Advantages: The Weber Q1200 provides the fast, even heat of larger grills with a footprint small enough to fit in the trunk of most cars without sacrificing space for other items.
The inconvenients: The lid handle can become very hot during cooking, so be careful when opening the grill. The grease collection system requires specially sized aluminum pans.
Three grids were competing for best set, and they were all part of the Weber Q series. Bahr owns a Q1000 which he found almost by accident, having received it from his mother, who won it as a prize. “My back porch has three different Big Green Eggs, a Lang Patio model and a Demant Hearth grill. I use this beast 100% of the time.” Bahr likes the even heating of the circular burner tube and its small jet holes. It is a must-have when his family goes on a trip to the beach.
Cooking fish on a grill is daunting for many home cooks. Without high heat to sear the fish, followed by a more regulated medium heat to finish cooking, the fish will dry out and stick, tear and crumble on the grill. Bahr, an avid fisherman, finds his Weber up to this task and more.
The Q1200 is identical in specifications to the Q1000, including porcelain-enameled cast iron grills, with the addition of small folding side tables that can accommodate food awaiting grilling, tools or seasonings. The Q2000 doubles the cooking surface of the 1000 and 1200 with the same folding side tables. The price differences between the three are minimal for added features, so ultimately we resorted to the amount of space a portable grill would take up when packing, and the Q1200 wins for performance, construction and compact size.
- Dimensions: 15.5 x 40.9 x 16.5 inches
- Ability: 189 square inches
- Fuel type: Gas
- Mass: 31 pounds