Summary: I always thought Weber products were overpriced. This is one of those products that "You get what you pay for, and you pay for what you get." Bottom shell was damaged in shipment. No problem. Called Weber and I had a free replacement in 5 days. A pleasure to deal with. Pros: Ash catcher, Hinged cooking grate, air control, proper distance from coals(avoid burning), charcoal rails(optional), cover(optional) Cons: None I had considered the Weber Silver, but the Weber Gold...
Summary: Like all Weber kettle grills, this is a very good and durable grill. However, when you consider that the only significant differences between this grill and the same Silver line grill are: 2X the price for the Gold line, an Al ash catcher on the Gold (that should come on the Silver, too), and the trap doors that allow you add more coals on the Gold w/o removing the cooking grate...what Weber charges for the two "improvements" is obscene.
Summary: This grill is the perfect size for a small family and a key reason I bought it is for the ash can that is attached below. I had the larger 22 inch Weber grill but the ash fell on a tray below and it was always a mess to clean up. This system is much simpler. It arrived in perfrect condition and was easy to assemble even thuough the directions were poorly written and illustrated.
Summary: I purchased this grill for my husband's birthday, and he loves it. It cooks much faster than the smaller Weber grill we have. My husband prefers cooking with charcoal--and will not own a gas grill. We have been Weber grill users for 44 years! Nothing better than a Weber!
Summary: Ideal for the smaller family or meals. Uses less charcoal. Collection can under the grill does a terrific job and it is easy to dispose of ashes when full. Easy to assembly and is fairly sturdy. Use the charcoal igniter can as lighter fluid is not recommended. Enjoy!
Summary: This grill is a great performer. As a single guy who typically grills for one, the 18.5" surface provides enough room that I can cook several meals at once. There's plenty of room to do indirect grilling, and even indirect "beer can chicken" with the coals arranged in a circular fashion around a pie tin. If you're only cooking for one or two people, you don't need anything bigger. The most innovative feature on this grill?
Summary: This is a great product. Made well and easy to assemble. It is perfect for two people that like to grill and go back to real charcoal flavor instead of the gas grills that don't get hot enough and fall apart in a year or two. Extremely happy!!!
Summary: I ordered 3 of these, one after the other, and all came with significant chips and scratches to either the bowl or the lid. I finally called Weber and they replaced the damaged parts directly. If buying this product I would buy it in a store, not on line.