While other brands have already been successful in this arena, Weber has finally launched both a wood pellet grill and a smart grill, with their much-anticipated SmokeFire.
The Weber SmokeFire is a wood pellet grill designed to give your grilled foods an authentic, wood-fired taste. This grill sears, smokes, and everything in between, backed by Weber quality and engineering. Let’s take a closer look at the Weber SmokeFire pellet grill.
Weber SmokeFire Overview
The Weber SmokeFire is designed to be a single grill that can both sear and smoke, allowing you to cook low-and-slow or get a fast hot sear, with natural wood fire flavor. With temperatures up to 600°, you can cook any meat to perfection.
The innovative auger drive system inside the SmokeFire feeds pellets directly over the heating element for fast pre-heating, with a short auger path and responsive engine that prevents jams. The SmokeFire has two large grilling grates, giving you plenty of room for all your favorite foods.
Flavorizer bars deliver high heat directly to the cooking grate without diffusion or hot spots, while reducing flareups and directing ash and grease into an easy-to-remove, and easy-to-clean drawer. The porcelain-enameled finish is exceptionally durable, and it’s also backed by the Weber warranty, so you know it will last.
The Weber SmokeFire is compatible with the Weber Connect app, which allows you to remotely monitor the temperature of your grill from your phone, and notifies you when it’s time to flip foods, and when foods are ready to serve. The app works with the SmokeFire to give you perfect results every time you grill.
Weber SmokeFire Key Features
Sears and Smokes:The SmokeFire has a wide, 180-600F temperature range that lets you achieve the perfect results on everything from brisket to steak. This temperature range lets you both smoke and sear with one grill.
Flavorizer Bars: What would a Weber grill be without the patented Flavorizer bars? These bars help the cooking grate reach high, searing temperatures, without collecting ash and grease, so you don’t have flare-ups.
Smoke Boost: Selecting Smoke Boost adds an extra smoky flavor to your food, by smoldering your pellets at 165-200°.
Weber Connect: With Weber’s mobile grilling assistant, you get notifications when it’s time to flip and time to serve.
Porcelain-Enameled Finish: The high quality finish on the SmokeFire resists rust, cracking, and peeling, for exceptional durability and great looks over time.
Internal Cleaning: The SmokeFire has an internal cleaning system that directs ash and grease into a single, easy-to-clean drawer.
Pellet Hopper Sensor: The grill gives an alert if the pellets are low, which is a nice feature to have.
Weber SmokeFire Models
The Weber SmokeFire comes in the EX4 and the EX6. Here is a comparison of both models:
|Feature||SmokeFire EX4||SmokeFire EX6|
|Dimensions (lid closed)||47”H x 43”W x 33”D||47”H x 55”W x 33”D|
|Total grilling space (square inches)||672||1008|
|Top grate dimensions||10 x 24 inches||10 x 36 inches|
|Bottom grate dimensions||18 x 24 inches||18 x 36 inches|
|Swivel locking casters||2||2|
|Meat probes (included + capacity)||1 + 4||1 + 4|
|Plated steel cooking grates||Y||Y|
|Stainless steel Flavorizer bars||Y||Y|
|Easy-Clean ash & grease drawer||Y||Y|
|Heavy duty steel cart frame||Y||Y|
|200-600° temperature range||Y||Y|
|Weber Connect compatible||Y||Y|
|Wood pellet hopper size||22 pounds||22 pounds|
|Porcelain-enameled lid and cook box||Y||Y|
|Porcelain-enameled heat distribution plate||Y||Y|
The only difference between the two models is the size (and the price).
Weber Connect App
With the Weber Connect app, you can:
- Use Bluetooth to remotely monitor your SmokeFire foods
- Estimate time until your foods are finished
- Get step-by-step instructions and video demos on how to prepare foods
- Get notifications for when to flip foods or when they are ready to serve
Unfortunately, the app doesn’t have a number of features that users want, and that are offered by competitor smart grills. The Weber Connect app does not allow you to:
- Remotely adjust the temperature of your grill
- Monitor the grill with more than one device
- Show a temperature graph to indicate whether the heat is rising or remaining steady
- Temperatures and recipe measurements are in Fahrenheit and US measurements only
- Recipe and food library is fairly limited, which means that notifications and instructions may not apply to your specific recipe or cut of meat
- Time estimates on the app can be extremely inaccurate
While no smart grilling app will allow you to remotely start a grill (for safety reasons), other apps allow you to adjust the target temperature, have more options, and are more accurate. Weber is taking the negative feedback seriously and is committed to improving the app and making it more useful.
Weber SmokeFire Bottom Line
By itself, the Weber SmokeFire is an incredible grill if you want true wood smoke flavor. It creates beautiful flavor, gorgeous smoke rings, and sears and smokes quickly and consistently. This grill gives wonderful, light smoke and imparts fantastic flavor. That’s the good news.
The SmokeFire also has a number of problems, and they are the kind of unforced errors that are difficult to accept in a grill in this price range, from a brand with this reputation. At launch, the Weber SmokeFire had a pellet “bridging” problem, where the pellets would stop feeding, showing the hopper as empty when it isn’t. This is currently being addressed by a small hopper accessory, but it’s an inconvenience.
The SmokeFire isn’t as easy to clean as Weber claims, or as some other pellet grills; ash and smoke and grease mingle inside the grill, and make it tough to clean. The temperature display on the grill itself can be inaccurate, forcing users to manually calibrate the grill, and the Weber Connect app is a disaster.
The SmokeFire has all the makings of a fantastic grill, and the ability to smoke and sear on the same machine is a game-changer. It also feels like it was rushed to market, lagging behind competitor pellet grills, and not quite delivering on the product. Weber is hard at work addressing these issues, so we hope to see a more polished SmokeFire on the market soon.