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The Weber Ranch grill is how big?

Updated on May 9, 2013

The Weber Ranch is the king of the Weber grills.It weighs in at over 130 pounds, costs $1,100 and sports a 37.5” hinged grate.The size of this guy is a little hard to visualize so I am going to try to give some reference points to put it is perspective.

The cooking grate has a diameter of 3.14 feet.This means an average healthy four year old child could lie across this grill and not be touching the sides.No, no, no…I am not encouraging you to grill children.But speaking of children, let’s say that you have some and are playing a game of “Hide and Go Seek”.An average adult could curl up, lower the lid and hide in the Ranch.You could take a nap while they spent the next few hours trying to find you!This trick also works if you are hiding from a spouse.

For those of you more numerically inclined the surface area of the Ranch comes in at 7.76 square feet. For any Europeans out there that’s equivalent to 0.72 square meters; boy, that doesn’t sound very impressive at all.Less than a square meter; no wonder the metric system didn’t take off over here!

If you were interested in food you could easily cook ten whole chickens and have room left over for a pile of steaks.The grilling area for the Ranch is almost equal to the combined area of three 22.5” grills or two 26.75” grills.

If your primary interest in buying a Ranch is to feed 50-100 people then you might really want to consider buying two 26.75” One Touch Golds instead.Two 26.75” grills will cost you $600, saving you $500 over buying the Ranch but your grilling area will be equivalent.

In addition to saving some serious cash having two 26.75” grills provides several other benefits over the Ranch.Although the Ranch is cool as heck, its sheer size makes it more difficult than the smaller kettles.With a diameter of over three feet you have to lean more than a foot over the grill to reach the food in the middle.You also just have much more operational flexibility with two grills than you do with one.A final major advantage of the two 26.75” approach is apparent at the end of the cook when it is time to clean the grills. The 26.75” grills come with a highly functional ash removal system while with the Ranch you will need to shovel the out the ash.

The Weber Ranch is a beautiful and enormous grill.If you are looking for a showpiece then you won’t find much better.If you are looking to practically feed a major crowd, give some thought to a couple of smaller Weber grills instead.

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