PALATINE, Ill., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Weber-Stephen Products Co., the world's leading barbecue grill and grilling accessories manufacturer, unveiled nine new Ducane(R) gas grills as part of what company officials say is the largest and most ambitious new product launch in their 54-year history. The company introduced an additional 14 gas grills under its Weber brand moniker for a total of 23. (Photos: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070312/CGM041-a http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070312/CGM041-b ) Available in stores spring 2007, Ducane unveiled a brand new line, Affinity(TM), with six new models, and revitalized the brand's popular luxury Meridian(R) line with three new grills. All are available in LP and natural gas models. MSRP pricing ranges from $349 for the entry level Affinity to $1,999 for the top-of-the-line Meridian. Since acquiring Ducane Products Co. less than three years ago, Weber- Stephen has improved Ducane grills -- with an upgraded cooking system, a wider variety of features, and better materials. "Consumers can be secure in knowing that Ducane grills are made of dependable, quality materials, and our products are strongly supported by its parent company's real-person, real-time customer service," said Ducane Brand Manager Ernie Boys. "Unlike competitor grills in Ducane's price range, we don't skimp on materials or features, and that gives consumers the biggest bang for their buck -- they can be secure in knowing that they are getting the best -- and they won't be abandoned after the sale." Ducane Affinity Line With six new models (three in its 3000 series and three in its 4000 series), Ducane's Affinity(TM) line starts with the affordable Affinity 3100(TM) (MSRP $349) that features three burners, a large 550 square inches of total cooking area (418 square inches of primary cooking area, 132 for the warming rack area), an impressive 36,000 BTUs, and large side tables. As consumers move through the Affinity line, they'll enjoy even more features. The top of the Affinity line, the Affinity 4400(TM), is priced at an incredible $549 and features four primary burners with 48,000 BTUs, 605 square inches of total cooking area (438 primary and 167 for the warming rack area), a 12,000 BTU flush-mounted side burner, a 12,000 BTU tubular blue flame rotisserie burner and Rotis-A-Grate(R) cooking system with Smoke-It Tray(R) to use with wood chips or chunks that impart wonderful flavors -- such as hickory and mesquite -- to grilled foods. The rotisserie attachment includes a motor, shaft, and two forks. "This is a solidly built grill with lots of practical features -- and at $549 and backed by Weber-Stephen Products Co.'s legendary customer service -- it's a very smart buy," said Boys. All Ducane Affinity models come in LP (tank not included) or natural gas (NG) models. The NG models are an additional $20 more per model and include a 10-foot flexible hose. Ducane Meridian Line For the consumer who wants the best, there's the Ducane(R) Meridian(R) line. The three new models are made up of 304-grade, brushed stainless steel that is fabricated, welded and hand polished. Priced at $899 (MSRP) for the Meridian three burner, $1,299 for the five burner, and $1,999 for the five burner with warming drawer, these grills are packed with features. These include expansive cooking areas; twin side burners; electric warming drawer; storage drawer; infrared rear rotisserie burner; rotisserie attachment; and genuine granite work surface insets. The highest-end, Meridian 32" five burner with warming drawer also comes with chafing dishes to keep food ready to eat up until the time the whole grilled meal is ready to serve. All Meridian grills are available in LP or NG models. "The Ducane Meridian series has the ultimate in luxury feature bells and whistles -- yet it's priced lower than the top-dollar mark for what grilling enthusiasts typically pay for them," said Boys. Ducane Products Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weber-Stephen Products Co., is headquartered in Palatine, Ill. Ducane Affinity and Meridian gas grills are available at select home centers, hardware stores, department stores, patio stores, and other retail outlets. The Ducane Stainless Series models, introduced in 2006, are available exclusively at The Home Depot. Parent company Weber-Stephen Products Co. also manufactures the Weber(R) and Weber(R) Q(TM) brand gas and charcoal grills. For more information on Ducane, go to http://www.ducane.com or call Ducane Customer Service at 1-800-382-2637.
SOURCE Weber-Stephen Products Co.