Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill: Review

Review of the Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill Review

As of this writing, there were 870 customer comments and 85 answered questions on Amazon for the Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill.  I've read through this feedback and then condensed the results here.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a charcoal grill.

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    Great price
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    ​​Adjustable
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    Efficient
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    Easy to assemble
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    Nice compact size 

Great Price for What You Get

This is not a high end grill.  However, people liked it for the price and for what you get.  Here is how one customer explained it, "At 57 years old, I've had a lifelong obsession with outdoor grilling, and I have used dozens of different grills of all design types and fuel sources. I can afford the most expensive grills on the market, and what do I use today, when cooking for my small family? This Weber 22 inch grill, which blows every other grill of any type away for real life every day grilling."

Easily Adjustable

The the grill is highly adjustable.  One customer explained that it has, "easy to control heat levels with the upper and lower vent.  Food can either be placed over the coals for high heat, or away from them for more gradual indirect cooking."

Efficient

Because charcoal is costly, customers liked that this grill can be used multiple times for charcoal if you completely close the vents when you are done cooking. The airtight nature of the Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill allows for charcoal reuse.  This grill seals up very tightly.

10 Year Warranty

You really can't beat the fact that this charcoal grill comes with a 10 year warranty.  If for no other reason, you may want to consider this grill because of the warranty.  The warranty shows that they are confident in what they are selling.

Item Specifics

The Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill has 363 square inches of cooking space along with a 22 inch diameter plated steel cooking grate.   The vents are rust resistant.  The bowl is Porcelain-Enameled with a lid and glass-reinforced nylon handles and heat shield.  The ash catcher is made of aluminum along with an aluminized-steel one touch cleaning system.  This charcoal grill measures 22 inches long by 25 inches wide by 38 1/2 inches high.  It comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

Easy to Assemble

One of the nice things about this grill is that it is easy to assemble.  Not all grills are easy to put together.  Thankfully, this one should go together in about 10 minutes according to most of the customers.

Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill

Pros

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    Great price
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    Efficient at burning charcoal
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    Easy to assemble

Cons

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    Small; not for big grill jobs 
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    Cheap plastic wheels 

Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill Conclusion

The Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill is a compact grill that is easy to assemble. It is also easy to adjust, efficient and it comes with a 10 year warranty.  There are some features that are rather cheap like the plastic wheels. However, most customers understood that this is a low priced charcoal grill without high quality features.  Unless you are wanting a larger grill, I can't see how you could go wrong with purchasing the Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying a Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill. 

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    How high up is the grilling surface from the charcoal grate? There is 5 inches between the grates.
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    What is the size of the box the grill is shipped in?  The carton is 25" w x 15" h x 25" w.
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    As I live in an apartment I would like to know if this model makes a lot of smoke. My idea is to prepare my BBQ in my balcony.  The amount of smoke depends on what you're grilling and how much fat drips onto the coals. I suggest an electric grill for less smoke and more safety.

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Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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