I’ve owned my Weber Spirit E320 BBQ since March 2010. The BBQ it has sat outside in all weathers and has never missed a beat, that is until Mother’s Day this year. Which wasn’t great as I was in charge of a BBQ lunch/dinner for my wife on behalf of my young children.
On opening the BBQ lid on Mother Day at 11.45am, I identified that not only had most of the Flavorizer bars disintegrated, my BBQ grates had also perished. The warranty for these items was 5 years, the items had lasted for 7.
Next day it was a case of hunting down replacement spare parts. The replacement Flavorizer bars were fairly easy to source via an online retailer. The BBQ Grates for my Weber E320 Spirit proved more difficult. After a lot of hunting, it seemed that an original replacement grill / grate part for the Weber Spirit E320 BBQ was no longer available in the UK.
What to do? What we do … is go to Amazon! Now I couldn’t find original Weber parts for my BBQ, but I did find a Preseasoned Cast Iron Cooking Grates for Spirit® 310/320-Genesis® B/C Gas Grills. With Amazon’s amazing returns process, I felt there was no risk in going ahead with the purchase.
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On arrival of the replacment parts, it was time to give them a test. To begin, I cooked burgers, the gas bottle was low, so I wasn’t able to get my Weber to the usual temperature. The lesson was quickly learnt, to stop burgers sticking get the grill hot! Burgers were perfectly cooked though, with a little bit of red in the middle just how I like them.
Secondly I cooked chicken wings, this time I plugged in a replacement gas bottle, I got the BBQ nice and hot and cooking was a delight, the wings didn’t stick to the grill, they came out perfectly. My children scoffed the lot (I managed grab a few before they were all eaten).
One thing I did notice that with the cast iron grill, the BBQ took a lot longer to heat up. The bonus was that heat wasn’t lost so easily when the lid of the BBQ was opened. In addition the food seemed to cook more evenly?
There was no way I was going to return these grates, they are a keeper!
Will these grates fit your BBQ? There are two grates, the size of each grate is 30 cm by 44cm (17.3″ by 11.8″). If you need any more information please drop a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.
You can purchase these replacement Weber BBQ grates from Amazon.
Oh, and Mother’s Day was rescued via cooking the whole chicken in the gas overn and the rest of my charcoal Weber!