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Weber Jumbo Joe Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Weber Jumbo Joe

The black porcelain enameled lid and base of Weber’s Jumbo Joe Portable Charcoal Grill has the same tight construction and durable coating you find on Weber’s big kettles. Rust free aluminum dampers on the top and bottom allow for good air and heat control. The 18.5″diameter plated steel cooking grate provides 240 square inches of cook surface.

Jumbo Joe has an aluminum dish under the bottom damper that serves as an ash catcher. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

Let’s debunk a myth: The parabolic shape of the Weber BBQ Kettle is not a more efficient heat reflector than other shapes. By far the vast majority of the heat is radiated directly from the surface of the glowing coals with some more reflected from the sides. Very little heat is being reflected off the curved bottom of the bowl. There is a solid barrier in the way: The bed of coals. Any heat that hits the bottom of the kettle just bounces back into the coal pile. So the parabolic shape of the kettle is no more efficient than a square box.

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of the grill that made Weber famous. Weber offers their kettles in a variety of sizes and colors.

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Product Information:

  • Model:
    Jumbo Joe Portable Charcoal Grill
  • Item Price:
    $ 89.00
  • Where to buy (buying from this supplier supports this website):
  • Made in USA:
    yes
  • Review Method:
    Looked Closely At It
    We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
    Grill, Tailgater
  • Fuel:
    Charcoal
  • Primary Capacity:
    240 square inches
    Small (about 11 burgers)

Published On: 2/21/2013 Last Modified: 6/22/2023

  • Max Good, Full time grill tester - Max Good, AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max bottles his own barbecue sauce recipes and now sells them around the country.

 

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