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stbd beam 25th Apr 2006 19:36

My beautiful Weber!
In these times of excess frivolity, not taking it seriously, ridiculing the system (JPA etc), I thought a little dose of good old fashioned, spirited military banter might be in order ...............


I bought my Weber home from Florida in 1992 and it's still going great (no I'm not a pikey and yes I could afford another one if I really wanted to) and I'm desperate to know how many others out there have the same feelings of joy when it gets rolled out of the shed (a bit like a fat WAAF - oops!).

I'd love to know who of you have a Weber in great condition, that has survived the storms, the drunken saturday afternoons (enjoy your alcohol responsibly) and maybe has a tale or two of its own to tell. To qualify, it (you can submit it's name if necessary) must be a three wheeled 22.5 inch kettle BBQ and must have been used .... yes, and maybe abused .... in a temperate climate, so none of your stories from hot places saying 'mine has no rust' (Charlie Luncher).

For the record, my old girl has more than a few knocks and bruises, the spot welds on the top handle are about to expire and the sockets where the legs attach (oo-er missus) have seen better days. On a positive note, her red enamel finish is still gorgeous, and she cooks a mean burger (shame about the dusting, ironing and balancing the cheque book!)

Go on, you know you want to, tell us a story, I'm a doctor etc .........

Here's one for starters - Beags, using your powers of deductive reasoning, how many wheeled 22.5 inch kettle BBQs do you reckon the VC10 fleet has bought home from places overseas??


(To coin a phrase - all typing incidents are alcohol induced)

Lionel Lion 25th Apr 2006 20:09

A little known fact is that the basic mass (APS) of a VC10 actually includes 2 Webers I'll have you know.

Just updated and moded mine for the summer. Tried to persuade the wife into procuring a Tranche 2 gas version but she capped the budget and only allowed me to buy a new grill (57 cm) instead


SirPercyWare-Armitag 25th Apr 2006 20:15

My mini-Weber is a relative babe in comparison. Bought on det in '98 and still providing a robust contribution to my expanding waist line. Fond memories of it being bodged to the back of my bicycle for the summer mess livers-in cycling trips to the beach.....1/2 hour there.....3 hours and a MT call out to get back.
It was deployed to London for Proms in the Park last year but sadly was left behind in favour of a tuck hamper from F&M.
All sounds a bit Enid Blyton with hindsight but definitely helped underpin my effects based barbecuing

c130jbloke 25th Apr 2006 20:24

I turned to the dark side and bought a char broil. It's big, black and beautiful (the BBQ that is). 0 to hamburger in 5 mins flat !

:} :}

Rev I. Tin 25th Apr 2006 20:24

Got a new Weber (tm) from USA delivered to RAFLO who popped it on passing plane Brize bound. Arrived last week.

Ordered on t'internet with free delivery (WTF is shipping when it is nowhere near water?).

Turns perfectly good food into a briquette and dark clouds threaten at approx half the UK price.

Blessed is my Weber (tm)

BEagle 25th Apr 2006 20:38

Well, I bought my Weber in late 1988 and it has had a busy life. When I was doing my CFS course in 1989, every summer weekend when I bailed out from Scampers it was merrily cooking one, if not two meals.

Last year the propellor thing which wiggles out the cack from its bowels finally died - but I found a supplier of new bits on the Interweb and now she's as good as ever!

Top tip to save the coals is to use the wire bits which clip to the main grid thing for roasting chooks and just put the coals in the middle. Also close everything off as soon as you've finished cooking and there should be a goodly number of reusable bricquettes still usable!

Should you choose to use the rip-off 'Jack Daniels' wood chips to add a smoky flavour to your snorkers, just use a SMALL quantity and soak them first! The first time I gave that a whirl, the neighbourhood went IMC!

Don't buy the 26" unless you regularly feed the 5000 as the volume of coals needed is proportional to the cube of the diameter! Thus a 26 uses huge amounts more than a 22".

The record I've seen in the back of the VC10K was 8 x 22" - plus one smoking thing which looked like an Atlas missile silo. The proud owner's wife was NOT impressed!

6nandneutral 25th Apr 2006 20:39

Gas is good
After 18 years of Webering, both of my beloved smoke generators which were transported courtesy of Albert Airways have now gone. My 1st one lasted about 14 years and I gave my second one to a neighbours relative. Went over to gas last year, the way ahead, also purely by coincidence I went from K to J. Maybe its time to move on son. (Burnt Biscuits to Burgers). However for all you flare up fanatics and smoke gets in your eyes peeps you can prolong the life of of your old faithful by going on the web and getting some spare parts.

BEagle 25th Apr 2006 20:50

Gas is bloody cheating!

Man - make fire, kill dinosaur, cook same! Drink beer. Woman do salady stuff!

Once ran out of the approved firelighters and that squirty gunge which is supposed to help the coals to light...

Hmm, thought I. What do I have in the garage which might work? Ah-ha - a jamjar full of 100LL left over from the daily water sample at the flying club. A little of that should work, so pour it on.... But can be explosive, so let it soak into the bricquettes. Small snag - how to light it? Spot bottle of industrial spirit....a little of that should do the trick! Wrap bit of paper towel around end of garden rake, light towel and wave hopefully over coals from a safe distance......


