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Charcoal Grills item created by bmudd14474, May 24, 2010
Pros - Larger grilling area, lid support system when lid is off, large ash collection bucket
I bought the Weber 26.75" grill mainly for the larger grilling area. I have owned Weber's 22.5" grills for over 50 years now, I'm on my 3rd one now, but now needed more grilling area, and the 26.75 filled the bill. I can easily grill for a party of 12 to 15 now, or smoke 2 spatchcock chickens, or spatchcock a 18# turkey. To be honest about this grill, I've used it more to smoke with than grilling. I partition off about 20% off the charcoal grate area with a row of bricks, for my fuel area. The rest of the charcoal grate area I cover with aluminum foil, to restrict air flow moving up thru the grate. With this Weber unit, I get great air control into the charcoal fuel area for a 8-10 hr low & slow smoke, while still having more than adequate surface area for the meat to smoke on.
Pros - Well made, big cooking space, versitale
Cons - not many accessories available for this size Weber
I decided to go back to the basics and move away from my propane grill. We love the taste of foods gilled over charcoal. I went with the larger size so I could also use it as a smoker. The only draw back is that Weber doesn't offer as many accessories for this size model, but otherwise I love it.
Pros - Large cooking area
Cons - lower air vent handle is short
Bought this grill after trying many other large surface are charcoal grills. This unit is small enough for everyday grilling and large enough to invite friends over for a cookout. As with all Webber kettles, air control vents work outstanding for heat control. The only problem I have with this unit is the lower air vent handle is short and care must be taken to keep from rubbing forearm accross the hot kettle. There is a lid holder so you mdon't have to hold on to or place the lid on the ground.
Make sure you clean the ashes out after each use or the lower vents will corode and break off in a season. This happened on my old Webber.
I suggest this grill as the very best for charcoal grilling