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Weber Kettle Grills

megownm

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Never used a weber kettle and thinking about one so I don't have to fire up my Chargrill on my Lang every time I want to do a few burgers or dogs. Looking for PORS/CONS of the 22 vs 26" Kettle. Can you get all the accessories for the 26"? I know there are a lot of different ones for the 22".

Thoughts?

Cheers!
 

WiscoTim

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I've got a Weber 22. Hard to beat it for burgers, sausages and steaks. Don't really know much else other than you can cook a pretty fair amount of food for the amount of charcoal you burn.
 

RiversideSm0ker

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The only con I can think of for a 26” is that it is more expensive. I love my 22” kettle. I have one of the copper colored ones. I’m cooking two fatties on it right now. There is nothing that compares to cooking with charcoal. I highly recommend a kettle and if you are fine with the higher cost of a 26” model then go for it. I bet you won’t be disappointed.
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poacherjoe

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I have 2 - 22.5 inch Webers and a small Smokey Joe . Bought my first one 41 years ago and I like it way better than my gas grill. Only downside is the price of charcoal but when I find it on sale I stock up.
 

SWFLsmkr1

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I have a 22" performer, use it all the time. My Weber spirit is covered and collecting dust
 

Cattoon

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I highly recommend getting a 22” . Depending on how many you plan on cooking for a Smokey joe may be your best choice. I think I’m going to get another Smokey joe and I have a 22” kettle.
 

daspyknows

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I agree. I have the 22" too. Haven't used it much but then again I have been doing things that belong on a stick burner.
 

Colin1230

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If you get a Weber kettle you will not be disappointed. It doesn't matter which model, they are all very good. Get the best one you can afford because it will be used a lot. You may even end up selling the Char grill.
 

Fueling Around

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i have a 22" kettle that was a "kicked to the curb" meaning I got it free. Well subjective free as I had to get new coal grate and cooking grate. I use it all the time as much of my cooking is grilling and we like the flavor of charcoal.

I had a cheapo Brinkmann offset with a charcoal rack in the main chamber.
After I picked up the kettle and a pellet grill, the cheapo went to the the curb.

If I had to only have 1 unit, it would be a 26" kettle.
 

FowlAntics

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I use my 22 once or twice a week; it’s a great cooker. There are more accessories for the 22 vs the 26. The only cons for the 26 would be less accessories, a little more charcoal usage and I’ve heard the legs are a bit spindly. That said, if I hadn’t just recently made a custom table for my 22 I would own a 26 right now (I’ll still be getting one just not sure when).

Now, if you like to cook your sides with your main protein on the grill, the 22 fills up real quick. That right there is my biggest complaint. I usually have to fire up a second grill or move things to the indoor oven on warm setting.

Lastly, how often do you see a used 26 for sale? Granted they don’t sell as many as the 18s or 22s but I think that says something. People don’t let them go..
 

Steve H

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I've had a small smokey Joe for years now. My first one rotted out a couple years ago. So I bought the "premium" one. Great little grill for tossing a few burgers or a couple steaks on.
A week or so ago. I purchased this bad boy.

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22" Performer deluxe in green. Haven't used it yet. The weather has not been kind. But I'm very impressed with the quality of it. So far I've bought a rotisserie and sear grate for it. They're caught in a snowbank somewhere between NY and CA at the moment. I looked at the 26" models. But couldn't see the advantage of spending more. And as others have said. There isn't as much aftermarket goodies for it.
 

tropics

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I"ve had an 18 & 22 for years the 22" was old so I checked on the 26" no one has them in stock, so I bought a new 22". I have a Vortex that goes in either kettle, a Rotisserie for the 18 that has been modified to hold an Inkbird Probe. The 18 has an offset to keep the coal on one side.
Richie
 

tropics

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Hey! A slow and sear on a budget! Darn fine idea!
That works great, the Probe has to wait to spin some meat, my yard is all ice
Richie
That kettle looks great that you have
 

Steve H

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Thanks Richie. I'm going to borrow that inkbird idea. I really didn't want to buy a meater.
 

megownm

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So on a 22" what is the max y'all can get on it? How about anyone with the
26"---same question? I'm not looking to smoke anything on it I have the 36H & 48D Langs for that.
 

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