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Original Kettle Premium 22”

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Original Kettle Premium 22”

Reviews (14)
363 sq in Total cooking area
39.5 (H)x27 (W)x22.5 (L)" Dimensions

Finishes

363 sq in Total cooking area
39.5 (H)x27 (W)x22.5 (L)" Dimensions
Benefits
  • Grill Overview
  • One-Touch™ Cleaning System
  • All-Weather Wheels
  • Aluminum Damper
  • Glass-Reinforced Nylon Lid Handle
  • Removable, High-Capacity, Aluminum Ash Catcher
  • Lid Hook
  • Hinged Cooking Grate
  • Porcelain-Enameled Bowl and Lid
  • Tool Hook Handle
  • Built-In Thermometer
Benefits
  • Grill Overview
  • One-Touch™ Cleaning System
  • All-Weather Wheels
  • Aluminum Damper
  • Glass-Reinforced Nylon Lid Handle
  • Removable, High-Capacity, Aluminum Ash Catcher
  • Lid Hook
  • Hinged Cooking Grate
  • Porcelain-Enameled Bowl and Lid
  • Tool Hook Handle
  • Built-In Thermometer
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Grill Overview

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One-Touch™ Cleaning System

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All-Weather Wheels

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Aluminum Damper

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Glass-Reinforced Nylon Lid Handle

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Removable, High-Capacity, Aluminum Ash Catcher

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Lid Hook

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Hinged Cooking Grate

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Porcelain-Enameled Bowl and Lid

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Tool Hook Handle

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Built-In Thermometer

Average Overall Customer Rating

Rating: 5 stars

100% of reviewers recommend this grill

Durability

5

 
Cooking Performance

4.9

 
Value

5

 
Overall Quality

5

 

Jul 15, 2015

Rating: 5 stars

After 20 years of grilling, I am impressed

I've owned many grills in the last 20 years. Most last a season. The good ones last two. Granted, I don't baby them and I live in the South where the heat is brutal, the humidity is worse and grilling season lasts from early March until late November (for me, anyway). I don't grill every night -- just four out of seven eight months out of the year. I am in my mid-40s and got my first grill as a college student. I've been doing this a long time.

So there are the "credentials," and here is the review.

Pros:
- Really holds heat well and is extremely adjustable. I keep the bottom vent wide open and regulate temperature with the top vent. It is very responsive to opening (increases temp) and closing (decreases temp). When I get it just right, I have a hole in the four top vents about large enough to drop a pen through. When it's cold, I open it wide.
- Incredible thought and design. Converts into a smoker with just a few SIMPLE modifications. I've used mine using the "snake" method and the "minion" method to slow cook meats. Each involves putting hot coals against cold ones and letting the fire grow toward the cold coals... as they hot ones burn out, new ones are lit. Really ingenious. Look up both methods for slow cooking. Both have advantages and disadvantages. The minion method is easier and less precise and works better for me ... I use a $15 charcoal basket, fill it a little over half full of unlit coals, leaving a gap on one end where I add 10 or so hot coals to it let it grow as it lights the unburned coals to maintain a sold temperature range of 225-300 degrees F. A drip pan with water for moisture and cleanliness (catches meat drippings) and foil over half the charcoal grate to regulate airflow really makes this a super easy method. I spent $15 for the basket (not necessary... you can use a brick to hold your pile in place or use the meticulous stacked coals in the snake method) and add a foil pan of water (use whatever you have on hand including a stainless mixing bowl if you don't mind it being sooty).
- As a grill, it excels, keeping meat hot and providing a top-notch seal for a grill without a gasket. Delicious steaks and burgers. I prefer using lump charcoal when I use it as a grill.
- One touch cleanup system with a removable ash catcher is awesome. Super easy.

Cons:
- While you'd be hard pressed to find a better grill, it's only good as a smoker. It's awesome as a tool that can do both, but it reminds me of a machete in the woods: sure it CAN chop wood, but wouldn't you rather have an axe? As a brush clearing tool, nothing beats a machete... the Weber is the same way. GREAT grill. Good smoker. That said, it's pretty amazing that it is as good as it is. My offset smoker/grill is NO better and doesn't seal nearly as well. I've put it out to pasture unless I am cooking multiple racks of ribs and need the extended space. Sounds like a reason to get the 26" Weber eh? Hmmmm....
- OK, the Weber lid... awesome seal for a non-gasket lid. But I really like a hinged lid. Off. On. Off on. I am tired of setting the thing on the ground. That said, no hinged lid I know seals as well.
- There are other models, so this one's on me... I still wish it had some table space. I actually removed the legs of mine and made a table to mount it into. One day, when it dies (after 10 or more years), I can drop another 22" kettle one into the table assuming it's still in good shape.

Conclusion: I wasted too much time on too many not-good-enough grills. Not so anymore.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Jeffrey B

How Often:

Every day

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

A few months

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Jun 24, 2015

Rating: 5 stars

All time great!

