Trying to find a compromise between space on the grill and storage space when not in use is very difficult when choosing a new BBQ; but with the Weber Q1200 with stand you get the perfect compact gas barbecue that can cook for the whole family, whilst being able to fold down for easy storage when the rain starts to fall. It's also compact enough that you can put it in the boot of the car and bring it to the beach, caravan, park, or wherever you happen to be. Gas barbeques are great for cooking delicious meals no matter what time of year. This model comes with a stand, and a cover is also available (bought separately) to protect it from the elements when not in use.
Affectionately known as the "Baby Q", the Q1200 is a little smaller than the Q2000 but actually has a higher dome lid which gives you a little more height for roasting a whole chicken or roasting other meats on a grilling rack. The cooking area is 43cm x 32cm which, to give you an idea, is plenty of space for 6 hamburgers.
Another difference with the Q2000 is that this BBQ runs off disposable butane/propane gas cylinders. This is a fantastic option when bringing the BBQ on a trip, and one canister gives roughly 2-3 hours of cooking with standard use. To make the Q1200 even more versatile, you can get an adapter kit which means that you have the option to attach a standard gas cylinder when you are cooking at home.
Another great feature of the Q1200 is the inbuilt thermometer in the lid. Simply turn the infinite control burner valve to adjust the temperature, and keep an eye on the thermometer gauge to make sure you achieve the desired temperature. This BBQ is so simple to light as well, turn on the burner valve, and then just press the electronic ignition button to light (requires one AAA battery).
The build and materials on the Q1200 are, as with all Weber products, of the highest quality for heat retention and distribution, as well as durability. The lid and body are made from cast aluminium, with a heat resistant glass reinforced nylon frame. The body of the Q1200 has two handy handles for easy transporting, and it also has two fold out side tables which are fantastic for holding your spices, marinades and tools while you are cooking. These fold away for storage. This BBQ has one stainless steel burner.
To make clean up even easier, there is a catch pan at the bottom of the barbeque to catch any fat. Line this with a disposable drip tray to make it even better. The grate is in two parts, and is made from porcelain enamelled cast iron. This allows for maximum durability, and fantastic, even heat distribution to ensure consistent cooking results. The coating makes it more non-stick, easier to clean, and means that you never have to season your cast iron. Weber don't recommend putting these grates in the dishwasher as it can damage the surface. Being in two parts makes it easier to lift off and clean, and you can also get a griddle for one half so that you can cook bacon, eggs, pancakes, or whatever you fancy!
If you really want to ramp up your game and cook like a pro, why not consider investing in the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub? This is a fantastic piece of kit that connects your BBQ to your smart phone and gives you tips, timings and temperatures to get perfect results every time. This hub can be used with any Weber BBQ.
- PORCELAIN-ENAMELLED, CAST IRON COOKING GRATES
- ELECTRONIC IGNITION (REQUIRES 1 X AAA BATTERY)
- CAST ALUMINIUM LID AND BODY
- BUILT-IN LID THERMOMETER
- FOLDING SIDE TABLES
- GLASS-REINFORCED NYLON FRAME
- REMOVABLE CATCH PAN
- INFINITE CONTROL BURNER VALVE
- MAIN BURNERS: KW2.49
- STAINLESS STEEL BURNER
- 2 TOOL HOOKS
- USES DISPOSABLE BUTANE / PROPANE GAS CANISTER
- BTU: 8,500
LID OPEN AND TABLES OUT: 121.9CM H X 103.9CM W X 67.3CM D
LID CLOSED AND TABLES OUT: 102.9CM H X103.9CM W X 56.5CM D
PRIMARY COOKING AREA: 43CM X 32CM
Here is a handy video on how best to clean your Q1200:
LID ASSEMBLY: 5 YEARS, NO RUST THROUGH/BURN THROUGH (2 YEARS PAINT EXCLUDING FADING OR DISCOLOURATION)
STAINLESS STEEL BURNER TUBES: 5 YEARS, NO RUST THROUGH/BURN THROUGH
PORCELAIN-ENAMELLED CAST IRON COOKING GRATES: 5 YEARS, NO RUST THROUGH/BURN THROUGH
PLASTIC COMPONENTS: 5 YEARS (EXCLUDING FADING OR DISCOLOURATION)
ALL REMAINING PARTS: 2 YEARS