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Weber 40020 Smokey Joe Premium 14-Inch Portable Grill
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- The Weber Smokey Joe charcoal grill is an ideal portable grill for cookouts, tailgate parties, and car camping
- The glass reinforced nylon handle allows you to easily remove the lid as needed
- The cooking grate measures 14-1/2-inch diameter and is triple nickel-plated
- The lid locks for carrying which lowers to double as a lid holder
- 10-year limited warranty
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|Item Dimensions||17 x 14.25 x 16.5 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||40020|
|Shipping Weight||9.8 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
It really does do a great job of cooking, as good as the larger Webers, just for a smaller crowd. We had a Mulberry tree trimmed in our yard and I saved all the chipped up wood to use for smoke flavoring. You still need a charcoal fire for heat; just throw in a handful of chips before you put the meat & corn on the cob in and close the top vent down to make it smoke. Mmmmm, Mmmmm!
You can eat like a gourmet anywhere you tote this to! Just add a cooler full of longnecks.....
In the negative reviews, I read about how there was insufficient air drafting because the air vents were not located at the bottom of the grill and therefore the grill would not become hot enough. This problem is completely false! My smokey joe grill gets red hot!
Secondly, there were complaints about how there were no vents on the bottom so the ash could not come out like in the Silver edition. However, the new feature of having a closed base is soooo much better because it is much cleaner! If you're grilling in an apartment or on a deck, you can just close up the top and close the vents and save the coals for another time. Forget the mess of having ash flying around on a windy day because of an ash catcher! Oh and by the way, cleanup/removal of coals is as easy as dumping it in a coal bucket or a dumpster!
Finally, the ability to lock the top of the lid is a great feature because it makes transportation so much easier than if you could not lock the top like in the Silver.
So, if you are like me and are reading all these complaints about a lack of good draft because there are no vents on the bottom and such, forget them. Those people are morons! THIS IS A GREAT SMOKEY JOE!
I've lugged it with me through something like 5 moves, and it's still fine. The grill has eventually accumulated rust, but it's nothing you can't scrape off at the beginning of the season, and besides they're always telling us we need more iron in our diets, right?
If I hadn't left it outside for a couple of winters the rust might not have happened. It doesn't look like it's going to wear out in my lifetime, so I guess I'll never have a chance to find out on a new one!
I like using the charcoal made of real wood chunks more than the compressed bricquettes (they don't last as long, but they taste WAY better).
Couple it with the Weber chimney starter, and you have a way of getting rid of junk mail, too! (Just don't burn paper with colored inks, *blech*.)
I fed 12 people on links and venison last Friday night with just one of these babies, started with the chimney (that part took only 30 min, honest to Gawd). Afterwards there were still enough coals left to roast marshmallows on fondue forks. (We didn't have real sticks available, OK? You use what you've got.)
I have a Diversitech grill pad under it to keep the heat and crud off my deck, and it works great.
The Gold model also remedied the other shortcoming of the original Smokey Joe--that silly pan to catch the ashes and cinders. It never worked well, the vent in the bottom would clog up, the ashes blew all over the place in the wind and it was a royal pain to clean up. The Gold model holds the ashes in the belly of the kettle so there's less mess. I line the bottom of the kettle with aluminum foil, set fire to the charcoal and, after everything cools down, I just pick up the foil and dump the ashes with little left to clean up.
The Smokey Joe works great for indirect cooking of small roasts or other small, but thick, cuts of meat. Put the charcoal on a side of the kettle with a vent, put the meat on the other side. Close the vent on the kettle on the meat side, open the vent on the fire side, open the lid vent and put the vent holes over the side with the meat. It creates a draft inside the kettle that works extremely well. The size of the grill prevents true slow cooking but this modified indirect method works extremely well.
I have to disagree with a previous reviewer who said the venting system didn't work and the charcoal fire goes out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
can't beat a weber and this little thing cooks nice - these is my 2nd one now - just love the way I can cook on them and their size is great for bring along to camp or whateverPublished 15 days ago by L. reed
What is there to say. It is a Weber that can travel. We use this while car camping and it works great.Published 1 month ago by Renae Scott
I just had to replace this grill after only 18 years of steady use (averaging over 100 times a year). Obviously, the durability is suspect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LEVI
We gave this as a graduation gift for our nephew who will be attending vet school in the fall. This is the perfect size for a group of students with limited space. Setup was easy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
my last grill, the same as this one, lasted 15 years. so i love these little grill's.Published 1 month ago by jerry jackson
Great for camping. I use mine all the time at home, you can cook for 4 people with a very small amount of charcoalPublished 2 months ago by Cole H.
Side vents are too high as many have mentioned. They are above the coals so you can barely keep them lit with the lid on even with the vents wide open on the sides and top. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BH