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Weber Performer Platinum Charcoal Grill

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Weber Performer Platinum

Weber Performer Platinum

Weber-Stephen Products Company

The Bottom Line

The Weber Charcoal Grill is the most successful product of its type ever made. It is sold world wide and recognized for its versatility, quality, and capacity. The Weber Performer Platinum is the $350USD version of this iconic charcoal grill. This model comes with a large table, gas powered charcoal lighter, digital timer, and all the bells and whistles. It is, simply put, a great charcoal grill, capable of so many cooking styles and capable of creating that authentic cookout experience. This version is for the person who wants it all.
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  • A full feature Weber Kettle Grill
  • Large work surface
  • Gas powered charcoal ignition


  • Digital cook timer is simply a 99 minute egg timer
  • No 300 series stainless steel


  • 363 square inches of cooking space on a 22 1/2-inch nickle plated cooking grate
  • Gas burner with push button ignition for lighting charcoal
  • Removable digital cook timer
  • Porcelain powder coated steel lid and fire bowl
  • Aluminum vents and ash catcher
  • Plastic, powder coated steel, and stainless steel cart construction
  • Large plastic charcoal bin
  • Two aluminum charcoal baskets for indirect grilling
  • Roll top lid
  • Made in the United States by the Weber-Stephen Products Company

Guide Review - Weber Performer Platinum Charcoal Grill

There is little more to be said about the Weber Charcoal Grill that hasn't been said in the past 60 years. This is the most recognized, respected, and desired charcoal grill on the market, worldwide. The Weber Performer Platinum is the pinnacle of the Weber charcoal empire. This table mounted version is as convenient and easy to use as a charcoal grill can be. It has all the bells and whistles, including Weber's gas powered charcoal ignition system. The question, really is, why would you want anything else, at least anything else under $700USD.

The gas ignition system on this grill is fueled by a standard disposable propane bottle that feeds a burner mounted in near the center of the grill, underneath the coal grate. All that is needed is to pour in some charcoal, turn on the gas, and push the ignition button. In less than 10 minutes the charcoal is ready to be spread out and cooking can commence. At this point, simply turn off the gas and grill like normal. Quick and easy.

One of the features of this grill is the digital cooking timer. This is nothing more than an electronic 99 minute egg timer. And, yes, it only goes for 99 minutes, so it is useless for long cook times. It is also something that can be bought at almost any store for a few bucks. This isn't a feature. It is a gimmick.

So, other than the egg timer, this is a great charcoal grill and if you have the money to spend and want it all, this is the version of the Weber Kettle to buy.

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