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As good as it gets
on April 4, 2011
I did plenty of online, and in-store research before settling on the Weber S-310. Over the years, Weber has made several changes in their grills, but retain the same model numbers. So pictures and reviews of the S-310 might be confusing, or obsolete, if they were for a model sold a year or two ago. I believe this grill (6550001) is the latest model of the Genesis 310 series (as of April 2011). The S-320 includes a side burner, and the S-330 includes a sear station burner. Other than that, I think they are all the same. This grill also comes in several colors (E-310), as well as stainless steel (S-310). What was a bit disappointing to me, was that not all surfaces are stainless. The cabinet sides, back and interior are all gray baked enamel. It's only the doors, table extensions, and grill lid that are stainless steel.
We had an older grill with a side burner that we never used. Since the grill is on our back deck, it is just easier and faster to do side burner cooking in the house. For that reason, we saved some money, and opted for the version of this grill without the side burner.
It weighs about 175 lbs in the box, so you will need help manhandling it to where you want to assemble it. Parts are packed well, in a very sturdy box, and arrived in perfect condition. The assembly instructions include very little text, just pictures, but are easy to figure out. All the fasteners and pieces fit together easily without any problems. Taking my time, double checking the instructions, and being careful with assembly, it took me 2-3 hours to get it unboxed and assembled, ready to grill. All the exposed stainless steel surfaces came covered by some sort of plastic film that you will need to peel off before using the grill. It does a great job of protecting the surfaces in shipping and during assembly.
One handy feature that I like, is the gas bottle hangs securely from a spring loaded scale, that tells you at a glance how much gas you have left.
This grill has everything you could want in a quality grill. Very well made, solid heavy duty components, and well engineered. While a bit pricey, I think it is worth every penny.