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Weber 15402001 Performer Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Copper
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- 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a cooking area of 363 square inch
- Gourmet BBQ System hinged cooking grate
- Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system with removable, high-capacity, aluminum ash catcher
- Removable LCD cook timer and built-in lid thermometer
- Assembled dimensions are 43.5-inch by 48-inch by 30-inch
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|Item Dimensions||48 x 30 x 43.5 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||15402001|
|Shipping Weight||99.2 pounds|
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This versatile charcoal grill with convenience features avid charcoal grillers want. The LCD countdown cook timer includes a large readout and can attach to the grill or be easily removed if you'd prefer to take it inside or keep it with you. The grill is outfitted with innovative heavy-duty Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates, a 2-part grate system that may be used in tandem with Weber's Gourmet BBQ System cookware collection. The grill also features the classic porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a One-Touch Cleaning system and high capacity ash catcher that makes clean up hassle free. Storage options are plentiful with the CharBin storage container which protects your charcoal from the elements and a sturdy painted metal table is right at hand while grilling. Also features a wire bottom shelf, no-rust aluminum vent and a glass-reinforced nylon lid handle with heat shield.
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The Premium model replaces what was last year called the Performer Gold, and it's basically the same grill. Unlike the Performer Deluxe (which replaces the corresponding Platinum) it does not have the Touch-n-Go gas ignition assist, which I feel is not a convincing upgrade from my chimney starter. This year, the following parts were upgraded:
- Lid and handle
- Lid bail
- ash catcher
Otherwise, the '15s use the same cart, panel, tool hooks, clock, charcoal bin, and other parts as the '14s, so I will focus on the above-listed changes.
THE LID AND HANDLE
Many purists will miss the old, welded handles. The new handle attaches through holes in the lid, using some rather interesting combo bolt-washer pieces that are torqued down with a provided soft plastic socket wrench. The bolts that hold the lid on flare to a sort of washer and have a rounded, soft shape, and the wrench is soft, making it basically impossible to overtorque the lid attachment. It feels solidly attached when mounted. The handle is now considerably taller than the old one and a curved metal "taco holder" heat shield now protects the plastic from getting too hot. In practice, it does so quite well, keeping it comfortable to grip even with a raging fire underneath. I'm not sure it was necessary, but the redesigned handle is not objectionable.
The thermometer and vent are both relocated. I'm happy with neither location, honestly. The vent and thermometer now lie on opposite sides of the handle, and one will be facing you at all times. I prefer the vent to sit to my right, with the thermometer in front of me, as with the '14 models. I just kept the old lid, since my colors match, so it's a moot point for this guy...but many will not be pleased with where the vent has been relocated to. This wasn't a change that needed to be made, but at least it's still offset from the top of the lid a bit.
The redesigned lid bail is great. The lid is now held at a nearly vertical angle, maybe 85 degrees or so, and the entire cooking surface is exposed and easy to reach even for tall guys. I'm about 6'0 tall, and I'm an active griller - I'm in there flipping kebabs and checking temps often, and the Pac-Man lid angle on the older performers definitely got in the way often. It makes the whole grill a lot more usable and ergonomic. Couldn't be happier to see that change, and it's what convinced me to pony up for the new one. But why doesn't it hold the lid at 90 degrees?
THE ASH CATCHER
The new ash catcher is, as advertised, easier to get on and off. One just squeezes the handle and it swings down and out. To replace, one just slots two metal pegs on the side of the ash bucket into slots on the metal collar, squeezes the handle, and levers it up. However, the effort required to squeeze the handle is high. I'm 32 and I'm a rock climber - my hands are very strong. I have no trouble, but those with arthritis and other issues may struggle to disengage the new ash catcher.
The table is just so purty. It's the same size as Performer tables have been for years, and sized right to hold a cutting board, tongs, beer, sauce pot - all the necessities. The change is the construction: thick, heavy-gauge steel finished with a very handsome hammertone gray-black finish, and it looks like a million bucks. It's obviously very durable, heatproof, and easy to clean - all demerits to the old gray plastic table top. It's also compatible with magnetic hooks, grill lights, paper towel holders, and other such gimcracks. Anybody who's ever had an oil stain, crack, or scratch on the old plastic table will appreciate this upgrade.
The wheels and timer are also slightly redesigned for '15, in inconsequential ways. The face of the timer is smaller. I use my phone for that anyway.
So, should I buy it or what?
If you've got $400 or so that's burning a hole in your pocket, by all means. In most respects, this is a huge upgrade from last year's performer, in ways that improve the durability, ergonomics, and usability of the grill. As someone who grills easily 3-5 times a week, that's not inconsequential for my enjoyment. However, the new lid was changed in ways that weren't really crying out for change, and the lid is now less functional than before. That's not a huge demerit, but it's not one that deserves to be ignored.
The world's best charcoal grill just got a major upgrade at no additional cost. If you're looking to replace an older Performer or One-Touch, I recommend it, but do evaluate the lid and handle to see if they meet your needs.
I ordered the new Performer and although I resisted the change, I can say with certainty, this unit is an improved "build" than my older Weber unit- much more solid. I assembled it after about 2 beers in a dimly lit garage at night. I would recommend you check out the instructions before you start because I didn't and had to go back. I really feel this is a much improved grill over the last one which generally is not the case as companies tend to "cost reduce" a good product until it's not a good product anymore. Not the case with this Weber! You will be very happy with this purchase.
I have put it through it's paces from the day I received it by cooking salmon, steaks, burgers, several Cornish hens and a whole chicken, and a myriad of other veggies within the first week or so. Everything has been great so far; Temp controls, hinged grate, cleanup, and the table.
The only issue I have had is that one of the screws for the table top became stripped because it seems like the threads on the female side were bad. Other than that the instructions and assembly took me about two hours and I really didn't have any other issues.
The charcoal bin is attached by a cable to keep it from tipping all the way over, which is a nice feature. However, this does keep you from being able to dump out all of the dust that will accumulate over time if you dump your bags directly into the bin. I just keep my charcoal in the bag and that makes everything easier for me (just a thought, not a complaint certainly)
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