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  • Happy Cooker
  • Posts: 2
Accessory Suggestions
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:35:33 AM »
Hi All,

Total Noobie to the WKC.  I've been a gasser all my life and always thought I should try the charcoal way.  Well as fate would have it as I brought my daughter home from a sleepover on a Saturday morning we drove by a garage sale and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the top of a Weber Ketter peeping out behind a table of baby clothes.  I went all starsksy and hutch and swooped into a parking spot and left my daughter behind.  It was and 18" priced at $20.  Offered $10...SOLD.  Ande I have been experimenting/learning every Saturday since.

Anyway, I have plans for building a cart/table as I am over 6ft and the 18 is way low. But before that, I received a $100 Amazon gift card and would like to go on a spending spree.
 - Any recommendations for Weber vendors on Amazon?
 - Should I get a flip grate or cast Iron grates?
 - Can you recommend a thermometer I can install to the lid.
 - Also looking for a recommendation on a digital instatn read thermometer.



  • WKC Ranger
  • Posts: 580
Re: Accessory Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018, 07:46:35 AM »
Nice score!

Best instant read thermometer is Thermopen. Same company makes thermopop, which is cheaper and also good.

I'd probably get flip grates.  Cheaper,  easier (and save the cast iron for when you get a 22  or 26"- more grills are likely coming)

Single best accessory I think is the chimney.  Followed by the thermopen. But the flip grate and a chimney will leave plenty of room on that gift card for baskets,  rubs, thermometers (maverick or thermoworks smoke really good remote thermometers) etc.

What color is it?  And welcome!


  • Smokey Joe
  • Posts: 51
Re: Accessory Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 08:13:22 AM »
Not sure about the 18", I have a 22" and the DozyAnt 2" I installed in the lid, the probe would be WAY too long if it weren't for the hanger hook for the lid. I opted for a  unknown branded 2" thermometer with a 1" probe depth for my Smokey Joe. The idea is to between the lid vent, and the edge, have the thermometer probe get around where the meat will be cooking so you can get a reasonably accurate idea of the temp where you want to cook.

You will want a charcoal chimney starter. I have an old Kingsford chimney that is showing its age. I am not crazy about the bottom vents on the Weber, but everything else about their chimney design is just about how I like it... And the price is good too! Never have to worry about buying lighter fluid, or the lousy taste it puts into your food!


Again not sure about the 18" but I am REALLY loving how easy keeping the fire going with a flip grate is... Wouldn't be without one if they are avaiable for your model!


  • WKC Performer
  • Posts: 2109
Re: Accessory Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 09:02:18 AM »
Heres what i use on a regular basis, 18 inch flip grate can get them at target on sale for 7-10 bucks. Charcoal baskets. Oven thermometer for grate temp (its cheap but effective). I use weber basics utinsiles i love how they feel. I also have a weber style leave in thermometer but any decent one will do ya good. I forget the brand but any instant read will work. And a chiminey. Lighter cubes are also a big help. Thats what i use on a daily basis and i do pretty well lol

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  • WKC Brave
  • Posts: 165
Re: Accessory Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 03:51:32 PM »
You may want to get the ash bucket along with the flip grate to convert to a OTG.  I have both for my 8-year old sonís 18Ē, but it hasnít gotten much love since I got my Joe and Summit S-620.


  • WKC Brave
  • Posts: 369
Re: Accessory Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 05:16:08 PM »
   If you wash and clean your grates get the SS flip grates they are a much easier clean, if you keep your grates "seasoned"buy the cheap flip grates. For some reason I don't trust the plating on these grates.

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