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Unread 07-21-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default Weber Kettle 26.5?

Ive read some of the searches on here but I wanted to check on newer feedback. Anyone have one? I have been wanting the 22.5 silver/gold for the wife to start leaning as she asked if she could learn basics and I must have just never seen the 26.5 version. Kinda amazed thought the ranch one was the next step up. I liked the added options already standard and the larger grate. Seems like it would work almost like a weber SM. Just curious, going from $150 to $300 is no big deal here so I'd appreciate all feedback if its worth it on added value. It's not just gonna be for my wife guys ;-)

I'm selling my primo Xl and my father is taking my other large green egg so I will soon be down to 1 Large Green Egg, an Assassin 28 and whatever weber kettle I decide on. So space will be good to have but again going from 22.5 to 26.5, will soon see. Thanks!
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Why the big change? Suggest getting a used 22 first to see if its adequate. That 26 lid is heavy.
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Big change for what part of what I said? I've cooked on the 22.5 a lot already, dad has one. So it's good, just like the added features.
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I have a vintage 26" Weber Bar-B-Q-Kettle and I love it. Lotsa real estate to cook on if you are used to a 22".
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I have a 26, 22 and other smokers. The 26 is great because it gives you options on heat zones. I rarely use my awesome Performer because of my 26'er.
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I have a 26, 22 and other smokers. The 26 is great because it gives you options on heat zones. I rarely use my awesome Performer because of my 26'er.
^ Yep! Mine is about 4 months old. Had some coupons from Home Depot so I ordered from their online store with direct shipping with free shipping and $60 off it was about $240. I've had everything from the SJ to the performer - the 26.75 is GREAT, lots of extra cooking real estate. Waiting for some CI grates to come in now!
Here is my latest cook, a 12.5 pound spatchcock turkey.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=166428
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I am the proud owner of a 22.5 Gold and I will give you this one piece of advice. GET THE BIGGER ONE!!!!!!!!
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Ask the Wife Size matters get her a Big one.
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I love my 26er. Go for the size! Great for zone cooking - I did a 15 lb brisket on it.
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I f Possible Get the 26 !!
Ive had mine for a couple of years and you can cook alot of differant things on it ..Lotsa room.
Like Marty said the 22 takes a back seat.
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I love my 26.75. Only bummer is lack of rotisserie capabilities, which is why I keep a 22.5 around. I don't rotis that much anyway - if I had to keep one it would be the 26.75.
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Sounds like an easy decision then with the 26.5. Now how the heck do I get a 20% code for home depot? :-)
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26.75" hands down. There's tons of real estate to do whatever you want...smoke, grill direct, grill indirect....I can't imagine not having one. The only draw back I can see for your wife is that the lid is heavy.
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Unread 08-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #14
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Anyone have the cheapest place to get one? I have not found one for under the $299 tag on amazon.

I found a site that had the black 22.5 gold for $131 shipped free from a major site but I really wanted the 26.5 but that price is hard to justify the difference for me even though it has the stainless grate/indirect slats and larger size. Is it really worth the double + more price tag. Im starting to lean 22.5 unless I can get the 26.5 for around $250 or less.
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Another vote for the 26.75" - for all the reasons listed above. Nice thing with the 26.75 is when you cook indirect, you've actually got some space to do it in. Cooking indirect on a 22.5" doesn't leave a ton cooking space.
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