The Bottom Line
When you talk about charcoal grills, this is probably the one. This is the grill that made the Weber Company and the charcoal grill you always see on TV. The reason? It's the best. The design of this grill is so good that it hasn't changed in decades. The circular shape creates a convection grilling environment. The large space and excellent venting allows this grill to smoke easily and efficiently, making it one of the least expensive smokers on the market.
Search the internet, there isn't much you can't do with a Weber Kettle.
- Excellent cooking abilities
- Easy ash removal and cleaning
- Versatile grilling
- Three leg design is a little unstable
- 363 square inches of primary grilling space
- Steel plates cooking grate with hinged doors for fire access
- Aluminum vents
- Removable ash catcher
- Porcelain enameled bowl and lid
- Lid mounted temperature gauge
- Glass reinforced nylon handles that are heat resistant and long lasting
- 10 year limited warranty
- Made in the USA by Weber
Guide Review - Weber Original Kettle Premium 22 Charcoal Grill
The Weber Kettle grill is one of the most versatile pieces of outdoor cooking equipment ever invented. This 22 1/2 inch diameter charcoal grill gives you plenty of space to indirectly grill a turkey and even more space to sear steaks. But more, you can smoke on this grill because of the great vent design which gives you a level of heat control many gas grills don't have.
Of course, charcoal is more of an art than a science so this is the kind of grill that not only lets you experiment it literally forces you. I know people who have been experimenting with their Weber Kettle for decades. This grill will last that long if you take care of it.
The Weber Original Kettle Premium comes with a removable ash catcher and lid mounted thermometer.
These are very convenient features, though not necessary for great grilling. For those not interested in these features, the Weber Original Kettle 22 costs about $50USD less and still cooks just as well. On the other hand, the Weber Master Touch 22 is loaded with features for $50USD more.
The airflow control on this grill is excellent. The second you take the last burger off this grill close down the vents and let the lack of oxygen kill the fire. This will stop the remaining coals from burning any further. Once the grill is cool give it a shake and pull off the ash catcher and you're ready to go again. The coals left behind can be relit for the next cookout.
Plain and simple, these grills last for many, many years, grill great, and give you as much versatility as you'll ever need. There's even an optional rotisserie kit available for this grill.