Welcome to the unofficial home of Weber Genesis Silver gas grills!
Production of these grills stopped in 2005 but there are millions of these classics still in use. There are three versions of this grill (Silver A, Silver B, Silver C) with styling changes occurring in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
This guide offers you the following:
At the time of their production the Silver grills were on the lower end of pricing in the Weber Genesis line of grills. If you wanted to shell out some extra cash for a longer wheel base, nicer side tables then you could buy the Genesis Gold grills. If you wanted a stainless housing and an enclosed storage cabinet then you could upgrade to the Genesis Platinum grills.
The basic functionality of the Silver, Gold and Platinum grills were identical. The Silvers were the best value which made them the most popular.
All of the Weber gas grills made during this time period have burner tubes that run right to left and employ the crossover ignition system. I think the crossover ignition is one of the best reasons to repair an older Silver instead of buying a new Genesis.
With the crossover ignition system all you have to do is light the front burner and the other burners will light from a small perpendicular crossover burner that connects the other burner tubes.
You might be wondering why would anyone ever care about burner tube arrangements. The answer is that you will care a great deal when the push button ignition fails.
Weber recognized that eventually all ignition mechanisms will fail. To compensate they drilled a small hole in the firebox that lets you light the front burner with a match or lighter. Once the front burner was lit the crossover ignition system lit the rest of the burners.
Modern Weber Genesis grills (2012 and later) do not have a crossover ignition system. Each burner must be lit with its own ignition system. There are no holes in the firebox which allow you to manually light the grill when the ignition system eventually fails.
The new Weber Genesis grills like the E/S 330 are amazing and beautiful grilling machines. But please trust me when I tell you that the ignition systems on these grills eventually fail. Having to remove the grates and Flavorizer bars to manually light each burner individually seriously sucks. Yes, you can buy and install a new ignition system for the newer Genesis grills. I just hate that the old easy option for manually lighting the burners through a hole in the firebox no longer exists.
This site was built to help folks find exactly what they need as quickly as possible. This site is my pet project and is in no way associated with the Weber-Stephens company.
If you need parts for your grill that isn’t a Genesis Silver then here is a great resource for finding other Weber grill replacement parts.
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