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Weber Q with beads

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:27 pm
by Burnsy
Hi all, wondering if anyone has played around with using beads in their Weber q of any size for a slow gas free cook? I see there is a Weber Char Q but it has a top vent and doesn’t have gas. Thinking of making some baskets to put beads in, firing them up with the gas then turning the gas off.

Re: Weber Q with beads

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:22 am
by the dane
Why not just buy a 2nd hand kettle

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Re: Weber Q with beads

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:06 am
by titch
Be a buggar to clean out, like said, kettles are cheap , grab one in winter of Gumtree

Re: Weber Q with beads

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:26 am
by Davo
I highly recomment a Weber Jumbo Joe or Go Anywhere charcoal bbq...leave the gas Q for how it was intended.

Davo

Re: Weber Q with beads

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:14 pm
by Burnsy
I will grab a kettle next time I find one but I have 2 Weber Q’s a family Q for home and a baby Q for camping and was thinking why not. I will do some experimenting. As for making a ness I figure bead ash May ven help clean it.

Re: Weber Q with beads

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:34 am
by Lovey
The problem you'll have using the gas Q with beads are height and ventilation.
The char Q doesn't have the gas burner taking up a lot of the internal space under the grill where you'll want to put the beads. If you want to do some slow cooks, I'll take it you mean long/low & slow, you'll need enough room to have enough beads to keep the cook going for long enough, ie the snake method, I don't think there will be enough room for that.
The second problem being ventilation. There might not be enough ventilation from underneath to feed oxygen to the fire and there definitely isn't any up top, like the vent in the char Q. This will result in either a smokey (white creosote producing, bitterness inducing smoke) fire, or you will snuff out the fire altogether due to the lack of oxygen flow.
But hey, it's your bbq, you might stumble across the greatest taste sensation ever.
All the best,
Steve

Re: Weber Q with beads

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:36 am
by the dane
Heatbeads on a weber QImage

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