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bucket
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06 16 9:08 pm    Post subject: Looking at kettle grills Reply with quote

I'm in the market for a new charcoal grill. I'm looking at the kettle grills and I'm having a hard time deciding if the Webers are worth the extra money compared to the off brand.

Anyone have any experiences with them?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06 16 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't priced a Weber in a while, but I still have and use a 15+ yo gasser (Genesis Silver B).

Only replaced the "flavorizer bars" once (went with double thickness SS ones I found on fleabay) and the click start twice (three times soon, it's busted again).

My brother has a Weber kettle that has to be pushing 20 years.

If it's a long term investment, yes they are worth the extra cost. If you are screwing around to see if a kettle is for you then it becomes a bit more tricky.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06 16 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best 150 buck$ I've ever spent on a grill, Weber One touch Gold 22 inch. I think they now call them Original Kettle Premium. I love the ash collection pot. Just disengage it and dump the ashes. There's plenty of accessories like the little side charcoal baskets for indirect cooking. I actually used them last night cooking up some chicky wings. I convinced my neighbor to get one and he claims it's the best grill he's ever owned. He's out there regularly cooking up chickens, London broil, tuna steaks... you name it. So yes, I believe the investment is definitely worth it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06 16 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a $100 kettle type grill from Sears just under 4 years ago. I THINK its a Kenmore, but i may be wrong. I keep a cover on it and its never in the rain. I think its about time to replace it. I am probably going to replace it with a Weber for longevity, ALSO the temperature control isnt half as good.

Meaning, id probably say to spend the extra $50.

Good luck in your hunt.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06 16 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you can order a Weber 18" one touch silver from walmart for $80. That might be the winner...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you won't regret buying a weber kettle.
The link below shows what kind of customer service that comes with a weber.
kudos weber

By the way, I also have a 26 year old kettle that is still going strong.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bought and REPLACED cheaper grills about every 3 to 5 years for the past 30 years and then my wife bought me a 22" weber for Christmas in 2014. It is without a doubt worth the $150. It has an enamel coating so it isn't going to rust. It holds a steady temp with little effort and its very easy to control the temps. I would not even consider buying any other kind of kettle grill in this type of grill.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 Webers here. You can cook/smoke anything on one once you get your techniques down. If II could only have one grill/smoker in my arsenal it would be a Weber 26, if I couldn't afford that it would be a Weber 22.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like the only difference between the one touch and the premium is the removable ash can?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bucket wrote:
Looks like the only difference between the one touch and the premium is the removable ash can?


My 26 has the ash can, my 22 does not. I love the convenience of the ash can......Wish my 22 had it!!! But, if I couldn't afford it I would get the Weber without it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The benefit of having the ash pot is that the ash collection is self contained and the chance of having flying embers is extremely small. I use my grill on a wooden deck with no hesitation because of that. Otherwise, the concave dish that sits below the kettle on the other models can allow some ash to fly around if it's windy. Aside from all that, ash cleanup is really easy and quick with the ash pot system. So you got to decide if any of that is of value to you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

weber is the only kettle to have. Weber is all about the air flow and not liting the lid. Just step it up to the Weber Performe with the propane ignition, you will never go back. I have one that is 13 years old now and it is still going strong. At the time they were $300 so that is about $23 a year so far. The other kettles might look close but no comparison at all.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or if you have a propane tank you can get the best after market lighter made for $15 at Harbor Freight. Lights a grill loaded with lump in about 15-20 seconds.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Weber charcoal grills are worth every penny. A+ rating from me.

On another note, I haven't used my charcoal grill since buying a cheap gasser. Cuz Im getting lazy.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seen the new weber summit charcoal series this weekend. Lid was double layered, was a nice looking setup. And for the price = $1999.00. I still use the kettle that I bought in 94'.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I HAD one of the original Weber's for many moons...I say HAD as it was in a barn fire...I think it would have survived the fire and beams falling on it, problem was, there was an F-350 4 door w/camper than fell on it Embarassed Crying or Very sad
I went 10 years w/o one - owning several 'off brands' that would rust out quickly...Finally bought a new one at wally world last spring for about $100.00..Still looks new..Use it all the time at the house as my 250 gallon smoker [ smallest of the 3 I have Wink ] is a little much for the 2 of us!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07 16 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regular old 22.5" Weber kettle for me I love it. Very Happy
We have an 18.5" as well but use it mainly for steaks or burgers.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08 16 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm 62 and using my second weber 22. Bought the first one when I was 20. Wish I still had it cause I liked the old style air controls but it died during a hurricane. Get the 22 with the ash pan.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08 16 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

have 2. a weber 22 which is awesome. and a kingsford 28? which sucks. it has the ashpot. fine. the enamel sucks, has caught fire and flared up in the ashpot and bottom of the grill. I don't think it will last very long at all. but I bought it for size and price at wally world.

I wouldn't do that again. weber all the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08 16 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy bucket. I'm with everyone else, nothing compares to a Weber. You may not have to pay for a brand new one, check craigslist in your area. Hope this helps,
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