Weber Original Kettle Premium 26

Weber 26.75-inch One Touch Gold Charcoal Grill
Weber 26.75-inch One Touch Gold Charcoal Grill. Weber-Stephen Products Company

The Bottom Line

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Consider this the super-sized version of the ever popular Weber Kettle Grill. Large enough to cook four (maybe five) turkeys this grill is also loaded with upgrades. The over-sized ash catcher, the heavy stainless steel rod cooking grates, and the roll top lid all add up to not only a larger kettle, but a better one. Of course, whether or not this $350USD charcoal grill is right for you is another question.

If you are new to charcoal, don't need something this big, or simply can't afford it, the smaller Weber Kettles sell for under $100. If you know these grills then you should know what this one will give you.

Pros

  • Extra large cooking area
  • High precision air vents
  • Versatile cooking abilities
  • High-quality construction

Cons

  • An expensive but basic charcoal grill

Description

  • 508 square inches of cooking area on a 26 3/4" cooking grate
  • Stainless steel, hinged cooking grate
  • Removable aluminum ash catcher with stainless steel fittings
  • Roll top lid
  • Aluminum vents
  • Built-in lid mounted thermometer
  • Two charcoal baskets included for indirect grilling
  • Tripod stand with two large wheels
  • Porcelain-enameled lid and body
  • Made in the United States by the Weber-Stephen Products Company

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Guide Review - Weber 26 3/4" One-Touch Gold

The Weber Charcoal Grill has been amongst the world's most popular pieces of outdoor cooking equipment for decades.

In some parts of the world, this grill means barbecue. Now Weber has reintroduced the 26 3/4" unit after many years. While not as big as the Ranch Kettle, this huge grill gives you 508 square inches of cooking area, more than enough for most anyone. With this kind of space you can grill a lot of food, even indirectly.

In addition, this kettle can, if you know what you are doing, be used as a smoker, making this, like other Weber Kettles, a very versatile grill.

This big kettle is loaded with upgrades beyond the excellent construction of the Weber Kettle. The cooking grates on this one have the same dual-hinge design that lets you get to the fire without lifting the grate, but these are made from heavy stainless steel rod to last a very long time. The lid on this unit is pretty heavy so Weber has taken the roll top (or as they call it Tuck Away) lid system off the Weber Performer and put it on this grill. What that means is that all you have to do is slide the lid back to get into this one. It also means you never have to put the lid on the ground and leave those round grease marks on your patio.

All in all, if you have the money and you want a seriously big charcoal grill, then this is the unit for you. Fantastic cooking abilities like any Weber kettle, with great construction of durable parts and the space to cook for the largest parties make this a great grill.

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