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Weber 781001 Gold One-Touch 26-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black (Older Model)

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  • Kettle grill with 508 square inches of total cooking space
  • 26-1/2-inch-diameter stainless-steel hinged cooking grate; rust-resistant vents
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with glass-reinforced nylon handles; built-in thermometer
  • Aluminum ash catcher; aluminized-steel One-Touch cleaning system
  • Measures 24-2/5 inches long by 32 inches wide by 42-2/7 inches high; 10-year limited warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

26.75 inch porcelain-enameled bowl and lid Cooking area = 508 square inches Stainless steel hinged cooking grate Factory-assembled stainless steel One-Touch cleaning system Tuck-Away lid holder No-rust aluminum vent Removable high-capacity ash catcher Three glass-reinforced nylon handles Two Char-Basket charcoal fuel holders Built-in thermometer Heat resistant handle design Crackproof all-weather wheels Weber cookbook

Weber Charcoal Kettle
Grilling powerhouse with plated steel cooking grate and 2 convenient wheels that make movement a snap. (Model 751001 shown) Click here for a larger image
Weber Charcoal Kettle
Hinged cooking grate makes it easy to add briquets. (Model 751001 shown) Click here for a larger image
Weber Charcoal Kettle
Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system makes cleanup hassle-free. (Model 751001 shown) Click here for a larger image
Weber Charcoal Kettle
No-rust aluminum vent provides the proper airflow for perfect grilling. (Model 751001 shown) Click here for a larger image
Weber Charcoal Kettle
Stainless-steel One-Touch cleaning system and the removable high-capacity ash catcher make cleanup hassle-free. (Model 751001 shown) Click here for a larger image

Weber One-Touch Charcoal Kettle

Easy Does It

Weber's legendary charcoal grills have become a backyard icon. Just pick a size, pick a color, and get ready to inspire neighborhood-wide envy.

Weber's Original Charcoal Grilling System

At Weber they believe that grilling should be as fun as it is flavorful. Self-proclaimed perfectionists, they've dedicated themselves to that standard since 1952 when they made their first charcoal kettle. That's because they know that when you've got friends and family hovering around the grill, hungry for that unmistakable charcoal flavor, the last thing you want to contend with is shoddy construction or burnt food. So Weber did their homework, designing products that won't let you down. The result? Grills that don't require an engineering degree to assemble, last for many long years of dependable service and--most importantly--deliver exceptionally delicious grilled results every time.

Bowl and Lid

Weber kettles combine traditional design with innovation in production. Made of steel and coated with porcelain enamel, the bowl and lid are formed exactly right to allow heat to circulate around the inside of the grill for even cooking. The porcelain enamel is baked on at approximately 1500 degrees F ensuring that your grill will not only withstand the heat of many cookings, but also resist rust- and burn-through. In addition, the smooth, hard-wearing surface makes cleanup easy.


Closed-lid cooking is a signature of Weber products. The damper system created by Weber allows for control of the heat inside the unit without lifting the lid. Simply adjusting the damper provides temperatures low enough to smoke food for hours or high enough the sear steaks. Made of rust-resistant aluminum and placed just so in the lid, the damper is as durable as it is functional

Cooking Grate

Every Weber charcoal cooking grate provides ample cooking area for any meal. Made of heavy-duty plated steel, these cooking grates are durable and easy to clean, and they can hold enough heat to give you beautiful sear marks. The hinged grates have an area on either side that lifts to allow access to the fuel without lifting the whole grate or removing food from the grill. Adding or adjusting charcoal is hassle free and easy.

Charcoal Grate

The Weber charcoal grate has what it takes to withstand the heat of any charcoal fire. Made of heavy-duty plated steel, these durable grates won't warp or burn through. Additionally, they give you enough space for a direct set-up or an indirect set-up. Weber charcoal grates give you the flexibility to cook the way you want.

One-Touch Cleaning System

The One-Touch cleaning system makes cleanup hassle free. As you rotate the handle, the three blades in the bowl move ash through the vents in the bowl and down into the ash catcher. The aluminum ash catcher lifts out for easy ash disposal and cleaning. The fully enclosed ash catcher keeps ashes from blowing around and is easily detached for quick and clean ash removal. This not only makes cleaning out the bowl a breeze but also helps keep you cooking longer by preventing the build-up of ashes that blocks vents and suffocates the fire.

