5 Stars By DesignGirl28 on 2015-05-25
First time griller success!
First off, I have to tell you that this is the first grill I have ever used. As a single woman, I was never interested in grilling until I bought a house two years ago and built a deck in the backyard. With all that outdoor space to enjoy, I just knew I needed a grill for entertaining (and feeding) family and friends. I thought I might buy a grill and just let my dad or brother handle the grilling, but much to my surprise I really got into it and loved grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on this Weber kettle grill for my first backyard party just yesterday!
I did a lot of research prior to purchasing this grill from 2DayDeliver. I chose a charcoal grill over propane because I didn't want to deal with propane tanks (a friend had his grill go up in flames because of a loose hose and nearly burned his house down--No thank you!), I like the taste and smell from charcoal grills more, and most importantly because of the cost. It was less expensive to get a nice charcoal grill like this one than to get an equally nice propane grill. The entry cost into grilling was more reasonable with a charcoal grill. This freed up funds to get some important accessories, which I recommend to anyone buying this grill: a chimney starter, grilling tools like tongs, fork, etc, a steel brush to clean the grates, the Weber Fire starter cubes, and some heavy duty mitts to protect your hands and forearms while grilling. I purchased all these from 2DayDeliver at the same time I purchased the grill.
As for choosing a which charcoal grill to get, I chose this model over the lesser expensive model because of the ash catcher, and I'm glad I did.
The grill arrived in its original box and was easy to put together on my own, with the exception of attaching the ash catcher itself. But I just kept trying (and referring to the picture-only instructions) and eventually got it. It was put together in about 40 minutes, and that was putting it together myself.
One of the best things I did was lookup videos online about this grill to see how it was used and put together. I learned about closing the vents on the lid and on the bottom to reduce heat, and how to quickly get the charcoal ready for grilling by using a chimney starter and Weber Fire Starter cubes (which I highly recommend getting).
As my brother and dad arrived to my house yesterday for our Memorial Day BBQ, each were skeptical about this charcoal grill because they have propane grills at home and like the convenience of them. "It will take an hour to get to coals ready," said my brother. "Those burgers are way too thick to cook through. They'll be raw in the middle," said my dad.
Both were surprised when the charcoal was ready within about 20 minutes using the chimney! And after getting some nice grill marks on both sides of the burgers, I put the lid on and closed the vents to let them finish cooking the middle of the burgers in a lower heat. The burgers turned out perfectly! The best compliment was Dad and others asking me how I grilled these thick burgers so well without burning them to dust. LOL! It's all in the vents! And I think investing in an awesome grill helped, too.
My brother and dad both were asking about the grill by the end of the party. I think they might be considering trading in their propane grills for their own Weber kettle grills soon. ;)
Lastly, just a bit of advice to any amateur grill masters like myself out there... Do yourself a favor and start out with this grill. All of the excellent reviews tell you that it's a good grill. The fact that so many experienced backyard chefs keep returning to their Weber kettle grills is very telling. Also, be sure to look up recipes at YouTube. I searched for "hamburger on charcoal grill" and found lots of videos with great advice on getting perfect burgers. And bonus! Nearly all of the people in the videos were using a Weber kettle grill. :)
5 Stars By Rob Nelson on 2015-05-23
Weber Charcoal Grill # 3!
This is my 3rd Weber charcoal grill in 46 years. The design improvements are many. The box arrived in fine condition. No damage from the journey at all. The assembly instructions are visual only, no words. Very clear and well done. The new side handle design is a very welcome improvement. One on each side now. The top handle is massively improved over the old wood piece. The ash catcher and the interior blades to open and close the grill bottom are brilliantly designed and effortless to install. The blades inside are very well fitted. Excellent tolerances maintained.
Welcome to the family Weber number 3!
5 Stars By briko3 on 2014-09-17
Greatness made better. New weber kettle fixes the few flaws that were still present.
Even though Weber kettle grills are already near perfect, Weber has still found a way to improve a good thing. I got lucky that my "new" One-Touch Gold needed to be replaced and got this one instead. I haven't seen it in any stores, so I'll go over the things that are different.
1) Handle with shield.
This is a great improvement. The old handle had two flaws. It got hot (this one doesn't) and it would rust where it was welded to the kettle lid. This lid has 2 holes and the handle is attached by two bolts. Time will tell, but I think this will solve the rust problem.
