“ Brand: Weber / Fuel Type: Coal / Type: Barbecue „
We bought this BBQ after the plates on our gas BBQ had started to rust. We decided that although the gas BBQ offered convenience it was huge and really didn't give the true BBQ taste that I enjoyed.
We had a look at various different options including store brands and others and decided that the Weber offered a much better quality product. It was more expensive but you could really tell the quality. This size is big enough for a family of four plus a few guests.
It's great that you can hang the lid from the side when you take it off. We've definitely had the best tasting chicken as a result of this BBQ. It's easy to clean and remove the ashes.
It doesn't take up too much space and can be easily moved as it has wheels. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a charcoal BBQ that will last.
We have two barbecues at home, a smaller Weber and then a larger one. The larger one must be going back about fifteen years at least though. I remember my dad buying it from a garden centre and the whole family being in awe at how huge it was. It was rather like a Dalek with legs. Our Weber was red though, you can buy them in many different colours, though thinking back, red was a little bit camp...what was my dad thinking?
The barbecue is quite a big beasty and stands at around four or feet in height, so if you're a very short person you might struggle to use it. Likewise, if you are of Gandolf statue, you will need to arch your back to use it. The look of it is delightful with a shiny lid that you can remove with a handle, exposing a generous griddle and huge area beneath where you place your charcoal. There is room enough to cook for six to eight people on one of these, as we used to have many people over for garden parties and they barbecue holds loads of food in one go.
The grill can be lifted out and cleaned and the charcoal ash drips into a tray which is supported inbetween the legs of the barbecue, which I find rather kinky! This tray can be emptied with ease and slides back in a treat when you done.
At the bottom of the barbecue is a rack area where you can store plates and gloves, this is very handy, my parents used to stack plates on here and sometimes extra charcoal. Speaking of charcoal, when you have emptied that into the main pit and lit the thing, it usually takes half an hour or so to get to a peak then you can start cooking. Due to the sheer size of the barbie, you do have to wait a while for it to heat up.
The barbecue is sturdy, it can be moved with relative ease and it also has some rungs where you can hang tongs on, so it ticks most boxes. If I could improve it, I would have a lid that opened like a shutter so both sides folded down, exposing the barbecue beneath it. That aside, this is a safe buy and you can buy them for around seventy pounds.
Having never previously owned my own barbeque I wasnt sure what to expect from the Weber. I can though recommend this model. The barbeque comes in pieces so will need to be put together, this didnt take too long though bits were fiddly, it took about 30-40mins overall.
The barbeque comes with wheels on one side meaning it can be easily moved around and it helps that it isnt too heavy, but the negative side of this is if you try to move it over bumpy ground or if you unbalance it slightly the top will fall off quite easily. The tray which hangs underneath to catch the grease and any ash that falls through isnt securely fastened, and this will fall out as well when moving. The tray hangs on 3 points that sit on the legs at the height you want, it is very difficult to get this exactly level. The last drawback is that the barbeque is all metal meaning it will heat up when cooking. The lid hasnt been insulated so will get hot, There is a wooden handle on top to remove the lid but due care needs to be taken not to burn anything when removing it as it is fairly large.
Now onto the plus points, the Weber is very large and will happily handle more than enough food for four people in one go and the advantage of it being round means you can stack coal around the sides allowing the food to cook through all at the same pace and still have room to put finished items to one side. It is a heavy duty barbeque and will keep the rain out however it doesnt come with a cover which I had to purchase seperately as I did not want to take the risk of it getting corroded especially as it costs around £100 which I feel maybe slightly high. As for fuel costs, 1 or 2 bags of pre-prepared charcoal is normally enough for about 60-90 minutes of cooking and more can be added easily.
