Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by temora weber platinum
Received box and cover within 5 days of purchase. Took approx. 1hr to assemble. I found the picture diagrams easy to understand as long as you look at EVERYTHING, especially where things are supposed to line up. Had a little problem assembling the ash catcher because the lever was not between the correct holes. Had I left it there, I would not have been able to open and close it, since it would have hit the legs on the stand. Lift it up and over the mounting holes, so that it positions to the side of the barbecue and not the front. Other than that I've had no problem, but then I've only just christened it with a few burgers. A little more practise and I'll be ready for a party.
June 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BellevilleGuy Weber Kettle 22.5 OTP
I went for the Platinum model in order to get the lid holder and the side tables. The lid thermometer was also a bit of a selling feature. I wasn't keen on the front-mounted handle originally (as the top-mount seems to give the lid better balance), but after using it for a week, I'm pretty happy with the setup. So far, I've cooked chicken, steak, frozen pizza, and a roast pork shoulder, and the results have been wonderful. If you`re coming from the world of propane BBQs, the charcoal process is quite different, though, and you`ll want to do some on-line research before diving in head first. I thought about the performer with propane ignition as well, but for the $80 difference at the time, I decided I could hack it with a chimney starter instead. So far so good.
May 28, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by iluv2grill weber charcoal grill
Recently purchased the grill. It was easy to put together good instructions.The width of the side surfaces are great. The longer barbeque tools fit nicely and don't fall off. The sides of the cooking grill lift up making it easy to add more charcoal. Looks great also. Would recommend.
August 1, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bookem It tastes like bbq
My son and I assembled it in about 40 min. It looks great,everything fit nicely, it's sturdy,and most importantly it tastes like bbq. After 10 yrs. of gas grilling it's nice to once again enjoy the great taste of food cooked over charcoal. Gas can't compare.
July 16, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steamguy Back to grilling with FIRE
I have been grilling for more than 30 years; had a Weber kettle back in ... well, many years ago; so I already know how good a Weber Kettle can cook. Later had a little gas Genesis and it was okay, but it just wasn't charcoal. After the Genesis finally wore out, I got one of those big fancy stainless units. But that fancy grill needs $60 worth of parts every year or so; and guess what, Depot doesn't stock them; no, they've moved on to this year's big shiny thing. Tough luck, now you have to trust to somebody on the Internet for parts. Getting replacements has gotten ever harder and more expensive, the older the big shiny grill gets. Burners are now $40 each, and it uses five of them.
And even though I made a smoker box, the taste just isn't as good as on a charcoal grill. AND even with all the shiny stuff, it doesn't cook as good as a Weber Kettle. I'd finally had enough.
So I got a Platinum. It was a floor model because Depot only stocks ONE at a time, and we had people coming over. One of the side tables had a nick, and I got to experience Weber Customer Service. Wow. Based in the US, and people are helpful and really know what they're doing. You can order replacements online, or if you have a question, you get it answered in seconds just by picking up the phone. What a refreshing thing in this era of offshore so-called 'customer service' where people read from a script, and otherwise know absolutely nothing about what you're asking.
Let's get to some pros and cons.
The temperature gauge is a godsend. I can set the draft and have the correct amount of heat for whatever fuel I'm using, whether it's lump charcoal or briquettes. Or even a mix of the two, plus smoke chips. I get good, consistent results this way, using a two-level fire. I never thought I'd need two side tables on a barbecue but these have been really handy.
The quality is Weber all over. Even after using this unit an average of 3 times a week for 3 years, it shows almost no wear.
Replacement parts are EASY because it's Weber. If Depot (or Lowe's) doesn't have it in stock, you can have it in a day or two from Weber. And you know the pricing for spares is consistent.
Weber's "new" ash system is great. I had an old kettle with the three little round vents at the bottom, and you had to take everything out, pick it up bodily, and dump it out every time you wanted a new fire. Also, I live in an area known for high winds, and I have been grilling outside in 30 MPH winds... and you'd think I'd have to worry about sparks or live coals blowing out. Not with this grill.
Vents will shut the air down completely and snuff the coals, allowing you to re-use some of that expensive fuel for the next grilling. Just dump new coals in the bottom of the starter chimney first to prevent the old ones from dropping through.
The price is a little steep, given that it's a Weber Kettle with some add-ons. I had to save for three months before I could afford it.
The Platinum has a couple unique parts: the temperature gauge and the side tables. However, they are always in-stock at Weber, as is the cover, which is also unique, but not any more expensive than a comparable Weber cover.
The temperature gauge alone is worth the upgrade in cash. This is a solid, reliable grill, simple to use, easy to clean, easy to maintain.
March 11, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by grillininmn2011 High quality. Great features. Awesome food.
I've been grilling with Weber for years and had the 18" models for about 18 years because it was just my wife and me (they last forever!). We moved and decided to upgrade and looked at a lot of models. Wanted a little bigger grill to entertain and cook more in the indirect mode so we finally got this one. It has bells and whistles that don't stop and are actually worth the $. I used to think I could cook ribs, but OMG who needs a restaurant. With the ribs, steaks, chicken, chops, roasts, and veggies I've made she actually doesn't want to eat out any more. And the quality is top notch, even for Weber's already high standards.
May 17, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nederland74 Easy to put together high quality
I was really torn for a while on whether to get this one or the 27 inch. I really do not BBQ enough for the need of the 27 inch. I also realized I really liked the tables on the sides that you get with most gas grills. The four legs on the base really give the gril a secure and stable feeling. Along with the legs being painted with a non-rust coating. Got tired of buying 300-500 dollar gas grills that would just wear out, also missed the charcoal taste. I do not care what anyone says you cannot get the same flavor with a gas grill. I have never been so excited to use a gril as I have been with this one. Steaks, ribs, chicken have all been amazing. The bonus feature on this one was the temp gauge.
February 22, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tano This is a really nice set up!
I finally stepped up to a quality Weber charcoal grill and had been deciding between this model and the performer. I really wanted something with a work surface and both fit the bill, but I couldn’t justify the extra cost and added size of the performer for my needs, but it does ave some great features.
The grill arrived quickly and Weber really knows how to pack their products to withstand delivery. My UPS guy decided to leave my package sitting in the middle of my driveway in the rain and I am willing to bet he rolled the box end to end the whole way. Not one part was scratched, dinged or missing.
Assembly took 20 minutes or so, very straightforward and not a ton of pieces. Much simpler than a gas grill. Now, I am pretty mechanically inclined and I will say I was baffled for a few minutes on how the charcoal tray underneath the grill mounts. The picture in the directions leads you to believe there are three slots in the bottom of the kettle, but in fact it mounts to the three leg posts, where there are slots. One last thing, when I was assembling the two side brackets which hold the leg assembly, (marked A and B) I cross threaded the screw during assembly. I happened to have a tap set (1/4-20 in case you do it too) and easily cleaned up the threads so, no problem. But I did it on both sides, so something was off, (maybe me) so just run the screw through the holes before attempting assembly and you should be good to go.
I used the grill right away and it has a lot of great features that I will tinker with in the coming days. I am very pleased with the quality and it does seem built to last. I also bought the grill cover and it was a perfect fit.
June 21, 2010