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Excellent Grill, the Q must mean Quality.
Aug 24, 2009 (Updated Sep 18, 2009)
Review by heres2u
Rated a Very Helpful Review
I know people where cooking/grilling at the campsite is the end, they are slaving over hot coals and a dutch oven with elaborate recipes and such... utilizing half a day to make something that takes 5 minutes to eat. That is great, and I can respect that. But for me, cooking is merely a means to an end.
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My family and I are active campers, we don't sit around the campsite much. So when we come back from an 8 mile hike or a 20 mile bike ride, I don't want to sit around waiting for charcoal or wood to get hot for cooking. With the Weber Q100, I can have it fired up and be serving wonderfully grilled food in less time than it would take coals to simply be ready. In most cases my meals are ready in about 10 minutes. If I am describing your tendencies, than the Weber Q100 is your camping friend!
I recently purchased a Weber Baby Q 100 Propane Grill to go with my pop-up camper. With a 30% off coupon on an already posted sale, I was able to get it at my local Kohl's for a mere $99!
With an additional 12ft. hose I can hook into my camper's LP tanks on the side of my pop-up camper where you normally would have to use one of Coleman's expensive accessory grills (pop-up owners will know what I'm talking about). However, I like the flexibility of the Weber, because I can move the grill and my accompanying table out beyond the awning so I don't smoke up the side of my pop-up or the top of the awning.
I skipped Weber's expensive (and kind of flimsy) grill stand and instead opted for a 30" x 20" plastic personal folding table picked up at my local Menards for $17.
The folding table has more than enough room for plates and cooking tools and it is sturdier than either the Weber grill stand or the fold out shelves of the Weber Q 120. Plus the smaller size of the personal folding table allows me to easily store it either inside the camper or in the front storage compartment of the pop-up. The Q 100 in no way harms the plastic folding table by getting too hot on the bottom. This type of setup could easily work for tail-gating as well.
Since I mentioned it. The main difference between the Weber Q 100 and Weber Q120 is that the Q 100 does NOT have the fold out work tables on either side. The Q100 also uses regular push button ignition for lighting whereas the Q120 has an electronic, battery powered push button ignition. I didn't think that having to mess with either shelves or batteries was worth the extra cost of the Q120. And Kohl's didn't carry the Q120 at the time of my purchase.
Either way, the Baby Q100 has the SAME tubular stainless steel burner, 189 sq. in. cooking area, 14.25" Height, 27.25 " width, 16" depth, 35 lbs. weight. 8500 BTU/hour output, Weber Q cookbook, and high-quality regulator.
The Q 100 is well made (in the USA!) and the only assembly that I recall was installing the handle on the cover and connecting the cover to the grill. There may have been more steps but I can't remember them.
I have not looked in detail at the Weber Q cookbook, but everything I have made on the Q100 has turned out excellent. The flames from the tubular burner are very even and regular. The cast iron cooking grate, albeit very heavy, heats up quickly and evenly. EVERY square inch of the cooking grate can be utilized for cooking. Hot dogs near the edges are done at the same time as hot dogs near the center. This GREATLY increases the usefulness of such a small grill and easily provides cooking space for our family of five.
I have cooked hot dogs, chicken, pork chops, ribs, vegetables and salmon... all to perfection with wonderful sear marks and full of juice. There must be something about the heat-to-size ratio of this grill, or the oval burner or cast iron cooking grate, because it makes me a better "grill master" than I really am. Most grill-ables are done within a few minutes and look and taste great.
Lighting the grill is usually easy, and the propane often burns so cleanly that I can barely see the flames at times. I have noticed I got a higher flame when using a canister than when I hook up to the camper's LP tanks. If you do use the Weber Q100 as a pop-up camper accessory, you have to be PATIENT and let the propane gas build up in the lines (in my case 12 ft. of hose plus the piping from the LP tanks to connection on the side of the camper, is a pretty long span). The times when I had trouble getting the grill lit, I was impatient and did not allow enough time for the gas to get to the grill. Once the grill is lit it takes maybe two minutes for the cooking grate to be hot enough to sear meat.
One tip I do have for cooking is to line the bottom of the grill with tin foil. It is easier to clean out tin foil periodically, than it is to try and clean under the burner. Some friends grilled marinated chicken on my Q 100 during one recent camping trip, and boy was I glad to have lined my grill with tinfoil earlier. The marinate, simply dripped onto the tinfoil and into the provided Weber drip pan for easy clean up.
I also have a Weber Smokey Joe Silver charcoal grill, which has merits in its own right, and may have its place in your arsenal. But, because I already owned the Smokey Joe and it was cheap to buy ($25), I was reluctant to pony up another $99 for the Weber Q100. However, I learned I don't like waiting 45 minutes for charcoal to get hot, only to "bake" steaks for another 15 minutes, just so the wife and kids could complain about the smokey taste. I know it is like comparing apples to oranges, but in my opinion, the Weber Q 100 propane grill is leaps and bounds better and makes grilling so much more enjoyable. It is well worth the extra money. If you are thrifty like me (or if your wife calls you "cheap"), pay the extra money for the Weber Q 100. It is well worth it and a joy to use.
Amount Paid (US$): 99
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