The initial hype turned into disappointment and canceled orders as early purchasers started running into issues from annoying “pellet bridging” (more on that later) to dangerous grease fires. It says to close the lid as soon as you start to see smoke. Read on to find out if this grill lives up to the hype or if you should give this one a miss. This grill is starting to perform closer to what was expected of it at the initial launch. I do give Weber the benefit of the doubt here though, as the original iGrill app experience was pretty terrible, and after continued enhancements it is one of the best apps available. You'll be the first to know when we publish a new grill or smoker recipe & we'll also send you our best meat smoking tips for free! But there is a bit of a catch. Even freshly cleaned out, it would seem to dump a load of pellets in and suffocate the fire. Besides some slick marketing from Weber, we didn’t really know what to expect. What was advertised was that it would be easy to operate and maintain. In the photo above it looks like the ash and grease are separate, but it will be interesting to see if this is actually the case or if it ends up making more mess. It produced excellent food, but I could easily see the (It’s possible the grill temp probe is defective. New Weber pellet smoker - SmokeFire discussion on the TexAgs Outdoors forum. Second Generation SmokeFire (Not in USA however). But I was not able to trust the grill’s display for my actual firebox temps. But I could see that happening on any grill at that point. Welcome to the Weber Pellet Grill Owner's Forum - Discuss the Weber SmokeFire, BBQ Tips, Help, Recipes, Reviews, How-to's, and more! The SmokeFire has a few nifty looking innovations that look to help solve these problems. None of this sounds revolutionary, with all current-generation Traeger grills offering similar capabilities. I am told there will be more functionality added to the App later. I am leaving it open for about 3-6 minutes longer than that. Soon after the Weber SmokeFire hardwood pellet barbecue first launched in North America at the start of 2020, there were reports of problems. I have struggled to maintain the temps I’m aiming for and have found the grill internal temps to not be very consistent with what the grill displays. **Note** This email might be in your 'Promotions' folder. The Smoke Fire gets around this design flaw in two ways. The grill is starting easier than it did before. The next day Weber UK ring me and try a few more things. It also takes several minutes to get the heat building back up again. Cleaning up grease and ash has always been a major problem for pellet smoker owners. You can see an overview in this marketing video from Weber, and we’ll go into more detail in the sections below. This frustration is clearly shown by the poor reviews on the Google Play and Apple stores where the Weber Connect scores 1.6 and 3.1 out of 5 scores. You can cook or smoke a lot of food at one time. Weber SmokeFire Bottom Line. Only a handful of people got to cook on the product before it’s launch, which led to a lot of hype and high expectations. Rumors have been floating around about this new grill for a while now so we were excited to finally get some details from Weber. Since then, Weber has thrown their name into the pellet grill hat with their new SmokeFire EX4. My personal picks for holiday barbecuing and grilling gifts under $25, $25-$49, $50-$149, and over $150. And with Weber Connect, perfecting any dish has never been easier. The same person who made the video above posted an overnight cook video which ended in a grease fire. Weber SmokeFire EX6 Overview. When I wasn't at school, I was working at the family restaurant smoking meats, searing steaks, and grilling burgers. I smoked a Boston Butt for 18 hours with the meat sitting directly over the middle grate, and a grease fire never occurred. My Smokefire EX6 has been working great, right up until I tried using smokeboost the other day and I kept getting huge temperature drops and flame out errors. Future models will come standard with the modification. This isn’t surprising, but the lack of consistency was more troubling. 1. Ignoring all temp issues, using the grill is pretty easy, if everything is working as it should. My personal picks for holiday barbecuing and grilling gifts under $25, $25-$49, $50-$149, and over $150. It’s clear that Weber are looking to compete with Traeger who is currently dominating the pellet grill market. The stainless steel grates are nothing to write home about, but seem to be holding up well. If you are willing to go on that ride, then go for it. I'm glad you stressed "This is not an attempt to start yet another discussion topic slamming Weber; this is an honest attempt to discuss issues and fixes." The whole grill temp was stabilizing at that point. I have heard that part of the problem can be the size of the pellets, but these pellets work just fine in all the other pellet grills/smokers that I have tested. After several years covering the barbecue industry, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a product launch with more controversy. The impact of these temperature issues will vary based on how you are using the grill: This is the easiest and most consistent way to use the Smokefire. Weber made claims about occasional cleaning and that that cleaning would only take a few minutes. SmokeFire grills are made in the USA, incorporating globally sourced component parts. Assembly was much easier than I expected. Weber SmokeFire Bottom Line. I noticed very quickly when grilling at higher temps, you