The Four Basic Weber Gas Grills
The four basic lines of Weber gas grills include (with several possible configurations): the Summit, Genesis, Spirit and the Q series. Webers preceded with an “E” in the model name are built with coated steel of a sturdy porcelain enamel. Those with stainless steel as the primary material are preceded with an “S”.
The Weber catalog also includes a roundabout selection of smokers and cookers for consumers who have different needs, as well as kettles.
“Made in USA”
George Stephen started the Weber-Stephen line in 1952 when it was first family owned. Prior to 2011, the Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners investment group purchased a majority stake from the Stephen family. A class action suit was settled in 2012 by Weber regarding the use of “Made in USA”, ending in Weber prohibited from making that claim, a phrase they were previously qualified of by specifying the components that were globally sourced versus what was derived in the United States.
Weber’s statement? They believed their brand had valid defenses and was free of wrong doing since the engineering and design of their grills and accessories happen in the USA. And all grills, excluding the Spirit line, primarily use USA made components, the same country they’re grills are assembled and manufactured in. The dispute never went to court; continuing of litigation was enough reason to avoid any future costs.
This stuff happens with businesses, grill oriented or not. The cream of the crop Weber represents in the industry quite arguably remains unchanged, and can also be said for the vision and quality they’re committed to.
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430 vs 304 Stainless Steel
-Two specific grades of stainless steel see the most use by grill makers: grills using 304 and 430 grades. Lower cost brands use the more inexpensive 430 steel to get that gleaming style aesthetic, however being of a very thin steel. Those in the industry who use higher quality 304 steel place importance on it in the spec sheet. Somewhere along the way Weber went from 304 steel to the inferior 430. While 430 is inferior, thick-gauged 430 (like the steel found in Webers), works quite well and holds up.
-The hood of all Webers includes a dial thermometer, which gives an approximate temperature away from the grates and meat, closer to the hood. It’s better to place a probe on the grates where the cooking happens, and use a digital thermometer of your own. In the current digital age, Weber’s lack of digital capabilities is a bit underwhelming.
The grills from Weber are the high standard. Their blueprint ensures grills that last long, grill like they should, rarely act up, and have an aesthetic appeal. As part of their customer service, Weber provides parts for their models in an inventory going back many years.
They construct their grills on the heavy end (you don’t hear of Webers wobbling), and use quality stainless steel (thicker 430- see above) for all their burners so they last long.
-Electronic ignitions come with the burners, and sturdy casters are part of the units which solidly lock into place. The front allows easy access to the grease drip pans, unlike the back entrance of many other grills.
-The Q line is the only Weber grill where a rotisserie isn’t possible, but all other lines have it either as an accessory option or already included.
-The enclosed cart on all Weber models, minus the Q line, holds the propane tank inside, or natural gas can alternatively be set up. Compared to most gas grills, the hood of Webers have smaller vents, which hold in heat better than grills with a higher BTU output.
-The burners of all the Weber gas grills are protected and covered by “Flavorizer” bars, which is just a fancy name to describe the flavor created from the vaporizing drips that rises into the meat.
Are Weber Grills Worth the Money?
What usually holds consumers back from purchasing a Weber is the price. Because they last 10, 20 years or more is enough for most folks to justify their expensive nature, especially when the longevity of some cheaper grills only expects three or four years until a cosmetic or mechanical issue arises. In comparison, Weber might be cheaper in the long run.
For BBQ equipment, Weber is considered one of the most respected and oldest manufacturers of any grill maker, including grill accessories. Their features are ingenious in design, useful, and simple for any griller to figure out. Durable grills, customer service available almost year round, and a high level of support all account for Weber’s continuing high reputation when the demand for grills is only growing and, their popularity as quality among barbeque gear-heads.
Even in a marketplace of crowded competition and competitive nature, more will pay a higher price for the Weber name than consumers would for the next grill.
Will the new-aged Webers last as long as the days before 430 steel? Leave a comment below telling us if you’re looking to get a specific Weber model.