Originally Posted by smokinQ2
Thats a new brand name for me. Never heard of a Whalen? Where are they made? Looks like a great find. You might be able to cook a small pig on it...
Whalen Manufacturing made it. The story I hear is that it was pretty much a clone of the Weber Ranch Kettle and Weber got all bristled up over it and when the lawyers were all said and done the Whalen Kettle King was a one year wonder. The frame is actually a little beefier than the Ranch, especially the grab bar that run the circumference of the kettle. They didn't use the Weber wire lid holder assembly either (probably patented). The grab bar holds the lid but it's probably not as smooth without the nylon rollers Weber uses.