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Weber Kettle Premium vs Master Touch

DLP4412

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I am debating between the premium and master touch versions. Do you think it's worth splurging on the master touch? If it's worth the upgrade, anyone have a master touch in a color other than black? I watched a few YouTube videos where the users complained about the paint job. Also, do you think the slow n sear is worth it or are the charcoal baskets enough?

Thanks!
 

kruizer

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I have the Premium and it does everything I need it to. I also have the slow and sear and that thing is the boss.
 

mike243

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Performer all the way, the baskets and gas lighting work great, been driving mine for a long time lol
 

5GRILLZNTN

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My first Weber was a Premium that I loved. I did upgrade to the Master Touch grill grate after a while. If this is going to be your only grill, I would jump on a Slow-n-Sear.
 

sawhorseray

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I wouldn't know the difference between a Master Touch and a Premium but I'd imagine they're both 22" kettles. Whichever one you choose you definitely want to get the Slow-n-Sear, and the Vortex. Between the two there's nothing you can't do, and do well. If I was only going to have one smoker it'd be a 26" Weber with both those attachments. Just my 2¢. RAY
 
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DLP4412

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I bought a pit barrel cooker and thinking I'm just going to get the premium with the SnS and Vortex. I'm curious if any of you have any smoker controllers? I had a flame boss on my BGE but I sold it. I keep seeing videos of folks drilling holes in their kettle but not sure I want to do that. Thoughts?
 

mike243

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I don't use any controller on mine, it is pretty easy to keep the temps stable, I found out a long time ago to sneak up on the temp you want to run, if you shoot way past it fuel is hard to choke back once is is roaring, I run the top mostly open and try to control the temp with the bottom vents, I love the swing up grate which allows me to add charcoal or wood during use, also the baskets work well to keep a nice divide for offset cooking. I would build a 26" Weber performer if I didn't have a 36" cowboy grill when I need some more room
 

chopsaw

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I'm just going to get the premium with the SnS and Vortex.
Been cooking on kettles a long time . I don't see a need for the vortex or the SnS . Just my opinion .
Put that money in a 26 " or a performer . I have both and love 'em .
I keep seeing videos of folks drilling holes in their kettle but not sure I want to do that. Thoughts?
I wouldn't do that .
I don't use any controller on mine, it is pretty easy to keep the temps stable, I found out a long time ago to sneak up on the temp you want to run,
True . Doesn't take much adjustment on the one touch clean out to add air , because it works all 3 slots .
I use a snake method on the 26 . I've had it run 10 hours @ 260 and was still going when I pulled the meat off .
 

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