I've been watching with interest on youtube mostly at this stage of the new SNS Kettle grill. It's been available in the US for a couple of years now and it's now available here. Urbangriller is one of the 2 retailers and BBQ Spit Rotiseries.
SNS Grills – Slow ‘N Sear Kettle BBQ - SNS Grills Australia
Anyway, it looks as though SNS sat down and considered, the Weber Kettle is a great popular and worthy grill, how can we make this more user friendly and possibly better.
I think they might've achieved just that.
They arn't cheap though, dearer than the Master touch plus but only by 70 bucks. But it wasn't designed as a cheap knock off of Weber but as a premium designed version of a Kettle grill and from what I've seen online of these and the youtube reviews, they may have well succeeded.
The SNS Kettle grill has 304 stainless steel food grates, it has a hole in the underside to place an electric fire controller but many use it as a vent when doing low n slow, it has a 5 arm sweeper to get rid of coals but the arms of those sweepers are shorter than the Master touch, it has a temp gauge on the same side as the exhaust vent which is something I think Weber stuffed up on because your vent is usually on the side of the food and is where you want the more accurate reading with the gauge probe closer to the food grate. And talking about the food grate is that it's designed to work with the SNS charcoal basket and you get full access to the basket because almost half the grate flips up so you can fill the entire basket and add water without hindrance.
It also has a small table on the side and is screwed by 4 screws and looks reasonable strong, it's not designed to hold a lot but better than nothing, it also has a hole to place probes in rather the wire being stuck in between the lid and bowl. and the kettle grill has 4 stainless steel legs making it possibly more stable than a 3 legged Kettle.
So yeah, those who've known me over the years will know my love of the Weber Kettle and it's what I always cook on these days but jeez I think these could possibly sway my loyalty to the W brand to looking at a new model....is this classed as Adultry?
I was considering to buy another bullet smoker later or a pellet grill when I move into my new place but one of these could easily change my mind for the amount of meat I'm likely to cook and besides, when I had the 18.5 inch WSM, I never used the bottom grate anyway. and 2 kettles full of coals wouldn't be much different than using a WSM charcoal ring.
Anyway guys, what your thoughts? have anyone bought one, seen one or thought of buying one....from what i can see so far, Weber has a solid Competitor.