Perfect for Tail-gating. I purchased the Weber based on the construction, reputation and warranty. The grill is perfect for Tail-gating, small and easy to assemble and clean. Cooks up 4 steaks or 8 hamburgers and 8 hotdogs. This grill has it has a great drip pan and easily wipes down after use with paper towels. Starts easily, handles wind well. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great value. Will probably use it this winter over our main grill at home.
We've been though many a grill - big and small. None last for any amount of time. When you spend several hundred dollars, you expect to get many more years of use, but that is not always the case. With this little grill, we get portability as well as durability. Our friends have the same grill, and it has been in use for several years. We will expect to get that much from this grill. So far, our initial expectations have been met.
I just bought a replacement for my first Smokey Joe Gold, the other is still cooking for me, but after 23 years the charcoal grate in the bottom has disintrgrated and it was just time to go with a new one. The reason I bought the Gold over Silver is it has the lid keeper\/holder so that you can adjust and hold the lid to body opening allowing better temperature control while cooking--the silver unit doesn't have that benefit. It's large enough to cook 4-5 1\/3 pound burgers, 2 full size T-bones and 3-4 good sized ribeyes at one time. One last point, when you're done cooking it closes up and secires the lid and handle allowing you to shut down the coals and still have a base to start up the next time--thus it's charcoal economical. You just add a few more briquets when you begin the next time. I love this grill, but do wish they'd go back to the wooden handle, the pvc one heats up when you are dampening the temperature control with the lid.
I have always used weber products,i guess im addicticted to them. I own a smokey joe gold and the silver one touch, but had to have the jumbo joe.We used it this evening and as always weber quality and walmart service.once you back off gas grills,you too will find weber products long lasting and wonderful to grill with.
I recently convinced my wife that I needed a charcoal grill to go along with our gas grill. The last Weber Grill I owned was a Smokey Joe and I loved how it cooked so purchasing a Weber was a no brainer. I looked at their 22.5 One Touch Gold and was tempted with all of the attachements you can buy (rotisserie, sear grates, etc.) but I opted to get the 26.75 diameter grill mainly because it is about 1.5 more times larger than the 22.5. The grill comes with a small book on cooking techniques (direct heat and indirect heat) that are helpful especially if you have never used charcoal. There is something about the design of Weber Kettle Grills...if you have a flare-up, you simply cover the grill and it will die down. To me, that is key to griling meat that is not burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. When we host parties we are cooking for at least 10 people and this grill provides more than enough space...I would feel comfortable with cooking for 20. Some may think $299 is alot\nbut I love that you can get replacement parts for every Weber Grill. As long as you keep it out of the rain it should last forever