I paid £70 for this barbecue in the summer as an early birthday present for my partner, a keen bbq enthusiast and a proud gardener.
We ordered this on amazon and within 3 days it arrived in a large satisfying box and was easily assembled using the simple instructions that came within the box my children preceeded to play houses in...!! The bbq really was simple to construct and there were not as many parts as we expected and so took us only an hour to get this product to working order and make the most of the ever changing UK weather.
The bbq was very attractive. It boasts a shiny black lid, with a vent to allow you to keep smoke in or let it out. All instructions are also complete with advice on how much coal to use and how long to warm it for before use etc. Useful, if unlike my partner, you were a bbq virgin chef!
Its size of incredibly complimentary to the quality of this product. Its easily stored, stylish and its shape makes it easy to clean out
This is my Husband's toy, really! But I know he's very pleased with it and I have no complaints about the delicious food that he's grilled on it, so I feel fully qualified to review.
At around £60, this barbecue arrived at our door in a satisfyingly large box (suitable for toddlers to play with when the barbecue isn't in it any more!) and was very easily assembled using the simple instructions that come within. Admitedly, if you don't like assembling barbecues this may put you off, but there were really very few pieces and my husband had fun putting it together and then admiring it afterwards.
This is a very attractive little barbecue, shiny like a black beetle, with a vent on the lid to allow you to let smoke out or trap it in, depending on what stage of lighting you are at. The barbecue also comes with instructions about how much charcoal to use and how long to let it warm up etc... which is very useful if, like us, you've only ever used the disposable barbecues and have no real ideas how to do it properly.
It's small size means it is very easily stored (currently in the wendy house) and it's rounded shape means it is easily cleaned out too.
However, don't let the compact size fool you, this barbecue can handle a good few sausages and burgers! It would certainly do a family of four or a small party.
So far, we really haven't a bad word to say about it and we expect many happy summers of barbecued food ahead.
I sighed today as the rain fell, as it signalled the end of summer in my eyes. That also means no more barbies. My favourite way of having a meal is flamegrilled, outside, in the hot, hot sun, sitting under the gazebo. There is something instilled in men to want to cook with fire, I think it must stem from the stone age. My dad never cooks. He only comes alive in the cooking department when fire is involved. Out comes the Weber and the tongs and a look of committment to the cause on his face, as he empties bucketloads of charcoal into the grill and proceeds to reaffirm his manliness.
The Weber barbie is a smart old fellow, available in a choice of black, which is handy because it hides dirt and dust marks. The compact barbie is a scaled down version of the bigger Weber, which we also have. The compact version is only forty seven centimetres in height but that does not stop it being a feisty number. You can still cook enough food for four people in one go, so long as you layer the food neatly enough on the supplied grill. Any sediment is collected by the silver tray which slots in between the legs and this can be emptied as and when you please. The top lid is removable with an easy to grip handle and it slots on neatly too.
To avoid getting burnt, the handles have a built in cooling mechanism so you can get on and cook without worrying about hot fingers. What impressed me the most is the size and way you can wheel it around with ease, this means the transition from garage to patio is a smooth and painless journey whenever you want to get it out. You can leave it outside, but longterm exposure will weather the metal, as we found with the other Weber we have. Prices hover around the sixty pound mark which seems like a good price to me for such a sturdy bit of kit. It should last you years too, so look on it as an investment.
For me the perfect summer evening is sitting in the garden with the sun slowly setting, my daughter splashing around in the paddling pool, the cool breeze on the back of my neck and the smell of a fresh BBQ just wafting around the garden.
At the beginning of summer this year we attempted to dig our old BBQ out of the overflowing garage. When eventually reaching it was so damaged and rusty we decided that it had lit its last flame and it was time for the tip.
Not wanting to buy an expensive BBQ we headed down to Tesco to have a look at their summer BBQ range. That's when we came across the Weber charcoal BBQ. It wasn't exactly a flash one but that's all we needed, a simple BBQ that would cook our food. This particular BBQ was selling at half price so we got it for a bargain at £30.00 instead of the £60.00 that it was originally priced at.
The BBQ comes flat packed and required assembling. Me and my partner put it up together and found it somewhat difficult. The instructions don't provide to be very useful consisting of mainly confusing looking pictures. However after putting together and then taking it apart to add the bits we missed around three times we finally had it sussed.
I was pleasantly surprised at the height of the BBQ as I had assumed from the look of the picture that it would be small. It comes up to hip/waist height which for my small size is perfect to flip the burgers and turn the sausages. Unfortunately if you are above 5 foot 3 (my height) it's probably going to be a bending or possibly a kneeling job if you are incredibly tall. Saying that you could always put it on a raised platform if you have one.
