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Old 04-26-2021, 09:57 AM   #1
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Our mighty yet humble 2-burner Weber Spirit is in its twilight. Technically, it’s still perfectly capable of another 7-8 years, I suppose I just don’t have the interest to rebuild it. I could fab another steel base for it, replace the burners and electric igniter, but with 2 teenage boys we actually need a bigger grill!

We looked at the Spirit 315 for $650 and the Genesis II 315 for $830. We are not looking at grills with a stupid side burner. Despite how tough these are, has anyone bought a Genesis then realized later they over spent. Conversely has anyone bought a Spirit then wished they’d gotten the Genesis?

For as much as we use ours (4+ times a week), we’re probably going with the Genesis this go round, but $830 is a hefty chunk. Just want to double check with folks before spending the money.
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Old 04-26-2021, 11:40 AM   #2
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I would be interested in this feedback as well. Getting ready to buy a new grill and was leaning toward the Weber Genesis myself.
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Old 04-26-2021, 11:51 AM   #3
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I bought a Spirit a few years back & love it. We’ve had other bigger grills with side burners & etc...did need that either.
For my family of 4 & our multiple weekly grilling sessions, it has plenty of surface space & doesn’t take as much space on my porch
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Old 04-26-2021, 12:16 PM   #4
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Had the Genesis for 4 or so years now. 0 issues and cooks great. I grill ~3 times a week and every single component is still in great shape. After a good cleaning you would have a hard time guessing if it's 4 years old or 4 months old.

I don't have any experience with the Spirit, but if size is the main difference I have never been upset with having too much space!
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Old 04-26-2021, 12:16 PM   #5
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I had a Genesis as my first Weber and absolutely loved it. Years later, I bought a Spirit in an auction, since my Genesis was needing some repairs and I wanted to support the event.

To me, the temperature control is much better on the Genesis, at least even heat across the grill. My neighbor told me he had the same experience. So go with the 3 burner even though the price is a little more.
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Old 04-26-2021, 01:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback! We were just going to go with the 3 burner Spirit, but it didn’t seem as sturdy as our older 2 burner. Even heating would be great, though we’ve adjusted over the years to the hot and cool spots on ours. The Genesis definitely seems more solid, just wanted to make sure it wasn’t all show. Sounds like we’ll get the 3 burner Genesis.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:41 PM   #7
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This is my Weber Genesis that I refurbished last year. It was 7 years old at the time and I could have waited another year , but I went ahead and replaced all the burners, flavorizer bars and electric flame igniter. It all cost me less than 200 bucks.





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Old 04-26-2021, 03:51 PM   #8
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I have the same as Tpack, and have upgraded the grates and flavor bars to the same one he has. The stock cast iron rust out over 5 or 6 years. LOVE mine and use it almost as much as you. I do like the side burner for cooking fish and seafood outside.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:59 PM   #9
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I have the same as Tpack, and have upgraded the grates and flavor bars to the same one he has. The stock cast iron rust out over 5 or 6 years. LOVE mine and use it almost as much as you. I do like the side burner for cooking fish and seafood outside.
Oh man, I hadn’t thought of that. I make a terrible mess frying fish in the kitchen and it stinks up the house. I will have to think about that....
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Old 04-26-2021, 04:03 PM   #10
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Ive got a near 10yr old Genesis, use it about 4-5 a week and am getting pretty close to needing to do flavor bars, the burners and everything else are still going strong. Well worth the investment.
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Old 04-26-2021, 04:06 PM   #11
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I had a little 2 burner Spirit for 7 or 8 years, it was great, but didn't get super hot for searing steaks unless you let it run a while.

We have an OLD 3 burner Spirit at the lease, and it's been a trooper for a LONG time.

I recently rebuilt an old 3 burner (the old red ones) that my dad bought when I was in Jr High (I'm 42 years old), and my guys here at the shop use it all the time.

You can't beat a Weber in their weight class, imo.
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Old 04-26-2021, 04:15 PM   #12
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I had a little 2 burner Spirit for 7 or 8 years, it was great, but didn't get super hot for searing steaks unless you let it run a while.

We have an OLD 3 burner Spirit at the lease, and it's been a trooper for a LONG time.

I recently rebuilt an old 3 burner (the old red ones) that my dad bought when I was in Jr High (I'm 42 years old), and my guys here at the shop use it all the time.