In addition to providing a quick and easy way to clean the bowl, the One-Touch cleaning system also acts as a second damper. The same vents that allow ash to fall easily out of the bowl help bring oxygen up to the fire. Closing the One-Touch cleaning system and the top damper allow you to choke out the fire easily.

26.5-Inch Gold One-Touch Charcoal Kettle Grill

As part of the One-Touch series, the 26.5-inch Gold kettle grill provides a stainless-steel hinged cooking grate that measures 26-1/2 inches in diameter for 508 square inches of total cooking space. The sleek unit also features a heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a built-in thermometer, a Tuck-Away lid holder, glass-reinforced nylon handles, rust-resistant vents, durable all-weather wheels with full wheel hubs, and a removable, aluminum, high-capacity ash catcher. Best of all, the grill's aluminized-steel One-Touch cleaning system allows you to empty the ash in seconds without getting your hands dirty. Overall, the grill measures 24-2/5 inches long by 32 inches wide by 42-2/7 inches high and carries a 10-year limited warranty.

Note: Images shown above are of the Weber One-Touch Charcoal Kettle series in Black; features illustrated vary by model.

What is Weber T.I.P.S.?


When George Stephen created the first Weber grill, he wanted to be able to bring his family together for a good meal. He insisted on a product that would exceed customers' expectations.

In the years since then, the Weber name has become synonymous with backyard barbecues and the family, friends, and good times that go with them. At Weber, they continue that tradition of excellence in everything they do from the development of new grills and accessories to the services they provide to customer and dealers.


From the very beginning, Weber revolutionized backyard grilling. Since then, they have continued to develop products that enhance the grilling experience. From the original kettle with heat controlling dampers to electronic temperature controls and Flavorizer bars, Weber continues to be at the forefront of modern grilling, making the backyard a part of your kitchen.


Weber grills have been and will continue to be the true definition of performance in backyard grilling. Whether you're cooking a basic burger or an extensive meal, Weber grills are designed and engineered to give you the best performance every time.


Service is of the utmost importance at Weber. Their Customer and Dealer Service associates work every day to ensure that their customers and dealers have the support they need.

2012 Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grills

18.5" Silver
22.5" Silver
18.5" Gold
22.5" Gold
26.5" Gold
22.5" Platinum
Color / Item Black 441001 Black 741001 Black 451001 Black 751001 Dark Blue 758001 Green 757001 Black 781001 Black 1361001

Cooking System

Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
Plated-steel cooking grate
Plated-steel hinged cooking grate
Stainless-steel hinged cooking grate
Built-in thermometer
Total cooking area (square inches) 240 363 240 363 508 363


Heavy-duty steel cart frame
Thermoset work tables 2
Aluminized-steel One-Touch cleaning system
Stainless-steel One-Touch cleaning system
Aluminum ash catcher
Removable, aluminum high-capacity ash catcher
Wire bottom shelf
Rust-resistant vents 2 2 2 2 2 2
Glass-reinforced nylon handles 2 2 3 3 3 2
Durable all-weather wheels 2 2 2 2
Durable all-weather wheels with full wheel hubs 2 2


Char-Basket charcoal fuel holders 2
Tool hooks 6
Tuck-Away lid holder
Owner's guide
Limited warranty


Charcoal (sold separately)


LxWxH (inches) 18.5 x 23 x 35 22.5 x 25 x 38.5 18.5 x 25 x 35 22.5 x 27 x 38.5 24.4 x 32 x 42.3 26 x 50.1 x 41.2

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 32 x 42.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 60 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001I8ZU08
  • Item model number: 781001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,216 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

129 of 131 people found the following review helpful By M. Lang VINE VOICE on March 15, 2009
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At least when it comes to grilling! After months of anxious waiting, I received my "new" 26 inch Weber grill from Amazon a few weeks ago. I say "new" because this is not Weber's first 26 inch grill. They previously had manufactured a 26 inch model that has long since been discontinued.

