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Weber Grill Review
Weber continued to evolve the Genesis line of gas grills and eventually replaced the 1000-5000 series with the
Silver, Gold and Platinum models.  The biggest difference between these grills and the earlier models is a reduction
in the number of Flavorizer bars from fourteen down to five.  I will make the assumption that this was an attempt to
lower the cost of the grill and was not related to improved performance.  The initial patents on the Flavorizer bars
indicated that only the ones directly over the burners were really needed to prevent flare-ups.  The second row of
Flavorizer bars on the older models was included to aid in heat distribution.  

A second difference between these two generations of the Genesis involves the side tables as well as materials of
construction.  In earlier Genesis model the side tables were constructed from slats of wood or from slats of a
polymer that looked like wood.  In the Silver, Gold and Platinum models the side tables are all single piece
construction.  The side tables are now either a solid piece of plastic, porcelain coated steel or stainless steel.  

The Weber Genesis Silver came in three models: A, B and C.  For the Genesis Silver grills the Flavorizer bars carried a
one year warranty and the cooking grate was covered for three.
The Weber Genesis Silver A was a cheap, two burner grill that served to let people own a piece of the Weber name
without shelling out significant cash.  There was a solid side table on the left hand side of the grill made from a
thermoplastic material.  Total cooking area on this grill is about 350 square inches.

The Genesis Silver B was a full sized three burner grill with approximately 424 square inches of grilling space.  The
plastic side table had an extension that could fold down when not in use.  The Genesis Silver C was the same grill as
the Silver B but included a side burner and was mounted on a larger cart.

The Weber Genesis Gold came in two models: B and C.  Both of these grills had three burners and a side table on
the left made of porcelain enameled steel.  On the right hand side of the grill the Gold B had another work table
while the Gold C had a side burner.  Flavorizer bars and cooking grates carried the same warranty as found on the
Silver grills.

The Weber Genesis Platinum came in two models: B and C.  Both of these grills had three burners and a side table
on the left made of stainless steel.  On the right hand side of the grill the Platinum B had another work table while
the Platinum C had a side burner.  The material of construction was much more durable on the Platinum line of grills.  
For the Genesis Platinum grills the Flavorizer bars carried a five year warranty and the cooking grate was covered for
seven.  Both of these grills also came with a smoker box which was inserted into the left side of the grill.  The
inclusion of the smoker box meant the Platinum grills had a little less grilling area than the Silver and Gold B and C
models.

All grills in this line were equipped with a warming rack and all but the Silver A also had a warming basket.