FAQ: Products

Learn about the different cooking methods, cooking grates, grill accessories and much more

What are the characteristics of a Weber charcoal grill?

The charcoal grill is perfect for people who love food cooked over an open fire, and are happy to spend a bit of extra time and energy to get the authentic experience. The charcoal grill is the modern fireplace of our age, and gives you plenty of opportunities to experiment with direct and indirect cooking, smoking, baking, low & slow cooking, and much more. Many have tried to copy the experience, but there is only one original: Weber’s charcoal grill. Its features include:
 
  • Porcelain-enamelled lid and base which retains heat and does not rust
  • Glass-reinforced nylon handles which can withstand any weather conditions
  • Aluminium vent at the top to ensure the right air supply
  • Coated steel cooking and charcoal grates which withstand rust and are easy to maintain
  • Charcoal rails or charcoal fuel holders (depending on the model) which easily keep the charcoal or briquettes in place
  • Some models come with the patented One-Touch® cleaning system, making it easy to remove ash
 

 

 

What are the characteristics of a Weber gas grill?

Gas grills are perfect for people who want to barbecue regularly – even when they are pressed for time. Just press the button, and a few minutes later you are ready to barbecue. Gas grills are an outdoor kitchen with everything you need – and offer a wealth of optional extras. There is a gas grill to suit every need, from the dapper beginner model, to the professional luxury model which makes even the most extravagant barbecue enthusiast green with envy.
Gas grill features include:
 
  • A solid trolley frame which provides a stable base for the grill
  • A drip tray at the base which makes cleaning easy and efficient
  • Built-in Flavorizer® Bars to ensure perfect barbecue taste, distribute the heat and protect the burners from fat
  • Infinitely adjustable burners to ensure total control over the temperature
  • Some models have 'heat reflectors' under the burners, which help optimise heat distribution
  • Attractive, timeless design which looks great on any patio
 

 

What are the characteristics of a Weber® Q®?
The Q® grill is perfect for people who live life on the move. This sporty gas grill allows you to be mobile, without compromising the barbecue experience. The small Q® 1000 models allow you to barbecue anywhere, any time. The Q® 2000 series is ideal for the boat, caravan, or balcony. The large Q® 3000 series looks great on any patio. The award-winning Weber® Q® is also available as an electric grill. Q® grill features include:
 
  • Ready in no time, making the grill perfect for everyday use
  • The lid and base are made of cast aluminium, making the grill heatproof and very portable
  • A two-part cast-iron grate which optimally distributes the heat – and is also porcelain-enamelled, increasing durability and ease-of-use
  • Built-in Flavorizer® Bars in the grate to ensure perfect barbecue taste, distribute the heat and protect the burners from fat
  • Some models have practical side tables which provide a work area for food and tools
  • Some models are mounted on a trolley, while others can be fitted to a solid stand, providing a good working height and a stable base for the grill
  
What different grill models does Weber have – and which one is best suited to me?

 

There are four basic Weber grill types, each with their own advantages: the charcoal grill, gas grill, Weber® Q® and electric grill. Speak to your local Weber dealer, who can help you choose a grill model based on your requirements.
 
The charcoal grill is perfect for people who love food cooked over an open fire, and are happy to spend a bit of extra time and energy to get the authentic experience. The charcoal grill is the modern fireplace of our age, and gives you plenty of opportunities to experiment with direct and indirect cooking, smoking, baking, low & slow cooking, and much more. Many have tried to copy the experience, but there is only one original: Weber’s charcoal grill.
 
Gas grills are perfect for people who want to barbecue regularly – even when they are pressed for time. Just press the button, and a few minutes later you are ready to barbecue. Gas grills are an outdoor kitchen with everything you need – and offer a wealth of optional extras. There is a gas grill to suit every need, from the dapper beginner model, to the professional luxury model which makes even the most extravagant barbecue enthusiast green with envy.
 
Weber® Q® is perfect for people who live life on the move. This sporty gas grill allows you to be mobile, without compromising the barbecue experience. The small Q® 1000 models allow you to barbecue anywhere, any time. The Q® 2000 series is ideal for the boat, caravan, or balcony. The large Q® 3000 series looks great on any patio. The award-winning Weber Q is also available as an electric grill.
 

The electric grill is perfect for anyone who wants to grill in locations where open fire is prohibited (this excludes both charcoal and gas grills) – for example in densely populated residential areas. The electric grill saves the day here. All you need is a power outlet, and you are set to go. Weber's electric grill belongs to the Weber® Q® series, and therefore boasts the same great features in terms of design, speed and mobility as the Q® series gas grill. It only uses approx. 2.2 kWh per hour. Please note, all Weber grills are for outdoor use only.

 

What is the difference between the Weber, Weber Original and Weber Style accessory categories?
Although Weber is a grill brand, it is much more than a grill – Weber is the ultimate barbecue experience. This means the accessories are just as important a part of the experience as the grill itself – and a part which is constantly being developed and updated. Our accessories are divided into three categories: Weber, Weber Original and Weber Style.
 
The Weber range consists of basic accessories and spare parts which are essential to barbecuing – such as a meat thermometer, chimney starter, cover, cooking grate and Flavorizer Bars.
 
The Weber Original range covers functional accessories which help you get the most out of your grill – such as a rotisserie, grill brush, tool set, rib rack and griddle.
 
The Weber Style range consists of exclusive accessories with a focus on stylish design and ultimate functionality in order to make barbecuing a total experience – such as salad servers, a pepper mill, tool set, poultry roaster and smoke box.
What type of grate should I choose – cast-iron, porcelain-enamelled or stainless steel?
The various grate types each have their own advantages, so it comes down to personal taste. A cast-iron grate is better at retaining heat, a porcelain-enamelled grate is easy to clean, while a stainless steel grate generally lasts longer. Two features all our grates have in common are that they create perfect grill patterns on the food, and require minimal maintenance.
 

It is important to remember that a cooking grate is a 'wearing part' which is unlikely to last the full lifetime of the grill. Always clean the grate using a grill brush after use. Grease the cooking grate before and after barbecuing to prevent food sticking. Never use olive oil. Use a neutral cooking oil and apply using a piece of paper towel and barbecue tongs. The easiest option is to apply Weber's BBQ oil spray before adding the food – as this avoids getting your fingers dirty. Once you have finished using the grill and have brushed the cooking grate clean, it is always a good idea to apply Weber's special grill protection oil. In contrast to cooking oil, it is absorbed by and protects the grate. This is an excellent idea if the grill is not going to be used for an extended period. It also makes future cleaning easier. The oil is 100% natural and therefore does not need to be washed off prior to using the grate the next time. If you follow these tips your cooking grate can last for many years.