Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets from Quality Grill Parts. I recommend these over the stock Weber Charcoal Baskets due to simple quality. Now the Weber Baskets work just fine for what they are and at about 15 bucks with free shipping, they are a reasonable value. I just got rid of mine after about 3 years of use, but the truth is they were pretty useless at that point and I have been using my Slow ‘N Sear as a basket more often than not for the past year.
So last week I decided to break down and buy a new set. One of the reasons I had yet to do so was that I just wasn’t happy of the quality with the Weber baskets for the volume of grilling I do, we are talking 3-6 nights a week in Spring – Fall. Then I stumbled on these. What an upgrade, I would say they are three times the quality for only double the cost. For me that is a winning cost/value ratio.
They are made from heavy duty 304 stainless steel and the product gets a Fake Spot Grade of an A with 72 reviews with 95% being 5 stars. They are perfect as to dimensions with perfect coverage of the 12 inch center panel of my Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate.
I personally see charcoal baskets for the Weber Kettle as being something you don’t really appreciate until you use them. Sure you can just pile the coals in the center or on the side but you don’t get the uniform control. As the pile burns it collapses unto itself, and if you want to move a hot zone you stir the charcoal and it goes nuclear with heat.
With these baskets you get superior control and your hot zone is uniform, which to me is very important. Because the coals are held at a specific height and a specific density the entire hot zone is very stable so when searing your three steaks or chicken cutlets sear uniformly until moved to indirect heat. It is a small thing but a big efficiency and convenience enhancer. So check out the Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets from Quality Grill Parts today. Together with the Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate I think they are the two best upgrades you can make as a Weber Kettle Owner.
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P.S. – Check out the video below to see how you can set these up several ways and the quality of the material they are made from. Also check out my recent episode on cooking with the Weber Kettle to learn more about the value of this set up.