Weber 1411001 Performer Charcoal Grill, Black
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- Porcelain enamel bowl and lid
- One-touch cleaning system scrapes away ash
- Charbin holds charcoal briquettes dry and handy
- 363 square inch cooking area
- Built-in workspace
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|Item Dimensions||40 x 50.25 x 28.5 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||1411001|
|Shipping Weight||96 pounds|
Streamline charcoal grilling with the Performer Charcoal Grill. This 22-1/2-inch grill features a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with 363 square inch of cooking space that are durable and easy to clean. One-Touch Cleaning System wipes the bowl for quick ash removal, and the high-capacity ash catcher makes ash disposal clean and easy. CharBin storage container keeps up to 20 pounds of charcoal dry and handy, so you don't have to go looking for that bag in your shed. Thermoset workspace is perfect for preparation, a feature uncommon in other charcoal grills. Tuck-Away lid holder and built-in thermometer add additional features to make grilling easy. Enjoy charcoal grilling the efficient way with the Weber Performer.
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How many realize this without reviewing in detail the difference between this Performer and the one selling for $50 more? So, if it wasn't obvious to you before when you happened to look at this model please allow me to point that out. And, that's the only difference - all other parts and functions are the same.
This is my second Weber Performer; the first was the original, all metal model, which I finally decided to replace after many years of service and countless grillings.
Why not opt for the gas ignition? I've been using a chimney charcoal starter for many years since the gas ignition feature on my original Performer wore out and decided to just save $50 with this one.
The 22.5" Weber Kettle is the best charcoal grill for the money available today. It's simple to use and very versatile. It's big enough to have different cooking zones. Charcoal uses radiant heat to cook and direct grilling allows for extremely high heat to sear steaks and burgers. The grill's style also allows you to cook with indirect heat for chicken, ribs and other foods needing lower heat and longer time to cook just right. Of course, charcoal gives all your food a superior taste over a gas grill.
The Performer just makes the Kettle so much better with a work table surface area, integrated tilt out charcoal storage bin, large storage rack beneath and it rolls / moves easier than a standard Kettle.
Some useful tips if you buy the Performer:
* Buy a Weber rotisserie insert for this grill. Weber doesn't recommend it for the Performer, but it fits fine and you will be amazed at how great the rotisserie element works! For those of you wondering why Weber won't recommend the rotisserie, it's because you cannot stow the kettle's lid on the side of the Performer with the rotisserie unit is in place. That's ok. Inconvenient? A little, but no biggie.
* For grilling, I switched to the cast iron insert by Crayton a little over a year ago. Fantastic! They are relatively expensive, but once you've tried them you'll wonder why you didn't switch earlier.
The grill arrives in a pretty large box, so you'll probably want it delivered to where you're going to assemble it unless you have a large vehicle to transport it in (this may impact delivery options for gift-giving).
I wouldn't consider myself a true grill master, but I've used a few charcoal grills in my day. The Performer's surface is easily the most spacious one that I've worked with. The roominess inside the grill provides plenty of area for customizing heat zones.
The fact that the cover isn't hinged and can lift completely off allows for full access from every angle when the situation warrants it. This can be useful when I'm grilling for a large party and need to handle the food properly while carrying on conversations with my guests.
This is the first grill I've ever owned with a proper ash trap (instead of a tray in the bottom or something similar). I _love_ the fact that I only have to empty it when it gets full, instead of every time I start the charcoal.
The grill's material feels solid and well-made, just as one would expect from a Weber. I'm not sure that the thermometer in the grill cover is particularly accurate, but I appreciate the ability to ballpark the temperature inside the grill with a glance from the other side of the deck.
The air regulation is effective and fairly typical. The lower air vents also double as the mechanism for pushing ash out of the bottom of the grill into the ash trap. The ash never actually blocks the vents, though, so that seems to work pretty well. It can be a bit tricky to see how open the lower vents are in the middle of a grilling session. After a little experience, though, I can guess pretty well just by the position of the lever.
The work area is _extremely_ convenient. It's made out of a hardy plastic. If left exposed to the elements, it can get pretty dirty, so I do recommend getting the cover for the grill (especially if you live in the freezing north as I do).
The charcoal storage in the grill itself is super convenient. I no longer have to haul a heavy bag from the garage, the charcoal is right there to be used.
The wheeled base works pretty well on my deck. When I move the grill, though, I normally lift the work table side about an inch off the ground because the small casters can easily get caught in the gaps between the wood planks.
It isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. Given the price of this grill, I think it's essential to also get the grill cover to protect your investment.
This is the best grill I've used in my life. I love it. Treat it with love, and it'll love you back with some of the tastiest chicken, beef, and veggies you'll ever eat.