The Weber Charcoal Grill
You've all seen them. The Weber charcoal grill is the most recognized grill in the world. And for good reason! This is the classic charcoal grill. It is a classic and is irreplaceable. It is about as simple and straight-forward as a grill can get, and thats a good thing! These are workhorse barbecues which outperform even more expensive grills on the market. Do not ignore the Weber grill, they are made well and made to last.
The classic Weber grill is the "kettle" grill, so-called because of its kettle shape. This shape, besides being familiar, is functional in that the round, curved sides are perfect for heat convection within the grill, perfectly cooking your foods.
I've said it before, but one of the nice things about Weber® is that they have a great range of products. From the entry level, inexpensive One-Touch® Silver Weber charcoal grill to the top-of-the-line Performer® Weber charcoal grill, they all offer great advantages and features.
Another great thing about Weber® is that they have been making grills for so long, so you can feel confident they know what they are doing! Also, their support, accessories and availability of replacement parts and servicing are second to none. Every Weber grill comes with a limited warranty and most come with a Weber cookbook.
It will come as a surprise to many that the Weber kettle grill comes in several models with different features.
Here is some info about the various Weber charcoal grills currently marketed:
- One-Touch® Silver - This is the basic, entry-level Weber grill (as pictured above). It may be simple and more inexpensive than some other fancy grills, but don't be mistaken, this is a serious grill! Everyone from novices to hardcore grill-heads will be able to cook first class barbecued meals on this puppy. It comes in two sizes, the 18-1/2" and 22-1/2", the size referring to the diameter of the round cooking area. They both include heavy-duty plated steel cooking grates, no-rust aluminum vents and ash catcher, porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, handles, and crackproof all-weather wheels. In addition, these grills have the One-Touch™ cleaning system which allows you to easily empty your ashes through the bottom. The wheels make this Weber charcoal grill easy to move around and its size is such that it even fit in a large car or truck to take on the road.
Don't be fooled by the entry-level price, this is a great grill. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of more expensive grills, you will be able to accomplish the same great charcoal grill cooking as any grill.
- One-Touch® Gold - This grill looks very similar to the Silver line, with the classic Weber kettle grill shape. However, this step up the barbecue ladder features a heavy-duty plated steel hinged cooking grate which allows you to access your coals while cooking. This is particularly helpful for indirect heat grilling. These also have an integrated high-capacity ash catcher with the One-Touch™ cleaning system, allowing you to empty your ashes directly into the catcher, avoiding mess and simplifying clean-up. The catcher can then be easily removed to dispose of the ashes. The other features are the same as the Silver line and these also come in two sizes, 18-1/2" and 22-1/2".
- Performer® - The Performer® Weber charcoal grill has even more features. While the basic core grill is similar in form and function to the 22-1/2" Gold series with all of the same features, these grills have several additional add-ons. For one, there is a side working table for chopping and staging food or sauces. It is built into a heavy-duty steel cart frame with a wire bottom shelf. It has a lid holder, a lid-mounted thermometer, 3 tool holders and a very nifty weather-proof charcoal storage container which does away with mess charcoal bags. Lastly, this charcoal grill has a special gas assist feature to light your charcoal quickly, fueled by 14.1 oz. or 16 oz disposable propane bottles (good for up to twelve 10-minute ignitions). This is the top-of-the-line Weber charcoal grill and has all the features you need to cook comfortably and efficiently.
- Ranch Kettle® - The Ranch® Kettle grill is built for people with a lot of mouths to feed! It has a monstrous 1104 square inches of cooking area! It has all the great features of the One-Touch® grills described above on a heavy-duty steel cart. It functions basically just like a big, wide version of the other smaller kettle grills. This is perfect for big crowds, cookouts, and big roasts.
Well thats the list of Weber charcoal grills that are currently available. I have not included the portable Weber charcoal grills which are described separately. Weber also has a range of various gas & natural gas grills as well as other specialty grills like smokers.
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