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on March 29, 2008
After using the new Weber Propane grill this entire summer, I have to say I'm disappointed. My last Weber grill was superb and a real workhorse. This one has gas-flow problems which appear randomly. Full gas on all burners and it barely puts out 200 degrees. If I turn off the gas, wait a few seconds, turn it all back on again, then the flow is putting out major heat. This is very odd to me and it happens all the time so it's not some temporary clog.
Also, the knobs on this unit are horrible. They're flimsy and cheap feeling and sit WAY above control panel unnecessarily. I expected more for 700.00 particularly since my last Weber grill which cost half the price felt solid as a rock.
Also the propane measuring doo-hicky isn't very accurate. It's a cheap spring-loaded haunch that sticks and is semi-accurate at best. It's best to feel the side of the tank since this thing is useless.
So there's my grill review boys and girls, it's NOT a 5 star grill. It's maybe a 3 to low-4 star grill if working properly, which I took down to 1 star because of all the other reasons I stated before.
ALSO regarding the purchase via Amazon:
This is a NATURAL GAS GRILL- NOT A PROPANE TANK GRILL. I ordered this thinking all gas grills are the same but I've now learned they're not. I'm now completely screwed having assembled the entire grill only to find out my propane tank doesn't work with the grill.
Weber has NO conversion kits and there is NO WAY this can be converted to use propane tanks, even though every thing about the grill looks identical to the Propane Tank version.
Personally, I feel like it should be made PAINFULLY CLEAR in the text of this product description (in big flashing red letters) that this is not a NORMAL gas grill that you find at the local Home Depot. This is one hell of a 700.00 mistake to make if you're not savvy in all the intricacies of gas grilling types and in reading the details carefully.
Be sure you're ordering the correct grill. This grill is for attaching to a hard-run gas line in your house, not for use with portable propane tanks.
UPDATE: I did end up returning the grill to Amazon. Minus the shipping charges (120.00), but at least I'm not out the whole 700.00. It did take the courier about 2 weeks to come pick up the grill but I don't think it was Amazon's fault and they were very apologetic about it.