Weber Grill Review
The Weber Genesis 1000-5000 series of gas grills were introduced around 1996 and replaced the Genesis 1-5 series.
The biggest differences between the 1000-5000 and the 1-5 models include the modification of the supplied LP tank to
utilize a quick connect fitting, introduction of stainless steel Flavorizer bars on some models, the addition of Spider
Guards on the burner tubes, the utilization of a recycled polymer composite (Durawood) on some models and extended
frames on the 2000 and higher models.
The new LP tank fittings were supposed to be easier to use since you didn’t have to tighten things down with a
wrench. The fittings were also supposed to add an extra level of safety. Apparently the fitting was heat activated and
would shut off the gas in the event of a fire at the tank. It also had a flow restrictor which would slow the release of
gas from the LP tank if the supply hose ruptured. The Spider Guards were originally introduced with the Genesis Jr to
keep insects from plugging the burner tubes.
The grills in the Genesis 1000-5000 series are all had with three 12,000 BTU/hr burners, a main grilling surface, a
warming tray and a warming basket. All grills had five long and eight short Flavorizer bars. The burner tubes run right
to left with the controls mounted on the right side of the grill. For grills that utilized Durawood there is also the
addition of a spacer bar attached to the left side of grill where the side table would go. You can download the manual
for the 1000LX from Weber to get a look at a diagram of the spacer bar (page 13, figure 8). This looks like something
Weber added to make sure the plastic slats on the table would never be able to touch the hot grill body.
The Genesis 1000 grills offered multiple variations on the Genesis 1 theme with the differences within the 1000 series
grills being mainly cosmetic. The Genesis 1000 utilized wood components for its side table and handle while the 1000
LX was Durawood. There are also differences in the storage area underneath the grill (more readily seen in the slide
show below). The 1100 had a wooden storage area and a cast iron grate. The Genesis 1200 Skyline is pretty easy to
spot. The Skyline has a graphic of the Chicago skyline imprinted on the front of the lid. It also came with an extra
tool/condiment basket on the right side of the grill. I believe that the only difference between the 1000 LX and the
1300 is that the 1300 came with stainless steel Flavorizer bars. The Genesis 1300 is the first grill where the warranty
on the Flavorizer bars was extended from three years to five. However, I have been unable to determine if the bars
on the 1300 were actually stainless or were just a heavier gauge enameled steel. The Genesis 1500 is readily
identifiable as it was designed for permanent installation with a natural gas feed. It is the only grill in the 1000 series
that does not have a swinging extension for the work table. Where the swinging section is on the other grills the 1500
has an extra storage basket.
The Genesis 2000 is essentially a Genesis 2 with an extended frame. Weber offered a 2000, 2000 LX and a 2300.
The 2000 utilized wood for the working surfaces and handles while the 2000 LX employed Durawood. The 2300
utilized Durawood and heavier Flavorizer bars. Similar to the Genesis 2 grills, Weber offered a conversion kit that
allowed users to swap out the working surface on the right side of the grill with a side burner.
The Genesis 3000 is essentially a Genesis 3 with an extended frame. Weber offered a 3000, 3000 LX, 3100, 3200
Skyline and 3300. The 3000 had wood parts, the 3000 LX was Durawood, the 3100 was wood with cast iron grates,
the 3200 Skyline was Durawood and an extra storage basket and the 3300 was Durawood with heavier Flavorizer
The Genesis 4000 and 5000 are equivalent to the Genesis 4 and 5 with extended frames. The warranty information on
these grills specifically mentions stainless steel Flavorizer bars. This suggests that the bars on the 1300, 2300 and
3300 were also stainless instead of a heavier gauge steel.
This page is my best shot at describing the Weber Genesis 1000-5000 series. If I have anything wrong or if I have
missed anything of interest please let me know. I would love to have real pictures of these grills instead of images
from the owner’s manual. If you have a picture you would be willing to share I would love to post it and give you
credit. As always, if the serial number on your grill is still legible you can contact Weber customer service and get