeks ago. Sigh..

 

I'm guessing Don is right. We've pretty much talked ourselves blue in the face and repeated topics so many times maybe there's just no sense sayin' it again! Newbies don't seem to be asking so much either - which did usually precipitate long threads in reply.

 

Also, many of our veterans have moved on, retired from here or maybe just drop in once or twice annually to see if there's anything shaking different than: "can you tell me which Weber I should buy - Spirit or Summit?".. Yikes! rolleyes.gif

 

I miss not only the long threaded conversations we had, but also the numerous photos that were uploaded daily. Seems like you can never get enough pix of racks of ribs, steaks, chops, briskets and roto chickens! Which is really unusual given how easy it is anymore to snap a photo, given the great cameras on cellphones, pads, etc today. I can say for sure I'm still grilling as much as ever in the past, and my wife has even jumped on the bandwagon and has moved a lot of her menus out to the grill. Just don't seem to have the time, the inkling nor the urge to snap pix and upload. I thought I was maybe just getting old! cool.gif

 

Sure - I miss it all! For the longest time this was almost my cyber home here, I spent more time here than I did at my real home! wacko.gif

 

So, there ya go, hood! No real solid answers, but for sure you're right about the "wake" atmosphere around here of late. We need something to shake things up here a bit.

 

mike

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I'm wondering if "Sandy" took a lot of the wind out of the sails. Now that REALLY doesn't make sense, especially for you Mikey.

 

After she struck, many of the threads posted were regarded to our other interests besides grilling....There was the photography era, then the home improvement section and the boat show. Maybe, we vets, talked our selves out of the freshness of grilling and our BBQs just became a tool, which is OK. We've honed our craft to a point where we're pretty much happy with the outcomes of our cooking endeavors, however, it still brings a smile when I take the cover off of my Genny, not to cause any "cover" controversy here.

 

There seemed to be some fresh inmates within the last couple of years but nothing with the exuberance we had 3 to 6+ years ago. A question was asked, and it opened up a floodgate of responses almost instantaneously. Now I asked a question here last week, if I recall correctly, and I DID get responded to very quickly by a few inmates. I think it's the questions have diminished here, not the interests of grilling.

 

A similar, but slightly different situation has occurred following a camping forum website that I visited frequently. Over the course of the last 6-8 years, the posts have dwindled dramatically as well. But even after asking for current information there are very few responses. Sad

 

I want to think that people are still using their grills as well as improvising and experimenting with them. I hope people are still camping and enjoying the outdoors as much as we used to. I want to believe they are. Maybe we're just not as voicetress about it. What I don't want to believe is that we've become lazy.

 

I was surprised at the age group of the inmates I was communicating with here and in the camping forum as well. I though I was alone in my fifties and sixties as we conversed with one another. Little did I know was most of our immediate group was in the 45 to 70s range also. Maybe the younger folk don't find talking about our interests social enough. OK, I'm done.

 

I WILL continue to visit this forum with the anticipation that more and more threads will be posted searching for answers that we "seasoned" veterans will be happy and eager to answer.

 

Be well people....speak soon.....elliot

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Most who posted seem so surprised at the inactivity except for Chris B who nailed it for the exact cause. Is it really that much of a mystery? Do you really think new folks will dash to return when they are scolded or told they are morons because they didn't buy a Weber by the usual suspects? Guess what. Turns out Weber is not the best choice...in fact it never was for many people. Now it's overpriced schlock as two of you guys were honest enough to point out. How many potentially great contributors were turned off by the Weber fanboi crew...again, the usual suspects. And who here ever put them in their place? If it's dead now,news flash...it's not getting any livelier in the weeks or months to come. Grilling season for the average Joe is coming to a close. Retailers start to clearance grills from Labor Day on...except of course for price fixed shitty Webers.

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Boy Doc,

 

I can't believe your still on that kick. Fact is, all of the categories here have been in a slump for some time. Not only the Weber site. Whatever brand you choose, your going to praise it as the item of choice. I don't think it's right to ridicule other brands as garbage either.

People are going to, and should buy the best they can afford, whatever that might be.

 

But I don't agree that that's the reason things are slow around here. I believe there are other factors involved as i stated above.

 

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and if you're retired, enjoy the rest of your life.

 

elliot

 

Bye-the-way, there is no grilling season!

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Most who posted seem so surprised at the inactivity except for Chris B who nailed it for the exact cause. Is it really that much of a mystery? Do you really think new folks will dash to return when they are scolded or told they are morons because they didn't buy a Weber by the usual suspects? Guess what. Turns out Weber is not the best choice...in fact it never was for many people. Now it's overpriced schlock as two of you guys were honest enough to point out. How many potentially great contributors were turned off by the Weber fanboi crew...again, the usual suspects. And who here ever put them in their place? If it's dead now,news flash...it's not getting any livelier in the weeks or months to come. Grilling season for the average Joe is coming to a close. Retailers start to clearance grills from Labor Day on...except of course for price fixed shitty Webers.

 

Leave it to you to bring hostility to a friendly post.

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Ain't it the truth!!

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When you insult or speak down to a newcomer, they don't return for more and they will seek a more friendly environment. They don't think," well gee, I' don't feel welcome in the Grills and Smokers or General BBQ Discussion Forum so I think I'll chat it up in the General Discussion forum." What they do is leave and never come back and it effects every single forum on this site.

 

Perhaps you have not ridiculed others for their purchases but clearly there are others here who have...we all know who they are. They should have been warned or otherwise addressed and booted after the second incident.

It's like an eight track tape playing: A newcomer posts that they have $XXX.00 to spend on a new grill and the response from the brain trust is always:"Save more money up and buy a Weber. The grill you are looking at is garbage."

 

Who are they? Let's be honest here:

 

1.Ronald

2. underthehood...but is starting to see the light

3.Richlife

4.Tubbys Smoke House

 

A shout out of thanks to that crew for their efforts and welcoming ways.

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Sorry pal the only hostility I've seen on this board (other than few that have gone by the wayside having been kicked off or what have but may actually have been you) has been from you. Yeah people here will tell it like it is. If someone comes on here and wants to buy some junk Charbroil or other similar Chinese POS yeah they'll be treated like a friend and given GOOD advice to avoid that and set their sights differently. I've said it many times and stick by what I say/said. Better someone goes out and spends $250 on a clean used Weber than some brand new shiny Chinese POS.

And no I am not "seeing the light". I own and still LOVE my Webers (ALL OF THEM). In many cases $$$ for $$$ Weber is still the best bet out there. Perhaps not for outstanding build quality so much as a product and company that has withstood the test of time and has support better than just about anything I've ever seen (grill or otherwise). More companies should take a lesson from Weber.

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