Weber-Stephen Products Genesis Genesis E 310 Propane Grill Reviews
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Weber-Stephen Products Genesis Genesis E 310 Propane Grill

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A grill that will last for years and years and....

Apr 20, 2010
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Pros:These grills are high quality and last for years.

Cons:Slightly higher priced than others, but well worth it

The Bottom Line: The Weber name has always meant quality and the EP-310 is certainly no exception. Pricey, but well worth it.


My Weber grill, vintage 1999-2000 had finally cooked it's last meal. Through the years, I had replaced the cooking surface a few times as well as the flavorizor bars. The cooking box, however, was always in good shape. There isn't a whole lot you can do to the cast aluminum cook box. Even the bottom of the cook box was in good shape. Though the wooden shelves had started to wear away due to weather, until now the BBQ was still going strong.... or so I thought. I set aside a recent Sunday to clean up the BBQ, replacing the replaceable parts and make it as good as I could for the 2010 BBQ season.... and then I saw it. Though the pan under the burners was still in good shape, what I found was that the rails that hold that pan up had rusted away. This was unfixable and Weber did not offer replacement parts. Time for a new grill.


For something comparable to what I had, I landed on the Weber Genesis EP-310. Actually, there are 2 models from Weber that are similar, the E-310 and the EP-310. The difference between them is that the E-310 has Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and Porcelain-enameled Flavorizer® bars as compared to the EP-310 that has Stainless Steel rod cooking grates and Stainless Steel Flavorizor bars. Everyone seems to have their preference as to which to use, so tht is why Weber offers both. The rational that I used, as I gleaned from talking to many people and reading many reviews is that the Stainless Steel grates heat more evenly across the cooking surface and the Flavorizor bars tend to last longer. Knowing that I had replaced my bars and grates a few times, and they were always the porcelain-enameled steel, I decided to take everyone's advice and go with the stainless steel.

Here are the specs for the EP-310:
*3 Stainless steel burners
*42,000 BTU-per-hour input
*Electronic Crossover® ignition system
*7mm diameter stainless steel rod cooking grates
*Stainless steel Flavorizer® bars
*Primary cooking area = 507 sq. in.
*Warming rack area = 130 sq. in.
*Total cooking area = 637 sq. in.
*Tank not included with LP models
*Natural gas grill includes a 10-foot flexible hose
*6 Tool holders
*Limited warranty
*Weber® cookbook

The construction specs for the EP-310:
*Porcelain-enameled shroud with a center-mounted thermometer and accent-colored painted, cast aluminum end caps
*Enclosed cart with corresponding painted steel doors with stainless steel trim, stainless steel handles, and accent-colored painted side and rear panels
*Accent-colored painted steel frame
*2 Stainless steel work surfaces
*Enclosed tank storage area and precision fuel gauge (LP models only)
*2 Heavy-duty locking casters
*2 Heavy-duty swivel casters
*Available colors for LP grills: copper, black, and green
*Available color for NG grills: black

The dimensions are, with the lid open:
Height: 64.5 inches
Width R-L: 60 inches
Depth: 30 inches

Observations:

The grill heats up FAST! After starting it, I was at 200º within 4 minutes and 500º within 10 minutes of warming up. After cooking, I let the grill burn itself clean and the grilled reached over 600º!

The electronic starter has changed in the 10 years since I got my last Weber BBQ. The starter on this BBQ is actually electronic. There is a battery within the starter button. It generates a spark on its own, there is no mechanical action required.

This grill is available in green, copper and black. Though the other colors look really good, I'm a traditionalist and choose black. Also, this grill is available as Natural Gas and Liquid Propane. I purchased the propane version. I don't expect any different performance for the Natural Gas version.

The large 507 square inch cooking area is large enough to happily cook food for large parties and a variety of tastes all at the same time.

The thermometer is large and sits in the center of the hood. It is very clear and legible, and is marked in both Fahrenheit and Centigrade.

The castors make it really easy to place your grill wherever you like and then chane your mind and move it again.

The gas tank is housed inside the base and is sheltered from the weather.

Conclusions:

I am very thrilled with this grill. The EP-310 is $699, and is $50 more than the E-310, without the stainless steel. The $50 is more than worth it considering the value of the difference. Everyone seems to charge the same for Weber grills. The only difference between dealers is that some throw in extras, such as delivery, assembly, or even a cover. Where I bought mine, they threw in all three.

The cooking temperature seems to be fairly even throughout the cooking area. Hopefully this will continue as the grill gets older.

Online, there is the "Weber Nation", sponsored by Weber where you can get even more information from other Weber users. An excellent resource.

I highly recommend this grill. Weber grills last a decade or more (see other reviews of Webers as well as mine). They are an investment that pays for itself year after year.

Get one of these grills.... and enjoy years of happy grilling!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 699.00


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