Recently purchased this grill to supplement my Genesis 310 for bone-in/slow type cooks. The Weber Kettle is just the greatest, most versatile grill ever made. I was looking at some low end offset smokers, but after reading reviews (and coming to my senses) I decided to go with this particular Weber. I was originally going to by the standard Kettle, but I am now very pleased with my decision to go with the premium. The tool hooks on the handles are convenient, and of course the ash catcher and thermometer are helpful... But the best part of this grill is the hinged grate, especially if you use the charcoal baskets. Once again, completely satisfied with another piece of awesomeness from Weber... Still wish they would market a cast iron wood chip smoker box like Brinkman

Would you recommend this product? YES

Brian T

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Dec 13, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

I love my weber kettle!

I love this grill so much it makes me wanna buy the 26 in! I use it at least twice a week, whether its a slow cook or something quick and easy like burgers. That's what I love about it. Works great for anything once you get use to the temperature of the grill. A chimney full of coals last me well over 4 hours. The hinged grates and thermometer Help me out a lot when I'm smoking. That's also on my wish list.... the smokey mountain!

Would you recommend this product? YES

Nicholas G

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

1 to 5 years

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Nov 26, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

Weber family since the early 1970s

My dad bought a Weber grill for our family cabin in the early 1970s. We used it every meal for the 5 times we went up on weekends, and a full month every other summer. Always served us well :-).

I have had one of the newer, small Q gas grills, as well as a 25 year old rectangular charcoal travel grill we used every dirt bike camping trip, but decided we needed a traditional round kettle for home as the Q and charcoal traveling grills were sometimes a little too small for more than four people, and difficult to slow cook larger pieces. I also didn't want to spend big bucks on a big gas one, and like charcoal better anyway.

Before I could buy one, someone up the street left one out for the taking. It was an basic, pre-One Touch "starter" model, but it looked like it'd only been used once :-). After using it for a few years, I took it up to our cabin to replace our original grill that finally bit the dust. Now I needed another one for home...

I decided to take the plunge over the 4th of July (what better time?) on a Weber Gold One Touch (now called the "Premium") for a number of reasons.

First was the One Touch system itself...so much easier to get the ashes out of the bottom than with the old three round vent style.

Second, was the ash catcher bin. I hated the wind blowing hot ashes out of our older one, or having to carefully pull out the aluminum "Frisbee" ash tray without spilling it. Gotta say, the new "premium" ash catcher is the only way to go! It's also nice to have the integration of the temp "control" slider arm for the lower vents.

Third, the built in lid thermometer. The first thing we planned to cook on the new grill were ribs, which is "low and slow". Having the built in thermometer meant I didn't have to keep poking my instant read thermometer through one of the vent holes...just glance at the nice, big, easy to read dial :-).

Fourth, the lower end models only have one handle on the kettle's sides. Having one handle is OK for moving it around on the patio, but if you need to pick it up, it's awkward. Two handles are much better. The Gold model also seems heavier than the other 22" grill, so you REALLY need two handles to pick it up ;-).

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and guess how we're (or I should say I) cooking the turkey? That's right - my Weber...it's in the fridge brining away till tomorrow ;-). Now all I need to pick up are the Applewood chips.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Robert S

How Often:

Once a year

Type of Griller:

Intermediate

How Long Owned:

A few months

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

May 2, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

I love my Weber One Touch

I've had my current Weber One Touch Gold 22.5" grill for seven years now. It had survived many summer cookouts, as well as the brutal New England winters. However, it unfortunately was the victim of a rouge snowblower, and it took a devastating hit to the lid this past winter. I have the lovely blue color that was available at one time, and I can't replace the lid with a matching one. Mine did not have a thermometer in the lid or the built in hooks on the handles as the newer model, either. So, I see this as an opportunity to upgrade to the Performer Platinum!

Weber makes an excellent product, and this kettle grill has performed above my expectations. You can apply a variety of cooking methods (such as direct and in-direct heat cooking). I also have the kettle rotisserie attachment and have made some of the best chicken and turkey I've ever tasted. From simple grilling staples like dogs and burgers to more advanced cooking and delicate cooking (like fish), this grill makes grilling fun and easy for all skill levels. You do not feel intimidated by this grill.

I do recommend buying a chimney starter for the kettle grill to help with more even lighting of your charcoal.

While this grill served me well, it's going out of service through no fault of its own. If it hadn't been damaged by an accident, I'm sure I'd be cooking on it for another seven years or more.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Amanda A

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Intermediate

How Long Owned:

5 to 10 years

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

May 1, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

Outstanding smoker and grilling grill

The Weber is a good grill for direct grilling but it has it limits as it cannot reduce heat without prior planning. Stoke up a Weber chimney and cook some steaks they will be great.. Chicken needs to be offset on a cooler side after browning on the hot coals.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Tom W

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

More than 10 years

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Apr 25, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

No substitute.

