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Weber gas barbecue problems

Oliver's picture

I had heard the weber barbecues can have more trouble than other barbecues. One dealer I talked to useto carry Weber but stopped because of too much problems. So he recommended Napoleon(made in Canada) as a similar product but of much better quality.
Opinions from people who have had experience with either product would be greatly appreciated.

FlavourGirl_'s picture

(post #53579, reply #1 of 13)

I've owned my Weber for 9 years and have never had a problem. What specifically was he talking about?

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #53579, reply #2 of 13)

I've had mine for five years. Works great given that it is gas and not charcoal.
What is particularly nice is that you can take it all apart for cleaning and can order any of the parts one one wears out, maybe in 10 years.

Carolina's picture

(post #53579, reply #3 of 13)

Speaking of grills, a while back some people were complaining that gas grills didn't get hot enough. Well, here's a thought that occurred to me tonight when we were griling a couple of pork tenderloins.

Perhaps the briquettes or lava rocks in your grill need to be enhanced or replaced. We have an inexpensive CharBroil Grillmaster 7000 from Home Depot. I think it was $150.00, tops.

After two years of hard use, it was time to replace the grate and the briquettes. After cleaning out the old briquettes, which BTW crumbled to nothing when I touched them, and replacing them with the whole bag of new ones, I couldn't believe the intensity of the heat from the grill. Talk about Dante's Inferno! Wow! (Sorry, don't know how how to make an accent grave over the "e" in Dante's.)

Wish I was getting paid to say this, (and I can promise you I'm not)but when you buy a grill from Home Depot, they keep all the extra parts in stock. So when some part of your grill needs to be replaced, you can just mosey on over to your nearest Home Depot and buy your replacement parts.

You don't have to order the new part and wait, and wait, and .....

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #53579, reply #4 of 13)

Don't have lava rocks, have a weber which uses flavor bars.

Carolina's picture

(post #53579, reply #5 of 13)

Perhaps, there in lies your problem.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #53579, reply #6 of 13)

Perhaps, and then again perhaps not.

Smittyroo_'s picture

(post #53579, reply #7 of 13)

Oliver, it's been my experience that often, when a dealer no longer carries a line, the talk is that there was "something" wrong with it...while there are instances where this is true, more often than not there was a disagreement with the mfg,often over poor service by the dealer, or another line made them a discount or a deal, and they switched to the competing product. Take it all with a grain of salt. My two Weber products, gas and charcoal have a combined 23 years with me, and we are very happy with each other.

Cherry_Vanilla's picture

(post #53579, reply #8 of 13)

I have had my Weber Gas Barbecue for probably 4 years. We use it A LOT. Roasted the last 2 Thanksgiving turkeys in it; have a rotisserie and smoke box that works perfectly for roasting two chickens at a time. It does require (like all gas barbecues) that it be taken apart and cleaned yearly (per the owners manual). It is not that hard to do. Since we use ours year round, I'm not sure the cleaning is that big a deal, but we do it anyway. If it sets up during the winter then you might have spiders or other creatures that have blocked important parts. We have never had a problem with this grill despite extensive use. This year we replaced the flavor bars which were definitely worn out. We keep two bottles of propane so that we can switch in the middle of cooking when one runs out. Propane here is only $5/bottle. Prior to that, I loved my Weber charcoal grills and roasted stuff on those as well. But you can't beat the gas for convenience. I buy some stuff from my plumbing place that removes all the grease from the outside so the barbecue looks like new. People are always amazed to hear it is still the one we've had for years. I think Smittyroo is on the right track.

BobbyG's picture

(post #53579, reply #9 of 13)

I have a Webber Genisis 1000.
Bought it 3 years ago.
I bought it because my best friend had his Webber for seven years and it is still good as new.
Invest $600.00 it will be cost effective..
As opposed to buying a new Coleman grill every 3 years!
I love my Webber!

Wolverine's picture

(post #53579, reply #10 of 13)

Do you have a charcoal grill as well?

I have hesistated to buy a gas grill because of flavor issues. I do my TG turkey on my Weber Charcoal grill ( 22 - 25 # Turkey ). I put the coals to either side and replenish as necessary. I triple wrap the stuffed turkey in foil, so in this instance, no charcoal flavor gets in. The turkey cooks in 1/2 the time, and it frees up my kitchen and my BACK. I bought a new range this year that has two ovens, so I was thinking of bring the bird back inside...oops -totally off subject! Sorry!

Big_Daddy's picture

(post #53579, reply #11 of 13)


Do you brine your turkey prior to cooking in the Weber?


Wolverine's picture

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Never have brined a turkey. That's why I was confused when the subject came up a couple of weeks ago. My idea of brining was pickles! After reading some of the posts, I plan on trying the brining method on my " about Easter time" turkey.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #53579, reply #13 of 13)

Do it for Thanksgiving. You won't regret it.