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How far would you drive to buy a used Weber kettle?

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    How far would you drive to buy a used Weber kettle?

    I need another Weber kettle like I need another hole in my head as they saying goes but I still search craigslist looking for a good deal on an oldie. I try to only look local. why do i not only look local? well, I found two great deals today and both are a good two hour drive away. so I'm going to share these finds with any of you in the San Diego, CA, area. I know you'll love them. cheers!

    early model RED kettle Performer $300 - https://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/...280585036.html
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    1976-77 Weber kettle $100. check out the cool square coal starter. - https://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/...280492047.html

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    #2
    Well I live in SD and probably wouldn't drive there considering the ask price and condition.
    Last edited by BBQPhil; February 22, 2021, 01:31 PM.

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      #3
      I recently bought one much like the Performer you posted only with gas-assist. It was listed for $100 I got it for $80. I did have to replace the ash sweepers (about $20) and I got myself a Santa Maria attachment to go with it for $100. I love that grill. I had to drive about 20 minutes or so each way.

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        #4
        Good question that has many answers, depending on who you ask. If I said my limit us 25 miles, and then found one that interested me, but was beyond that limit, I'd have to consider lifting the limit.

        However, IMO, $300 is too steep for that performer, even if it was next door! YMMV

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        • latenight71
          latenight71 commented
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          I think 25 miles is about my limit, too. Unless it's really good. Yes, too steep on the Performer for sure.

        #5
        Yeah, my limit would be 25 miles. Unless it was in really good shape and the price was right.

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          #6
          An hours drive for me is the limit.
          Gas costs factor in and your time is worth something.
          There's a few good deals on Performers up here but in most cases its 6-8 hour round trip hike.
          Might as well by brand new.

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            #7
            In agreement with the few others, those prices are steep, especially door #2 chimney or not. Plus if yer burnin $40 in gas plus where in tear on the veehickle what are ya savin ya gotta figger.

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            • zinfella
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              Plus longer distances can cut into happy hour time!

            #8
            I’ll drive about an hour for the right deal, but it better be good enough of a deal to offset my time and fuel.

            For as proud as that person is of that Performer, I’d figure they’d at least clean it up...

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            • MBMorgan
              MBMorgan commented
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              ... and offer free delivery.

            • latenight71
              latenight71 commented
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              I like it when include a half bag of weathered charcoal with the deal like it's a free gift with your purchase - "But wait! There's More!!!"

            • USMCCrashCrew89
              USMCCrashCrew89 commented
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              Don’t forget the obligatory ash pan full of artisan cement!

            #9
            Well, it depends on what kind of kettle. $300 for the red one seems a bit high. I have been able to pick up two SSPs (one black and one plum) for free just checking Craigslist and FB Marketplace regularly. If it was a Seville or a rare model like that I would consider driving. And if the price was right on another 26 or a Ranch I could probably justify a couple hundred mile trip.

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              #10
              No more than 30 minutes unless the savings amounted to hundreds of dollars then I would reconsider.

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                #11
                Why on earth would I buy a used, early model performer for $300 when they're new for $400?


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                • Attjack
                  Attjack commented
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                  Because the old ones are boss. However, $300 is too much.

                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
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                  Is that anything like groovey??

                • Attjack
                  Attjack commented
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                  Troutman yeah, it's like "groovy" in fact, I think it's from the same era?

                #12
                Prices are way too high for both of those. I bought my used Performer Deluxe last spring for $200. Mint condition, 10 min away.
                My son got one late summer, also mint, $100. 15 min from him. That made me a little upset because his deal was so much better than mine!

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                  #13
                  4 ft

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                  • ComfortablyNumb
                    ComfortablyNumb commented
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                    That's four feet more than me. Unless it was free and I needed something to plant in. Even then I probably wouldn't.

                  • Andrrr
                    Andrrr commented
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                    Gotta draw the line somewhere right?

                  • Troutman
                    Troutman commented
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                    I was gonna say 3.5 ft, am I low bidder?

                  #14
                  A summit charcoal with table might have me traveling a few hundred miles, although not a Weber, a PK might have me travel an hour. I got my 22 wsm fairly loaded for $100 about 100 miles away.

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                    #15
                    I saw a pristine Performer here in Houston a few months back, the guy was moving and had to get rid of it. He wanted $80. By the time I called his phone had already blown up. Offered him a C note and a bottle of whiskey but he said it was gone. I agree the $300 is a joke.

                    Oh and maybe Bones will buy the old crappie one. He's the Kettle Whisperer you know !!!
                    Last edited by Troutman; February 22, 2021, 04:55 PM.

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                    • Mr. Bones
                      Mr. Bones commented
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                      Hunnert is way too much fer me fer that there MBH; it's purty burned out...

                      $300 Performer ain't worth firin th truck up, neither...half that, I'd likely make a try...

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