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Old 04-23-2016, 06:43 PM   #15
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The world has changed a great deal since free trade. Products we once took for granted come from dubious sources and new products and substances appear all the time. But rather than doing more stringent consumer product testing, most Western governments have cut consumer safety budgets. One exception is California. So if I can find a product that passes California standards, I will probably buy it ahead of something from China!

As for charcoal - when I used to use it years ago I'd already switched from brickettes to the "natural" stuff. But yes, any smokey cooking, especially if the food is charred, can apparently be hazardous. I'm careful not to burn or overcook. And we don't BBQ a lot. And the occasional overcooked s'more I don't think will kill anyone!

Living is hazardous to our health. In fact it will kill us! But seriously, I believe that intelligent people can avoid some of the more insidious hazards of some modern consumer products with a little intelligent research, some critical thinking,and by not dismissing well intentioned advice out of hand. Thanks for the Webber tip. I'll check it out!
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:26 PM   #16
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Good post, Randy. I perhaps came across as flippant in my earlier reply. I agree it makes sense to be prudent in our choices and balance risk, benefit, cost, and social responsibility.

I'm not sure I agree about CA's leadership, though, at least in this instance. If everything is "carcinogenic," then nothing is.

I have the same mini-Weber as Raz for camping. I also have a 30-year-old full-size Weber at home. The coating is porcelain enamel like your oven at home, not paint, and is still in excellent condition on the big one at home.
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Old 04-24-2016, 03:44 PM   #17
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Ingredients in charcoal briquettes

There's videos and good info on the web about how charcoal is made. Hopefully you're using charcoal made in the US, not in the Amazon or other rainforests. In addition to hardwoods like hickory, commercially made charcoal has anthracite coal dust, cornstarch and lime added - that was enough for me go get a gas-fired bbq...but gas doesn't have the great taste that charcoal has...but lime and coal???
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:13 PM   #18
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It sounded to me as if the OP's big concern was lead contamination, not so much carcinogens. Lead poisoning is serious, so I can understand.

The Weber kettle is a good suggestion, and they work great; flareups are rare, so your meat doesn't get charred by flames, and the round shape distributes heat more evenly than other shapes.

Another one I have is the EcoQue stainless steel grill, but it is not very large (the bigger model is 15" square) so it may not have enough space for a family cookout. I have the 12" for my solo camping; it can fit 2 steaks max, so the 15" is probably only good for 3 people.
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It sounded to me as if the OP's big concern was lead contamination, not so much carcinogens. Lead poisoning is serious, so I can understand.

The Weber kettle is a good suggestion, and they work great; flareups are rare, so your meat doesn't get charred by flames, and the round shape distributes heat more evenly than other shapes.

Another one I have is the EcoQue stainless steel grill, but it is not very large (the bigger model is 15" square) so it may not have enough space for a family cookout. I have the 12" for my solo camping; it can fit 2 steaks max, so the 15" is probably only good for 3 people.
The Weber mentioned by Casita Greg is rectangular instead of round which means that it's easier to store in a small trailer. I've got one that I've had for at least 15 years and the only part that might need replacing anytime soon is the wooden handles. I haven't used it for a while but now that I've got a trailer to put it in, it might see more use.

When I was married, we also had two Pyromid grills which look the same as the EcoQue. My ex ended up with those. It was nice and very efficient but not big enough for a family cookout.
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:00 AM   #20
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Thank you all. I'm going to go with one of the Webber. I had their tech rep send me the warnings and the only one they seem to have related to the California proposition relates to "combustion byproducts" which I take to mean charcoal smoke and the nasty stuff produced by burning fat.

My only problem with the California proposition 65 is that the warnings provide information without providing the tools to evaluate the risk. The warning to me is simply a checkpoint saying, "Whoa, take a second look. Evaluate." Here is a link to a better explanation:
OEHHA Proposition 65: Proposition 65 in Plain Language!

I'll tell you now that my suspicions about some of the cheaper Chinese charcoal grills actually started a couple of years ago, seeing the paint on my 25 dollar knock-off actually catch fire. My bet is that the paint had been off-gassing long before flames erupted, giving off toxic fumes and possibly contaminating our food. I was reluctant therefore to buy another and careful about reading the warnings!
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:20 PM   #21
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Had the 22" original Weber and did not like it. Went with this instead and it is great (Amazon):

Portable Kitchen PK 99740 Cast Aluminum Grill and Smoker.

Also have used this and it works well (also Amazon):


Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill

When not using the Protable Kitchen Grill I use a Weber Q1200 propane and it is well built and does a very good job.
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Old 05-23-2016, 05:03 PM   #22
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Well, if anyone is still following this thread, I went for the Weber Go Anywhere grill as some of you suggested. I also got one of those charcoal starter chimneys. The chimney is an amazing innovation - just news paper to start the coals - no petroleum stink! And the Weber is all about quality. The baked on porcelain finish seems unaffected by the intense heat (so I can be pretty sure it isn't releasing chemicals as the cheaper ones do. And there even seems very little flareup to burn the food. Thanks!
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Beware of elevation with those chimney devices. When I lived at 7000' it was next to useless.

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Old 05-24-2016, 12:04 AM   #24
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Always remember that these warning labels are a big C.Y.A. slap a label on it just in case. Its far too expensive to do the actual testing to see if you really need the label. Slap on a cautionary label and go on with life. Go camping, live life, and leave the lawyers B.S. at home.
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