2) Legs attach with a spring loaded "push pin". A big complaint with the old design was the fear that the legs would come out when trying to move a hot grill. It felt that way because the legs were wobbly. They still are, but the tab gives you peace of mind that they will stay put regardless. The old legs just slid in and were held by friction.
3) The thermometer and top vent are now on opposite sides of the handle. Not sure what the benefit is, but there has to be one. I will update this as soon as I figure it out. The hook to hang the lid on the kettle is still under the top vent, so it's a little bit different since the handle is turned differently in relation to it. Gives it a "weird" feel for those of us that are used to the old way.
4) The stamped cutouts on the ash catcher are improved. Before, you knew which way you had to turn it to open or close the vents, but what you realized was that 'open' and 'closed' really were closer together than you would have thought. This is more accurately portrayed. The markings are closer together with a "trash" cutout on the far side to show that moving it that far is only necessary to help clean the grill.
So, there you have it. Those are the differences (and in my opinion, improvements). Everything else is the same beautiful kettle we've all grown accustomed to.
5 Stars By Wilson on 2015-05-11
The best of the affordable charcoal grills
This is one of the finest budget charcoal grills. Some background -- since 1995 I have been using a Char-Grill grill; it was outstanding until rust got it. This was a much BIGGER grill, with heavy cast iron grates, a swing-out gate to put in more charcoal, and a bottom pan to catch ashes. Easy enough to clean and worked well enough.
When it bit the dust a few weeks ago, I was a bit hesitant to order the Weber. Looking at in person, it just seemed small. It *IS* smaller than the old Char-Grill I had. No side tables, either. However, all that has some advantages. I used it this past Mother's Day to cook ribs and chicken, and it came out fabulous.
First off, there are no hinges to rust, and the grill itself is very lightweight, easy to move into the center of my yard where I always grill (away from the house). Assembly was easy, requiring a screwdriver and hammer (and in my case, a handy pair of pliers from my Victorinox Swisstool multi-tool -- assembly tip -- put the spring clips in the legs NOT in the leg receivers as shown in the assembly instructions). Total time, about an hour, one person, no stress. Once assembled, everything was solid.
Compared to my old grill, the charcoal is closer to the food, and the heat directed much more towards the center. So my cook time was about 15 minutes less for the chicken (indirect method -- I heavily marinate the chicken) and about 20 minutes less for baby back pork ribs. The temp got a LOT hotter.
No hinges and such make lifting the lid off a hassle -- make sure you lift off SLOWLY and rest on the hook. BUT that means one less piano style hinge avoiding rust out and so on. The thermometer is totally replaceable from Weber, as is the grill, etc. So if anything DOES break, you can replace it not the entire grill. That's a huge deal -- Weber has TONS of accessories for this grill which is very popular. Including center pans and grills for making whole turkeys and chickens. I plan to get that for Thanksgiving.
Adding charcoal is easy -- just lift up the grill side plates and add it in. I'd advise if you are moving from a bigger grill, to adjust downward your estimate of how much charcoal you'll need. I'd add in the charcoal from your chimney starter and then just add as needed, if you have a drip pan in the center which I highly recommend. I added too much charcoal moving from my old grill and that was a bit hairy.
Again, this grill burns hotter, with heat redirected due to the circular design, back to the center of the grill, and uses less charcoal compared to the rectangular shaped grills.
Clean-up? Easy. Much easier than my old grill. The stainless steel grills are both light and small enough to fit (at least partially) in the sink and get scrubbed with warm soapy water. The top grill with grease and food required also some Kleen-King stainless steel/copper cleanser to get the stains off, result is fabulous. The ash catcher works great and the little sweeper does a nice job of removing most of the ash. I used a hose to hose out the last bit of ash and dried the inside off with an old t-shirt as ash is corrosive and we do get dew around here. The ash pot goes nicely in a trash bag and disposal of the ash is easy.
You will want a side table with this grill. You can build your own or buy one at a hardware store. That's about the only downside I can think of.
Really, this is a fabulous grill. Don't let the relatively small size fool you -- for three/four people it is quite sufficient. And if you need more space you can get the bigger grill or just buy two.
