Weber Q220 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.
                 He maintains a blog about BBQ and grilling at www.GodOfTheGrill.com.




Weber Q220 Gas Grill Review - Great Value for Money, May
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The Weber Q220 gas grill sits between the Q320 and Q100 - smaller than the former, larger
than the latter. It is even priced accordingly - $219 for the Q220, while the Q320 and Q100 come
in at $359 and $133 respectively (all figures from Amazon). The Weber Q220 is, thus, a
moderately priced, moderately powered grill that can fulfill multiple roles. It offers a great mix
of power as well as portability and is ideal for those with some grilling experience, but who are
not confident enough to invest in a large grill.




A look at the technical specifications first: this grill measures 32.5" x 18" x 17.5" and weighs in at
41lbs. It delivers 12,000 BTU-per-hour of power, and has 280 square inches of cooking area
(compared to the Q320's 462 and Q100's 189 square inches). It works on either 14.1 or 16.4oz
propane tanks.




The grill is made of cast iron with a glass reinforced nylon frame. It features a cast aluminum lid
with a built-in thermometer. Igniting the grill is easy with the electric ignition. An infinitely
adjustable heat regulator makes it easy to control the temperature. The cooking grate is made of
porcelain enameled cast iron, and the solitary burner is made of stainless steel. Two work tables
that can be tucked away and stored inside the grill itself complete the package.




Weber has long been a name synonymous with grilling and BBQ. Weber grills - charcoal or gas -
are cherished by their owners and treated as long term investments. Many hold on to their grills
for decades. Few companies have so much respect within a consumer group.




The Weber Q series - Q100, 220, 300/320, etc. - are the latest in a line of powerful and versatile
gas grills. That said, there isn't quite enough information available to determine the functional
differences between the different models, especially for the layman. Sure, the Q100 has 8500
BTUs of power, whereas the Weber Q220 delivers 12,000 BTU. But what does this difference
actually amount to once you get down to the practical aspects of grilling?




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The difference is largely to do with portability, power, and the intangible quality of 'prestige'.
The Q100, which is the entry level model, is a very small and portable grill that works perfectly
for beginners and on outdoor camping trips. The Q300/320 are the larger cousins with
innovative design features (the stationary cart comes to mind) and plenty of power that can
make short work of any grilling assignment.




The Q220 sits comfortably in the middle. It has adequate power to sear any kind of meat and a
large enough grill area to make a meal for 5-6 people simultaneously. However, if you find
yourself cooking a backyard BBQ for the neighborhood, you'll find the Weber Q220 woefully
underpowered. At the same time, this model has a certain amount of portability that the
320/300 models don't have, though at 41lbs, it isn't exactly light weight.




One final difference is 'prestige'. Many competitive grillers tend to treat their grills more like
prize horses than the cooking appliances they are meant to be. Every BBQ forum is chock full of
people flaunting their equipment. The perceived prestige of a Q320 is definitely much greater
than that of the 220 or 100 - these are often dismissed as 'beginner' grills.




Whether the Q220 is right for you would depend entirely on what you want your grill to do. It is
powerful enough to grill any kind of meat, large enough for a family of six, and portable enough
to make storage easy. Yet, it will leave the user thinking it could be perhaps a "bit more" - more
power and more space. If you are comfortable being caught in this middle ground, this is the
perfect grill for you. If not, you are much better off purchasing the higher end Q320 model, or
settling for the much lower Q100.




So, to recap:




Pros



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- Adequately powered: 12,000 BTUs-per-hour.

- Large enough space: 280 sq. inches.

- Great value for money.

- Sturdy construction.

- Weber quality.

- Great customer service.

- 5 year limited warranty.




Cons

- Might leave you wanting a bit more.




Overall, this is a perfectly great grill by itself, but when pitted against its bigger cousins, it may
leave you wishing you'd spent $100 more on the larger models.

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