I bought my first Go-Anywhere charcoal grill about 1985. At that time it had wooden handles, but otherwise is identical to the current model. It served very well when I had limited space for a grill, big enough for two steaks done just right. The only thing I noticed was that when I set it on a wood table, and left it going for a while, eventually it started to char the wood. My solution was to turn the wood over (it was a big piece of thick plywood in wood frame) and put a heat block under the grill next time. When I moved to a bigger place around 1997 I eventually got a larger grill, and the little Weber was left to fend for itself sort of unceremoniously set outside to brave the elements. Needless to say, the wood handles deteriorated and the legs got rusty, but the main part of the grill was actually in very good shape. I attribute this to the high quality of the bottom and lid portions of the grill.
Meanwhile I got a much larger (different brand) charcoal grill (with wheels) as well as a big stainless grill/rotisserie). Both work well, but I find it's overkill when just preparing food for one or two people. I also got a portable little Smokey Joe but over time its little legs rusted off. Probably because I also set it outside too long!
Recently I started planning a camping trip in my van, and I wanted to bring along a small charcoal grill. I located the little forlorn Weber. Unfortunately the cooking grate for it had been misplaced and probably accidentally discarded - and Weber doesn't currently offer replacements. Because of the situation with the wood handles I decided just to get a new grill.
First I got a Chinese made "Master Forge" portable charcoal grill at Lowe's. It took me two hours to assemble the thing. I noticed that the metal was thin and flimsy, and the porcelain coating flaked off just during assembly. It was just too cheaply made, especially when compared side by side with the old Weber. I decided while it might fit the basic needs it just was too shoddy to keep. So I found a Go Anywhere Charcoal grill at the local Ace Hardware. I'm pleased to say it's got the same heavy duty, quality construction as the original, and I look forward to cooking with it on the road. The Master Forge is going back to Lowe's for a refund.
What I like about the Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill:
1) Thick gauge metal with durable porcelain coating inside and out.
2) Well thought out damper setup providing even air flow across entire coal bed.
3) Excellent side handle placement.
4) Fully enclosed and smooth bottom section means it can be transported without it scratching anything underneath it, or leaking any remaining ashes.
5) Compact and just the right size for one to four burgers or two big steaks.
6) Ingenious leg system that doubles as lid lock for transport.