Grilling is an art. Now I am not saying that cooking is something less because my wife will take a skillet to my head. What I mean is that grilling does not just depend on the person standing at the front flipping the burgers, but on the grill itself. An ideal dinner for families is barbecuing in their backyard. This trend took flight in the 70’s and many people celebrated occasions such as Thanks Giving Day, Easter and other events barbecue style. Back then, a grill was not that of a big deal. In fact, the idea of grilling was to light a fire and roast meat on it or most probably digging a hole in the ground, filling it with charcoal and placing a steel rack on it. The world has come quite far now from those cavemen grilling days. Yes, there’s something great about doing it wilderness style, but aren’t we glad that the grilling industry has now provided us with a much advanced and easy way to grill.
I for one am eternally grateful to Weber. The company has been in the business of introducing innovative grill designs from the year 1950. A business operating for that long proves that not only have their products taken the market by storm but people are equally eager to test their latest inventions. A few years back, I bought one of Weber Spirit E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill. The E310 was really great and was with me for three years until one of the worker’s from the moving van dropped it while we were relocating. I know what you are thinking, why didn’t I take the pieces apart and store it in a box. Well to be honest, the house was a chaos and I didn’t have the time.
Anyhow, after that incident, I patiently waited for Weber to introduce something new and unique. I finally bought the Weber Spirit E330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill a few days ago and wanted to share my experience. This grill is the mother of all grills ever made. Seriously! I was amazed at the design and how much thought Weber put into. You see, Weber first introduced the Weber E320, which was almost identical to its other grills. To bring something unique to grill lovers, Weber reintroduced this grill in 2016 and named it the E330. Weber started its E Series in 2013 and since then, many people have waited quite long for something that would change the entire grilling game.
I was so excited when I first saw this grill and to be frank, at first glance I was sold. I didn’t even research any other grills because I knew I had to buy this one. So without further ado, let’s begin with what this weber grill offers and what are its unique features:
Weber Spirit E330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill comes with all the necessary features that one expects from a high-quality grill, yes you might say that this grill is on the high side ( price wise ) when compared to other Spirit E Series grills, but one has to take into consideration what it offers.
I have made countless steaks on family dinners, parties and birthdays that grilling now comes naturally to me. Whenever there’s talk about a party, it’s always “ Steven will do the grilling ? can I just bring the meat ? ”. Of course, my wife is always one behind the seasoning but the magic happens through my hands.
Alright, so the basic features of this grill include three stainless steel burners, warming rack, porcelain enamelled cast-iron cooking grates, electronic crossover ignition system, porcelain enabled flavoured bars, built-in lid thermometer, stainless steel side tables, grill cabinet, fuel gauge, steel door, grease tray and a catch pan. Remember, these are only the basic features. There’s much more to come that will blow your mind away.
The actual cooking area might look a little small but you can cook around ten to fifteen pounds of meat, which is a bit less than the other grills in this series but it is worth it. I’m about to tell you why in a minute. The reason why the actual cooking area is small is that Weber has added a unique feature on the side table. By unique I mean something that would have never crossed your mind and that is what makes this grill more fun to use. Let’s discuss its best features now:
The Best Features:
The Much Needed Flavorizer Bars—Bringing the Taste Back Home
Yes, I mentioned this feature in the basics but there are still some people who have no clue about the flavoured bars. Webster claims that it is the company that brought the flavoured bars in the lime light. In 1980, it introduced porcelain-enameled flavoured bars for the first time.
So, what exactly are flavorizer bars? These are bars that are connected together and placed underneath the grates. Their purpose is not just to catch the grease drippings but to vaporize them so that they circulate back to the food. This way, the food does not lose its taste and more flavor is added to the meat. Another benefit it offers is that it prevents flare-ups.
The bars are super easy to clean and eliminate the one thing we hate: Clean up after cooking. Since the bars are porcelain enameled, the grease slides off easily and you don’t need scrub pads to clean any food residue. The extra safety coating on the bars prevents them from rust and removes the hassle of long cleaning hours. The Weber Spirit E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill’s bars have a long life and will last up to five years. The bars must only be replaced if you see any cracks or holes in them.
Sear Station Burner – Mixing It Up A Little
If you recall, I mentioned above three stainless steel burners but this sear station burner is located between the middle and the left burner. The sear burner stands out as its first unique feature. Though the burner does not have infrared power, it has been specifically located between the two to raise the temperature and make cooking faster. It gives off that intense heat that allows you to cook the perfect steak at 7,500 BTU per hour.
At first, I thought that why not add more BTU to the original burners , but as I was grilling I realized that I wanted my vegetables and meat to cook at the same time. The left side of the grill cooked and seared the steak in no time and the vegetables were soft and juicy at the same time. The sear burner makes half of the grill a powerful, excellent and capable cooking space for some serious grilling, whereas the right side is good for warming.
Perfection – Side Burner in the Work Station
This is called grilling at its finest. Can you imagine a burner integrated into a grill’s side station? I didn’t and that is the reason why I was pleasantly surprised. The Weber Spirit E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill is one of a kind in its series and amongst all the other grills that the company offers. A person who truly knows when to utilize this work station burner knows his grilling well.
