April 23, 2015
Weber Grill Parts: It doesn't have to be hard!
My name is David Somerville and I love to grill and barbecue. Over the years I have amassed a collection of nine Weber grills and smokers. I have burnt hamburgers on almost every type of Weber grill imaginable. I say "almost" since I don't count that crazy little electric Q thing that Weber sells as a grill.
I built most of my collection by picking up old grills from the curbside and buying $25 rehab projects off of Craigslist. Owning a small Weber collection is fun but there are a few downsides.
First off, when you have nine grills you really need a space to put them. It is crazy to build a deck just to have a place to put some grills but that is what happened at my house!
Secondly, I only end up using two of the grills with any frequency. This makes the other grills an excellent hiding spot for spiders, wasps and mud daubers. It is a very unpleasant experience to lift the lid of a grill and find creepy, crawly, stingy things lurking around.
The thing that I really hate though is that every few years I need to replace some Flavorizer bars or a grill grate and it is a major pain in the neck to figure out what part I actually need to buy.
If you want to replace the burner tubes in your three burner grill then you have to figure out which of the five different choices will fit your grill. This should be easy but it isn't. Did you know that the burner tubes for a Weber Genesis Gold C made in 2001 are a different size than the ones for the same grill model made in 2002?
If you know much about Weber grills then you have probably heard about their legendary customer service. Have you ever thought about why Weber invests so much in their customer service department? One reason is that figuring out the correct replacement part for older Weber grills is so confusing! It takes a team of experts to help you find the right parts!
If you do call Weber to find grill parts then the first thing they need to know is the serial number on your grill. Most people have no idea where to find the serial number. It turns out for most Weber gas grills you have to partially dismantle them by removing the burner control panel to find the serial number. Who in the heck wants to disassemble a grill so they can order a part?
I got so fed up with buying the wrong sized parts in my rehab projects I decided to fix the problem. I got on the Weber website and went through every schematic for every grill they have made for the past 30 years. I then made and published the ultimate guide for Weber grill parts.
The guide is designed to help you find the exact part you need in three clicks. You will not need to disassemble your gill to find a serial number to use this guide. You will need a tape measure to measure the length of your Flavorizer bars. For a few specific models you also need to see if your igniter button is held on with a lock-nut or if it snaps into place.
The guide isn't perfect yet. I'll be honest that I am struggling to figure out the parts for the Summit 400/600 series. All the same, I do believe that the site is currently the easiest and most complete resource for finding Weber grill parts on the Internet.
I wish you a very happy grilling season and thank John for this opportunity to let you know about this resource! Now get out there and start grilling!!