Can anyone give me a good reason not to get one? I've been looking around and can't seem to find another that is as well made. I use charcoal on the weekends but most weekdays I cook on a gas grill. I cook out maybe 3 to 5 days a week spring, summer, and fall and maybe 1 or 2 days a week in the winter.
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We've had Webers and last time bought The Source Grill. I prefer the Source for it's greater BTUs and higher number of burners, excellent smoker, and excellent back rotisserie burner. Then I tried getting it refreshed with new parts and it's hard to get the right parts and service. A Weber is much easier to repair and update, though I think the Source is better for the first 3 or 4 years. If you're willing to get a new grill every four years, I'd get The Source. If not, I'd get a Weber.

I do realize a gas grill is a compromise and charcoal (real charcoal, not briquettes) is better, but I'm unwilling to use charcoal on my patio.
I've been using a $1500 Vermont Castings for the last 5 years, and just went back to charcoal. Much better flavor, and using a chimney to light the lump coal gets the grill hotter, and gets it ready faster than gas. Say what you will but there is nothing better than the taste of charcoal, and anyone who argues that charcoal is inconvenient is nuts! I'll be surprised if we use the Vermont Castings more than a dozentimes before the snow falls this year... -mJ
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Originally posted by Jersey Foodies:
anyone who argues that charcoal is inconvenient is nuts!


Nuts I may be, but I don't want charcoal on my patio. I suppose I could put the grill on the lawn, but I don't want to. I do agree that charcoal is better, but no ash on my patio is better than ash on my patio.
If it's wood or composite, I don't blame you in the least. But, the new Weber Gold Series kettles do have an ash bucket on the bottom where all the ash and coals go when you move the handle back and forth to clean it out. Thankfully, our patio is stone so I have nothingto worry about. -mJ
My 1997 Weber Platinum with rotisserie and side burner has served me admirably. Have baked pies, cakes, cookies; everything over the years in it. New burners have it running as new. Highly recommended.

Addendum: Series II Platinum: Stainless steel and porcelain with the occasional powder-kote section or piece. No, they sure do not make grills like this anymore... Cool
I have owned a Weber Genesis silver for the last 6 years. Not a lick of trouble.
It has made grilling fun. Turn the gas on, cook, turn the gas off.
I do not miss my days of charcoal. Hauling the bag from the store, the lighter fluid, the waiting for the coals, the ash cleanup, and getting the ash to the trash. No thanks. Just don't have the time anymore for the whole ceremony.
We recently purchased a Weber Summit and really like it. It has plenty of power and the rotisserie attachment works great. We also have the one-touch gold and love that as well. I agree with Jersey Foodies that the flavor can’t be beat with charcoal and there is no clean up with the ash catcher.
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
I do not miss my days of charcoal. Hauling the bag from the store, the lighter fluid, the waiting for the coals, the ash cleanup, and getting the ash to the trash. No thanks. Just don't have the time anymore for the whole ceremony.
Get the charcoal chimney. Takes 20-30 mins to get the coals perfect with no lighter fluid.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
I do not miss my days of charcoal. Hauling the bag from the store, the lighter fluid, the waiting for the coals, the ash cleanup, and getting the ash to the trash. No thanks. Just don't have the time anymore for the whole ceremony.
Get the charcoal chimney. Takes 20-30 mins to get the coals perfect with no lighter fluid.


Before I looked up charcoal chimney, I thought this was some gimmick from the makers of the Duraflame log. Wink
Looks nice, and if I had a charcoal grill, I would consider it, but I love the gas - clean tasting, and it is at temperature in about 5 minutes. At this point, just a matter of taste. Just not worth the upfront work. For those "traditionalists" who still like working the coals, I do not fault them at all. It's their time.
I have a 10 year old Silver series Weber I'm looking to replace. It's my second Weber in 20 years and I wouldn't consider anything else. More expensive than some of the competition? Many quality items are. I own a Weber charcoal kettle as well, and use it some, but gas is 70% of my grilling now. Ditto the comments on the chimney. A great way to get coals going.

PH
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by Wine doc:
I do not miss my days of charcoal. Hauling the bag from the store, the lighter fluid, the waiting for the coals, the ash cleanup, and getting the ash to the trash. No thanks. Just don't have the time anymore for the whole ceremony.
Get the charcoal chimney. Takes 20-30 mins to get the coals perfect with no lighter fluid.
Agree!
I am completely biased here, as one of my best friends worked for Weber for many years, and his father is still a highly placed executive there. As a result, I've had just about every type of Weber product over the years. Currently, I have a One Touch charcoal, a portable Q 220 gas, a Go Anywhere gas portable, and a Genesis Platinum.

I can't remember the last time I fired up the charcoal grill. The Genesis has been converted to natural gas and is hooked up to the gas line in the house. Never need to worry about running out.

The only down side to the Genesis, is that the damn thing just won't die. I'm waiting to replace it with the Summit S-670, but I just can't rationalize replacing the Genesis when it's still cranking along like new.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
I have a 10 year old Silver series Weber I'm looking to replace.


