I just finished a rehab project on a Weber Genesis Gold and learned a few things about these grills in the process. This is a follow up to the rehab I did on a Weber Genesis Silver.
The most important thing I learned about the Gold models was that Weber changed the firebox design of the Gold series grills in 2002. As a result, most Weber Genesis Gold parts for pre-2002 grills do not fit post 2002 Genesis Gold grills.
This article shows you two easy ways to figure out if your Genesis Gold was made before or after 2002. I have put together two Weber Genesis Gold Parts Lists for you (pre/post 2002). Also included are some downloadable Owner’s Manuals and Replacement Instructions for the burner tubes and ignition.
In 2000 and 2001 the Weber Genesis Gold B and C grills were made with the exact same firebox previously used for the Weber Genesis 1000-5000 series grills. I suspect Weber was using up excess inventory. In 2002 the length of the firebox was shortened by about an inch.
There are two easy methods to figure out if your Weber Genesis Gold was made before or after 2002.
Method #1: The Flavorizer bars on Gold grills made in 2000 and 2001 are 23.3 inches long. The Flavorizer bars on Gold grills made in 2002 and later are 22.5 inches long.
Method #2: The Push Button on the ignition system on Gold grills made in 2000 and 2001 is grey. The Push button on the ignition system on Gold grills made in 2002 and later is red.
Now that you know when your grill was made here are the parts you probably need.
Weber Genesis Gold Parts for 2000 and 2001 grills (B/C).
Aftermarket Stainless Flavorizer Bars (These are what you want.)
Original Weber Flavorizer bars (These cost $50 more than aftermarket and are lower quality.)
Weber Genesis Gold Parts for 2002 and later grills (B/C).
Changing out any of these parts is extremely simple. The hardest part about changing out the burner tubes is loosening the thumb screws that hold the gas manifold into place. You might need to spray a little WD-40 onto these if the screws have a little corrosion going on.
The hardest part about this rehab was not finding the correct Weber Genesis Gold parts. The hardest part was actually getting the gas valve stems on the burners to turn. It looks like this grill sat for a few years and the gas valve stems on two of the burners had seized up.
Loosening the stem took patience, Liquid Wrench and a pair of channel locks. Over the course of four days I sprayed the base of the valve stem with Liquid Wrench then used the channel locks to rotate the stem a little. I did this four or five times a day.
Each day the Liquid Wrench (much better than WD-40) was able to penetrate a little more. By the fourth day the stem was turning freely. Yep, I stripped a little brass in the process. No big deal, this beauty now works great!
If you need any help tracking down other Weber Genesis Gold parts then please leave a comment below and I will be happy to track it down for you.
I have gotten a couple of requests for links to the covers for these grills. It looks like Weber made a single cover for all versions of the Gold B and C grills. The link is given below.
If you need parts for any other Genesis model then here is a great resource for other Weber Genesis grill parts.