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Old 06-30-2012, 03:14 AM   #11
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Steve, that looks amazing, bet you cant wait for that little beauty arrive
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:44 AM   #12
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This is kind of a timely thread for me, as I just ordered a new Weber Genesis today. Maybe it was the "shiny shiny" factor, but the showroom model I looked at seemed really well built and sturdy, and had some nice features. So now I'm curious after seeing your post. Which model Weber did you used to have and what didn't you or didn't you like about it?

My new grill should be here next week. I'm really fired up (pun intended) to fire it up. Anyone else have a Genesis and, if so, what are your thoughts on it?


I had at least a 10-12 year old Weber Genesis "B". They've made some significant changes in it since I bought mine. I loved it, used it a lot for the entire time I had it, and it was still going strong. I left it behind when we moved down here because I needed a new one that would last. The Weber was old enough and a few small issues were cropping up that indicated that it was going to need some work and some heavier maintenance than just cleaning. Replacement parts have to be shipped in and the freight and customs duty is a killer. It just made more sense to go with a new one, and the Napoleon Prestige was the highest rated grill for build and longevity in my price range. It lacks any bells and whistles (although you can add on just about anything you want to pay for), but it's built like a tank (weighs 180 pounds without the gas bottle). I didn't want any side burners or the infrared attachment - just a basic grill that will do what a grill is supposed to do. This one has up to 42,000 btu's, so it's really hot, hotter on high than my Weber was.

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Old 06-30-2012, 09:11 AM   #13
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My wife and I are just about to move to our beach house in the Bahamas, and I have the same concerns, so I went all the way and bought the stainless steel Napoleon Prestige. It's a pretty basic gas grill, pricey, but with SS and aluminum and brass, it should last better than anything else in the salt air. I'm not getting the small propane bottles for it though - I'm going to have it piped to my LP tank for the house. That takes care of the bottles rusting, which they do rather quickly here. My neighbor has already had to replace one in just 2 years.
Are all the internal parts SS or aluminum or brass? I have a cheap 3 burner Brinkmann, and the SS parts on the outside look great. The internals are what have corroded on me. But of course, I've left it uncovered for the last 6 years. And I use it A LOT! Even in the winter. But I won't be replacing any parts on it anymore. It will be time to get another grill, and I might even get another Brinkmann.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:27 AM   #14
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When I replaced my old Weber, I didn't buy another. Price was one factor but the other was the burner configuration. My old Weber had long burners that ran from side to side. I wanted a grill with burners that ran from front to back.

The Weber option gives you a less useful long narrow indirect heat area while the front to back burners provide a more practical area for indirect heat cooking.

When I was shopping for a replacement, there were no Webers configured with front to back burners. I bought a Ducane (also made by Weber).

There is no issue with the durability of Weber internal parts. They last practically forever.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:54 PM   #15
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Glad you mentioned the burner configuration. That was why I went to look at one in the store before ordering it: I didn't want another grill with side-to-side burners. The new Weber Genesis models have front to back burners.

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #16
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Glad you mentioned the burner configuration. That was why I went to look at one in the store before ordering it: I didn't want another grill with side-to-side burners. The new Weber Genesis models have front to back burners.

That configuration on the Genesis looks great for indirect grilling! And I bet the Webers are much better than the Brinkmann or CharBroil grills I see so often at the big box stores.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:57 PM   #17
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Are all the internal parts SS or aluminum or brass? I have a cheap 3 burner Brinkmann, and the SS parts on the outside look great. The internals are what have corroded on me. But of course, I've left it uncovered for the last 6 years. And I use it A LOT! Even in the winter. But I won't be replacing any parts on it anymore. It will be time to get another grill, and I might even get another Brinkmann.
The valves are all brass and the burners are stainless. It looks like it should last a long time, and I need it. My house is on the beach where the trade winds blow most of the year. Salt air is a real consideration, and one of the factors that went into my decision to buy the Napoleon.

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Glad you mentioned the burner configuration. That was why I went to look at one in the store before ordering it: I didn't want another grill with side-to-side burners. The new Weber Genesis models have front to back burners.

Mine has the same alignment but with 3 burners.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:41 PM   #18
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The valves are all brass and the burners are stainless. It looks like it should last a long time, and I need it. My house is on the beach where the trade winds blow most of the year. Salt air is a real consideration, and one of the factors that went into my decision to buy the Napoleon.
Yeah, that looks like a very nice grill!
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I have had my Vermont Castings grill for 11 years and keep it uncovered outside.
I was shopping for a new one but I can replace a few parts for under 150 bucks and probably get another 10 years out of it. I would buy this brand again.
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I have had my Vermont Castings grill for 11 years and keep it uncovered outside.
I was shopping for a new one but I can replace a few parts for under 150 bucks and probably get another 10 years out of it. I would buy this brand again.

The VC grills have been highly rated. I used to own one of their wood stoves and heated my home with it for years.
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