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Weber Performer Charcoal Grill - Discontinued

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Weber Performer Charcoal Grill

Weber Performer Charcoal Grill

Weber-Stephen Products Company

The Bottom Line

This charcoal grill was designed to be nearly as convenient as a gas grill. Pour in the charcoal, turn on the gas and push the igniter button. Ten minutes later you are ready to grill without using lighter fluid. The ashes fall into a removable ash catcher to be cleaned out later. Other than the gas charcoal lighter, which uses disposable propane bottles, this is basically a 22 1/2 inch Weber Kettle grill for around $400. The big question is, is the added convenience worth $400? Once you've used it for a while, though I think you will think so. This is as convenient a charcoal grill as you will find.


  • Gas Powered charcoal lighter
  • Excellent cooking abilities
  • Easy ash removal and cleaning
  • Versatile grilling and smoking abilities


  • Steel plated cooking grates can rust
  • Basically a high priced Weber Kettle Grill


  • Gas Powered charcoal lighter with push button igniter
  • Aluminum vents and ash catcher that can't rust
  • Porcelain enameled bowl and lid
  • 22 1/2 inch plated steel diameter cooking area
  • Glass reinforced nylon handles that are heat resistant and long lasting
  • Large built in table area
  • Built in charcoal bin
  • Removable ash catcher
  • Comes with a Weber cookbook
  • Made in the United Stated by the Weber-Stephen Products Company

Guide Review - Weber Performer Charcoal Grill - Discontinued

This model has been discontinued. It is replaced by the Weber Performer Platinum.

The Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill is one of the most versatile pieces of outdoor cooking equipment ever invented. This 22 1/2 inch diameter charcoal grill gives you all that with the addition of a large cart, loads of workspace, and a gas powered charcoal lighter. This added convenience makes this a very easy to use, almost mess free charcoal grill. Pour in the charcoal, turn a knob, push a button and you are grilling in 10 minutes. No lighter fluid, charcoal chimneys or electric charcoal starters. All that is taken care of by a single gas burner powered by 14 or 16 ounce disposable propane bottles.

The Weber Perform comes with a great ash catcher system that makes clean up easy. The second you take the last burger off this grill close down the vents and let the lack of oxygen kill the fire. This will stop the remaining coals from burning any further. Once the grill is cool give it a shake and pull off the ash catcher and you ready to go again. The coals left behind can be re-lit for the next cookout.

At its heart this is the famous Weber Kettle charcoal grill. About as versatile a grill as you can buy. Of course while a Weber Kettle will run you under $100USD, this unit costs around $350USD. If you have the money to spend and want a great charcoal grill, this is definitely a great grill. Otherwise you can put up with lighting your own charcoal and get the far less expensive Weber Kettle.

Aside for the gas assist ignition system, what I really like about this grill is the table space. It seems simple enough, but when you are loading a couple of racks of ribs onto the grill you'll find that the table at grate level is perfect. If you can afford this grill, it is the best you can buy.

User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
Love it, except...., Member JillHra

We love our Weber Performer Grill, the flavor, using real wood (lump charcoal) is outstanding. However, there appears to be a leak in the gas valve. I called customer service, and it was advised we remove the propane tank after every use so it doesn't leak. Having to disconnect and re-connect the propane tank for every use takes away from the convenience of pushing a button to ignite. It's not marketed this way. Compared to the other reviews of the ignition not working, I guess this is a small problem. We would buy another Performer and recommend it.

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