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 BTA-MALL. 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 BTA-MALL 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 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 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 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 BTA-MALL Customer on 2018-01-26
Great Weber Quality in a Fantastic New Color
When we downsized from our big family home to a townhouse with a small balcony, we gave up our large gas grill but we found we really missed grilling. Since we have always preferred the flavor of foods grilled over charcoal to those cooked on the gas grill, we decided to purchase a new charcoal grill. Having had several Webers in various sizes in the past, this grill was a natural choice. My kids and I chipped in and bought it for my very hard-to-buy-for husband for his November birthday.
He was thrilled with the rich copper color which we are using as an accent color throughout our home.
The grill was easy to assemble, only taking a few minutes. It is sturdy and has a very “quality” look and feel.
Normally it is just the two of us eating but the grilling surface is huge and easily accommodates cooking for a crowd. I think we did 12 burgers and a few hot dogs at once for a family party. We have used it for chicken, grilled veggies, steaks, pork roast, grilled pineapple and more. In fact, I rarely turn on my stove now! Once of our favorite easy meals is to add a few extra topping and extra cheese to a frozen pizza and bake it on the hot grill…much better than take-out pizza and so quick and convenient!
Back in the day, the ash catchers on charcoal grills were messy and difficult to empty without getting covered in soot. Not so with the new design which does a better job of containing the ashes and makes clean up a breeze. We oil the grates with a little olive oil spray before cooking making cleaning the grates less of a chore. There are other handy “new” features as well such as the lid handle that does not get hot and hooks for hanging your utensils.
Most importantly to us, the grill, even with its huge cooking surface, does not take up a lot of space on our tiny deck (not like a bulky gas grill).
We love our Weber Kettle and recommend it to anyone looking for a grill.
5 Stars By Sween on 2018-02-25
Although mine came with a chip in the enamel, BTA-MALL quickly remedied it with some credit. The grill is your basic, but classic, Weber kettle. Heats up well when the coals are properly lit... I recommend getting a chimney to help your lighting!
UPDATE 3/7/2018: My review was seen by Weber Online Consumer Care Specialists and help was passed along. I was unaware of the registration process for Weber grills and was instructed to register my grill and continue to make contact to clearly identify the issues I encountered. Not only were the Weber representatives quick to respond, they’ve helped resolve the situation beyond what I expected. I’m looking forward to the replacement components to keep my Weber Kettle grill in great shape for many years to come! Great brand, company, and product!
5 Stars By Koaheart on 2016-06-15
DON'T HESISTATE TO BUY A WEBER KETTLE GRILL, THEY'RE FANTISTIC & LAST FOREVER
I was given an older Weber grill from a close friend. He had used it for many years and I for at least 4 more. The bottom damper control no longer worked and the fire grate had to be replaced. I was preparing to move and gave it away "again" to some fellow in need. I didn't move and so I decided to invest in a new one, just a little better. Now I have a thermometer, a working lower damper, wind protected ash catcher, beautiful copper color and a happy camper customer. If you've never owned a kettle style BBQ Grill, fear not, they are a very worthy investment. I also purchased the 73422 Veranda Kettle-Style Barbecue Grill Cover and after being rain and wind tested, I'm very happy to report it has passed my level of scrutiny with flying colors.
5 Stars By rej on 2017-03-28
Excellent Weber quality.
The Weber Premium arrived in perfect condition, was easy to assemble, and I have cooked several meals the past week. It has the quality others have described and I look forward to many cooking experience on it. I got the Slow and Sear Plus as an accessory and can smoke, do low and slow and reverse sears with ease. I realize this can be done without the Slow and Sear but like the convenience. There are a lot of accessories for this grill to enhance cooking. I like the hinged cooking grate for ease of adding additional charcoal while grilling.
3 Stars By J. Dadurian on 2016-07-06
Won't go back to gas again!
Love it. I have a Weber gas grill as well but this blows that away. I do however have one complaint that has nothing to do with the grill. The cover that comes with it is literally paper thin. The grill is a month old and the cover is already torn in multiple spots. Now I need a new cover. I also find the container that collects the ashes is a bit challenging to change. Otherwise in terms of performance which is probably most important this grill would get 5 stars.
1 Stars By MLH706 on 2017-06-26
Warped on First Use.
I love Weber grills; however, with my brand new grill, the grilling rack warped on its first use. Not certain if they are using a lighter metal or what.