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Old 07-25-2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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When you cook outdoors do you use wood or charcoal, or do you bring the gas grill?

I use charcoal when cooking outdoors mostly. I have used hardwoods on a number of occasions as well. Between those fuel sources and my grill, and dutch oven, we get some mighty good meals that never see a propane stove or grill.

What do you use for cooking fuel when cooking outdoors?
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I use wood (mostly for Smoores), but for meals either charcoal or propane. I like the taste of charcoal cooked food better but I like the convenience of propane.
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I prefer hard wood coals to cook on, but it is often hard to find and expensive, now that your not suppose to haul wood from one area to another. I usually use charcoal in a campground grill or my Cobb grill with a large round charcoal block.
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I like charcoal with a bit of soaked wood chips. However, when I am camping I like things ultra easy, so I usually go with propane both for the stove and grill.
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I gotta tell you - there is not much better than a thick steak cooked over a bed of oak coals. Mmmmmmmm.....



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Charcoal, unless the area we are camping is under a fire ban or prohibits charcoal and wood fires....then we resort back to the propane back-up grill.
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Charcoal, and the natural wood of Texas, Mesquite (the heck what Hank Hill says )
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I take the Obama "all of the above" standpoint regarding fossil and renewable cellulose-based fuels. How's that for a mouthful...I use charcoal briquettes for the dutch oven, wood for weenies and smores, propane for the gas grill and my 39,000 Btu standalone burner. When I use the cooktop in the camper, the smell of the combustion byproducts from propane brings back memories of camping in the popup with my family as a little tyke. Funny how scents can resurrect all kinds of memories.
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We prefer to cook with charcoal. I'm sure many use a Weber Smokey Joe, but we choose an "Old Smokey". The reason was the Smokey Joe has a 12" diameter, and the Old Smokey we got has an 18" diameter, so more real estate to cook with.

It is great for pizza (with a pizza stone), and can even handle a beer butt chicken.

Also used is a two electric burner stove top we found at Walmart. It is great for most uses and it does not use propane, as long as there is electricity,
it handles most everything we would do on the stove and does not heat up the trailer and does not take up much room and is quite light.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:49 PM   #10
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We use all three. Charcoal for the DO, propane for the conveinence and wood for smores, dogs and DO. There is only so much room to carry stuff and it's a rotating wheel depending on CG location and my needs. I preffer the charcoal method though anyday.
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Charcoal. We like the flavor better! We use a Weber fold and go grill, which is perfect for the two of us, and we can grill sausages or hot dogs for a small party on it.
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The other advantage of charcoal is it makes a good bed of coals for the evening fire, so you don't have to bring out your survivalist skills to get that campground firewood to ignite.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #13
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In the old days, we used charcoal- Now we use the propane grill because of the convenience- However, my son uses charcoal for his grilling and his product is far superior to mine- As fulltimers, we don't have storage space for charcoal, etc.- JHMO-DD
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Weber grill and charcoal for us. I've been cooking on Weber's for over 20yrs, I just can't stray away from it (and probably never will)!
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Anyone cooking using a Dutch Oven. Last weekend we cooked up some Cornish Game hens in a dutch over - They came out awesome!
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I cooked a very tasty pineapple upside down cake in my Dutch oven a few weeks ago. I love mine.
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I use all of the above. I enjoy a natural cook fire, but charcoal is second best. I do carry a gas grill in case of bad weather or a fire ban like we had most of last season.
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I don't know about the Mesquite being the natural wood of Texas but the flavor you get with taking fresh cut long strips from a mesquite bush and cooking that into your steaks, bacon and eggs, and all the other fine food sure is great. I do this at the off trail camping spots in Texas and New Mexico. Got to be fresh cut mesquite strips to get really get the biting mesquite flavor. Buying the mesquite wood chips from the stores doesn't come even close to cutting them "green" fresh off the bush.

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