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By: Max Good
The Weber Traveler is a mid-priced, large portable gas grill that offers grillers on the go a lot of attractive features in one box. Traveler provides even heat across the 320 square inch cook surface, and incorporates a cool cart that is super easy to set up, take down and pack away. While it’s easy to use, Traveler’s collapsible, X frame, scissor cart is nothing new. Some other portable gas grills come with similar carts and some models offer optional carts at an additional cost. Weber sells one for their popular Q1000/2000 Series Gas Grills.
Nonetheless, Weber’s built-in Traveler Cart is one of the best takes on the scissor design we’ve seen. It was a cold, nasty day in Chicagoland, so we decided to assemble the new Weber Traveler inside by the fireplace. It’s easy to pop up and snaps firmly in position for use. Just place one foot on the frame under the right side shelf, pull out the cart lock under the shelf and lift the grill until it clicks into the raised position. When finished, place one foot on the cart base, pull out the cart lock and slowly lower the grill.
You have to remove the small, one pound LP cylinder before lowering. In fact, Traveler has a lever that locks the cart and prevents you from folding it down when the LP cylinder is in place.
The LP cylinder itself raises the release lever up, as I’m doing with my hand in the photo. Remove the tank and the lever automatically drops down and unlocks the cart lock mechanism. In the photo, that red part is the corresponding handle for the cart lock mechanism.
Up and down movement is made smooth and easy by the Traveler cart’s Air Spring Lifter shown in the photo.
When the cart is folded down, an automatic lid lock engages to keep the lid and grates in place.
Folded down, Traveler is 44 inches long, 26 inches wide and 15 inches high. The 46.6 pound grill can be carried by handles on each side.
Or set upright and moved by the side shelf handle on two, large wheels.
Also a good position for storage.
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Traveler is classic Weber on wheels, with quality construction and thoughtful, if spare, design. Not that bells and whistles are wanted or needed for this meat and potatoes portable. The burner, grate and shape of the grill are based on Weber’s Q Series Portable Gas Grills, but Traveler is made of porcelain-enameled steel while Qs have cast aluminum bodies. Traveler is also bigger and the built-in cart is way more solid and easy to use than the optional Q Series cart.
Like the Q Portables, Traveler has a single, stainless steel burner that travels across the bottom.
Two porcelain-enameled cast iron grates go on top.
There is no heat tent or diffuser above the burner. Instead, the iron grates (2 pieces) are cast solid above the oval shaped burner, protecting it from dripping gunk.
Traveler has five inches of headroom under the lid for larger foods, but no whole turkeys allowed (squish).
Three tool hooks, piezo electric ignition and a single control knob are located by the right side shelf. That red piece in the middle of the photo is a cart lock that latches onto a peg in the frame when the grill is collapsed.
A slide out grease pan is smack dab under the center of the grill.
Temperature range was about 420°F with the control knob on Low to 680°F with the control up High. Our bread test showed the heat was fairly even across the cook surface, with the left side side slightly cooler. We always strongly recommend disregarding the built-in hood thermometers and using accurate, digital thermometers. Click here to learn how this simple habit will improve your grill game over night.
A new one pound LP cylinder ran Traveler on the Medium control knob setting for about two hours before the temperature began gradually dropping. For long burn times, Weber offers a Six Foot Propane Adaptor Hose.
We grilled a flight of wings with the control knob on the Medium setting. The heat was very even side to side and front to back. All we had to do was flip at intervals. Our wings finished at the same time with no need to move them around hot or cool spots on the cook surface.
Crisp and juicy. YUM! Check out or recipe for Crispy Grilled Wings.
Next destination was skirt steak. You need serious heat to sear thin steaks. We cranked it up high and Traveler did not disappoint.
The 13,000 BTU burner delivered some real sizzle and gave us a delicious brown crust. Click here to learn why brown is beautiful.
Shhhhhhhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone. We grilled some plant based hamburgers.
On buttered, toasted brioche buns, with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and lots of my very own Black Swan BBQ Sauce, they actually were pretty good. OK, kidding aside, they actually were pretty good! And Traveler performed as expected providing plenty of heat, nice and even across the entire grill surface. Click here to learn our Amazing Hamburger Secrets.
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Packaging was excellent. The simple, elegant design required minimal assembly. Just attach the wheels, pop in the grates and grease pan and you’re on the road.
The 320 square inch cook surface (big enough for about 15 burgers) makes Traveler fairly large for a portable, so the folding scissor cart is a welcome asset. Plus Weber’s cart design includes a few seemingly small features like the automatic lid lock that combine to make set up and take down a breeze. It’s so solid and stable you may even forget about the portability after firing Traveler up and enjoying the even, sizzling heat.
If you need a large portable gasser for camping, tailgating or just grilling around town on the weekend, Traveler is a very good choice. There are both less expensive and more expensive cart models, placing Traveler somewhere in a mid-price range. Quality construction and Weber’s excellent customer service merit every penny. We give Traveler our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.
Cookbox and lid assembly – Five Years
Stainless steel burner tube – Three Years
Cast iron grates – Three Years
Plastic components and remaining parts – Two Years
For more about Weber’s Q Series Portables, check out our Q 1000 and 1200 Gas Grill Review, and our Q 2000 and 2200 Gas Grill Review. Weber also offers a Q Series full size, 2-burner patio model, the Q 3200.
We thank Weber for providing a Traveler for our review.
Weber-Stephen is one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of BBQ equipment and related accessories in the world. Weber grills and smokers cook beautifully and have great features that are clever, effective and easy to use. As popularity and demand for BBQ gear grows worldwide, Weber continues to earn their long standing reputation for quality, durability and outstanding customer service and support, (7 days a week from 7am to 8pm CST), in an increasingly competitive environment. Even in this crowded marketplace, many consumers are still willing to pay more for the Weber name and they are rarely disappointed. They make a variety of cookers and smokers. Their iconic black charcoal kettles are known throughout the world. Indeed Weber is expanding globally.
Weber-Stephen was family owned since it was founded in 1952 by George Stephen. At the end of 2010 the Stephen family sold a majority stake to Chicago investment group BDT Capital Partners. In 2012, Weber settled a class action suit out of court regarding their use of the phrase, “Made in USA”. Weber previously qualified the “Made in USA” statement by specifying their products are assembled in the USA with some components that are sourced globally. Here is an excerpt from Weber’s statement “Weber believes that because all Weber grills and the disputed accessories are designed and engineered in the USA, and all grills save for one line [Spirit]* are manufactured and assembled in the USA using component parts primarily made in the USA, it did nothing wrong and therefore has valid defenses to plaintiff’s claims. The court has not held a trial or ruled in favor of either party on any disputed issues. Weber and the plaintiff have agreed to settle the matter to avoid the costs of continued litigation.” As a result of this suit, Weber can no longer claim to be made in America.
Since then Weber, like many others, has outsourced manufacturing of more product lines. Things change, but we believe Weber’s commitment to quality and innovation has not.
The biggest barrier for many folks is price. Webers are not cheap, but when you consider that they last decades, the price is easy to justify. Many some cheap grills fall apart after three years or so.
Our main complaint: All Webers have the obligatory bi-metal dial thermometer in the hood that gives you a ballpark reading of what the temperature is high above the meat. Since we cook on the grates, though, it’s always better to bring your own digital thermometer and place a probe there. It appears this is beginning to change as Weber enters a new era of digital technology and software based products.
Published On: 4/19/2021 Last Modified: 6/8/2021
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