How to Adjust and Maintain A Charcoal Kettle Grill

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In this video we walk you thru the steps needed to adjust and maintain temp, whether your cooking low and slow, intermediate, or hot and fast.

How to Adjust and Maintain A Charcoal Kettle Grill

The bottom and top adjustments work great together and help you micro adjust your cooking temps.

Temperature Adjustment Instructions:

Clean Weber kettle and chimney before use – wipe down with towel
Open the bottom vents and top vents to 100% open
Load chimney with your choice of charcoal briquettes – load chimney fuller for longer grilling times
Remove top grill grate and place fire starters on the fire grate
Add a Firestarter or tumbleweed, ignite the starter and place the chimney over the starter
Allow the charcoal to ignite about 90% with some unlit coals at the very top
Using heat proof gloves, lift the chimney and carefully grab the handles of the chimney
Pour the hot charcoal into the center of the kettle and arrange into an even layer and size

Low and Slow Cooking 165˚ F to 225˚ F– Adjustment starting points

  • Bottom Vent – ¼ Open
  • Top Vent – ¼ Open

Intermediate Cooking 300˚ F to 400˚ F– Adjustment starting points

  • Bottom Vent – ½ Open
  • Top Vent – ½ Open
  Hot and Fast Cooking 400˚ F to 600˚ F– Adjustment starting points
  • Bottom Vent – Wide Open
  • Top Vent – ¾ Open

Adjust as needed to maintain temps higher and lower, the above settings are a great starting point


Shopping List

Weber Kettle, 22” Premium                                                   Ace SKU – 8406605
Weber Heat resistant gloves                                                 Ace SKU – 8531758
Weber Chimney, RapidFire, Large                                        Ace SKU – 8211369
B&B Charcoal Briquettes                                                       Ace SKU – 8023367
Published on 12/13/2021.
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