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Old 05-02-2013, 06:13 AM   #1
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Is the Performer with the gas igniter worth the extra money over the OTG? It seems like a huge jump in money, to me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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It's very handy, I really like it. My brother on the other hand thought I was a nut, as I had a perfectly good OTS.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:51 AM   #3
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Yes. Buy at least three, you won't regret it!
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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IMO it definitely is worth it, but that really depends on how you use it and how much you use it. If all you are going to do it use it to lite a chimney of charcoal and pour it back in the Performer, then starter cubes will do the same thing for you with just a little more hassle. Where the Touch-N-Go really shines is if you use the charcoal baskets in your Performer because you can lite the charcoal directly in them and keep your charcoal in them for easy handling. If you smother out the fire by closing off all the vents, all you have to do the next time is open the vents, give the baskets a shake, put some new charcoal on top if needed and then push the button. I also use the gas igniter to lite charcoal for my other grills and WSM. I know other people do it, but I have never felt comfortable lighting charcoal on top of a side burner or a normal gas grill, but that is me. In other words, I use mine a lot.

Personally I think Weber made a bonehead move only making it available in their top of the line Performer and packaging it together with a goofy timer. I wish instead they would have expanded its availability to other models. But hey, that is called marketing.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:22 AM   #5
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I would do it again.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:24 AM   #6
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Way worth it. Makes lighting charcoal a breeze. Love the ease of maneuverability with the casters. The table, the charcoal bin, charcoal baskets are awesome/useful too.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:21 AM   #7
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Dont know how I ever lived without one. Kinda like a thermapen, you dont really understand what the big deal is until you buy one
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:51 AM   #8
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I hate to admit I don't love my Performer as much since I bought a weed burner.

There is no faster way to light the charcoal.

HOWEVER, if I could have only ONE grill (misery) it WOULD be a Performer.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #9
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I use mine to light a chimney. Very easy. Performer is a great product. If you can afford the gas assist, get it as you will use it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #10
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I really like mine, for lighting baskets i use an electric, i love the gas assist for the charcoal baskets it comes with, i turn it on walk to the store on the corner and when i get back the coals are red hot. the performer is the grill i use as weber intended weather its both baskets off to the side or in the middle.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:38 PM   #11
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Spend the money on the gas igniter. You won't regret it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:44 PM   #12
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I know other people do it, but I have never felt comfortable lighting charcoal on top of a side burner or a normal gas grill, but that is me.
Why don't you feel comfortable doing this? This is what i do. Am I missing something? Is there a reason NOT to do this?
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:27 PM   #13
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i absolutely love my performer platinum, get one, now!!!! it was out of my price range so i had to wait months for it to pop up on CL(i dont live in an area where they pop up often) and i drove over an hour to get it. well worth it!!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #14
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I love mine. I think I use it more for quick cooks than I would if it didn't have that easy ignition system.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #15
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Why don't you feel comfortable doing this? This is what i do. Am I missing something? Is there a reason NOT to do this?
I know lots of folks do it and I used to do it myself. But I just never liked the stuff that falls out the bottom of the chimney falling down on the burner and gas line. Personal choice.
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