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Smokin Ribs
07-21-2011, 09:39 PM
I've read alot of threads about how great Weber kettles are and by luck i scored a FREE one on the side of the road. Yea for me. All it needs is some TLC and a new cooking grid. My question is ----- What makes them so good? I've yet to cook on it yet so maybe i'll figure it out when i do. Any input would be appreciated. Smoke on brotha's

JMSetzler
07-21-2011, 09:42 PM
With a little TLC the Weber with its porcelain coating will last you a very long time. Webers are the 'iPods' of the cooking-with-fire world :)

Meat Burner
07-21-2011, 09:42 PM
It might be that nothing works better, quality, lasts longer, has better customer service, and is so versitile. Just a suggestion as to why Weber.

cholloway
07-21-2011, 09:51 PM
Maybe the shape of the kettle makes it cook more evenly, but I like the air vent/dampers. More control over temps than other grills in their price range.
Plus, close them off and it's so airtight the coals go out and they can be reused.

bigabyte
07-21-2011, 09:57 PM
They work great, have for years, can find parts for them anywhere and easily, easy to operate, and has a HUGE base of customers all willing to share knowledge with you giving you the greatest knowledge base for BBQ on the entire planet.

StellaBean
07-21-2011, 09:59 PM
My parents had a weber that lasted over 20 years. Mine was still usable after roughly 10 years...

My parents replaced theirs with another brand. Within a few weeks they had replaced that with another weber.

I really can't say I've ever heard much negative about Webers.

J'ville Grill
07-21-2011, 10:01 PM
And you usually find them on CL.

landarc
07-21-2011, 10:02 PM
They are an incredible value for a product that does exactly what it says it will do, for decades, with little maintenance and for less than $100 for a mid-range kettle.

Johnny_Crunch
07-21-2011, 10:19 PM
Customer service and parts availability! It's hard to beat it.

JWeber
07-21-2011, 10:27 PM
Because they're awesome, and it happens to be my last name. lol

NorthwestBBQ
07-21-2011, 10:37 PM
If you know anything about Weber, you know that Weber charcoal grills started it all. A revolution in outdoor cooking began with the original Weber kettle grill back in the 1950's. Weber has carried on a proud tradition of quality and innovation ever since.

Cabin Fever
07-21-2011, 10:51 PM
If you know anything about Weber, you know that Weber charcoal grills started it all. A revolution in outdoor cooking began with the original Weber kettle grill back in the 1950's. Weber has carried on a proud tradition of quality and innovation ever since.

Well said. Without Weber, most of us probably wouldn't even be here. It's just a shame that the only Weber grills that show up on my local CL are old gassers. :tsk:

cholloway
07-21-2011, 10:55 PM
If you know anything about Weber, you know that Weber charcoal grills started it all. A revolution in outdoor cooking began with the original Weber kettle grill back in the 1950's. Weber has carried on a proud tradition of quality and innovation ever since.

Very true. Before Weber, grills were called "braziers".

mbshop
07-21-2011, 11:01 PM
not sure that i can think of anything that the kettle can't do. overall quality and value is another thing. you shall see.

Midnight Smoke
07-21-2011, 11:15 PM
Other than the reasons already given, the best reason of "Why Weber", It was Free!!! :wink:

Fishawn
07-21-2011, 11:18 PM
They are also very versatile & forgiving cookers..... Once you get a "feel" for them & how they cook, they almost cook by themselves.....

"DEPENDING" on the conditoin of your cooking grate, you my be able to just heat it up good, brush it well, then re-season them by sacrificing a fatty pork steak or burger on high wide open heat and moving it all around on all areas of the grate, letting the hot fat re-season the grate for you.

Brewer
07-21-2011, 11:26 PM
It's all been said. I've grown to really love my kettles for their simplicity and durability.

NorthwestBBQ
07-21-2011, 11:48 PM
It's all been said. I've grown to really love my kettles for their simplicity and durability.

Especially your magnificent Ranch Kettle! :thumb:

martyleach
07-21-2011, 11:52 PM
Weber has the full package of you are looking for in a product. Quality, Reliability, Customer Service and Performance. A totally winning company and product.

NorthwestBBQ
07-21-2011, 11:55 PM
Weber has the full package if you are looking for in a product. Quality, Reliability, Customer Service and Performance. A totally winning company and product.

I agree.

