Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

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Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby SlavickP » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:21 pm



Hello all, this is my first message here so apologies for ignorance of the uninitiated.

My better half recently ordered a Weber 1428001 Performer Charcoal Grill from the US. I have a sneaking suspicion that the US propane bottles are different from Australian ones, and that we might need some kind of connector kit. Can anybody tell me what exactly I'm looking at, and where can I get that?


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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Buccaneer » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:57 pm

oh dear
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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby urbangriller » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:07 pm

And the good news is....everyone who has one has stopped using the gas in favour of a chimney!

Just ignore the fact it has a gas starter.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Davo » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:38 pm

Yeah I'm with Chris on this one...I have a Weber performer and I've had a gutful of the gas lighting thing on it because here in Australia, the canisters cost $13 and you're lucky to get 10 starts out it so at $1.30 per start..they can shove it!!
I use firelighters and a heatbeads charcoal starter chimney like all kettles...the gas start thing just isn't worth it for us here.
A box of redhead firelighter cubes cost a couple of bucks..a lot cheaper than the gas.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Captain Cook » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:04 am

I'm with Davo, Bunnings stopped selling them so I just use the Chimney, Takes a couple of minutes longer but is easier, cheaper and a more even burn to start with. It also allows me to put the charcoal/beads wherever I want them.

Get a Chimney Starter, You'll be happy.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby SlavickP » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:54 pm

Thanks guys - chimney, it is. Weber, or?
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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Davo » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:58 pm

The heatbeads Chimeny is pretty good, it looks like the weber chimney...but the weber chimney is not avail here.

Urban griller has a big chimney which is as solid as a tank.....have a look on the urbangriller website

Why did you order the Performer from the USA when they are available here? Will you save that much money by the time it's sent to Australia?

Just be aware that any warranty issues that are different from the Australian model...may not be supported by Weber Australia.

I could understand perhaps a 26.5 inch kettle or perhaps a 22.5 WSM but the Performers are available at premium weber dealers..did you do the calculations before it was ordered? Some things are just not the small saving unless it's now available here.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby SlavickP » Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:27 am

It came to just over $400 including expedited shipping, as opposed to ~$800 at local retailers. Go figure.
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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Davo » Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:38 am

Fair enough...good deal....gee including shipping means you got that Performer very cheap....

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby sosman » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:04 pm

Captain Cook wrote:I'm with Davo, Bunnings stopped selling them so I just use the Chimney, Takes a couple of minutes longer but is easier, cheaper and a more even burn to start with. It also allows me to put the charcoal/beads wherever I want them.

Get a Chimney Starter, You'll be happy.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Davo » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:27 pm

Looks like he was a 1 hit poster apart from the breif answer he gave us to my enquiry.....probably won't hear from him again as it was last march 17th that he replied here.

Oh well.....we do try!! :roll:

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby djenan » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:28 pm

how do i purchase a performer from USA at that price. I know weber have recently locked it down so we cant import from the US but come on they are running at over 150% markup in Australia at the moment.
Ive tried a recommended agent in melbourne who buys on your behalf and get it shipped to you. I know other members on here have used her but now she doesnt want to do it saying its too big to post.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Davo » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:30 am

G'day around-here,

I think your answer may have been in vain because djenan hasn't been here for over 6 months now and probably won't be again.Many come and go.

Thanks for trying though....appreciated but this is quite an old post.

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Re: Propane bottle for imported Weber Performer

Postby Low n Slow » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:35 pm

Yep, looks like he's gone, but for those of you interested I can give you some info.

You can get the cannisters for the Performer 1 touch system at Gasmate's Factory outlet http://www.sitro.com.au/contact.asp

They are a green canister and last time I went there, they were $6.50 each! You can buy the blue Bernz one in Bunning for over $20.00 if you have to, but that's fraking highway robbery.

Secondly, regarding the cost of using it to light your coals... well, you don't use it to light your coals, you use it to light your chimney starter! You turn it on for 20 seconds. Your chimney starter is going like a train... turn it off and your charcoal is well on the way to being lit. Do that, and you'll probably use a bottle every 12 months.

Now that's cheap.

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