Barbecues & Grilling: What's Hot Now: Weber Spirit E-310 Black

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Weber Spirit E-310 Black
Jul 21st 2011, 10:01

The Bottom Line

While you can get a equally large grill with all the bells and whistles for this price (around $500USD), this is a solidly built grill that does exactly what it was designed to do, grill. If you don't need a lot of cooking space and all the extras then you can't go wrong with this grill. This is probably the best built grill for the price you will find. The BTUs on this unit are a little low for the size, but because of the efficient design you won't notice it. This grill will reach grilling temperatures in less than 10 minutes of preheat time.

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  • Solid construction with good quality materials
  • Reliable, even heating
  • A good grilling grill
  • Built to last


  • Limited work space
  • Comes with no extras - this is a very simple grill
  • Lower quality stainless steel side tables and front panel


  • Three 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • 424 square inches of primary cooking area with 536 square inches of total cooking area
  • 36,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • Porcelain enameled steel, cast aluminum, and stainless steel construction
  • Crossover piezo electric ignition
  • Porcelain enameled flavorizer bars (grill barrier)
  • Porcelain coated welded steel cooking grates
  • Hood mounted thermometer
  • Built by Weber in China
  • Cover and propane tank sold separately

Guide Review - Weber Spirit E-310 Black

In the early days (the 1980's) of the Weber gas grill the spirit line was their smallest and least expensive grill. With the 2007 model year, Weber as restored this line and now redesigned for 2009. The new spirit is made in China so that Weber could control the price though this grill lists for around $600USD (you can find it for as little as $475USD). You will be able to find this grill virtually everywhere.

The Weber Spirit E-310 has three 12,000 BTU stainless steel burners under two porcelain coated steel cooking grates. The grease management system of this grill reduces flare-ups and the firebox design gives you a very even heat (though it tends to be a little hotter on the left side). Ignition is from a push button, piezo electric igniter which shouldn't clog anytime soon.

This is a great, no frills grill. If you are serious about grilling food and don't need a lot of extras this is the grill you should buy. The one draw back I have with this grill is the limited work space. With the control valves on the right side table you don't have a lot of space to put down a plate, let alone prepare a meal.

Largely constructed from porcelain coated steel this grill does have stainless steel side tables, though not made of the best quality stainless. The internal components are all of the best quality and built to last.

Weber ranks amongst the best grills on the market and you pay for that quality and the 24/7 support. This is a basic grill that won't give you a lot of versatility but it will give you dependable performance for many years to come and with a good warranty you'll be able to keep it fixed up and working like new long than most grill last.

Looking for a this grill with a side burner? Try the Weber Spirit E-320. Need something a little smaller (and cheaper)? Try the Weber Spirit E-210.

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