I’m not going to lie. Assembling this Weber Spirit Gas grill may have been the highlight of my day. As much as I have complained about needing to assemble modular furniture or small appliances over the years, the nine-year-old LEGO lover in me still welcomes a good challenge. The older I get and the more secure our finances become, the less likely I am to be standing over an IKEA box with an Allen wrench in one hand and a beer in the other.
Our former gill was nearly 10 years old and it was time for a new rig. We looked around a bit, but actually ended up buying this Weber Spirit grill on Amazon with free shipping for $100 off the retail price. Weber was the only choice for Angie, which is a testament to how much brand equity can factor into a purchase.
The heavy box had been sitting in our garage for a couple of days and it was time to put this thing together before the weekend. I hadn’t looked at the instructions or even opened the box, but I felt that I could be grilling brats in an hour or less.
Once I opened the box and scanned the instruction book, I was happy to see that there were only a couple of tools required and a total of 26 steps (just over two minutes per step to meet my goal). It took about eight minutes to completely unbox the grill before I was on to step one.
Besides my mistakes of initially putting one of the locking wheels on the back of the grill and forgetting to slide a shim through a support rod, I was able to follow the clear directions flawlessly. It was also apparent that the construction of this grill was meant to last. The only element that looked flimsy (and has already broken off) were the plastic clips meant to hold the starter wire to the frame. Not a big deal in my book.
Looking forward to many years of grilling enjoyment with this Weber Spirit Gas grill. Did I meet or exceed my one hour threshold? Watch this two minute high-speed video to find out:
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