Weber SmokeFire EX6 Pellet Grill Review

Weber SmokeFire EX6 Pellet Grill

$1,200
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Construction Quality

0.0/10

Temperature Control

0.0/10

Features

0.0/10

Versatility

0.0/10

Durability

0.0/10

Pros

  • Wide Temperature Range
  • Safe Auger System
  • WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Excellent Warranty

Cons

  • Clumsy Temperature Probe Access
  • Simple Leg Design
  • Small Casters

Specifications

  • 1008 square inches of total cooking space divided between two levels
    • 648 square inches on the lower rack
    • 360 square inches on the upper rack
  • 200 to 600 degree F temperature range
  • Open flame/direct grilling capability
  • Plated steel cooking grates
  • 22 pound hopper capacity
  • Porcelain coated steel construction
  • Full Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities with a proprietary app
  • LCD display
  • 5-degree increment PID control settings
  • Four meat temperature probe ports (one comes standard with the grill - others sold separately)
  • Hopper dump
  • Fire Pot ash clean out
  • 209 pound total weight
  • Model Number 23510001
  • Assembled in the United States from globally source parts by the Weber-Stephen Products Company

If this model is too large, consider the Weber SmokeFire EX4 Pellet Grill.

Full Review - Weber SmokeFire EX6 Pellet Grill

After years of development and months of hype, the Weber SmokeFire Pellet Grill has arrived. Slated for release in the first months of 2020, this pellet grill promises to be a gamechanger. From a user standpoint, this grill isn’t a radical departure. If you have used a pellet grill before, you won’t notice much of a difference in how it works.

Weber EX4 SmokeFire Pellet Grill Interior

The cooking system is, however, different. Pellets are feed vertically from a rear-mounted 20-pound hopper. There is no chance of a hopper fire with Weber’s SmokeFire. Also, the large metal plate that separates the fire from the food is gone. Weber’s flavorizer bars spread the heat and deflect the drippings. Underneath the grill is a drawer that catches ash and grease into separate containers. 

Here is where the SmokeFire departs from other pellet grills. At high temperatures you see the flame. It is channeled through the grill, allowing this pellet grill to cook like a powerful gas grill. This pellet grill sears. And it sears with actual flame, not simply radiant heat. The grilling experience with this pellet cooker is superior.

Weber has attempted to make their pellet grill as easy to use as their gas grills. In fact, many of their gas grill accessories will work on the SmokeFire pellet grill. Of course, accessories are sold separately. It shows that during development, Weber kept a close eye on the potential for all the extras they could sell to go along with their pellet grill line. They even have their own brand of wood pellets.

The Details

The EX6 SmokeFire is the larger of two versions of the Weber Pellet Grill. This model has over 1,000 square inches of cooking space on two levels. The grates are plated steel, so good but not great. They are heavy, but that isn’t much of an issue with pellet grills. The 22-pound capacity hopper is placed in the back of the grill and extends behind the control panel mounted on the right side table. 

The SmokeFire has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Weber has had a grilling app for years, but now it is ramped up to grant full control of the grill. Want to cook a Tri-Tip Roast? Find it in the app, enter the desired level of doneness and the grill will monitor and control temperatures to get it there. With the additional iConnect system, this unit can even communicate with Amazon’s Alexa.

One strange element of the design of this pellet grill is how temperature probes run from the controller to the food. You feed them in through the back of the lid. This is awkward to reach, particularly if you are not tall and odd that better access isn’t provided. It would be nice to be able to plug temperature probes in inside the grill without running wires from the side table under the lid and to the meat. At least there are four ports to plug ports into.

Issues

One strange design element of this grill is how the temperature probes run from the controller to the food. You feed them in through the back of the lid. This is awkward to reach, particularly if you are not tall.  It is rather odd that better access isn’t provided. It would be nice to be able to plug temperature probes inside the grill without running wires from the side table under the lid and to the meat. At least there are four ports to plug into.

Weber EX4 SmokeFire Pellet Grill Hopper

More to Come

My full review will be published once Weber SmokeFire EX6 Pellet Grill has been released for sale and I have had the opportunity to review the product in person.

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