Weber Q100 Gas Grill Review by jamesdweaver


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                 Kevin Ray has been in love with BBQ and grilling for the past twenty years.
                 He has worked with a wide variety of grills and taken part in several amateur
                 competitions, winning a few trophies along the way.
                 In his day life, he works in real estate.
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Weber Q100 Review - An In-Depth Look at the Q100 Portable Gas

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The Weber Q100 is one of the bestselling portable grill models, and is arguably the first choice of
those new to grilling. It is a gas grill that delivers a creditable performance, even for those
completely uninitiated to the art of grilling. It is quite small and light, and is even lighter on your

First, let's take a look at the technical specifications. Small in size, the Weber Q100 measures 16
x 27 x 23.5 inches. The cooking area is 189 sq. inches - perfect for an evening cookout with a
small group of friends. The burner is made of stainless steel and delivers 8,500 BTU-per-hour of
heat. It weighs in at a meager 29 pounds, making it ideal for portable use.

The Q100 is often called a 'tabletop' grill because of its small size and light weight. Yet, the
performance it delivers can make even some of the so-called heavy duty grills blush. The push-
button ignition works great and the heat can be easily adjusted through the infinitely adjustable
regulator valve. Don't let the light weight fool you though: its frame is made of glass reinforced
nylon, and the grill body itself is made of cast iron. A cast aluminum lid with a weather resistant
handle completes the entire package. It works on a 14 ounce propane tank.

The first concern I had with the Weber Q100 was the heat distribution, considering the fact that
I'm used to working with far more powerful grills. Steaks especially require high temperatures to
be seared effectively. At first glance, the 8,500 BTU-per-hour of heat may seem inadequate, but
Weber has squeezed every ounce of heating power from this grill. The end result is that the Q100
is surprisingly hot and very effective at grilling/searing almost any meat. The heat conductive
cast iron grate definitely helps in this respect.

Preheating the grill can take some time, but that is to be expected with a smaller model. The
good thing is that the heat distribution is very even, and the cooking area is large enough to feed
4-5 people comfortably.

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Another downside with a low power grill such as the Weber Q100 is that indirect cooking isn't
possible. Nevertheless, this grill works great if you want something for portable use, or if you are
entirely new to grilling. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of its much larger cousins - the
Q300 and Q320 - but for a beginner, it is a great starter grill.

To recap:


- Small size, light weight

- Powerful enough to sear steak easily

- Adequately large grilling area

- Cast iron body, strong frame; overall sturdy construction

- Great Weber customer service

- Great for beginners

- Low price

- Effortlessly easy assembly


- Preheating can take a while

- Susceptible to strong winds, which can reduce cooking time

- Holes in the burner tend to get clogged up

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Overall, the Weber Q100 is an ideal grill for an outdoor family vacation, or for beginners who
are new to grilling. It is small in size and light in weight, yet doesn't compromise on the

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