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Mar 25, 2007 01:02 PM

Weber Charcoal Grill Recommendations

Spring seems like it might just be here to last on the east coast, and that means it's time to grill!

I want to buy a charcoal grill, and am leaning toward the Weber kettle. A few questions:
-There is about a $60 difference between the silver and gold models. It appears the difference is in the ash removal system. Is the $60 worth it for the gold?
-As for accessories, I'm thinking I need a grill cover, glove, and chimney starter. I have a gas grill so I already have tongs and spatulas. Is there anything else I need? Did I see somwhere there is a clip that holds the lid so you don't have to put it on the ground?

Any other thoughts would also be appreciated. Thanks much hounds!

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  1. The ash removal system is a nice to have - I do have the silver with the pan I dump each time - and it works fine -

    Yes there is a clip to hold the lid - definitely go for the 22 1/2 inch either way you go -

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    1. re: weinstein5

      Yes go for the 22 1/2". I was given an 18" as a gift and although it works great I wished I had the 22 almost immediately, and I am just cooking for 2 mostly.

      1. re: King of Northern Blvd

        Why do you feel the need for the rally large size? What do you cook mostly?

        I'm curious only because I use a smokey joe and feed 4-6 easily off of it.

        1. re: Scrapironchef

          I use both the Smokey Joe for most meals and the 22" when I'm cooking racks of ribs on inderect heat.

          1. re: Scrapironchef

            I do find my self filling the 22 1/2 grill up as well and it is also not quantity but larger gives you the versatility to multitask -The thingd I use the larger grill for include - something simple like cooking burgers/hot dogs and wanting to grill corn or vegetables as a side -

            steaks for four - wanting to leave enough space to move around to different spots on the grill that are at different temperatures -

            doing indirect grilling likeroasts, beercan chicken etc -

            Just to name a few

            1. re: weinstein5

              Exactly. I can easily load up the grill with a bunch of veggies along with what ever meat I am grilling as well. When I am roasting or smoking it is fine. I even max it out doing sausage and peppers...haha

      2. I think the only difference between the gold and silver are the ash catcher and the gold comes with the hinged grate. You can buy the hinged one in Target (as I did) for a few bucks. I started back to charcoal last year and have not touched my gas grill since. The lind has a hook already inside to hang it on the edge of the grill. HTH

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        1. re: Eric in NJ

          That is right - forgot about the hinged grate - definitely comes in handy when doing indirect grilling and have to add charcoal or wood chinks -

          And one other thing - IMHO get lump charcoal it really makes a difference over the briquettes - interm of taste, ease of lighting(particulalry when using a chimney starter) and cooking -

          1. re: weinstein5

            So the difference in ash catcher is not worth the price?
            Thanks again

            1. re: JCap

              If I were in the market for a Weber kettle, I'd spring for the Gold for the ash catcher. It seems every time I want to empty the ashes from my Silver, a breeze picks up and I end up with ashes all over the place. The ash catcher really minimizes that effect.

              1. re: ricepad

                LOL I get the same thing but hey that's part of the fun cookin' outdoors. I wouldn't mind the catcher though.

        2. The ash catcher is definitely worth the extra bucks. Not only is it much neater, especially in windy conditions, it's capacious enough that you don't have to empty it every time -- one less thing to do before getting down to gilling.

          If the clip you're talking about is like mine, it holds the lid open like a clam shell. Convenient at times but often in the way. During grilling, my lid often ends up on the ground despite the clip.

          The 22 1/2" model is the way to go. The extra space is very useful. The clearance between the grate and the lid is much greater than on the 19" model (you can't do beer can chicken on the 19-incher). And there is no rotisserie attachment for the smaller model.

          The Weber kettles are very well made. Mine sits outside all winter long protected only by a vinyl cover. Probably a decade old, it's still going strong. This year I'll need to buy my first replacement part: the small metal grate on which the charcoal sits, whose demise may have been hastened by the fact that I grill exclusively with lump hardwood charcoal, which burns much hotter than briquettes. That said, I look forward to the day -- probably another decade hence, alas -- when my Weber finally bites the dust. Its replacement won't be a Weber, for reasons I've explained here

          1. The 22.5 also fits all the extras like a rotisserie!

            1. I had an opportunity to use this at a neighbor's house last summer:


              . . . And if I didn't already have a smoker, I'd probably get one.

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              1. re: LordOfTheGrill

                A co-worker of mine has one of those, and I envy him...his experience is somewhat different WRT the propane consumption, tho, in that he only gets one or two uses per propane bottle. It seems that after about 10-12 minutes, he's well into his second beer, sometimes third, and has long forgotten that the gas is still on!

                1. re: ricepad

                  I have had a Weber Performer for about 6 years now and I absolutely love it. The design has changed a little bit in that I have a stainless steel work table and the propane tank is a 5 lb refillable one. I can get at least a whole season of grilling on one fill.