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Nov 5, 2013 05:36 PM

Weber Grills

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Question for you guys....Weber Spirit 310 vs older Genesis 310 (new in box). A little background.....I'm a charcoal/wood my Weber kettle, have had it for over ten years. It sits outside w/o cover, has never rusted and I use it all year long. I'll never give it up. But I've always had gassers for those weeknight dinners that I don't have time to mess with charcoal. The problem is in the same time I've had my Weber kettle I've been through 3 CharBroil gas grills...they just rust out. So I've decided to buy a Weber gas grill. They never put these things on sale! I came across a Genesis 310 for $469. It's a little bigger than I need for weeknight stuff, but a great deal. Then doing a little research, it must be a 2010 because the burners run left to right, with knobs on side. I'd much rather have the burners run up and down with knobs on front. Question I passing up too good of a deal with the older (new in box) Genesis vs the 2013 Spirit which is running at $499? Sorry for such a long post.

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  1. I had the same dilemma as you a few years ago. I have a Weber kettle and wanted something "quick" for weeknight dinners. I was seriously considering a Spirit, but my local Lowes was blowing out the Genesis 310 for $499 at the end of season (and this was in 2010 before I knew about the up and down redesign). But, I'm still glad I bought the Genesis over the Spirit because the Genesis is just so much nicer. I didn't like the plastic handle on the Spirit and a bigger grill is always nice to have.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Ray...I'm with you... the Genesis seems like a much more quality grill....but for what I'm going to use it for, not sure it matters....I just need something to not rust out after a year or two. On a side note....I always keep my gas grills under a cover once they've cooled off.

    2. You should go out and buy what you want, I just gotta add my two cents.

      I cook out after work all the time on my kettle. I fire up the charcoal chimney with lump and then begin the prep on what ever meat I'm cooking. By the time I'm done prepping the meat, the charcoal is hot.

      I had a gas grill and it took 15 minutes or so to heat up, about the same amount of time to fire up the charcoal. I really didn't see any time saving with the gas grill. It was convenient for quick roasting of chiles or something that I didn't want to use up a lot of charcoal for, but that was the gas grill's only advantage for me.

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      1. re: chileheadmike

        I hear you Mike...and that's what I'm hearing from some of my BBQ friends...why go gas? Thinking about doesn't seem to take much longer as you said....but by the time I get home from work my girls have already eaten...and to fire up the charcoal for a burger or chicken breast just seems easier on the the cost of lump is more than gas. You've got me thinking I really need it.

        1. re: cb1

          I stopped using gas 15 years ago because it takes awhile to heat up anyway, and it never gets hot as charcoal. I found that when I compared the two types, and looked at prep time for charcoal vs. preheating with gas, that to get the gas to max. temp. took about 2/3 as long as the charcoal took in a chimney. But the actual cooking over charcoal was 2-3 times as quick as over gas because of the higher heat, and with much more flavor.

          1. re: JMF

            But it sounds like the OP is talking about quick weeknight dinners like steak, burgers, grilled veg, etc. there is really no "heat up time". It's grilling, mostly lid open.The weber gas grill is ready in 90 are not "baking" anything. You can't do that with charcoal. Very different use.

            I use my Weber Summit for grilling all the time, year round. I probably use it for grilled vegetables in the winter as much as I do for meats in the summer.

            1. re: sedimental

              I may be 15+ years out of date, but back then my gas grill took 5-10 minutes to heat up fully, and it never got that hot. That's why I switched permanently to hardwood charcoal.

              1. re: JMF

                Yes, new grills heat up super fast and get very hot.

              2. re: sedimental

                We heat our gas grill for 10 to 15 minutes regardless of what we're cooking. If I want a medium rare burger, I'm going to need the high heat to get the meat a bit charred on the outside while still rare on the inside.

        2. Genesis, Genesis, Genesis....every charcoal guy I know also has a gasser, no need to justify

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          1. re: BiscuitBoy

            I agree, my Genesis is over 600 degrees in less than 6-7 minutes!

            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              I agree. High quality stuff on the weekends go in the BGE with lump but the Weber gas is quick & CLEAN for the weekdays & also good for sides with a large crowd.

            2. Thanks for all the input....

              Any input on the burners going left to right as to up and down? It seems all the newer Weber grills have the up and down burners...was the old left to right a problem? I was thinking indirect heat cooking....but thats something I'd usually do on the Kettle anyways....any thoughts?

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              1. re: cb1

                I do chicken thighs with indirect heat on the left to right burners (center burner off) and don't have any problems. In fact, I think I can fit more in the indirect zone with left to right burners than I could if the burners ran up and down since I'm working in the longer zone of the rectangle.

                1. re: cb1

                  I would prefer L-R but my year model only offered F-B.