I bought a new Weber charcoal grill at Lowe's yesterday for about $150. I know there are fancier gas and charcoal grills with larger grilling surfaces and more bells and whistles, but I stick to what I love and am loyal to that which grants me the same.
I've had my "old" Weber charcoal kettle grill for many years, and it sits next to a working gas grill. I end up using the Weber about 99% of the time. Aside from the fact that the legs fall off and the drum crashes to the ground spilling its molten contents if I hit a small bump when moving, it works great! (It's not like I haven't crashed to the ground and spilt my contents before). After today, it will go into semi-retirement.
Today the old grill will be working by the new guy's side, as they tirelessly churn out hotdogs, hamburgers and maybe even some chicken wings (if brother Rick is to be believed). We've been having family over for the 4th holiday the last few years now. Not everyone can make it every year, but it's always nice for those who can. Family, BBQ, salads, wine and/or beer. Maybe a big, fat cigar by the campfire (but enough about aunt Caitlyn). And enough about my dysfunctional family. Back to the grill review (is that what I'm doing?)
The only difference I can see at first blush between the old and new grills, is that my new Weber sports a fancy ash catcher instead of a tray, and has a temperature gauge on the lid. The ash catcher should make cleanup easier than the old aluminum tray thingy, and has the added benefit of potentially acting as a combustible engine for a new Weber rocket if I get carried away with the lighter fluid. (I'll keep you posted).
As for the temperature gauge, I doubt it will be more than a curiosity for me. I never grill anything that can't take direct heat, except for maybe my actual hands and permanently singed knuckle hairs. In fact, the temperature gauge will be as useful as...
* a one armed trapeze artist with an itchy arse
* a trap door on a lifeboat
* A copy of the Constitution on our current President's desk.
And this concludes my very professional review of my new Weber kettle grill I haven't actually used yet.
Have a great Fourth, as we patriots celebrate the country as it was founded, and NOT what it has been transformed into.
In the meantime, please pass the mustard!