The BBQ is round with a large lid; it has 3 legs 2 of which have wheels so this makes for handy and easy transportation around the garden. It also has a small circle dish under the BBQ, I'm not too sure what the actual function of this is but we use it to put sauces and things on. The Majority of the BBQ is black sparing the legs which are silver. As far as I'm aware this is the only colour the BBQ comes in.
To get the BBQ started is very simple, it is a charcoal BBQ so this would be an addition that you would have to purchase separately. It would also be handy to get some firelighters. When we have BBQ's we always line the base with tin foil, this helps the BBQ to stay lit and it also avoids all of that cleaning afterwards.
The BBQ has air holes in the bottom, this has a function to able to open and close this. It's important that if you have tin foil on the bottom that you put holes in the bottom or it to let the air in. now I can't pretend that I am a BBQ expert and it is usually my partner who does the BBQ so I couldn't be too sure if you have to have the air holes open or close when the BBQ is lit. I do however know that one of them allows the BBQ to stay lit and the other helps put the BBQ out. I would make a guess but I don't want anybody to take my advice and then spoil their BBQ so I would advise you to find that out before you start your BBQ.
The lid that comes with the BBQ also helps put the BBQ out when it is no longer in use, this also has air holes on that can be opened or closed again I really am not too sure how this works. The handles on the BBQ are heat proof so they do not scold your hands when you attempt to hold it, they are still warm however so watch out for that.
The BBQ is large enough to fit enough food on for us ( two and a half people) thats around 4 sausages and 3 burgers so its a good enough size.
The BBQ comes with a measuring cup so you know exactly how much coal to put in; this is very handy for people like me who don't know an awful lot about BBQ's! The BBQ claims to be none rusting but I won't know how good the claim is until next year when I dig it out.
The main reason I got this was for the garden but due to it being small and light weight it is easy and hassle free to travel to the beach etc.
It may be to late this year but this is a great BBQ and it's definitely worth buying and putting away for next year. I would highly recommend it!
When you go out shopping for a bbq set it means only one thing, summer is finally here and the shorts and t-shirts can finally come out, because this years summer took so long to get here it means this years summer wont take long to leave, so you have to get your bbq's in as much as you can with the small time we have.
Every year we would go out and buy those little throw away bbq sets knowing that once they are used you can throw it away. After being invited to a family bbq party I saw they had a nice, but basic, BBQ set known as the Weber Compact BBQ, they were cooking for hours on this and the heat seamed to last forever, on our throw away version the heat doesn't even last the quarter of the time it does on the Weber Compact BBQ.
I had never heard of the brand name Weber but then again I don't know the names of many BBQ sets (unless they have other kinds of products in their line, But this one was a blank to me), I wanted a bbq that would last me a longer time than one year and I figured that if I spend that little bit more on a good bbq it would save me money in the long run.
When I was shopping round for this model I saw there were 2 different sizes, I would of picked up the smaller one but I figured that if we were entertaining guests it would be better to have the bigger one, and if I am just doing a bbq for the 2 of us then I can confine the coal to the center of the bbq and cook from there.
This 57 cm Weber Compact BBQ is a very smart sleek black charcoal bbq unit weighing at 9kg resting on a white support frame provided with 1 single shelf built into the frame just under the main body of the bbq unit, the entire thing rests on 3 legs and 2 of them being strong secure black crack proof wheels so it is easier to transport it from place to place, and when you are satisfied with the placement the third leg acts as a stopper so when it is placed on the ground the unit wont move.
The big black circular container on the top is a glass reinforced nylon measuring at 57 cm with a handle at the front that allows you to lift the top part up and reveals the inside where you put your charcoal and then cover it with a top grid where you place your food.
It is also fitted with a rust proof vent on the top made from aluminum that allows you to open or close the vent depending on how your cooking your food.
And also included with this strong, black, masculine Weber BBQ is a nice little cute charcoal measuring cup, for good measure (bad joke I know).
All this can be found in the manuals that is provided in the box along with a 5 year guarantee on rust proof, fire proof and cracking.
If you are thinking the smaller version would be better then that model has a 47 cm glass reinforced nylon.
You can get this from Amazon for £99.00
I paid around the same price and I personally think I made a good choice with this purchase. This seems to be like a Duracell battery just going and going and going and going.
I have had this BBQ for around 3 years now and it has lasted me so far, obviously we only take it out in the summer so it sits in our (not to decent) shed and hasn't rusted or been damaged in anyway.
