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    Weber 26 Mods To Stabilize Legs

    Was looking to purchase a Weber 26 kettle but hearing a lot about how wobbly it can be. Has anyone here modified the legs to make them more stable? Looking for some ideas/pics if possible.

    #2
    I don't know if the 26 is anymore wobbly then the 22 with 3 legs but a lot of us have a Performer or two, or three, and that fourth leg and table make this a stable cooking platform. Some have built tables and installed their Weber's. There is a company that makes brackets to put on the kettle so it can be mounted like a Performer. It's the same company that makes the lid hinge.
    Not sure if they make it for the 26. I'll look for the name.

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    • Attjack
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      It is more wobbly.

    • Troutman
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      Forget the hinge, too heavy a lid, you'll tip it over for sure.

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      Agree, no need for a hinge when you already have a lid holder. And yes, a 26" is more wobbly, probably due to the increased weight.

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    • Attjack
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      Mojo0209 I wish it was mine. Right now, it's just inspiration.

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      So, was this guy just cruising by in his Crown Vic and jumped out to take a quick photo? lol That is a super nice mod, though.

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Steve R. Pretty sure he was about to leave for an appointment and realized he would miss his beautiful grill. So he hopped out of his Crown Vic and snapped a pic so he could gaze at her while away.

    #4
    Thanks a lot!

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      #5
      Here's another idea.

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      • Troutman
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        Bwaaaaaaa !!!!

      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        Off road Weber for sure!

      #6
      A couple of other options:

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      • Steve R.
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        Just in terms of keeping a decently small footprint, I love the cut down Ranch frame for this. The Ranch feels about as solid as a Performer with those four legs.

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        I think Weber should sell the 26 with Ranch legs, not the weak trip pod system.

      • zinfella
        zinfella commented
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        That copper top is a well thought out design, and now my favorite!

      #7
      Dude, I've owned one going on 2 years now and haven't had one issue with stability. They are a little top heavy if you're moving it around but when on a level surface like your patio, they are fine. Don't listen to the whiney BS they're trying to warn you about.

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      • Dadof3Illinois
        Dadof3Illinois commented
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        I've had mine for several years now and have had no issues at all. Yea it's a little wobbly but I've cooked on it every week and love it.
        I do like a couple of those table ideas above though!!

      • Troutman
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        Attjack No one claimed it to be mountain goat proof. Yea parking a VW bus on top might collapse it as well

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        Yeah as wobbly as it is, and as cheap as it feels on those legs, you should definitely not park your VW on it.

      #8
      I've only noticed it wobbling when I'm scraping the grates, otherwise it really holds up fine. I don't think it's a big deal, but I get it- there's a desire to fix things just cuz.

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      • Steve R.
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        It only bothers me a little that it twists. The original bowl on mine had a leg socket that was welded in only one spot instead of three, allowing the whole thing to kind of "take a bow." Weber replaced the whole bowl, and there is the just normal small amount of movement now.

      #9
      The 3 leg wobbliness of the old 1997 model 22" kettle I used to have are why I gave it to a friend who needed a new Weber. Every time I rolled it and tried to go across the grass, one of the legs would pull out of the socket and it would all fall apart. I would end up just carrying it around by the body if I moved it off concrete.

      I've never been a fan of the way the legs to into the socket, especially on older kettles. It had a little dimple in the metal that you were supposed to push in and rotate, but it did a poor job of locking that leg in place in my experience. That's one reason I love the Performer design. Or the Ranch kettle design.

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