I recently purchased this Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill model 15502001 online, and I wanted to tell about how it performed for me, and what type of cook that this grill would work best for.
My experience with the Weber grill
My Weber grill arrived in its box looking pretty good with only a few minor transportation dings. When I opened the box, I found that it was packed pretty well with styrofoam, and nothing had any dents or scratches on it. But it did look like a few of the parts had quality control issues. I called up the company and they sent me replacements promptly, and without any problems.
Whenever the box is smaller than the assembled grill, that’s a sure sign that instructions will be included in the box. Everything went together well enough and I didn’t have any issues. I’m not sure exactly how much time it took me because I had the television on and was distracted, but it couldn’t have taken more than 30 minutes.
Starting up the grill
I rushed to put the grill outside, load it up with charcoal, and attach a portable camping propane tank, but I couldn’t get a fire started that would stick around. At first, I thought that there was an issue with the ignition system, but I quickly realized that in my haste I had forgotten to adjust the vents properly. Once I had that fixed, the fire caught on and began consuming the charcoals like normal. In about 20 minutes, the fire had gotten hot and steady enough to cook on.
I put some utensils on the side hooks for my aesthetic pleasure, but really only use my meat fork when I cook. My steaks, corn, and portobello mushrooms were cooked as well as my cooking skills were, and everything turned out just as tasty and fine as I could expect. No complaints in the cooking department.
How much can you fit on the grill?
I was able to fit about 8 chicken leg quarters, 14 bone-in chicken thighs, 6 porterhouse steaks, 8 ears of corn, or 4 whole chickens. It can easily fit as big of a Thanksgiving turkey as you can find. This grill is made to feed a family of 5 to 7 people with no problems.
Weber performance and features, built inside and out
Let’s take a look at the specs of this Weber charcoal grill.
The grilling area is a circular 22 inches in diameter, almost 2 feet, giving a total of 363 square inches of cooking space. The entire grill unit is 3.6 ft tall by 4 ft long by 2.5 ft wide and weighs 96 lbs, and the box is 1.7 ft tall by 2.3 ft long by 3.2 ft wide. The grill sits on its own, neighbored to the right by a nice workstation that is 2.1 feet long by 1.6 ft wide.
The porcelain-enameled charcoal grill itself has the classic Weber circular vent, where turning it to increase or decrease oxygen flow increases temperature. The handle is heat shielded and won’t burn your hand when you need to touch it.
One of my favorite features on a grill is this super handy dandy metal rod on the side of the grill, so that you can take the lid off of the grill and have it rest inside this catch rack, giving you full access to your food without having to hold the super hot lid the whole time that you are flipping, moving, measuring, and placing your food.
It has a unique gas ignition system that is activated on the front control panel. This gas ignition system takes camping-size propane cylinders or a larger tank. It also has a self-cleaning system, like an oven, that you can activate on the control panel.
The electronic panel also has functionality for setting a timer, so that you can time your meats to perfect doneness. You can actually remove the timer and carry it in your pocket, so you can go inside and enjoy some tv and a beer while you wait.
There is an ash catcher at the bottom of the grill for easy cleaning. The unit also comes with a trash bin at the far end that can tip for easy access, where you can store trash or extra coals or wood. It’s located beneath the workbench, farthest to the grill. On the side of the table are little hooks for your tools to hang from.
The grill comes with a Weber warranty already, so you won’t need to purchase one separately. The grill parts are covered for 10 years, the cleaning system for 5 years, the plastic components for 5 years, and everything else for 2 years. Their customer service is very good.
What kind of person is this Weber charcoal grill for?
This grill would do best for a person who enjoys charcoal or wood grills or would be willing to give one a try if it wasn’t a hassle to light and get started. It isn’t the grade of the grill for someone who’s running a restaurant, but it’s a great step up to a middle-tier grill with convenience features and thought built-in, especially if they’re coming from a standard, no-frills grill. But if someone is a purist and doesn’t like the idea of combining propane and charcoal, they won’t like this grill.
Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill Review Summary
There are two drawbacks to this charcoal grill: one is that it does suffer from some quality control issues on their assembly line. If you get a bad part, just call them up, and they’ll send you a replacement right away. No big deal! The other issue is that I feel very leery of an electronics panel being so close to a source of heat. But Weber’s got that one covered too with their 5-year warranty. So both of these are pretty superficial and easily solved issues.
This grill packs some great features and all of the excellence in cooking you would expect from the Weber brand name. Its electronic panel and timer are handy and a neat feature. Having your charcoals beneath the cart in a self-contained bin is great.
My verdict: Go ahead and get Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill! It’s a great mid-size grill and perfect for any small cooking party. It’ll look great in your backyard and you’ll look fancy cooking on it with all its handy features.