have to open up the lid, get in, and get out as quickly as possible. Size of cooking area: The EX6 that I tested is spacious on the inside. More on this below. With that said, unless you have cooked or smoked something super fatty, It’s actually pretty easy to clean out the grill with a metal scraper and a cheap paint brush. Grill internal temp would be about 240-250°. Starting up a thread to document my second go round with the Weber SmokeFire. So the grease and the dust mix and that is where it remains until you clean it out. Breaking: Where there’s smoke, there’s SmokeFire. Weber has clearly played to their strengths here, and by partnering with a food technology company the Weber Connect features look to be at least as good as the best smart grill offerings from other brands. Being a techy kinda guy, I also enjoy trying new gadgets that aid in the overall experience. I checked my chute when i saw the welded version and mine is the old style ive been talking to weber as im having to move pellets down the chute every 4-5 hours and they just keep sending the generic scripted answers like use weber pellets, make sure its clean yadda yadda yadda ill probably speak to them in person next week We may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you if you buy through a link on this page. These initial negative reviews resulted in a rush of canceled orders. Get your free Smoking Times and Temperature chart: Before we can send you your free smoking chart, you need to confirm your email. As of writing the EX6 has a 3.1/5 rating on the Weber website, Includes one meat probe with capacity for up to four. If not, I would look at another grill or wait a while. The fact they needed to quickly release a ramp insert to fix the problem on a brand new grill they just released is a joke. Before it went on sale, everyone was hyping the Weber SmokeFire up, saying how amazing it was going to be. Threads 634 Messages 8,835 Members 612 Latest member Levelock. When the grill setting was a low temp, the internal temp would tend to be about 30-40° hotter than the temp on the display. The implicit promise is that the grill works properly and as advertised. Thread starter pkitch; Start date Jan 24, 2020; Jan 24, 2020 #1 P. pkitch Member. To my disappointment, during my initial burn off, “pellet bridging” did occur. Weber refers to this feature “Bucket-free grease & ash removal” which is a reference to the grease bucket commonly seen on pellet grills. I'm not trying to make this a review as I'll leave that to Max Good. It didn’t help that Weber only let a handful of people test the grill out behind closed doors, in controlled conditions on tested prototypes. Temp Control: The grill is capable of 200-600°F. The Weber looks competitively priced, with the more expensive model offering more grilling space than the Traeger Ironwood 650. Select Lowes stores have 20 pound bags of Weber SmokeFire GrillMaster blend wood pellets for 50% off. With its 200-600° temperature range, SmokeFire is a true All-in-One grill that has the versatility to sear steak as well as it smokes brisket, bakes pie, and everything in between. Re: Weber SmokeFire EX6. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts Easy-clean system directs ash and grease down into a removable drawer. Holiday Gift Guide. WeberPelletGrills.com is not affiliated with, maintained, authorized, endorsed or sponsored by Weber Grills. If this happens, you have no choice but to put the grill into shutdown mode and wait 15 minutes for it to shut down before you try to startup again. The grill was packaged very well. Thread starter pkitch; Start date Jan 24, 2020; Jan 24, 2020 #1 P. pkitch Member. The Weber Connect app is a first of its kind, step-by-step grilling assistant that notifies you on everything from when it’s time to flip & serve to a food readiness countdown. Weber Connect links up with the SmokeFire via Bluetooth and/or wifi, and you’ll want to get this set up as soon as your SmokeFire is built. Slickdeals Forums Hot Deals Weber SmokeFire GrillMaster Blend Lowes.com. Although the temp varied from side to side, I didn’t find this to really be a problem. The SmokeFire EX4 looks like what you’d expect from a Weber pellet grill.The exterior is a mix of black enamel paint and silver accents, like the company’s gas grills. It puts out a thin amount of constant smoke and produces fantastic results. Technology: The Smokefire comes WIFI and Bluetooth capable and communicates with an app on your smartphone. Update – 10/6/2020. After getting the grill assembled my first impression was how good it looked. This is a great feature as many pellet grills require a shop vac to clean out old pellets. I still love experimenting with new recipes and methods. The App appears to be much improved. Forum Admin. I can understand if some people might find the design a little “tame” though, and the tiny coster wheels and lack of storage space or side tables is disappointing for a grill at this price point. Nov 7th 2020 #22; They look good to me . This problem continued until I installed the ramp insert that Weber created to address this problem. However you can still buy them from, logically enough, Weber itself. I tested the grill internal temps using the highly reliable Thermoworks Signals with 3 ambient temp probes. The temperature from minute to minute on the grill is actually very good. Both issues are cosmetic and don’t affect the performance. but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to like about it. Currently, the grill display can’t be trusted. 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