In the manuals it does inform you that you can leave it out and it will be fine, so for piece of mind at least you know you can leave the bbq outside with no covering and it wont get damaged.
We have entertained many times with this bbq and it has come through for us every time.
For me, one of the best things about warm summer evenings is being able to get outside for a barbecue. Over the years we have bought countless barbecues, all of which have become useless within a very short space of time. Some have lost their wheels, others their handles. All of them had been cheap to buy, but as they had only lasted a year or two this is a false economy! I admit we leave our barbecues outside and have never bothered to use a cover, although the barbecue is always stored under a covered area.
Last year I decided in was time to buy something a bit more substantial and began to do a bit of research. It very quickly became apparent that Weber was a brand with an excellent reputation. I always like to see and touch what I am about to buy before making a final decision, so took a trip to my local John Lewis as they stock a wide range of Weber barbecues. I was really impressed with the build quality and specifications of what I saw and decided this was the brand for me! As we often have friends around for a barbecue I decided to buy a large capacity model. However I really couldn't the top of the range models, much as I would have liked to! In the end I settled for a 57 cm Weber compact model. I can't remember exactly how, much I paid at the time, but see that John Lewis is now selling this model for £99.95. It is possible to pay a bit less on line if you shop around. There is also a smaller 47 cm model available in this compact range if you prefer. John Lewis offer excellent customer service and for this reason I was happy to buy from them.
What you get for your money.
The BBQ comes flat packed and weighs 9 Kg. There is a clear instruction booklet include as well as a recipe booklet.
The bowl and lid are a shiny black and made from porcelain enamel on heavy gauge steel. They are guaranteed for 5 years to be both fire and rust proof.
The handles are made from glass reinforced nylon and are also guaranteed for 5 years against cracking. The handles have a heat shield to protect your hands.
There is an alluminium rust proof vent to allow you to control the temperature when cooking and a rust proof ash catcher.
The wheels are all weather crack proof, meaning the barbecue can be left outside in the elements without sustaining damage.
There is a heavy duty, triple plated steel cooking grate. The grate has a 1 year warranty against rust.
There is also a charcoal measuring cup included.
I bought this barbecue last year and it has been used on numerous occasions. Even the great British weather doesn't stop us from eating outside when we have planned to do so! I am really pleased with my purchase and believe it will save me money in the long run. The first thing to say is that it was really easy to put together, or so my husband tells me! The instruction booklet is clearly written with helpful illustrations.
I ma pleased I opted for the larger model as we often have friends around. I have cooked for 8 without any problems using this barbecue. The vent is really effective in allowing you to control the flame and therefore the heat inside; this helps to prevent food form becoming overcooked or burnt. The lid fits on securely, especially useful when it's windy.
My past experience with cheaper models has been that many are not very stable. The Weber model has two wheels and one steel leg and this gives it excellent stability. The wheels are sturdy and show no sign of wear, even though the barbecue was left outside throughout the very cold winter we have just experienced. The wheels run smoothly, making the barbecue easy to move around.
The handles tend to another area where cheaper models have shown their weakness. Again the Weber model scores highly here, with excellent handles that not only feel substantial, but are comfortable to grip too. The handles come with a manufactures 5 year guarantee.
The main cooking bowl and lid feels and looks like a high quality item and I can really tell the difference between this model and cheaper options available. I like the fact the bowl is not only rust proof but also fire proof too. There is no sign of any rust on either the bowl or lid despite not being covered! The bowl is a good deep one and cooking inside it is a real pleasure, well my husband has never complained!
The grate is triple plated and again this makes it feel like it was built to last. It is quite heavy and feels substantial like the other components of this barbecue.
Not only does this barbecue look and feel good, but it produce great results too! The food cooked on this model seems to retain more moisture than with other models. The vent certainly helps but so does the deep bowl and well fitting lid. The bowl seems to allow the flame to die down more quickly and then burn evenly, ensuring that the food is cooked well but not burnt to a cinder! We tend to cook all manner of foods on the barbecue including the usual chicken, burgers and sausages, in addition to corn on the cob, fish, steaks, stuffed peppers and jacket potatoes. The list is endless and the recipe booklet has some great ideas and tips.
If I had to name something negative I guess I would say that it would have been useful to have a storage shelf attached to the barbecue. It would also have been useful to have a hook to hang utensils when not in use. These are minor niggles however.
Overall this is an excellent barbecue and I have no hesitation in highly recommended it to you! If only we could have great weather to go with it!