The Barbeque stands up well in windy conditions as the grill where the charcoal sits is fairly deep which helps to stop the barbeque from getting out of control. Further to this there are ventilation holes in both the lid and below the fuel grill. This allows air to be pulled in if the barbeque is struggling to get going and Weber have done a good job of putting a small handle on this to allow you to change the airflow when cooking without burning yourself. There are also ventilation holes in the lid, but this has a small metal handle on which does get hot when in use.
The barbecue doesnt come with any accessories except a grill to hold the charcoal, a grill for the botton to put things on and lastly a main grill to cook on. The main grill is simple and made of metal so is very easy and friendy to clean down afterwards with hot soapy water unlike some barbeques where the grill is coated with a cover which makes cleaning very hard.
Previously I had a nasty cheap coal BBQ from homebase. When you were cooking food the handle on the back would slowly melt, not much of a BBQ. The way I see it, you pay for what you get. A friend from America bought me a BBQ, on the plane. Luckily he was in upperclass so they didn't care to much about the stupid size of his hand-luggage. They go for about £100 in the UK, I presume he got it cheaper in the US. First impressions, the Weber Round Kettle BBQ is sturdy, easy to put together. Two wheels allow for easy moving. The BBQ comes with an outdoor cover to keep the ol'British weather at bay. The surface area of the grill is great compared to my older bbqs, you can plenty of meat on. The black design allows the BBQ to heat up nicely. With the top on and the air vents open you can get it really really hot. Its big enough to cook a whole turkey, very juicey. Its great for summer months, doesnt take long at all to get going and you'll be using it every night weather dependent. Some friends an I have had so much fun with it, its great for parties. Even managed to make an omellete on it! Wayhey. Compared to other cheaper BBQs this is in an other league. Its lasted for ages, and hasnt shown any signs of age. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to adventure into the world of BBQ'in
I have had a number of barbecues of various descriptions, mostly cheap tin things bought from petrol station forecourts. They were relatively successful albeit that I never mastered the art of igniting them properly. Then, while on a trip to America, I invested in a Weber Kettle. I don’t know what they cost over here but a couple of years ago it cost me around $30, probably half of what it would cost here!! No matter, I would recommend the investment to anyone. First, and foremost, it is very robust. You don’t stand there worrying that the whole thing will topple over at any moment. The grill has to be assembled but it really is child’s play and needs little more than a hammer and a screwdriver. The ‘kettle’ consists of an enamelled, hemispherical base on three legs, which form a tripod and give it its stability. Two of the legs have wheels, which make it very easy to move around, even when it’s hot. Inside are the two grills, one for the charcoal and one for the food. Below the grill are vents, which can be open or closed via an external handle to regulate the temperature. These vents (three slots) also serve as the ash remover, which then falls on to a convenient plate, held by the legs. Cleaning is simplicity itself. The final component is the lid, also an enamelled hemisphere so that it looks like a globe when all together. It is not only substantial, it looks good as well. Igniting the grill is relatively straightforward. I use the barbecue starters, (the small white cube type) three or four of which are placed on the grill and then charcoal briquettes are piled on top. Set fire to the starters, put the lid on, open the vents and leave it for half an hour. When you come back the briquettes will be glowing and can then be spread over the grill with tongs. Put the food grill in place and you are ready to start cooking. The big benefit of this style of barbecue is that the food cooks
with the lid on, as if in an oven which prevents it from rapidly charring on the outside while still getting the great barbecue flavour. The only problem with this grill is the amount of charcoal that it uses. It is relatively large, big enough to grill for 4 – 6 people in comfort but also needs enough charcoal to cover the base which tends to be a lot, especially if you just want to do a couple of lamb chops or whatever. Weber do make a smaller version which is doubtless more economical if all you ever want is to cook for just two people. The grill comes with an excellent instruction manual and cookbook with lots of useful tips. There are also a number of accessories available including an excellent PVC cover that keeps it protected from the elements. We’ve had ours for several years and it is still in excellent condition despite standing outside all year round. We have cooked just about everything on ours, lamb cutlets, salmon steaks, trout, sausages, vegetables etc. and the results are first class.