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Old 05-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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ATTN: Camp Chef and Weber owners

I have a dilemma. Let me start by saying 2 things. First, I know the Weber Q series is a great GRILL. Second, I know Camp Chef makes a great STOVE with lots of accessories. My dilemma, my camping trips range from 2 people to 10 people and all numbers between. All my camping is done at the beach. I love to grill, and I love to cook. Lots of burgers, brats, fish, boneless chicken breasts, kababs. I also like to make a low country boil on most trips. Also, I want to be able to cook breakfast on it as well. Like I said, I know the Weber could handle grilling, but what about breakfast or the low country boil? What size would I need to feed say 6 adults? I found a 3 burner Camp chef with a 24 inch griddle. It says you can cook stir frys, fajitas, and of course breakfast on the griddle. Does anyone know how a burger turns out on the griddle? The Weber I am looking at is $200, and the Camp Chef including the griddle is also $200. Convince me one way or the other.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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First of all there is only the wife and me most of the time. For breakfast I use a Colman 3 burner dual fuel stove. For supper I use the Weber Q100 for cooking steaks, brats,hamburgers. I don't know if the Weber would be good for cooking breakfast, possible sausage and bacon ok but the rest I don't know. Really wanting to hear what other people are doing.
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I don't have the Weber so my opinion will be one sided.

I have a Camp Chef 3 burner stove, I also have a 24" griddle with it. You can buy the 36" griddle if you choose.

I just bought it and haven't yet taken it camping, but I have cooked with it at home, it's pretty nice cause for breakfast I cooked up the bacon, then grilled some muffins, fried some eggs, a slice of cheese and made some great breakfast sandwiches.

The other day I grilled some great fajitas, I have always in the past made my fajitas on the grill and mixed the veggies in later, but on the grill I cooked everything together, they turned out great.

I haven't yet made burgers on them yet, but most your everyday restaurants make their burgers on the griddle, so they should be alright. I think I would still prefer burgers on the grill.

I'm looking forward to taking it camping and cooking for the whole famdamily. I really enjoy that.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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I own 7 Webers, not a typo 7 of them. Weber makes awesome Grills, BBQ, Smokers. Although Weber makes some accessories to turn their Q series gills into griddles I wouldn't ask my q220 to make breakfast or boil water. That is what I have a Camp Chef Explorer Stove for. I also prefer my cast iron skillets to the griddle accessories, although I have one its rarely used.

I suggest you get both. The Explorer Stove I mention can be had for under a $100. The Q220, although not huge, has plenty of cooking area, can be had in the low $200s. Craig's List is your friend for these types of purchases. Most of my Weber's including both WSMs and Q220 came from CL.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:51 AM   #5
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I have a camp chef three burner, 90,000 btu stove with the two burner grill box. It's great for cooking up a meal for the five of us (myself, wife and three kids). The two burner grill can cook about 8 burger at a time. The only thing I do not like about the grill is the lid is low so you can't cook a whole chicken or anything tall. As well as having the two burner grill that leaves the third burner open to boil water for corn on the cob, lobster, or fry up some veggies in a pan or anything else you can think of. The stove and grill are quite large and bulky which should be a consideration. But if you need something to cook up a lot of food the the camp chef is the way to go. I just purchased the two burner griddle this winter and am looking forward to trying it out this season as well. Ryan
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:23 AM   #6
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I have both and they both serve a purpose. I startedwith a Baby Q. I think I paid $150 for it at Target. It's just DW and myself, so the Weber makes it ideal to drag out for a quick burger or a steak. I picked up a Camp Chef Weekender at Academy for $119, along with a reversible griddle. The 30K BTU burners are the nads for frying fish or just cooking large batches of anything for larger groups. I have both the Weber and the CampChef set up with quick cnnects so I can run either on the low pressure QC on the outside of the trailer. Best of both worlds.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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I purchased a Weber Q 120 and converted it to run off the RVs LP low pressure system. I've used it one weekend so far but am very happy with it! For the 2 of us it is an ideal size. However, we had guests at our campsite and cooked 8 burgers on it at the same time.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:06 PM   #8
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I have the Camp Chef 3 burner stove with the griddle and grill box. Both the griddle and grill box are made to cover 2 burners, leaving the third burner available to use. BUY THE CAMP CHEF!!! It was the absolute best cookware purchase I have ever made in my life!! You can boil, grill, fry, saute, you name it you can do it. Very versatile. I will never be without one. You will love it!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #9
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I have the camp chef 3 burner with 2 burner grill box and 1 burner steel griddle. I love it I cook for usually 5-10 people it works great for breakfast and dinner. Camp chef does it all, I also have an old pot for deep frying wings. The negative of the camp chef it is bulky and takes up space it is very functional.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:21 PM   #10
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Breakfast on a Weber Q with a Camp Chef CI griddle:

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Mmmm that looks good! I'll take mine over easy!

I currently have the Coleman RoadTrip with wheels and it is just too large and difficult to move around. Also it's not stable and difficult to level. I am seriously thinking about getting the two burner 30,000 BTU Camp Chef.

As far as the OP goes I would go for the Camp Chef. They have a model with a 30,000 BTU burner and a 60,000 BTU burner. You can grill/cook/griddle on one side and do your low country boil on the other. I think this is the route I will go. The grill is fairly inexpensive but you will need to purchase all the accessories and that can get expensive fast.

http://www.campchef.com/stoves/14-co...ner-stove.html
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I have the Weber Q 200 and it is an awesome grill. I purchased the griddle plate made to fit it and it works great. It is cast iron and hold the heat well, perfect for bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, etc. The only design element they missed on the griddle is a resess to catch the grease. The Roadtrip griddle has that. However, the road trip griddle can come off its mounts easily while cooking if not placed correctly up front. Think I would look for something else for the low country boil just due to size.
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I have a Q-120 good for 2 to 4 people. Fits in the trailer front storage very easily. I would get at least a Q200 series for 6 people. We cook bacon in a frying pan using a cast iron press.
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Could not decide, so I have both...lol
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