Hankdad1
07-22-2011, 12:48 AM
Well I'm still using the 18.5 kettle my father gave me used in the mid '70s.

I picked up CL free curbside 22.5 kettle with the idea to use the lid for a UDS at the cabin, but life's whims put the project on hold. My nephews were at the cabin and discovered the kettle not knowing my purpose for it. They cleaned it out, bought a new charcoal grate and a hinged food grate (they insist on the hinged grate). It now is the new grill for the cabin, replacing another 18.5 kettle.

Eventually I will find another donor kettle for a UDS lid

Tonight I used my Weber gasser for a quick cook on some boneless skinless chicken beasts. I bought it new 12 years ago and have only needed to replace the flavorizer bars.

I only bought my WSM 4 years ago, so far so good but the jury is still out on how long it will last. :-D

NorthwestBBQ
07-22-2011, 12:51 AM
I only bought my WSM 4 years ago, so far so good but the jury is still out on how long it will last. :-D

Why do you say that?

Hankdad1
07-22-2011, 01:15 AM
Why do you say that?

That was meant to be tongue in cheek. I have had great luck with cooking on Weber products for many years, and I've found their longevity to be impressive. I've only had my WSM for 4 years, but I fully expect it to last a long long time. Phark, maybe I'll will it to one of those nephews, if they deserve it!

NorCal Q Man
07-22-2011, 01:22 AM
Where's that retro Weber commercial with the psychedelic chit coming out of the Weber? That explains it all!

NorthwestBBQ
07-22-2011, 01:30 AM
Where's that retro Weber commercial with the psychedelic chit coming out of the Weber? That explains it all!

I don't know but I am kind of partial to the red head in this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVzOyrlm3zs

Fishawn
07-22-2011, 01:30 AM
Where's that retro Weber commercial with the psychedelic chit coming out of the Weber? That explains it all!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amR6Ee9QQf4

NorCal Q Man
07-22-2011, 01:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amR6Ee9QQf4

There it is! I guess I meant vintage, not retro.

NorthwestBBQ
07-22-2011, 01:37 AM
There it is! I guess I meant vintage, not retro.

Cool ad.

smokeyw
07-22-2011, 04:36 AM
Did anyone mention that Webers are still built in the "good ole" United States? A definite plus in my opinion.

DaveMW
07-22-2011, 07:07 AM
I am a big Weber fan and agree with all of the above reasons. :thumb:

Pappy
07-22-2011, 07:09 AM
If you know anything about Weber, you know that Weber charcoal grills started it all. A revolution in outdoor cooking began with the original Weber kettle grill back in the 1950's. Weber has carried on a proud tradition of quality and innovation ever since.
I remember when they started advertising the weber kettle on TV.
My dad used an oval flat grill with no top. He burnt everything. All he would grill was hamburgers & hotdogs. Nothing like the recipes here.
We've come a long way baby!

TN_BBQ
07-22-2011, 07:38 AM
I haven't used all that many coal grills. In my limited experience, the Weber works best, FWIW.

I do know that those cheapo square things have very poor ventilation (my fire kept going out).

Smokin Ribs
07-22-2011, 11:12 AM
If I take a picture and post it, will someone be able to tell me how old it is??
I can tell you that is Gray and has/had wood handles.
Thanks!!

J_Don
07-22-2011, 04:21 PM
There is nothing that I can say about Weber that hasn't been said already. I love mine. :thumb:

If I take a picture and post it, will someone be able to tell me how old it is??
I can tell you that is Gray and has/had wood handles.
Thanks!!
There was a recent post that had a list showing how Weber grills were dated by a letter stamped into the pinwheel vent. I'll post it as soon as I find it if someone else doesn't beat me to it. :becky:

NorthwestBBQ
07-22-2011, 05:30 PM
There is nothing that I can say about Weber that hasn't been said already. I love mine. :thumb:


There was a recent post that had a list showing how Weber grills were dated by a letter stamped into the pinwheel vent. I'll post it as soon as I find it if someone else doesn't beat me to it. :becky:

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/wsmage.html

bbqbandit70
07-22-2011, 05:51 PM
I don't have a kettle but my WSM is awesome:-D

Flat_Rate
07-22-2011, 06:41 PM
I own a 22 WSM, just pick up a Weber three burner gasser for 30 bucks off of craigslist, the firebox was rusted out. Called Weber up, sent them a picture and the serial #, had a new firebox 2 days later.

Weber customer service is the best.