Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere Lid Temp Test

Here are my unscientific findings on a reverse sear ribeye test.  The reason for the test is because I modified on of my Charcoal Weber Go-Anywhere grills with top lid vent knobs.  The knobs are rated up to 400 degrees.

Not having any idea how hot the lid would get I tested on a WGA that did no have the knobs installed, in case the lid got so hot it would ruin perfectly good knobs.

I left both bottom vents wide open, the top vent over the coals closed and the top vent on the opposite side wide open.

This is the grill I modified with the addition of the top vent knobs-

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About a quarter of a chimney of coals and 12 coals on the charcoal grate will be the amount of coals we are using.

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Lid temp before dumping the lit coals 82 degrees F

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After dumping the coals, the temp of the lit coals registered 975 degrees F

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Here’s the WGA set up for the reverse sear.

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Four minutes with lid closed 387 degrees F

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Fifteen minutes with lid closed 469 degrees F lid temp.  $451 degrees grill grate temp.

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Finit.  (No whale butter dishes were harmed during testing)

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I think that if I use a washer between the knob which has a metal threaded insert and the vent tab that it will work out fine.  I plan to test tomorrow with the modded unit.

Here’s a link to purchase the knobs on Amazon-

https://amzn.to/2KcL5hF
Product description
Strength, durability, and heat resistance are some of the benefits of this broad range of phenolic handle. Extremely versatile range of mountings. Female insert machined to suit. Mounting type: female insert. Thread length/depth: 3/8″. Mounting diameter and threads per inch: 1/4-20. Plastic material: thermoset; insert material: brass. Measures 7/8″ diameter by 2-41/64″ height.

And a link showing the mod directions-

Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill Vent Knob Mod

 

Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill Vent Knob Mod

Here’s a link to purchase the knobs on Amazon-

https://amzn.to/2KcL5hF
Product description
Strength, durability, and heat resistance are some of the benefits of this broad range of phenolic handle. Extremely versatile range of mountings. Female insert machined to suit. Mounting type: female insert. Thread length/depth: 3/8″. Mounting diameter and threads per inch: 1/4-20. Plastic material: thermoset; insert material: brass. Measures 7/8″ diameter by 2-41/64″ height.

T-Bone Steak Glosta Rock!

Lifted up the lid on my Weber Kettle at the dock yesterday and wouldn’t you know it, this sexy T-Bone was sitting right there in the middle on the grate.

Glosta Rocks is a Facebook campaign where people paint rocks and then leave them around town with a simple message- “Post me on Facebook Glosta Rocks”.

Some people keep the rocks, some people re-hide them.

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The Perfect Fit Cast Iron Griddle For The @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere

When I pulled this Cast Iron Griddle out of the shed to cook swordfish on the Charcoal Weber Go-Anywhere I figured that I’d probably have to drape it over the sides of the grill.  Here’s a link to buy it on Amazon  It’s $35 and that’s a steal for how versatile it makes your grill!

When I checked, it fit perfectly in the groove where the cooking grate would go without any need to modify it.  It’s like a stock accessory.  Not only that but has enough space open on the sides to allow air flow to the coals to get that cast iron piping hot for searing.

THIS MAY BE THE BEST PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILLING SETUP EVER!!!

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As you can see it fits perfectly inside the grooves where the cooking grate would sit.  It doesn’t impede the lid from closing , the lid still latches on the edge of the back of the grill.  I swear when they designed this griddle they had to be thinking of the Weber Go-Anywhere!

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Charcoal Grilling Essentials

This is a good list for a person starting out.

You can get these items at Foster’s Grill Store or if you’re not from around Gloucester MA, these links on Amazon-

The main reason people that don’t cook with charcoal is because they think it’s too time consuming.  It really isn’t when you use a chimney starter-

Weber Stephen Company 7429 Rapid Fire Chimney Starter, Silver

Lighter cubes are cheap and make it so you won’t have a bunch of spent newspaper flying around the bottom of your grill collecting grease and sticking to your food.   They get your coals going inside the chimney starter in minutes, effortlessly.

