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. Since this gas grill has been discontinued, parts for it are no longer manufactured. The warranty will only provide parts still available from the manufacturer.
This is a basic 4-burner gas grill for around $530. 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
- Four 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 526 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 693 square inches
- 48,000 BTU output from the main burners
- Electric (AA-battery) ignition
- 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 4100 Black
The Weber-Stephen Products Company, the owner of Ducane, has discontinued this product line. They will continue supporting this model as long as replacement parts are available.
I have recieved word that some parts have run out so even though your model might still be under warranty, Weber can't support some claims.
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 4100 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 $530USD.
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.