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Weber Kettle Original 22 Charcoal Grill Review

Weber Kettle Original 22 Charcoal Grill
Weber Kettle Original 22 Charcoal Grill

Specifications

  • 22-inch diameter cooking surface (363 square inches)
  • Glass-reinforced nylon handles that are heat resistant and long-lasting
  • Aluminum vents and ash catcher
  • Three leg design
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
  • Plated steel cooking grates
  • 10-year warranty
  • Made in the United States by the Weber Stephen Products Company

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Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Features
Versatility
Durability

PROS

  • Large Capacity
  • Versatile Cooking Abilities
  • Simple Operation

CONS

  • Weak Leg Design
  • Some Flimsy Parts

Full Review – Weber Kettle Original 22 Charcoal Grill

Once upon a time, there was a company that made buoys. A buoy is a large metal ball that acts as a road marker for the water. To make a buoy you take a round piece of steel and press it into a half sphere. Weld two of these together and you have a buoy. One day, a man at this buoy-making company decided he wanted a little more for lunch than a cold sandwich. He dumped charcoal in the bottom of half a buoy, placed a wire rack over top, and cooked his lunch. After a few years of playing with the design and the Weber Kettle Grill was born.

The Weber Kettle is the most successful outdoor grill in history. There are places where Weber means grill like Kleenex means tissue. The reason for this is the simplicity of the design. Basically a half ball with a vent in the bottom and a lid with a vent in the top and a grate for coals and one for food. There isn’t anything more to it than that. Certainly, people have tried to improve on the design, but no one has made a better charcoal grill.

There are a dozen models of the Weber Kettle today, but it is this one, stripped down of all the extras, but large enough for almost anything that is the one to buy. It can hold cooking temperatures as low as 200 degrees F while still hitting grilling temperatures over 700 degrees. It does direct and indirect grilling, it roasts, smokes, and even makes a great pizza. The modern Weber company makes a seemingly endless array of accessories from woks to rotisserie units, so there isn’t a form of cooking that this grill can’t do. Best of all, it is less expensive than any gas grill on the market.

First time griller or experienced cook, this is the perfect charcoal grill. Yes, charcoal isn’t as convenient as gas, but if you want authentic flavor, a touch of smoke (or a lot), and the ability to rotisserie a prime rib or just grill up some great burgers, this is the only grill you actually need. It does it all, last for years, and well, when it comes down to it, this is what grilling is all about.

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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