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Not on par with a Weber, but you're not paying the price of a Weber either
on June 5, 2015
Weber grills aren't what they used to be compared to 20 years ago. I purchased a Weber 18" One-Touch Silver Grill in the early 1990's and that grill lasted at least 15 years before the lid's wood handle broke. So I replaced it with the newer Weber and that thing was a piece of **** so I returned it.
This Char-Broil is slightly lower quality than the newer Weber grills, however for a lot less money. All the pieces were packaged in the box with plenty of Styrofoam, cardboard material and clear plastic to protect it during shipment. It was a pain to put it together though, it took me 2 hours and I have plenty of experience assembling grills. Some of the fasteners were bent, as well as the hinges for the lid. You may have to take pliers and bend the hinges closer together during assembly.
Once I finally got it assembled, it's every bit as capable as a Weber grill. No, you cannot raise and lower the cooking surface, but you can't on the Weber either. You adjust flames by keeping the lid on and adjusting the air vents. I actually like the hinged lid which you don't get with the Weber grill.
The ash catcher is awesome, you don't get this on the Weber Silver model, all you get is a removable pan underneath that doesn't do much ash catching. To get the ash catcher with Weber, you have to go up to the 22" model.
There's plenty of cooking area for food for 4 people.
So why 3 stars and not 4 stars? A 3 star rating on Amazon means "it's OK". It feels a little flimsy when rolling it around and I don't think it will last as long as a Weber. Also, it appears Char-broil has discontinued this model, so parts availability may be an issue.