Funny coincidence. I just replaced my 10 year old Weber Silver this weekend (put it on the curb with the Weber cover on it and it was gone within two hours Big Grin). Replaced it with a Weber Genesis S330 from Home Depot. Got 10% off by opening a HD credit acct which I think runs through this weekend. The Silver maxed out at 500 degrees, this baby cooks up to 700. Perfect steaks the first time I used it.
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Originally posted by vinole:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
I have a 10 year old Silver series Weber I'm looking to replace.


Funny coincidence. I just replaced my 10 year old Weber Silver this weekend (put it on the curb with the Weber cover on it and it was gone within two hours Big Grin). Replaced it with a Weber Genesis S330 from Home Depot. Got 10% off by opening a HD credit acct which I think runs through this weekend. The Silver maxed out at 500 degrees, this baby cooks up to 700. Perfect steaks the first time I used it.


I've been looking at the S330. I have a birthday coming up, and will leave a brochure on the kitchen island accidentally for my roomie to find! Damn, but the price on Weber grills has crept up there over the past decade.

Eek

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by vinole:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
I have a 10 year old Silver series Weber I'm looking to replace.


Funny coincidence. I just replaced my 10 year old Weber Silver this weekend (put it on the curb with the Weber cover on it and it was gone within two hours Big Grin). Replaced it with a Weber Genesis S330 from Home Depot. Got 10% off by opening a HD credit acct which I think runs through this weekend. The Silver maxed out at 500 degrees, this baby cooks up to 700. Perfect steaks the first time I used it.


I've been looking at the S330. I have a birthday coming up, and will leave a brochure on the kitchen island accidentally for my roomie to find! Damn, but the price on Weber grills has crept up there over the past decade.

Eek

PH


Since you are turning 60, do you really need a grill that will last more than a few years? Razz
I sell Weber (And also other brands).
Weber has always and still is one of the best brands out there.
Yes they have crept up in price but so has the quality.
The output of a new Genesis series VS the old ones is noticeable.

I have Summit series that is now 5-6 years old and it still works like new.
They are worth the $$ just for the fact that they are so stable over the years.
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no ash on my patio is better than ash on my patio



I love it when there is nice piece of ash on my patio. Wink

what type of grilling will you be doing? burgers? steaks? BBQ? because certain types of cooking do better with different equipment.

Have you considered infrared?

and I would use natural gas instead of LP if you can. It makes life a whole lot easier.

G

PS - I have had a ducane for over 6 years and absolutely love it.
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I've been looking at the S330. I have a birthday coming up, and will leave a brochure on the kitchen island accidentally for my roomie to find! Damn, but the price on Weber grills has crept up there over the past decade.

Eek

PH


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Originally posted by wine+art
Since you are turning 60, do you really need a grill that will last more than a few years? Razz


EekBig Grin Just remember, my friend... no matter how old I am, you will always be just a little older than I. Wink

As far as Vinaigre's comments, I couldn't agree more. I went to the local Home Depot to inspect one, and the quality of materials used in constructing these grills is significantly better than in years past. Much heavier and better fit and finish.

Vinaigre, how would you compare/contrast the Genesis and Summit series? I wished I lived closer! I'd buy my next grill from you.

PH
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
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no ash on my patio is better than ash on my patio



I love it when there is nice piece of ash on my patio. Wink

what type of grilling will you be doing? burgers? steaks? BBQ? because certain types of cooking do better with different equipment.

Have you considered infrared?

and I would use natural gas instead of LP if you can. It makes life a whole lot easier.

G

PS - I have had a ducane for over 6 years and absolutely love it.


I use natural gas and appreciate not having to deal with tanks. I use the infrared burner for roasting duck on the rotisserie.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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I've been looking at the S330. I have a birthday coming up, and will leave a brochure on the kitchen island accidentally for my roomie to find! Damn, but the price on Weber grills has crept up there over the past decade.

Eek

PH


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Originally posted by wine+art
Since you are turning 60, do you really need a grill that will last more than a few years? Razz


EekBig Grin Just remember, my friend... no matter how old I am, you will always be just a little older than I. Wink



PH


I have been asking/demanding your birth certificate for years!

Come on Obama, PH, time to produce. Razz
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Vinaigre, ...I wished I lived closer! I'd buy my next grill from you.

PH

Funny you say that. I was just saying something similar the other evening while cleaning and planting on the balcony. I mentioned I wanted to run a gas outlet there and, of course, that means a gas grill to replease the propane. "I should phone Jean".
I got "the look" Razz
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I have been asking/demanding your birth certificate for years!

Come on Obama, PH, time to produce. Razz


You do know I was born in Okinawa, don't you? Eek I may have the "short" form somewhere around the house. Cool Or I may have lost it in Indonesia.... Red Face

PH
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Originally posted by Vinaigre:
I sell Weber (And also other brands).
Weber has always and still is one of the best brands out there.
Yes they have crept up in price but so has the quality.
The output of a new Genesis series VS the old ones is noticeable.

I have Summit series that is now 5-6 years old and it still works like new.
They are worth the $$ just for the fact that they are so stable over the years.


One of the reasons they are more expensive is because the main line is made here in the United States, with American workers, right here in Illinois. Some of the cheaper lines (i forgot which ones) are made overseas. Weber is a good company, and if they wanted to lower their price they would have to move more mfg overseas....which they don't want to do if they don't have to.

I have a Genesis Silver which I just rebuilt, and it's been great. Very happy with it.

Disclaimer: I have family that work for Weber.

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