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Aug 16, 2010 08:35 PM

Weber Spirit Home Depot Edition

HD claims that they have an exclusive version with "cast iron porcelain enameled grates'. However, what I saw looked and felt exactly like an unseasoned cast iron frying pan. Not a lick of porcelain seemed to be evident. Of course, my concern is rust.

So, is HD lying? Any experiences with this grill? Thanks.

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  1. I bought the grill that is one step up from Spirit Series.
    Here is mine:

    The description is of the actual grates is just as you say: "The cooking grates are porcelain-enameled cast iron. " In practice, they ARE like cast iron cookware, JUST LIKE YOU WANT THEM TO BE. They have mass that heats to a high temp and sears properly. They can rust, which is why you want a very stiff large wire brush from the paint dept. at Home Depot-- get one with handles for both of your hands-- you will thank me. However, if you are using your grill regularly, the fat from cooking will keep the grates seasoned nicely. It is a zen kind of thing, connect with your grates.... If I am in need of more meds let me know, or if you understand give me a shout of support.

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    1. re: taketheunder

      Not quite...If they are porcelain enameled cast iron, they will not rust unless the porcelain chips or wears off.

      1. re: Philly Ray

        I know what you are saying, but the surface is quite rough, and appears to be able to rust.
        The grate bars are thick and each grate is very heavy. I have a covered patio, the custom Weber cover for my grill, and live in a dry climate. (Idaho) I may be wrong about it rusting,
        because of those factors, and that we grill A LOT. I just turn it on high for about 8 minutes, rub it down with stiff wire brush, make sure what is going directly on the grates is at least slightly oiled, adjust the burners for what and where I am cooking, and grill away.
        I also use the side burner a lot. The Weber also bakes very well. I microwave four or five spuds on high for 6 minutes, (turning once) and place on the back of the grates or on the warming rack while I grill, and they come out great.

      2. re: taketheunder

        The last thing you want to do to a porcelain-enameled cast iron surface is take a stiff wire brush to it.

        1. re: tommy

          From what I understand, Weber recommends using only a brass bristle brush for porcelain enameled items.

        2. re: taketheunder

          The Home Depot Spirit has the same grates as Genesis, which is the only reason that I would ever buy anything from HD...... However, I was expecting the normal smooth porcelain coating that is the norm.

          As far as I can tell there is no coating, despite the claim that it is enameled. Caring for untreated cast iron is a pain in the ass.

          1. re: Chris B.

            I actually would rather have the untreated cast iron. Really I would. I use my charcoal grills for high heat. So I would treat my gas grill (EP-320) as a quick intermediate heat type grill. With the untreated cast iron you can develop a beautiful seasoning on them. Just never go high heat.

            If they were untreated, I would jump on a set for my Genesis. I have the desired SS rods, but I'd rather have cast iron for it.

        3. Some years ago I went to Home Depot to buy these very grates for my Weber, which came with stainless steel grates that, to my taste, lacked the proper mass and heat retention. Anyway, mine look nothing like bare cast iron. They're more or less smooth, and they have not rusted at all.

          I suggest that you ask the store staff if the grates you see there are really enameled cast iron as opposed to "seasoned" cast iron.

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          1. re: Bada Bing

            They claim it is "enameled", which is apparently, not the same as "coated", according to HD staff.

          2. Found this on Amazon reviews, which I think answers my question:

            9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
            5.0 out of 5 stars new grates ARE porcelain enameled despite appearance, June 5, 2009
            By jkb - See all my reviews
            This review is from: Weber 7526 Cooking Grate (Lawn & Patio)
            I spoke with Weber regarding the rough and matte texture on the most recent shipments of their porcelain enameled cast iron grates. These are in fact still enameled, just with a different method that results in a more traditional cast iron appearance while retaining the durability benefits of the porcelain coating.
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            5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
            5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grate, June 4, 2009
            By D. Sullivan - See all my reviews
            (REAL NAME)
            This review is from: Weber 7526 Cooking Grate (Lawn & Patio)
            Ones that gave this item a poor review about it not being porcelain coated perhaps didn't see this:

            From the Manufacturer:

            The Weber cooking grate is made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron and fits the Genesis Silver B and C and Spirit E-310 gas grill. The porcelain enamel is COOKED INTO THE CAST IRON TO PREVENT RUST but it still really feels and looks like regular cast iron. (CAPITALS added by reviewer)
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            1. re: Chris B.

              I'm considering the same grill and I am also considering getting it at Home Depot for the same reason. Even if you factor in Amazon's free shipping and no sales tax, you still come out ahead at HD by about $30 since those grates go for $70-$80 by themselves. And if you order it on HD's website, they will ship for free!

            2. You can buy porcelain enameled grates for the Spirit. We bought a Spirit E-210 from Home Depot a couple of years ago and I came with porcelain steel grates. I replaced them with the porcelain enameled grates for about $ 50 at the time.

              1. Hey Chris B,

                Did you ever buy the Spirit? I was back and forth on the Spirit 310 and the Genesis 310 from Home Depot and I went down there today to give them one last lookover before I decided. After looking at the Spirit again, I wasn't in love with the plastic handle so I was going to go for the Genesis. Turns out, they were out of the Genesis in the store but I planned on ordering it from them online for $549 w/free shipping.

                Now, there is a Lowe's near me also, so I went there just to see if I could look at the Genesis before I ordered it from HD. Good thing I did! They had the Genesis 310 for only $499! The only color they had in stock was Espresso (very dark brown), but I wasn't going to complain about the color for that price. They also had black (and a few other colors) available for special order, but shipping was $79.

                So after wedging it in my SUV and struggling to carry it in my house (there were only 2 of us, with an assist from my mailman, lol). I'm hoping to have it assembled in time for Labor Day festivities.

                If you are still looking to purchase a grill, get over to Lowe's!

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                1. re: Philly Ray

                  Thanks for the tip. I hope they are not out..........................

                  1. re: Chris B.

                    Lowe's website gives you the ability to check inventory by store. So if you have a few Lowe's near you, you'll know where to find one.

                    Good Luck!