Yes, well top marks for ingenuity, that got the coals going. NOT to be recommended though!

stbd beam 25th Apr 2006 21:41

I'd like to express similar sentiments - the male owners of all gas bbq's are gay beyond the pale ..... FIRE ..... here endeth the sermon. Blokes, pay attention!

BEags - that's not what I asked - we need stats, gross tonnage etc.

Top tip about closing everything off as soon as you've finished cooking to save coals. Unfortunately I'm normally completely w*nkered at this stage so tip of no use! Mrs stbd beam no use for salad either unless 'tis Smirnoff cucumber or white wine potato salad.

Tried petrol too once - oops!

Rev I. Tin 25th Apr 2006 21:46


You might as well drag your oven out of the kitchen!

It's obscene man!!

Blessed is the charcoal.

Pub User 25th Apr 2006 21:46

- the male owners of all gas bbq's are gay beyond the pale ..
Very true.

Roland Pulfrew 25th Apr 2006 21:50

I was encouraged to buy a Weber on my first Stateside detachment in 1986. Duly bought 22" Weber, one of 4 on that flight back to ISK IIRC, and wondered "why?" as I lived in the Mess at the time!! Still it got good use in the Mess and has served well ever since. It does have a few dents, but little rust, the biggest problem now is the foreleg tends to fall off everytime I wheel it over my somewhat uneven patio. New Patio? New Weber? New patio - obviously!!!

Gas? Cheating!!

k3k3 25th Apr 2006 21:54

The wooden handle on mine has a very nice charcoal finish (all the way through) after being too enthusiastic once with an unidentified starter fluid that smelled as if it might burn ok. It went up like avpin.

Under the afluence of incahol of course!

kippermate 25th Apr 2006 22:18

I got my first Webber (22" kettle) on a trip to Sig in 93 and, showing the true singly desire to get rid of all my allowances bought another one; the little shoe box size. Still use them both.


Charlie Luncher 26th Apr 2006 00:35

Outside deep fryer
You forget my old girl was exposed to the delights of the ISK and UK summer seasons, had to convert her to gas as they are scared of me torching the state, converted back now only used in winter. But just like me she gets the wobbly leg going after a bit of a sess. Set fire to me lawn at easter due wobbly leg and only minor burns to me though.:sad:

Charlie sends

Dan Winterland 26th Apr 2006 01:29

Bought my first 22 incher in 1987 for $35 at a labor (sic) day sale. Replaced it in 1998 with a new one and gave the old one to the inlaws. Both look the same and both are going well. Also bought the smaller Smokey Joe which now has a bit of rust on the bottom and also kills any grass underneath it.

All were bought back to the UK in a VC10!

However, I'm ashamed to say that I have now bought a gay gas model. This is because I now live in the Far East where the local charcoal doesn't light at all or burns to white dust in 10 seconds flat. (I mention just to desperately justify my purchase!). However, the results aren't as good as a Weber, it burns the food too easily and it doesn't taste the same. Perhaps this is due to the fact that despite having bought it in China, I later discovered it was made in Kidderminster!

Hey BEagle. I remember the 8 weber States trainer. My second Weber was one of those 8! And the minuteman silo was purchased by an ex shopping command Nav who tried to explain to his Mrs how they were going to cook the Christmas turkey in it!!!!

buoy15 26th Apr 2006 02:25

Don't knock the Atlas silo smoker
USN exchange mate cooked a 25lb Thanksgiving bird overnight in his garage
(about 10 hours)
Best I've ever tasted - certainly beats cold turkey mid week!:ok:

Roadster280 26th Apr 2006 03:53

Fellow Weberites,

My first was a tricycle 22.5" red enamelled basic-as-you-like job. Still had it up til last year when the (now ex-)wife decided that being married wasn't a good thing. It would have had its tenth birthday this year.

It was so good, I augmented it with a 22.5" Platinum, that had a much better ash receiver and a four wheeled cart attached, with work surface. Fantastic.

Also got a Smokey Joe for $hits and giggles at the beach.

However, now I actually live in the land of their provenance, I am fortunate enough to own the "Performer". This is is the crowning glory of all Webers. The BEST ever. Basically it is the same 22.5" kettle, charcoal burning man-toy as previously. HOWEVER, the clever chaps in Palatine, IL, have incorporated a gas ignition system for the charcoal. The gas burner is lit for 5 mins or so, which gets the coals good and red, then just shut off the gas system and then leave the coals to go white. 20 mins later, ready to go. The Dog's Bollocks.

BEagle- RTFM. Coals go OUTSIDE the wire retainers for indirect cooking, does a great job of ribs, whole poultry etc, and uses even fewer coals. Some models have baskets the coals go in, and can be moved about. Tends to avoid burger>briquette syndrome.

Original Kingsford briquettes also the best. Would they be DAC?

The only bad thing is I can't get Walls' sausages!!

BEagle 26th Apr 2006 05:14

Yes, for indirect cookng that's very true. However, I just leave the chook wirejobbers in and put the charcoal inside for direct cooking. You can then move some food to the cooler edges to keep it hot without turning to carbon if other stuff is still a bit pink.

Moist and pink is OK for some things, not so for chook or pork!

Sorry, Roadster280, but gas is gay!!

Next thing you'll be admitting to owning a Porsche Boxter :yuk: !

Gainesy 26th Apr 2006 07:09


Get a 45gal oil drum, cut in half lengthways, cook over oak/beech logs.:p :)

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