The Bottom Line
Ducane Gas Grills have been discontinued. See my list of the Best Gas Grills between $250 and $500 for a comparable product.
This is a basic 3-burner gas grill for around $350. While there are many similar grills or even grills with more extras this is the cheapest grill you can get made by Weber. This means a good design, with great support, and pretty good longevity for a moderate price.
If quality is a serious issue with you, but you can't afford to spend more than this is a grill you should take a serious look at (if you can find one). Yes, there have been some cutbacks in materials to deliver this grill for the price, but the internal components are still good quality and designed to last longer than other, fancier grills.
- Durable and stable construction
- Backed by Weber with full 24/7 support
- Thin materials can make it a little fragile
- Limited features
- Limited distribution
- Three 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 418 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 550 square inches
- 36,000 BTU output from the main burners
- Battery powered electric igniters
- Porcelain enameled steel cooking grates
- Hood mounted thermometer
- Porcelain coated and painted steel construction
- Propane tank and cover not included
- Made in China by the Weber-Stephen Products Co.
Guide Review - Ducane Affinity 3100 Black Gas Grill - Discontinued
Weber, the owner of Ducane has discontinued this line of products. Replacement parts for this model have become increasingly difficult to find. Weber has promised to maintain support for this product, but are not producing components for it.
It seems that every year gas grills either get more expensive or they lose something in quality. For 2009 Weber, has removed most all of the stainless steel body parts and some of the extras from its Ducane line of gas grills. This helps to keep the price the same but gives you less to play with.
The Ducane Affinity 3100 is a basic grill. If you want a basic grill then this is a good unit for you to look at. While a little thin on materials this is a good grill for around $350USD.
You will still get full support from Weber for this grill and my understanding is that parts and accessories for these units were ready to ship before the grills were. The warranty is good, so hang on to your paperwork. Despite support and warranties though, I would strongly recommend the cover for this unit.
This line of Ducane grills is available through some Ace Hardware stores and of outlets. See Ducane's website to find a dealer near you.