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Weber Original Kettle Premium 22″ Charcoal Griller Review for 2019​

Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" Charcoal Griller Review for 2019

Weber Kettle Premium 22 inch Charcoal Smoker/Griller Review​

You are probably one of those who can let go of all the TV shows except for those that are from food channels and cooking programs. If you are, then stop daydreaming and start achieving your food goals and have a taste of premium home-cooked, low and slow ribs, briskets and steaks. It is now easier with the wide availability of grillers and smokers that are not only affordable but are also durable to stay in your backyard for many years. You no longer have to spend thousands to go to restaurants or order party-sized takeaways because you are about to enjoy grilling for yourself and your family.

Have you ever heard of the Weber Original Kettle Premium 22” Charcoal Griller? If there is one thing you need to remember it by, it’s old but gold. It’s been in the market for a while, it is indeed a classic – a first-time grillers’ favorite and experienced cooks’ must-have. And we’re here to tell you more about it.

In-depth with Weber Original Kettle Premium 22” Charcoal Griller

Weber is a well-known maker of smokers and grillers and their Premium 22” Original Kettle can be considered their best-selling grill. It scored more than a thousand 5-star reviews online. With hundreds of grills in the market that invest so much in technology, Weber stuck with the basics for users to have leeway to explore the craft of grilling.

It sports a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid that circulates and retains heat well to thoroughly cook your food without evaporating all the juices due to uneven heat. This material also lets easy clean-up of your grill because it won’t rust and food waste can easily be removed by regular washing and scrubbing. The lid also has a built-in thermometer to help you monitor the cooking temperature without having to lift the cover up which will lead to unnecessary heat loss. Heat adjustment is easy with the dampers on top of the lid, and totally closing these dampers will extinguish the charcoal by not allowing oxygen to pass into the griller. The lid is also equipped with a handle with a heat shield.

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It has a wide grilling space of 22 inches that can easily fit 13  burgers patties or meat and fish for up to six (6) people. The plated steel grate that comes with the grill is hinged, so it lets you add more charcoal whenever need. This is one of the differences between the Weber Kettle Premium and the Weber Kettle. It has a large charcoal chamber that has a one-touch cleaning system. This built-in cleaning tool is made with aluminumized steel blades connected to a handle located at the exterior bottom of the grill. These blades scrape and push aside the ashes towards the holes at the bottom of the charcoal chamber.  The ashes go to a large capacity, removable aluminum ash catcher. 

The Akorn Kamado Kooker stands durably with its three tubular steel stands and plastic wheels with a locking caster. The charcoal chamber is deep and is easier to access and top up with charcoal or briquettes compared with barrel cookers. Clean up is also made easy with an easy-to-remove dump ash pan. The grill requires minimal setup and the package includes all the screws and the installation manual. The Char-Griller company offers a one-year service and repair warranty for the E16620 Akorn Kamado Kooker.

Both sides of the Weber Premium Grill have a handle for easy lifting and transferring. One side has a lid hook to hang your lid as you place or take food from your grill. This also prevents you from placing the lid anywhere else that may lead to food contamination. The other side handle has extended hooks for convenient placement of your cooking tools such as tongs, basting brush and spatula.

This grill is also a space-saver compared with bulky gas grills and barrel-type grills. It measures 39.5 inches high and 27 inches wide. You can easily move this grill because it has durable wheels that can pass through any terrain in your backyard.

Unlike other grillers and smokers, the Weber Original Kettle Premium does not have a complicated assembly. The standard package comes with the bolts, screws and three-legged stand together with the rest of the parts. One assembly video only took 10 minutes to finish the installation.

Grill's handle and hooks

Another great thing about this grill is it’s very straightforward. It does not have complicated cooking settings that you’ll have to remember. Just light up your charcoal, set up the grate, place your poultry, fish or meat, put the lid back on and start grilling. Weber offers the following warranty coverage for this grill and its parts:

  • Bowl and Lid – 10 years, no rust-through/burn-through
  • One-Touch Cleaning System – 5 years, no rust-through/burn-through
  • Plastic Components – 5 years, excluding fading and discoloration
  • All Remaining Parts – 2 years


  • A wide grilling space
  • Convenient lid and utensil hooks
  • Ceramic-enameled coating for both the lid and the bowl
  • One-touch cleaning system
  • Large removable ash pan
  • Hinged charcoal grate for easy and safe charcoal top up


  • It would be best with a kettle seal

Bottom line:

Less is more for this griller and smoker. It is basic and straightforward that it gives a lot of leeway for newbies and experienced cooks to explore on their cooking. It does not have too many settings to follow for grilling and smoking. It is easy to install and has a wide variety of accessories available to make the most out of your grilling.

Accessories for Weber Original Kettle Premium 22” Grill

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Weber 2290 22-Inch Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie

Roasting ribs and poultry will be easy with this motor-powered kettle rotisserie that you can add to your Weber Premium Kettle. It is heavy duty and can smoothly roast a medium to large sized turkey to perfection.

Weber 7429 Rapid Fire Chimney Starter

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In just three easy steps, you can quickly start any grilling session without taking more than an hour just to set your charcoal on fire. Its ergonomic design guarantees a large room for charcoal for your grilling needs and safely handle and dispense the lighted charcoal into your grill.

Weber 17302 Firespice Cedar Planks

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Fish is among the most delicate food type to grill and it needs extra care. On top of that, its natural juices are best kept intact and there’s no better way to do that than to smoke them on top of Weber Firespice Cedar Planks. It infuses your food with unique aromas and flavors.

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Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone with Carry Rack

Turn your backyard into an outdoor pizzeria with this Pizza Stone Rack from Weber. It is made with Cordierite Stone that absorbs moisture to give you a light and crispy pizza.

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