I bought long time ago this Grill back when I was living in Mexico. I used to grill every week with it. This grill has proven since then that is one of the best portable grills out in the market. Its very practic to carry around, excellent performance with its side ventilation system you can achieve excellent results. Unfortunately I had to leave it in Mexico as I could not take it when moving to the States.
After some years I moved to Germany.. and thought of grilling again. My first choice.. a Weber-GoAnywhere grill, its still surprises me how well it has lasted throught this years.. even a hammer fell on top of it and the coating is almost intact. The aluminum parts have become a little bit rusty but considering here the weather is a little bit extreme i would say its expected.
The only thing I do find a difference between the model i bought back in 2006 and the one I own since 2011 is that the handels seem to screw a little bit loose, specially the upper one on the lid.
Besides that, I just got a new GAS one (Also GoAnywhere 2014) and will see how it performs!
Would you recommend this product? YES
Once a week
Type of Griller
How Long Owned
1 to 5 years
Rating: 5 stars
Jul 5, 2013
Great little grill
I bought my first Go-Anywhere charcoal grill about 1985. At that time it had wooden handles, but otherwise is identical to the current model. It served very well when I had limited space for a grill, big enough for two steaks done just right. The only thing I noticed was that when I set it on a wood table, and left it going for a while, eventually it started to char the wood. My solution was to turn the wood over (it was a big piece of thick plywood in wood frame) and put a heat block under the grill next time. When I moved to a bigger place around 1997 I eventually got a larger grill, and the little Weber was left to fend for itself sort of unceremoniously set outside to brave the elements. Needless to say, the wood handles deteriorated and the legs got rusty, but the main part of the grill was actually in very good shape. I attribute this to the high quality of the bottom and lid portions of the grill.
Meanwhile I got a much larger (different brand) charcoal grill (with wheels) as well as a big stainless grill/rotisserie). Both work well, but I find it's overkill when just preparing food for one or two people. I also got a portable little Smokey Joe but over time its little legs rusted off. Probably because I also set it outside too long!
Recently I started planning a camping trip in my van, and I wanted to bring along a small charcoal grill. I located the little forlorn Weber. Unfortunately the cooking grate for it had been misplaced and probably accidentally discarded - and Weber doesn't currently offer replacements. Because of the situation with the wood handles I decided just to get a new grill.
First I got a Chinese made "Master Forge" portable charcoal grill at Lowe's. It took me two hours to assemble the thing. I noticed that the metal was thin and flimsy, and the porcelain coating flaked off just during assembly. It was just too cheaply made, especially when compared side by side with the old Weber. I decided while it might fit the basic needs it just was too shoddy to keep. So I found a Go Anywhere Charcoal grill at the local Ace Hardware. I'm pleased to say it's got the same heavy duty, quality construction as the original, and I look forward to cooking with it on the road. The Master Forge is going back to Lowe's for a refund.
What I like about the Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill:
1) Thick gauge metal with durable porcelain coating inside and out.
2) Well thought out damper setup providing even air flow across entire coal bed.
3) Excellent side handle placement.
4) Fully enclosed and smooth bottom section means it can be transported without it scratching anything underneath it, or leaking any remaining ashes.
5) Compact and just the right size for one to four burgers or two big steaks.
6) Ingenious leg system that doubles as lid lock for transport.