Weber has announced that it will start taking preorders on December 2nd for the new Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 wood pellet grills.
Here is what we know about the new barbecue.
The wood pellets are used to give the barbecue the taste of a charcoal barbecue. At the same time, the operation is as simple as with a gas grill and as precise as with an electric grill, Weber promises.
Weber’s SmokeFire features a display, a screw conveyor for wood pellets and all sorts of other cool technologies. Now you can be sure the grill is not only versatile and will be able to prepare the best possible grilled food, but also is smart.
Weber Connect technology makes sure that the digital grill assistant will send you notifications that will be displayed on the grill’s screen or in the smartphone app.
In addition, things like step-by-step grill instructions, display of temperature and cooking time and cooking time countdown and even the grilling temperature can be controlled directly via the smartphone.
It sounds like a really cool grill in my eyes, even though it might take some of the charm out of the original and traditional grilling process.
Since the pellet grill market is very large in the USA and Traeger is the top dog there, it is clear that Weber will not hesitate and spare no expense and effort to promote the grill even before its release.
Table of Contents
- Features Overview
- How Does Weber SmokeFire Work?
- Features Explained
- Specifications (EX4 / EX6)
- Weber Smokefire EX4 vs EX6
- Weber Smokefire EX4 vs Traeger Pro 780
- Weber Smokefire EX6 vs Traeger Ironwood 650
- Weber Hardwood Pellets
- Weber SmokeFire Grill Covers
- 22lb Pellet hopper
- 200-600°F (95-315°C) temperature range
- Plated steel cooking grates
- Stainless steel flavorizer bars
- The porcelain-enamel heat distribution plate
- Meat probes – 1 included / max capacity 4
- Webert connect smart grilling technology
- Easy-clean ash & grease drawer
How Does Weber SmokeFire Work?
With the Weber SmokeFire, you can sear steaks, smoke briskets and bake bread. The temperature range and precise temperature control set new standards in taste, time and barbecue options.
For many people, barbecuing is not just a passion but a high art. To master them in perfection requires a good deal of experience – or smart support! The latter is now available as a Weber Connect digital grill assistant.
Temperature Range of 200-600°F
Thanks to the temperature range of 200-600°F multiple cooking techniques are available, from searing to smoking to baking.
Porcelain Enameled Lid and Cookbox
The porcelain-enameled surface is weather-resistant and guarantees long-term protection against rust and cracks.
With Weber Connect digital grill assistant, it has never been so easy to grill the food exactly to the point. The step-by-step guide is built into the grill and sends notifications for each step from turn to serve, including a cooking time countdown.
Thermal Cleaning System
Ash and grease are fed separately into a closed, easily removable drip tray for quick and easy cleaning.
The time tested Flavorizer bars distribute the heat evenly over the entire grate so that the grilled food is perfectly cooked.
Inclined Screw Conveyor
The unique variable speed auger has been specially designed to ensure a safe supply of wood pulp and to prevent pelletizing.
Large Capacity Hopper
The large-capacity hopper can hold 22 pounds of wood pellets, so you can smoke all day long.
The easy-to-read, weather-resistant LCD displays Weber Connect’s step-by-step grilling instructions, time, temperature and control information.
Specifications (EX4 / EX6)
- Dimensions – Lid Open (inches): 62″H x 43″W x 33″D / 62″H x 55″W x 33″D
- Dimensions – Lid Closed (inches): 47″H x 43″W x 33″D / 47″H x 55″W x 33″D
- Shipping Dimensions (inches): ND
- Shipping Weight: ND
- Unit Weight: ND
- Total cooking area (square inches): 672 / 1008
- Primary cooking area (square inches): 432 / 648
- Secondary cooking area (square inches): 240 / 360
- Fuel type: wood-fired pellet
- Meat probes included: 1
- Swivel casters: 2
- Swivel locking casters: 2
- Tool hooks: 2
- Side tables: 1
Weber Smokefire EX4 vs EX6
As far as I can tell the only difference is the grill size.
Weber Smokefire EX4 vs Traeger Pro 780
Weber Smokefire EX6 vs Traeger Ironwood 650
Weber Hardwood Pellets
According to the manufacturer, the SmokeFire hardwood pellets were thoughtfully crafted for the best tasting BBQ and designed to enhance the flavor of the with authentic wood-fired taste.
- 40% Hickory, 60% Oak
- Moderate: bold, smoky, bacon-like flavor
- Pairs well with: beef, poultry, pork, lamb, game meat, and vegetables.
- 40% Apple, 60% Maple
- Mild: aromatic and sweet smoky flavor
- Pairs well with: poultry, pork, vegetables, baked goods, and pizza.
- 40% Mesquite, 60% Oak
- Strong: full bodied, big and rich smoky flavor
- Pairs well with: beef, poultry, pork, game meat, and seafood.
- 40% Cherry, 60% Maple
- Mild: subtle, fruity, sweet smoky flavor
- Pairs well with: poultry, pork, lamb, game meat, and seafood.
- 34% Maple, 33% Hickory, 33% Cherry
- Moderate: balanced and savory with a mild, sweet finish
- Pairs well with: beef, poultry, pork, lamb, game meat, seafood, vegetables, baking, and pizza.
Weber SmokeFire Grill Covers
For each Smoke Fire model, there s one Weber Premium grill cover model available:
- Weber 7190 Premium Grill Cover for SmokeFire EX4
- Weber 7191 Premium Grill Cover for SmokeFire EX6
Grills with wireless connectivity have been marketed by brands like Traeger Grills and Green Mountain Grills for years. I believe the Traeger is already several steps ahead of Weber after its introduction of Alexa connectivity for its new D2 models.
At the moment the main thing that makes Weber SmokeFire grills interesting is the attractive price point. I hope Weber has an ace up its sleeve.
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