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    BBQ/Grillers - Living in an Apartment...Ugh

    I'm trying to adjust from living in a house to living in an apartment, particularly for grilling/BBQ. I had to store my BGE and charcoal, and can only use propane grills. I love slow cooking meats, but my main concern is my weekly grilled steak. I looked at Traegers today, but that pretty much eliminates my seared med rare steak potential. I was looking at Modern Home Products grills, they get a lot of love but are expensive. When I retire in a few years, it wouldn't hurt to have my BGE for most of my grilling/smoking, and a propane for quick grills during the winter or to save time. I'm willing to put out the cash for a quality grill, but if you think it's better to get something inexpensive, then I'm all ears. In your opinion, what are the best options for grills for apartment dwellers?

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    My opinion is based on years of grilling, love charcoal will always use charcoal over gas but I have been in your situation, and I if had to do that again, which in all likelihood I will do again, here is what I would do.

    Sous vide, Anova or Sansaire, I have a sans, and a real cheap gas grill that produces flames. Great combo for steaks.

    You'll never get the slow cook goodness with a gas grill. IMHO. However, that being said a sous vide with a hard quick smoke with a smoke box on a grill, 15 to 30 mins might get your smoke flavor but not the rind.

    Now I have been wondering about the infrared portable gas grills, just for ease, for burning meat on weeknights.

    One other thing to consider are grills allowed on your patio of your apartment by the fire marshal? Again the portable might be a good thing.

    Just some thoughts and observations.

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    Binchotan charcoal burns very clean and hot, it also has the advantage that you can extinguish it in water when you're done, and reuse it once its dry. I can't imagine you'd have more smoke than a red hot pan & oil. An open window and pedestal fan might help if there is no extraction.
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    Jason, Way back when, my company wanted me to do a 1 yr gig away from home - you would call it tdy. They put all my "stuff" in long term storage and leased a corporate apt. 1st or 2nd week in I bought a little Weber gas grill that I have to this day. Not a lot of heat control but gets ripping hot and will handle steak night quite well. A $10 adapter hose will allow connection to a 20 lb propane tank. Today I use it to throw in the truck for simple tailgate grilling, and to sear meats post smoker or sous vide. It's a fun though small little grill.
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    I guess I could always break the rules and find a way to use charcoal, but those briquettes are hard to light I've read and I want something a little more convenient. It's an option I haven't thought of, thanks! I've been looking at the tabletop grills and I have a sous vide set-up, so maybe. Decisions decisions.
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    I had this exact same dilemma, do I break my buildings rules or not? In the end I decided on a Weber Q Electric series. It gets screaming hot, and while not charcoal it still gives good flavour. You set the cooking temp you want with the dial in degrees, it's also fairly easy to clean. It's also very portable. The downside was it isn't the cheapest option, and you have to purchase the cart separately if you want it. Also it isn't the largest grill, so if you're cooking for a large family it might be tight.

    If you get the Weber Q Electric, try getting it from somewhere where you can return it if you don't like it. After using mine for the first time, I knew I was keeping it. I wasn't expecting much from an electric grill, but it really exceeded my expectations. Might be worth looking into if you already haven't.

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    I'm sure you could get away with a Shichirin and binchotan.

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    Other than Korin, which is my preferred site but WAY too expensive with shipping, anyone know where I can get a good/attractive Hibachi grill and high quality charcoal/binchotan?
    Jason

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    BBQ/Grillers - Living in an Apartment...Ugh

    I've got this lodge unit that is my full time BBQ. Fully cast iron with thick grates. It lives outdoors and isn't much to look at but it hold the temperature well. For grill roasting I cover the unit with a deep roasting pan. Can't say enough about it.

    Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill
    http://amzn.com/B00022OK2A

    Pick up one of these while your at it for no fuss charcoal lighting. You'll wonder how you lived without it.

    Charcoal Companion Electric Charcoal Starter
    http://amzn.com/B000GFP1TO
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    There is also this one. I was debating on this one or Lodge and lodge won in the end.
    http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Sense-Sma...chi+fire+sense

    When I only need to grill up small amount of food I just use a cast iron grill pan. If you get it hot enough it will still give some smokey flavors to your food. It's a pain to clean up though so I don't use it that often.

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