You can't beat a Weber in their weight class, imo.
My Genesis takes about 15 minutes to get this hot(650°) with all burners on high. This was right after I replace all the parts.

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Old 04-26-2021, 05:21 PM   #13
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I have 10plus years on our 2nd Genesis and wouldn’t be without one.
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Old 04-26-2021, 05:45 PM   #14
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Definitely go with the Genesis. Much heavier lid, which holds heat better, and I think the burners give a more even heat distribution. Both are good, just think the Genesis is better, the only thing I wish my Genesis had is a searing station for steaks. Steaks are good on the grill, but getting a good char is a challenge.
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:04 PM   #15
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Definitely go with the Genesis. Much heavier lid, which holds heat better, and I think the burners give a more even heat distribution. Both are good, just think the Genesis is better, the only thing I wish my Genesis had is a searing station for steaks. Steaks are good on the grill, but getting a good char is a challenge.
My Genesis has a sear burner. It gets plenty hot enough to get a good sear on a steak. 650 degrees is pretty hot.
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:12 PM   #16
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This is my Weber Genesis that I refurbished last year. It was 7 years old at the time and I could have waited another year , but I went ahead and replaced all the burners, flavorizer bars and electric flame igniter. It all cost me less than 200 bucks.




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Did you think to call about warranty replacement of the parts? Weber promotes their 10 year warranty pretty hard.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:07 PM   #17
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I have the Genesis with the side cabinets and absolutely love it. Have had it probably 8-9 years now.
Here it is under a foot of snow not too long ago.

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Old 04-26-2021, 07:22 PM   #18
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I have the same grill as tpack and it’s solid after 5 years. I’ll probably replace the flavorizer bars and the heat deflectors in the bottom in the next year or so. Glad I bought it, use it 3-4 nights a week.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:24 PM   #19
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Anybody know what the differences are between the Spirit and Genesis? I’m looking at the same two right now myself.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:44 PM   #20
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Nothing to add that hasn’t already been stated.
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Old 04-26-2021, 08:04 PM   #21
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I have been running a 3 burner Spirit since 2006-07ish. Still going strong. No complaints except where they put the auto igniter button (very susceptible to the elements). Looks like they have resolved that issue on the new ones though. When I first bought it, I bought the heavy duty full cast iron upgraded grates and those suckers are still going strong. I think I have I keep them well seasoned using it all the time. Now I have replaced the flavorizer bars twice since original purchase....but both sets cost less than $25 on Ebay. I'd buy another one tomorrow if I needed one. Never thought to myself while using it that I should have bought a Genesis, but if you want to go all out and fancy, getrdone! You just can't go wrong with a Weber either way.

good pic of the grates in pic one.

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Old 04-26-2021, 09:05 PM   #22
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I have a Genesis 3-burner that is well over 10 years old, probably closer to 15. We use it quite often, probably an average of 3 times per week. It's just now to the point that I'm going to have to replace the guts. I "super cleaned" it with Easy Off oven cleaner and a pressure washer about 4 years ago. It works well for the wife and I, and can accommodate larger gatherings when all the kids/grandkids come over. Sorry for the photos taken at night.

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It lives on a covered back porch, probably one of the reasons it has survived so long. We love it, paid about $750 for it from Home Depot or Lowe's (can't remember) back in the day.

ETA: Those three light-colored rusty looking things are what's left of the flavorizer bars.

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Old 04-27-2021, 06:48 PM   #23
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Did you think to call about warranty replacement of the parts? Weber promotes their 10 year warranty pretty hard.[/QUOTE]

No I didn`t. Should have.
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:09 PM   #24
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This is year 3 of the 3 burner, stainless Spirit

Absolutely love it


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Old 04-27-2021, 07:43 PM   #25
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SS Genisis here, about 10 years old. Replaced the flavor bars about 3 years back. It is an awesome grill. It just recently got a thorough cleaning. The other one that lives here said she took the SS grates and put hem in a trash back with ammonia and they practically come out looking brand new. I had never heard of that. Well anyway, I am a Weber guy, other than the Weber Genisis we have a 18" Smokey Mountain smoker, a 22" Weber kettle and a 12" Weber kettle for the RV. Just saying...........cC
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