It makes grilling so much easier and provides you extra room to do light cooking. At 12,000 BTU per hour, the workstation turns into a secondary cooking surface where you can grill hard vegetables for that extra crunchy goodness or grill light meat like chicken or turkey. The possibilities are endless and in parties, where you need to cook fast, the work station proves a life saver. This is the one feature that makes this grill worth the price.
Weber made a huge change in its grills in 2013 in the layout of the burner connections. The previous burners usually connected from the left side to the right. The knobs were placed on the right and the connection for the hose was located on the left. To be honest, this always bugged me because the tank was in the way when I was grilling and was a nuisance.
The reason why I recommend buying Weber grill is because the company listens to its customers and strives to make changes that would make us happy. To solve the LP tank problem, instead of following the left to right layout, Weber Spirit E330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill’s burners are connected from the front to the back. The knobs are evenly distributed on the front.
The latter three are the new features that Weber has introduced in the E330. Let’s get back to the basics now:
Porcelain-Enameled Cast Iron Grates
To prevent any flare-ups and protect the grates from rusting, the cast iron has been enameled in porcelain. Previous experiences have taught me that if the grates are of low quality, cleaning them is harder and the taste of the food changes. The grates don’t need seasoning and can be easily cleaned with a piece of cloth and a mild brush. The primary cooking space that is the grate, offers 424 square inches of cooking space and the porcelain lid gives extra protection when the grill is stored. The lid has a thermometer integrated in it, which gives accurate temperature reading at all times. This way, you don’t have to worry that you are exceeding the temperature required to cook a medium-rare steak.
Stainless Steel Warming Rack
Say, you are done with cooking but there’s still time for the guests to arrive. The biggest problem we face at this time is how to keep the food warm. When grilling steaks or ribs, the problem is bigger because as soon as they start getting cold, the meat’s texture becomes rubbery.
The Weber Spirit E330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill has a warming rack on top of the grates. It occupies an area of 105 squares per inches. You can place whatever you have cooked on the rack and free up more space for cooking, while the cooked food is kept warm.
Stainless Steel Burners
The primary burners are made of stainless steel so that they don’t rust. Often people complain that the burners have gotten stuck just because they turned them off with greasy hands. Even if you clean them with a piece of cloth, the damage had already been done and the grease deposits underneath the surface. Rest assured, each piece on this grill has been made carefully to offer ease in two of the biggest grilling problems: Grease management and the burners. On top of this, the grill has an electronic ignition system, so bye-bye matches.
The total burner output is 32,000 BTU. Each burner has an output of 10,667 BTU per hour and combined with the inner sear feature, the left side of the grill’s BTU is 28,834.
The Cook Box
The entire Weber grill is made of stainless steel with certain part porcelain enameled. The cook box contains the cooking grates, burner tubes, flavorizer bars, and the grease management system. The latter three are enclosed in a stainless-steel cabinet, where everything is protected from rust. Since the LP tank connection is in the back, the tank can be placed inside the cabinet or at the back of the grill.
With the porcelain lid closed and the cook box secure, the grill is able to withstand the high temperature that is required to cook a tender and flavorful steak. The shroud allows the heat to circulate and prevents the aroma from escaping.
Burner Tubes—From Where the Magic Starts
Weber has paid special attention to the burner tubes. They are also made from stainless steel and have been manufactured without any welds. Just like the flavorizer bars, if the quality of the material from which they are made is low, then they are prone to cracking and developing holes, which can be hazardous. With no welds, the burner tubes become stronger and are able to deliver the mentioned amount of heat to the grates. The tubes can be easily cleaned and does not require much maintenance. They are located beneath the flavorizer bar and are protected from any grease drippings. In case the grease reaches the tubes, you can clean them with a stainless steel brush to prevent any scratches or other kind of damage to them.
LP Tank Requirements
Weber Spirit E330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill requires a twenty pound propane gas tank, which is not included in the purchase. The grill also has a fuel gauge, which shows how much fuel is left in the tank. This made my job much easier because I was aware of the amount left in the tank at all times. Plus, I store one in the cabinet, so that I don’t have to scramble to change the tank when I am grilling.
Since the grease is already managed by the flavorizer bars by vaporizing the dripping, to be on the safe side, Weber has added a grease tray and a catch pan. The grease tray can be easily removed for cleaning. Both the parts are located away from the burner tubes to prevent any flare-ups. As for maintenance, all you need is a cloth dipped in warm water and a brush.
Each part in the Weber Spirit E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill comes with a warranty. Depending on the material they are made with, each part has different years of warranty. The cook box, lid assembly and the stainless steel burners have ten years of warranty, the porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates and flavorizer bars have five years of warranty and the remaining parts have two years of warranty.
The best part about this grill is that it requires minimal maintenance. I believe this is worth the price. Then there’s the side work station burner, which I cannot stop mentioning about. It truly is a great feature. So far, I am having the time of my life using this grill and with ten years of warranty, I can happily use this grill as much as I want until Weber comes with another unique design. Trust me, if you are thinking of buying a grill, then this is the one you should spend your money on !