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Old 12-10-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default New Weber Genesis N-S vs E-W burners

Firstly, I know most Brethren prefer charcoal. I agree as I have a kettle, ranch kettle, smoky joe, WSM, Lang, and Stumps Baby and 2x3 Offset. So... not looking for advice on which "type" of grill. I am, however, planning to buy my parents a Weber Genesis for Christmas to replace a Holland grill to accomodate the growing family and I am usually the grill cook.

The Weber Genesis has undergone another design change so now is the last chance to pick up the last model that was only available for a few years. I don't know if they had problems? What I do know is that the Weber is infamous for the East-West burner design (30 years) and I have liked that with my Silver C I bought 3-4 years ago. The new design has a North-South burner design. The new N-S burners have a bigger spread and less BTU. I think the E-W design is awesome for grilling babybacks, as you can turn off a burner or two for more indirect cooking if it gets too hot. Other than that, I am not sure it has much advantage? I don't think ribs would fit N-S?

Any inside information as to why Weber changed a proven concept? Rumors are that they are streamlining their parts with the Summit models? The only problem is that the Summit has an extra burner to minimize the spread of burners. I don't think many of the new models have hit the street, but I could not think of a more resourceful group of folks to ask for input. I do like the idea of the E-330 with an extra doubled (4th burner) for a sear-station, but would personally prefer a Summit for myself.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:59 AM   #2
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I've had my Weber gasser for about 5 years now. Although it doesn't get much use these days, the E W burner layout is one of the features I like best. With the back burner on, I've got plenty of grill space right up front to cook on. Especially for ribs, this configuration works best. Sometime you just gotta say, "If it aint broke, don't fix it!"
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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I prefer North South burner configuration, because I think it is a lot easier to get true indirect grilling with having the far left burner on, and food all the way on the right side. You can even get a smoker box to put on top of the burner and get some smoke action going.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:40 PM   #4
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I have an original Weber 3 dated 1987. It uses the E W configuration with a double row of flavorizer bars. Since new I have had to replace the burners once. The flavorizer bars 4 times and the grate once. This unit also has a side burner. This grill has paid for its self many times over. I agree if it ain't broke don't fix it.
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