I recently changed the regulator on my 2002 Weber Summit 450 propane gas grill. It finally gave up the ghost after 20 years of good service. How did I know it had gone bad? I wasn’t getting good gas flow to the burners, despite the burner tubes being clean inside and out and the valves all in good working order.
The good news is that it’s easy to get a new regulator, just call Weber at 800-446-1071 and they’ll tell you which part number you need for your grill. They’ll even be happy to sell you one!
This is NOT a photo of the actual grease fire I experienced recently, but it might as well be.
In early March 2022, I was vacationing with my extended family, staying in a rented house in a state park that included a Weber Genesis II E-325 gas grill. My brother volunteered to grill tri-tip roasts for our final dinner on Saturday night, so upon arrival Thursday I opened up the grill to inspect its condition.
What I found was a grill that was filthy dirty. There was a lot of junk below the cooking grates, but my focus was on the grates themselves. I ran the grill with all burners on high for 30 minutes (it belched lots of smoke), gave the grates a good scrub with a grill brush, then shut it down.
On Saturday night, I had the foresight to pull the grill away from the shingle-sided house before we started cooking. My brother pre-heated the grill and began cooking four large tri-tip roasts. About 10 minutes in, the dripping fat ignited the built-up stuff in the bottom of the grill and it broke into flames not unlike those shown in the photo above! Continue reading How To Avoid A Grease Fire In Your Weber Gas Grill→
WEBER CRAFTED: Next Generation Accessories System For 2022
On July 20, 2021, Weber-Stephen Products LLC submitted a trademark application to the US Patent & Trademark Office for “WEBER CRAFTED OUTDOOR KITCHEN COLLECTION AND KETTLE DESIGN”. The application covers the phrase “Weber CRAFTED Outdoor Kitchen Collection” and a logo featuring that phrase and the Weber kettle silhouette.
The applications states, “(the) trademark registration is intended to cover the categories of flat and hinged cooking grates; sear grates and grate inserts all for use in barbecue grills and smokers.” Examples listed include, “Dutch ovens, non-electric griddles, pizza stones, poultry roasting pans, waffle & sandwich makers, woks, vegetable baskets, flat top griddle, rotisserie baskets, and rotisserie skewers, all for use in barbecue grills and smokers.”
WEBER CRAFTED: An Improved Version Of Weber Gourmet BBQ System
In January 2018, I visited Disneyland Park in Anaheim and had dinner at the River Belle Terrace restaurant in Frontierland. The spareribs were horrible, but the house salad was delicious. It consisted of arugula, apple, dried cranberries, gorgonzola, candied pecans, and a side of apple vinaigrette.
When I recently decided to try my hand at grilled romaine lettuce, the obvious choice was to dress it like a Caesar salad…at least that’s what most recipes do. Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan cheese, crispy croutons, and you’re done.
This is an obscure topic that applies only to people with Genesis gas grills featuring the FlameCheck Safety System. These grills include:
Genesis 4 and 5
Genesis 4000 and 5000
Some Genesis models sold outside the United States
As described in this post from August 2018, FlameCheck was a safety feature on some Genesis gas grills that monitored the flame on the #1 burner. If the flame went out for whatever reason, a thermocouple-controlled valve would close, cutting off gas to the manifold. In order to initially light the #1 burner, you had to hold down a spring-loaded safety button while depressing the igniter button.
With time, the thermocouple would fail, causing the valve to stay in the closed position and shutting off gas to the grill. At some point, Weber stopped selling a replacement thermocouple, so owners of these grills resorted to placing a brick over the FlameCheck button to hold it down to keep gas flowing to the burners!
A Workaround To A Broken FlameCheck
Joe Anshien, a member of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board, restored a Genesis 5 and shared his workaround to a broken FlameCheck Safety System that does not involve the use of a brick!
Find the FlameCheck valve situated between the incoming gas supply hose and the manifold. Unscrew the bottom portion of the valve where the thermocouple wire is connected. Inside you’ll find a valve cartridge with a spring assembly on one end.
Using a pair of pliers, pop-off the spring assembly, then remove and discard the spring retainer at the end of the spring.
Replace the cartridge and spring inside the valve and screw the bottom portion back on. Spray a soapy water solution on the valve to check for gas leaks, then check that the burners light without depressing the FlameCheck button.
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Teres major is not a steak you will find at most supermarkets. You’ll have to seek it out at a good butcher shop or from online sources. But it’s worth the effort to find and grill on your Weber gas grill.
Also known as a shoulder petite tender roast, petite tender, shoulder tender, or bistro tender, the teres major steak is lean but juicy, and as the alternate names imply, it’s very tender. It’s shaped like and eats a lot like a tenderloin but with a bit more fat and thus more flavor.
The teres major muscle is tucked away inside the chuck primal and comes from the shoulder blade. It takes more time and effort to fabricate this cut from the shoulder clod, which is why you don’t see it often in the usual retail settings. Continue reading Teres Major Steak→
Weber introduced a series of new gas grilling products for the 2021 model year which started on October 1, 2020.
Weber introduced four new Spirit and Genesis II “Smart Grills” for 2021. Each features a digital tech package built into the front face of the right worktable (Spirit) or the left worktable (Genesis II). This tech package provides real-time food temp and readiness countdowns on the grill or on a smartphone app, alerts, and Amazon Alexa integration for voice commands like, “Alexa, when will my food be ready?”
Smart Grills are denoted by an “X” added after the “E” (enamel) or “S” (stainless steel) finish designation in the model name. At the time of announcement, Smart Grills are only available in LP configuration. Availability will most likely be after January 1, 2021. Continue reading New Weber Gas Grills For 2021→
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