I have been using the Weber Charcoal grill for over 20 yrs. I just purchased a new One Touch Gold and it is the best grill so far. I prefer charcoal to gas and the options I can use for indirect cooking. I would put my ribs up against any owner of a Big Green Egg anytime.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Jeffrey S

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Apr 21, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

the best grill i have ever owned

I have always been a fan of gas grill due the conveniences of quick start up time, but recently I have been using my portable tail gate charcoal grill for sausages and steaks. I can not bring myself to firing up the gas grill again even to cook hotdogs. I have been reading reviews on all types of charcoal grill and I have read nothing but good things about Weber, so this weekend I made a trip to Lowes. I also invested in a chimney starter to kick things up a notch. I have started things off right by marinating some chicken for lunch today and it was a success. Everyone kept talking about how moist and delicious it was so the only thing I have left to do is to push the gas grill to the curb.
so for anyone looking at purchasing a charcoal grill WEBER is the only way to go unless you are going to dig deep and buy a green egg. Happy grilling


Would you recommend this product? YES

andrew c

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Feb 23, 2014

Rating: 5 stars

Great Grill

Love this grill. Tried other charcoal grills before and the Weber blows them away. It takes less charcoal and burns longer than the other grills I've tried. The hinged grates are very helpful for adding additional charcoal for longer cooks. My only complaints are the lid handle gets hot and there needs to be a better system to stow the lid when you open the grill. Other than that the grill is perfect.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Shawn B

How Often:

Every day

Type of Griller:

Intermediate

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Oct 24, 2013

Rating: 5 stars

Beginner or advanced griller THE BEST GRILL EVER!!!

SIMPLY THE BEST!!! this is the one grill you want if you are a beginner or advance griller this is the one you want, I have grilled anything I get my hands on, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, duck, turkey, shrimp, scallops, salmon, trout, lobster, tuna, mussels, pizza, cheese, onions, corn, tomatoes, broccoli, green beans, carrots, salads, asparagus, potatoes, apple cake, brownie, pineapple upside down cake, blueberry cobbler, etc; etc; etc. It is easy to use, easy to clean, you can enjoy the time with your friends and family.
ONCE YOU GO WEBER, YOU NEVER GO BACK!!!

Would you recommend this product? YES

Felipe S

How Often:

Every day

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

5 to 10 years

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Oct 5, 2013

Rating: 5 stars

A fantastic do-it-all grill!

When I left the world of propane cooking behind, this grill is where it all started-and I never looked back! I've been using my current grill for 10 years now...after the original one blew away in a tornado (I think that's the only thing that can destroy a Weber). I did find the lid for it a couple of hundred yards away, and it is now proudly mounted in my garage! When we moved back in to our newly built home, my in-laws bought me a new one as a house warming present and I use it for everything.....grilling, smoking, cooking, you name it. One you get the hang of the air control, it's easy to use. I make sure to use a chimney to start coals so I never get a lighter fluid tase. Honestly, I might give up my home stove before I give this thing up. I just bought it's big brother, and it's awesome as well. It's a classic for a reason....durable, flexible, efficient. Thanks, Weber!

Would you recommend this product? YES

Lynn H

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Intermediate

How Long Owned:

More than 10 years

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Jul 30, 2013

Rating: 5 stars

Great grill buuut...

Loving the One Touch Gold after far too long on a gas grill. The ability to actually char a steak again has changed my eating habits (and waistline). Only downsides are that the material they use for the lid handle can get pretty warm AND it appears as if they've changed what the OTG comes with as my lid did not have a thermometer nor did it come with a tool hook handle. That was a bit of a letdown as I would have opted for the Silver had I known I was only paying $50 extra for the cleaning system.

Would you recommend this product? YES

Justin H

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Advanced

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 4
Quality: 5

Jun 17, 2013

Rating: 5 stars

Start

I have had other grills. I even have another brand gas grill. Noting can beat this one! I cooked Ribs for the first time and it held temp and they came out great. I am new to this but I can see many weekends enjoying it.

Would you recommend this product? YES

joseph h

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Beginner

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5

Jun 10, 2013

Rating: 5 stars

Best Charcoal Grill For Your Buck

I love this grill! I typically cook a full meal for 4-6 people and this grill is the perfect size for that, and then some. The One-Touch cleaning system and removable aluminum ash catcher makes cleaning a snitch. The thermometer is a nice touch and I also like the hooks on the handles and the one under the lid. The hinged grate is nice but not a must have. All this grill needs in a worktable, which you can buy as an add on and really isn't needed. Overall I am extremely happy with my Weber grill and believe it will last for years like my last three Webers.

Would you recommend this product? YES

John P

How Often:

Once a week

Type of Griller:

Intermediate

How Long Owned:

New

Durability: 5
Value: 5
Performance: 5
Quality: 5
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