Weber Kettle Grill Review
From hearing the sensual sounds of a flat iron steak to appreciating the unmistakable, authentic taste and flavor of a meat dish, grilling over charcoal is fun, fulfilling and arguably better than cooking with natural gas or propane.
In addition, charcoal burns hotter and leaves a unique aroma with each dish cooked using this direct grilling method. So it’s no surprise to us that many self-proclaimed grill enthusiasts like us prefer charcoal grills to other outdoor cooking appliances.
A great example of a charcoal grill that has been getting rave reviews lately is the Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-inch Charcoal Grill. This Weber kettle combines the essential aspects of a traditional grill with the premium innovative features of modern equipment to provide an impressive charcoal grilling device.
As you may know, Weber is a household name in the grilling world. The company is known for making high-quality grills and grilling accessories, so there’s no doubt that the Weber Original Premium 22-inch kettle ranks among the best.
In this Weber Original Premium 22-inch kettle review, we take a closer look at the features of this charcoal grill.
Construction & Ease of Assembly
The Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is infused with Weber’s metallic texture. The lid and fire bowl have a heavy layer of heat-resistant porcelain to protect them from corrosion. The damper is made of aluminum to reduce the amount of heat transferred to the hands. The lid handle and side handles are made of updated glass-reinforced nylon to help prevent accidental burns to your hands.
In terms of assembly, putting the Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill together doesn’t require much effort. You won’t need many basic tools to fully assemble this charcoal in less than half an hour.
The Weber Kettle is built to last
The first Weber kettle I ever used was my dad’s, and it seemed to last forever. Then he bought me a Weber kettle that will last about 12 years.
This durability is due in large part to the fact that Weber uses a design that has been almost identical since 1952. The bowl and lid are made of enameled steel.
The enamel is baked at 1,500F – that’s enough to withstand any heat you throw on the grill as well as potential rust and burn issues.
The damper is made of aluminum and the hinged grill grate is made of heavy-duty plated steel.
The Weber kettle is also very easy to use. Simply light a charcoal chimney, arrange your briquettes or charcoal briquettes according to what you are grilling/smoking, adjust your vent, and you are ready for the game.
Consistent performance and ease of use are two of the biggest factors that have made the Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill a mainstay in the grilling world. You can start a fire with a lighter liquid or charcoal chimney. Then once the coals are burning, you can spread them out or set up a bed of coals on one side to create two heating zones. There is plenty of room on a 22-inch diameter grill to mix and grill bone-in pieces of meat, such as chicken leg pieces or bone-in pork chops.
If you want to lower the temperature in the fire pit, you can simply close the lower damper to a very thin opening. If you want to burn off some steaks over a roaring fire, simply open the lower damper to full and let the coals burn for 5 to 7 minutes to completely burn. The grill grate’s chrome plated bars will preheat just as quickly.
You can also affect the temperature under the lid by gently turning the upper damper. This will allow some heat to escape the dome and a little smoke to regulate the temperature when you need to grill a thicker piece of meat, such as a chicken thigh. One of the innovative upgrades to the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is the thermometer built into the lid. This is something you haven’t gotten in past models, and you’re sure to love it.
The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is one of the most popular and long-lasting charcoal grills on the planet. That’s because they got it right the first time and didn’t waste a lot of time trying to reinvent the wheel.
Though they did emphasize injecting some handy upgrades into this latest model. You’ll love the ash collection box, the hinged grill and the thermometer in the lid. Not to mention the copper paint job on this model. Although it would have been nice if they made the tripod base a little more sturdy.