Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill


The regular stationary gas grills are great. They’re awesome and I love mine. But you know, as good as they are I can’t take them to picnics and my road trips with my family. As much as I’d like to, it just ain’t practical to drag a huge grill across the country side in my RV!

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely must barbeque on a REAL grill when you’re out on these trips with your family. Now since us crazies can’t drag that huge bulk of a grill along with us, we need something portable. Unfortunately most so called portable grills on the market today don’t deserve to be called “grills” at all!

So what about the Weber Q100 portable gas grill? Is it what we call a “real grill”? Boy do I have the answer to that! Read on for the full review on this one.

Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill Review

Let’s start by taking a look at what the box says it does…

So it’s a reasonably sized grill with 189 sq inches of grilling area. It uses 14.1oz or 16.4oz LP cylinders for fuel. A push button ignition is supposed to make it very easy to light and a removable catch pan should make the clean up a breeze. It uses stainless steel burners that give a 8500 BTU/hour input and the cooking grate is made out of Porcelain-enameled cast-iron. You even get a Weber recipe book with your purchase. They really seem to have thought of everything you’d need in a portable propane grill.

Well all that looks real good on the surface but you and I both know that almost nothing is as good as it sounds. So lets take a deeper look into the Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill to see if it really delivers the goods.

Weber Q 100 Portable gas Grill – Is it the real deal ?

Whenever I am doing reviews for ANY purchase, whether its for myself or for this site, the best source of REAL information is always people who have used the product before me. So to get answers to my questions about the Weber Q100, I put on my research hat and went to work.

This is what I found.

There was a problem with using the bigger 16oz sized cylinders when the baby Q came out initially but that has been fixed now so those who want to use the bigger cylinders can also do it. A 5lb propane bottle lasts a month of use if you’re using 1-2 times a week. This was more or less a universal number with most users so you can go by it safely.

Very few customers complained that the push button ignition on the Weber Q 100 does not work perfectly. I found that very few people had this complaint. Most customers were VERY happy that the Weber Q100 is so easy to light up even when a nice wind is blowing. A single click is all it takes.

The burners are stainless steel and really nice quality but they do tend to clog up after a few uses. When that happens, the burner doesn’t burn fully. Most people mentioned this but there’s a really quick fix to it. You can easily unclog it with a push pin; certainly NOT a deal breaker.

Cleaning with the catch pan isn’t as easy as it is made to sound but you can line the insides with a single layer of foil. It really helps with the cleanup.

Now 8500 BTU an hour doesn’t sound like much but this is Weber we’re talking about here… On the Weber Q100, this 8500 BTU burner is enough to cook pretty much anything after you’ve pre heated it for 7-10 minutes. If the wind is too strong it may take you a few extra minutes but it will still do a really good job at cooking.

People are cooking burgers, steaks, chicken breasts, even tri tips! However, you still won’t be able to cook a full chicken on it as the lid isn’t tall enough. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter at all because this is a portable grill which you’ll use when you’re going out; I don’t think you’re likely to cook a whole chicken on a portable grill.

The 189 sq inches that the Weber Q 100 gives you is good enough for a family of four. You can very easily fit 4 burgers on it. You can put more if you want but it will begin to get a little clumsy to manage.

The cooking grate seems to be a HUGE hit as I found absolutely NO ONE who had to say anything bad or inadequate about it. It cooks great, spreads out the heat very evenly and gives out great grill marks on the steak. Good enough to cook 1.25 inch steaks very well.

In additional to all the above, I also found that the recipe book that you get with it is actually very good, which is quite surprising actually. Most times I’ve found these books to be a waste of paper but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Weber recipe book. People are actually raving about how it improved their cooking!

Other than things associated with the grill, I also found that the Weber customer service is very good and their reps very professional and helpful while handling customer inquiries. Something that’s not very easy to come by these days with an increasing number of companies shifting customer services to countries like India.

From all the reviews I read (I read a lot!) there is absolutely NO reason why you shouldn’t go for the Weber Q 100 Portable Gas Grill.

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