I was born in October. I won't bother with the details of my age, besides my family already know anyway.
Earlier this month my birthday came, and went. I got cards and well-wishes from a few folks (thanks, mom and dad) but from my own household, nothing.
Loving wife and child totally forgot about it. Even after the fact I didn't get a cake or any gifts.
But no matter. I'm at the age where the b-days don't mean much anymore. Besides if I had designs on anything particular I open to just purchasing it rather than drop hints or write it on a list.
So, October is drawing to a close when I find myself in a bright light and realizing I figured out my perfect (for the present) birthday gift.
I knew my tried-and-true Char-Broil propane grill had reached the end of its useful life and I disassembled it not long ago, getting it ready for the semi-annual household junk pickup our city conducts. Since then I've been using only charcoal for any outdoor cookery.
I realized just a few days ago that I was overlooking a great solution. Weber makes a grill that runs off of the small disposable bottles, the same ones I use for my Coleman camp stove.
I did some research and after learning these grills got excellent reviews I decided today to head over the P-burg and check out the selection at Ace Hardware.
I wasn't disappointed. They had the model I was looking for and to top it off, it was marked down about $25.
It's the Weber Q1200. I brought it home, did the small amount of assembly required (the easiest I've ever done with a grill) and soon had the thing heated up nicely. I threw on some cheap steaks (Geogal wanted them cooked up so she can dice them and add the meat to her salads during the week--beats eating processed food) and within seconds of closing the lid I smelled the aroma only generated by the cooking of steak. I even had Geogal come outside just to sniff for herself.
In short, the grill did an awesome job. A short while later I grilled three smoked pork chops for the evening meal. Yummers.
When in use it will occupy a space just outside the back door. Otherwise it will be stored away from the elements.
And if you're thinking, hey Geoguy did you realize this grill and cart both fold down and can fit in your camper's pass-through storage? Will you use it for RVing? You're darn tootin'.
A nice way to enjoy a belated birthday gift to myself...