I just read on the Weber website that the side table on the Performer is painted metal? The one I have which is about 5-6 years old really looks like plastic so I never put anything hot on it such as a chimney, a foil pan that was on the grill or a hot grate. My Akorn has a very similar table. I would love to be able to put the hot grate or smokin stone onto the side table when taking it out for a reverse sear or what not. Just need reassurance that these two side tables are not going to melt on me.
I think my Akorn side table is metal but there were versions with wood (or something that looks like wood). There's also two versions of the cart, I have a 3 wheel type but there was a 4wheel square type.