Jun 17, 2009 (Updated Jun 3, 2010)
Review by weberguy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Ease of Cleaning:
Pros:It's durable. It cooks great.
Cons:Ash tray pretty useless--especially if any wind is blowing.
The Bottom Line: It's smokin'... You can't beat the quality
Bar-B-Kettle and One Touch
I recently purchased the predecessor of this grill--a 22.5" Weber Bar-B-Kettle from a guy who had changed over to gas. This well worn grill was apparently left out in the weather and its wooden handles were just about shot. The grill came with a charcoal chimney (HIGHLYrecommended accessory--this baby gets the coals going quickly and you have no charcoal fluid flavoring) and a small bag of charcoal for $20. I spent about $1 on hardware at Lowe's and replaced the bottom vent hardware and put a couple of small bolts through the leg brackets that were pretty rusty. I cleaned it up and it was ready to go. My Dad said he'd make me some new wooden handles.
I recently broke it in by cooking up some burgers. I have a thermometer that I can leave in and when it got to the proper temp (160 degrees) I pulled them out. They were delicious! I recently bought a pair of welders gloves for $5 so I won't need to use the oven mitts from the kitchen.
I just found another Weber 22.5" grill on craigslist--it's the newer One-Touch Silver. It was selling for $25 and had only been used like twice. I couldn't resist buying it too. The cooking grate alone is worth like $16-18 bucks (the cooking grate on my older grill is pretty worn), the replacement leg, charcoal pan and wheels sell for $22.99 through Weber plus $7 to ship. I might try selling my reconditioned older grill and go with this newer one....