5 Stars By B. Stewart on 2018-01-10
Glad I upgraded to get the ash catcher. Buy a chimney starter and you'll be grilling fast and clean
Excellent Weber product. Glad I upgraded to the Premium version, less mess using the ash catcher.
Light enough to move around for maintenance. large 22" grill space can cook a lot of food.
Many accessories available to tailor to your cooking style. I've used the Slow N Sear PLUS accessory and it works great! Don't put tin foil underneath it.
I never trust the built in temp probe as that is the lid temp, not the grate temp. but it looks nice.
TIP: After assembly and before first use, use a permanent marker to mark the handle position of the lower vent. Mark the position at @ Fully closed, @ half open, @ ALL the WAY OPEN. this way it's easier to adjust once you're cooking and you don't have to lift the lid.
TIP: if you use a remote thermometer with temp probe, don't put it under the lid, use the vent holes on top of the lid or drill a small hole in the lower half of the kettle just under the cooking grate.
5 Stars By D. McBride on 2017-10-19
Great grill with some nice improvements over older versions - but still same great kettle grill!
Weber's Kettle Grill is my favorite grill for most of my outdoor cooking. I was excited to see a few improvements over my previous grill. I was planning to build a grill cart for my kettle grill and decided to get a new 'premium' model in green. I was pleased to see a small metal clip is now used to hold the legs in the grill. The ash catcher has also been modified and is easier to remove and re-install than my older kettle grill.
You simply cannot beat the value of the basic Weber Kettle grill, and the Premium model has a few extras making it a bit nicer. Though they cost more than 'cheaper' grills, Weber Kettle grills last a long time, making them a much better value in the long run.
5 Stars By Derek on 2017-11-29
Cooks a 15 pound turkey like a champ
The best purchase that I have made this year. This is my first charcoal grill, and it exceeded my expectations. I normally grill for when we have a lot of people over, and I can easily grill a lot of burgers at once on this thing. You can cook anything on this! I smoked the thanksgiving day turkey on this grill, and it came out amazing.
My first initial issues with this grill were actually the lump charcoal that I was using. I did some research and now have a solid mix.
4 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2017-07-01
... the grate inserts (charcoal grate) was very greasy and dirty I can only give this grill a 4 vs
Because the smaller of the grate inserts (charcoal grate) was very greasy and dirty I can only give this grill a 4 vs. 5 star rating. While nothing appears wrong, it has the feeling of a "recycled" part. Otherwise the remainder of the grill is is pristine and exactly what I wanted. And considering this 60+ widow was putting something together for the very first time, could follow the directions - and put it together correctly without breaking any fingernails...then any one can do it.
on 2017-09-05 A must have for any griller.
This is on my personal list of "best gifts of 2017." My wife gave this to me for Father's Day, and now our Weber Genesis gas grill sits orphaned and alone on the patio. Great grill, works wonderfully. One suggestion: Definitely order the Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter
along with this. We initially used lighter fluid, and a friend recommended the chimney. We no longer use fluid: Who needs the extra chemicals on the food? The combination of this great grill and the charcoal chimney has led to a summer of enjoyable and tasty grilling.
5 Stars By Darwin17 on 2015-09-03
This is more like a clip and is very easy
I needed a new grill as I had a One Touch Gold for several years and I gave it to a friend and was ready for something new. I was going to purchase another One Touch Gold but almost cried when I found out they no longer make it any more.
Now the Premium is the replacement and it has answered all of my issues with the One Touch Gold!!!!
1. They installed a heat guard on the top. This was an issue when using hard wood charcoal that gets really hot. The old handle needed a glove to use it. The new heat guard has fixed that problem. It also takes a rust issue out where the handle attaches to the dome. I had several new tops because of it and the new attachment will probably hold for years.
2. There is a thermometer on the grill now!!!! Now you can see the temperature in the grill. I had to drill and install one on the one touch gold.
3. The ash catcher has been upgraded. The old system it was very cumbersome to use the ash catcher as it needed to line up perfectly and you had to twist to get it off. This is more like a clip and is very easy.
Those are the upgrades from the One Touch Gold. Now for the customer service that this wonderful company provides. They have replaced the dome because of a spec of rust with no questions asked. They replaced the ash sweepers after I warped them from heavy usage again with no questions asked. It is the best warranty and customer service I have ever seen by any company. If you want the best made grill in the world that is now better than the original then just get it over with and buy this.