Lighter Cubes- Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes

B001AN7RGG Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes

by Weber Stephen Company

A Dual Probe Meat Thermometer-

There are fancier ones.  I’ve tried them.  This one just works.  If you are BBQing, you need to know two things primarily.  The ambient temperature at the grill grate level and the internal temperature of your meat.  When you can confidently know these things, you can confidently BBQ.   There are so many cuts of meat that if you use internal temp’s as a guideline you’re going to succeed, and if you’re off by ten degrees  you can ruin an expensive piece of meat.  it’s up to you, would you rather know you nailed it or would you rather gamble.  As far as smoking meat, I generally smoke at grate temps between 225-275.  when you have the remote wireless meat thermometer you can monitor those temps from the couch or the kitchen.

B00GC53DYW Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set

 

$69.95

 

Tongs-

Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill BBQ –

My buddy Craig has these and while there are a ton of different kinds of tongs out there I like the little bit of silicon up on the handle, it gives just a little bit more grip when you’re manning the grill for extended periods of time.  and the price is right.

B0761W4ZTT Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill BBQ – Best Tongs for Cooking Food In The Sizes You Need – Long Locking Stainless Steel Tongs for Grilling and Barbecue – Cook Your Meat, Not Your Hands
$11.99

Charcoal Baskets- Cheapies and Buy One set For The Rest Of Your Life-

Charcoal baskets serve several purposes.  One they protect the bottom of your grill from crazing and porcelain pops.  Two, they are an excellent way to control your charcoal placement for direct and indirect cooking.

The cheapies (which are perfectly fine and you’ll probably get at least 4 seasons of heavy cooking out of them)-

B01C4MN59O Zenware Barbeque Char Basket Charcoal Briquette Holders

 

$9.99

The heavy duty buy them once and have them for the rest of your life charcoal baskets.  I have these and if you’re a serious charcoal griller, buy them they’re stainless and about three times thicker. I reviewed them here

B01GF5DG0Y Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets for Weber Grills

by Quality Grill Parts, LLC

$29.99

On all the grill forums people rave about a product called the vortex.  It creates a high heat situation which makes excellent chicken wings.  I find that with two charcoal baskets pushed together you can get equally as good results.

Grill Brush-  Do I need to do a lot of explaining here other than to say that this model has three sets of bristles to go up and down the grates and get in between the grooves.

B01L7WNTSY Best BBQ Grill Brush ( HIGHEST QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL ) 18″ Barbecue Cleaning Brush w/ Wire Bristles & Soft Comfortable Handle – Perfect Cleaner & Scraper for Grill Cooking Grates

 

$6.99

 

Welder’s Gloves-

I’ve tried the silicon gloves and they get all sweaty nasty inside.  These welder’s gloves are great and economical to lift your hot grates out when there’s hot coals underneath-

B0757MZ7H2 Ibowooforrest Heavy Duty Heat and Fire Resistant Gloves Perfect for Gardening/Oven/Grill/Mig/Fireplace/Stove/Pot Holder/ Tig Welder/Animal Handling/BBQ,14 Inch Long(Red)

 

$11.99

Charcoal Caddy-

Keeps the charcoal dry and easy to pour out of.  I have a couple of these.  One I keep charcoal in and another to keep bags of wood chips and lighter cubes and match sticks.

B00HQE1QT2 Buddeez Kingsford Kadddy Charcoal Dispenser for 24 lb. Bags

 

$21.99

Galvanized ash can-

To dispose of spent ashes without worrying about lit coals igniting the woods around you or when you’re traveling and cooking out to properly dispose of spent ashes.

B01I0KURR2 Behrens High Grade Steel 6110 10 Gal Silver Galvanized Steel Dry Storage Can W/Locking Lid

 

$29.33

These are what I consider to be essentials.  What would you add to the list as essentials?