After having grilled on a 22 inch One Touch Gold and a Performer for years, I was anxious to have more charcoal grilling space. Although I have slobbered over the Ranch Kettle, I always felt that it was a little too much. Of course, I was also never able to convince my wife that I needed one.

The 26 inch kettle took about 20 minutes to assemble. The instructions were written in the international language of "pictures" and are very straightforward. The 26 inch is in all practical purposes a larger 22 inch grill. The wheels, ash catcher, handles, and charcoal baskets are all standard size. The only difference is the larger kettle. When you compare the kettle of a 26 inch to a 22 (see the images above), it might not appear to be that much of a difference. I believe that it is, as the 26 boasts an additional 145 square inches of cooking space. When you are trying to grill multiple things at the same time, that difference means not having to fire up a second grill.

The size of the 26 allows for more range in temperature zones for direct grilling. Internally, like on the 22, there is 5 inches between the main grate and the charcoal grate. The lid holder nicely holds the lid out of the way. My old Performer did not do that very well. I am thankful this model does. I do wish there was a hook to hang the main grate from. You can invert the grate and use the handles to hang it over the lip of the kettle, but I would prefer an actual hook.
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163 of 176 people found the following review helpful By J. Janssen on July 26, 2010
I'm a loyal Weber fan, have owned numerous models over the years, and consider them to be the best of the backyard BBQ grills. But let's be realistic, for the same amount of money you can get two Gold One Touch 22.5" grills and have more combined cooking space, not to mention the flexibility of setting one up for indirect and another for direct grilling, OR set up one as a smoker and another as a straight grill, OR set up one for steaks and the other for chicken or fish.

The design flaws in this larger model are obvious and well documented by other reviewers; leg assy and supports designed and manufactured for the smaller kettle and the single handle grip (which is now the heat seeking plastic material) allows the much heavier lid to swing and arc during removal, not the safest choice Weber could have made. If you really have to have a "bigger one" than Mr. Jones next door, fine, but how often are you really going to need that extra space? My experience is that a 22.5" Weber grill does family duty and can handle the weekend party needs of 6 to 8 people without a problem. The 26.75" (based upon the grilling surface available) might add 2 more people to the party. But two 22.5" grills give you the flexibility to cook for 12 to 16. Now look at the pricing of a 22.5" Gold grill vs. the smaller 18.5 Gold"; a reasonable $25 more (at the time of this writing), but the 26.75" Gold is TWICE the price of the 22.5" Gold. It just doesn't pencil out either in a monetary sense or a safety one (remember how that support leg always threatens to fall out when you're moving the grill loaded with hot coals out of the way?)*.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cosmo on March 31, 2010
My new 26.75" one-touch arrived last Thursday. The front leg was bent in shipping and after speaking with Weber, they agreed to overnight a new leg. Since I had them on the phone, I then inspected the grill and noticed five different small areas (each no bigger than a dime) in the bottom of the kettle where it was not covered by the enamel. There were some slight ripples in the enamel as well. Weber Cust. Svc said it should not be like that and sent out a whole new kettle! The front leg arrived on Saturday and the new bowl and some parts for it(did not need them) arrived on Monday. This new kettle too had exposed areas in the bowl! These are deep swirly gouges right on the inside of the bowl where the handle is on the opposite, outside of the bowl. I sent pics and so guess what, they are sending me another bowl, this time I asked that it be inspected! The service is great, but what is it with the QA process there? They stated that it probably happened in shipping where the enamel broke off but if the kettle was manufactured correctly, shipping should not cause enamel to chip off like that. I could use one of the bowls I have for Easter but I don't want to take it apart yet again, that in itself wears the parts out.

Of course this still be a great grill once it comes together. The one little thing I don't like is that the legs are very light (hopefully strong enough) for a much heavier grill than the 22.5" version. The lid, bowl, and grates are all much heavier duty and it seems the legs could have followed suit. If they don't last long because of the weight, I will sure to be calling Weber! Looking forward to some great roasting, smoking and grilling, some day. :-)

***** 12/17/2010 Addenddum

Love this grill!! Have only used it for indirect cooking I cannot say enough good things about it.
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