If you’ve had the chance to use both the older Genesis model (either a 300 series from 2008 or a Genesis 1000) and the newer (2015/16) E-310 Genesis, there’s a reason why the latter doesn’t require as much BTUs to peak in heat- the lined hood (more specifically, its double thick 0.5 inch apart steel) and the flame guards placed low. Both features help keep the heat in.
As for the purpose of the side burner, faster preheat (more so for preheating in cold weather), or because you need to cook big batch type of stuff (seasonal canning), versus doing it inside (isn’t as good as far as clean up and ease of it all goes).
The Special Edition I recommend highly to spend the extra cash on (if you have access to one).
For about an extra $80, the upgrades you’re getting are worth $200. It does get cold spots, although minor, almost always in the corners on the front.
This is no different than any other grill. It doesn’t matter what any advertisement of a product says. You won’t find a grill with no cold spots. Some are more major than others. The Weber’s cold spots are very minor.
The Sear Station is a gimmick more than anything, although it’s nice.
The sear burner Weber decided as an option for the Genesis (E-330) grills, in all fairness, was a trade-off for less power in the Genesis line. So, the firebox won’t be overheated by burners that are all turned up when the sear burner is in place. This however, means you’re killing more time waiting for the grill to reach a high temperature.
The burner design is much more like the market of all the other grills compared to the last quarter century.
In the end, an efficient grill was the likely goal Weber had in mind, and their development of the Weber Genesis showed after three years.
Flaws, But Won’t Break the Deal
Three colors are available for this model (black, green and copper), and three burners, but that’s mostly it.
- The cabinet doors aren’t very easy to squarely install.
- Stainless steel is of low grades throughout.
- Preheat times are slower.
- Not included with the grill is a propane tank.
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As far as it’s construction, very little of the grill’s stainless steel is 304. The flavorizer bars and grates are though.
Even if you get on the phone with Weber, they’ll say the metals used in their grills is a mixture.
You won’t get 304 stainless by paying less than $1k.
Just common sense, as long as your grill is kept clean, you cover it, and maintenance is properly performed, there won’t be an issue.
Other Variations of Weber Genesis Grills to Consider- a Matter of Porcelain vs Stainless Steel?
Take a look at Weber’s entry-level three-burner grill- the Weber Spirit E-310, if the price of the Weber Genesis E-310 is out of your budget.
The updated Genesis EP-330 2014 models deserve serious consideration. Cooking grates in the EP-330 are stainless steel, versus the porcelain enameled style grates in the E-330.
You get your pick from the NG and LP models. There’s very little difference between the E-330 and the slightly more expensive EP-330. The hood of the EP-330 is double walled, enameled with porcelain and double cart doors with color options being green, copper, or black (no different from the E models), but additionally you’re offered choices of color in Smoke and Crimson. The availability of those colors is only for the LP grills.
Grills that are only black are the natural gas line. What you also get with the E models are flavorizer bars and cast iron grates (both coated with porcelain), whereas featured in the EP models are 7mm rod grates and flavor bars (both of stainless steel).
Between the Weber E-330 vs EP-330, you may find that making the change to stainless steel grates more pleasurable to cook on.
➡ However, cast iron coated with porcelain, before its seen much use, is close to amazing. (Cheaper) grates made of stainless hold heat far worse in comparison. Plus, maintenance is more common with cast iron that doesn’t have the coating of porcelain.
If porcelain gets a chip (even the tiniest bit), its end of story as the coating of the grates will flake all off and rust through to the outside from within.