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tomshoots
05-02-2013, 08:11 PM
I bought a new grill online and thought I'd share with y'all.

It's an Emeril by Viking EC 240. Viking makes mostly gas grills. To my knowledge this is the only charcoal grill they make.

It's quite Weber-like with its deep firebox bowl and top lid. Similar to Weber One Touch Gold, but squareish shape and 24 inches vs. 21.5.

The other big difference is that the lid is hinged. This is a feature that I really appreciate. Very high quality hinges; more on that later.

The cooking grate is also hinged right through the middle. Makes it very handy for adding/manipulating coals or wood chunks. Speaking of the grate, it provides 464 sq. in. of cooking space.

Also it has four nice sturdy legs vs the smaller three legs you get with a Weber. Two wheels on the back side.

There's a temp. gauge mounted into the lid, which is a nice touch. I'll check for accuracy later. If nothing else, it can be a reference point.

The bottom vent/ash sweeper system is similar to Weber, as is the ash catcher. Easy to use and dispose.

Handles are awesome! One on the lid and one on the firebox for moving around. Nice and sturdy, don't get too hot and ergo-friendly.

The exhaust vent in the lid is of very nice quality. All stainless steel.

Here's some pics:


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Powder-coated ash catcher.

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Upper handle here controls intake vents and sweeps ashes.

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Here's that high quality hinge I mentioned. Nice hefty solid aluminum.

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Gettin' ready for first cook.

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Nice firebox handle. This is the one you grab to manuever the grill around.

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Same quality handle on the lid. Solid and hand-filling and don't burn the chit out of ya!

http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx27/tomshoots/tomshoots2/tomshoots%203/DSCN0649.jpg (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/tomshoots/media/tomshoots2/tomshoots%203/DSCN0649.jpg.html)

The thermo mounted front and center just above the lid handle, fairly close to the grate.

The grill height is several inches higher than Weber, which I like.

Overall quality on this grill is great, comparable to Weber. The handles are actually superior to Weber. The stainless exhaust vent is IMO nicer too. The middle hinged grate is also preferrable for me.

So...how does it work? Based on my one cook so far, great! I did some thick cut pork steaks and chicken thighs to try it out. Not too shabby!

http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx27/tomshoots/tomshoots2/tomshoots%203/DSCN0650.jpg (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/tomshoots/media/tomshoots2/tomshoots%203/DSCN0650.jpg.html)

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Sorry, no pics in action, but more will come later.

This thing is really nice if you get a good deal on it like I did. This was sold as "open box" meaning customer return, demo whatever. Slight damage. $139. Cheaper than Weber OTG. Typically, they go for at least $179 plus shipping.

I see (so far) no disadvantages on this vs. Weber, and some touches I like better. At full price, I might see otherwise.

BluDawg
05-02-2013, 10:32 PM
:thumbs up: Me Likey!! You got a steal at 130 and 180 is reasonable for an all SS grill it should outlast you

peculiarmike
05-03-2013, 12:07 AM
I like the look of that!!! :thumbs up:

And the look of that grub also!!!

Let's see it in action. :msn-wink:

Uncanney
05-03-2013, 06:13 AM
Congrats on your new addition.
Well done on the review too.:thumbs up:

PigCicles
05-03-2013, 08:31 AM
Good for you Tom! Looks like a fine grill. Now that you ruined it go ahead aad cut it to fit the drum

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tomshoots
05-04-2013, 07:11 AM
Good for you Tom! Looks like a fine grill. Now that you ruined it go ahead aad cut it to fit the drum

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