Weber Pellet Grills/Smokers FAQ

Hi, I’m Chris I started back in 2007.

My general pellet grill/smoker FAQ page offers answers to a wide range of topics about pellet grills/smokers and the pellets they use. However, this page is specifically a Weber focused FAQ page, discussing questions about what features/capabilities the current range of Weber pellet grills/smokers offer. For instance, which Weber grills come with features such as WiFi, direct-flame access, twin-wall insulated construction, stainless steel, pellet dump etc. I’ll also provide links to articles I’ve produced on specific Weber models and my comparison/vs articles. I hope I can teach you something new, enjoy!

Weber Pellet Grills/Smokers FAQ
Currently, Weber only produces just two pellet grills, the SmokeFire EX4 and the larger EX6. Both the EX4 and EX6 share the same features/capabilities, they just offer smaller/larger cooking areas: Images –

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What’s The Cheapest Weber Pellet Grill?

The cheapest Weber pellet grill is currently the SmokeFire EX4, typically retailing for just under $1,000.

What’s The Most Expensive Weber Pellet Grill?

The most expensive Weber pellet grill currently is the SmokeFire EX6, typically retailing for just under $1,200.

What’s The Smallest Weber Pellet Grill?

The SmokeFire EX4 is the smallest Weber pellet grill currently on the market. The SmokeFire EX4 is a 24″ diameter pellet grill providing a total cooking area of 672 The cooking area is divided up between 432 at the main cooking/grilling grate with a further 240 provided from an upper smoking/warming rack.

What’s The Largest Weber Pellet Grill?

The SmokeFire EX6 is the largest Weber pellet grill currently on the market. The SmokeFire EX6 is a 36″ diameter pellet grill providing a total cooking area of 1,008 The cooking area is divided up between 648 at the main cooking/grilling grate with a further 360 provided from an upper smoking/warming rack.

Which Weber Pellet Grill Get’s The Hottest?

Both the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 have exactly the same internal components and control panel, therefore both of the current Weber pellet grills offer the same maximum temperature setting of 600 degrees.

What’s The Warranty On Weber Pellet Grills?

The warranty on Weber SmokeFire pellet grills is between 3-5 years depending on the components in question. For instance, the body/cooking chamber are protected under a 5-year warranty. However, the electrical components, cooking grates, pellet slide, burn pot, heat baffle and pellet grate are only protected under a 3-year warranty.

Where Are Weber Pellet Grills Made?

Weber pellet grills are manufactured from ‘US and globally sourced’ components at the Weber manufacturing facility just outside of Chicago in Huntley, Illinois. I’m not sure how much of the fabrication takes place in Illinois or if it is simply the assembly of components. However, for this price point, Weber is really the only pellet grill manufacturer able to claim their pellet grill is in any way made in the USA.

Does Weber Produce Portable Pellet Grills?

Not currently, the Weber pellet grill range is very limited with just the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6, neither of which can reasonably be described as ‘portable’ in the traditional sense. As portable pellet grills for tailgating, camping and RV trips are growing in popularity its likely that Weber could very well be carrying out R&D on a portable pellet grill.

Does Weber Produce Vertical Pellet Smokers?

No, the Weber pellet grill range currently purely comprises of their two horizontal pellet grill/smokers the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6. As Weber throughout its history has focused on horizontal charcoal and gas grills its not clear if Weber has any intentions/interest in developing a vertical pellet smoker.

Does Weber Produce Built-In Pellet Grills/Smokers?

Currently, Weber only offers the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 on legs/caster wheels, hence not as a unit ready for a built-in application, i.e and outdoor kitchen setup. It is possible that Weber could consider developing a built-in variant of the EX4 and EX6. Grilla Grills developed a built-in version of their popular Silverbac pellet grill.

Does Weber Produce Pellet/Gas Combo Pellet Grills?

No, as yet Weber doesn’t produce a pellet/gas combo grill. With Weber’s long and well-established background making gas/propane grills its likely Weber is at least considering the idea. They may go the route of Pit Boss and produce a dedicated pellet/gas combo pellet grill, or potential the Camp Chef route of a bolt-on propane accessory such as the Camp Chef Sear Box/SideKick.

Does Weber Produce Stainless Steel Pellet Grills/Smokers?

Weber as yet doesn’t produce a full-stainless steel pellet grill/smoker, however, some stainless steel is found on the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6. Externally both pellet grills feature a stainless steel grill handle and stainless steel detailing on the grill lid. Furthermore, the side shelf, flavorizer bars and pellet burn pot inside the SmokeFire pellet grills are stainless steel. While not ultimately as durable as stainless steel the lid on the SmokeFire pellet grills is porcelain-coated steel, which is much more durable than powered coated (painted) steel found on many other grills at this price point.

Does Weber Produce Twin-Wall Insulated Pellet Grills/Smokers?

The SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 do not feature full twin-wall insulated construction around the whole cooking chamber. However, the side of these Weber pellet grills does feature double-wall construction, similar to that of the Traeger Ironwood pellet grills. This twin-wall construction on the side of the Weber SmokeFire pellet grills will help to keep the heat in and cold out, while also slightly reducing pellet consumption below the average at this price point of competing pellet grills.

Do Weber Grills Come With WiFi/App Support?

Yes, both the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 include WiFi integration and support for the Weber Connect app. When the Gen 1 versions of the SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 first launched the firmware running on the grills and the app software were creating a few problems for owners. However, since Weber went out and purchased the company that produced the June smart oven and now use their software (JuneOS) in the SmokeFire pellet grills the Weber Connect app appears to be much more stable.

Do Weber Grills Come With PID Control Panels?

Yes, both the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 feature PID algorithms in their control panels for more accurate temperature control over other time-based control panels still found on some other new pellet grills and older generation pellet grills. The PID algorithm can maintain the actual temperature inside the pellet grill to within 5-degrees of the set temperature.

Do Weber Grills Offer Direct-Flame Access?

Yes, both the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 allow the flames of the pellet fire up to the cooking grate. However, unlike every other pellet grill brand, you are not actually able to turn the feature on and off. The Weber SmokeFire range does feature a deflector over the pellet burn pot and flavorizer bars which provide further deflection of the flames. The point is though, on the Weber SmokeFire pellet grills there is no feature built-in to stop dripping grease coming in contact with the flames from the pellet fire. This can create issues as I discuss in my article on the Weber SmokeFire pellet grills.

Do Weber Grills Offer Easy Ash Clean Out?

Yes and no, in theory, both the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 feature a draw in the front which should collect the ash for quick and easy disposal. For some users it may indeed be that simple, however for others getting into the base of the grill after a couple of cooks to clean out the ash will be required. Though most of the ash will indeed fall through the bottom of the burn pot into the ash draw below.

However, some of the ash will be blown out of the burn pot and mix with the grease which collects in the channels next to the burn pot. The frequency that the ash/grease mix will need cleaning out of the bottom of the SmokeFire pellet grills is going to depend on the type of meat been cooked. Users who frequently slow cook fatty meats should be checking/cleaning the inside the bottom of the pellet grill more frequently.

Do Weber Grills Come With A Hopper Pellet Dump?

Yes, on the rear of both the SmokeFire EX4 and SmokeFire EX6 there is a small slider that will release pellets from the hopper into a container for storage or simply to change pellet flavours. Its very important to maintain the quality and integrity of the pellets that they are stored in a sealed plastic bag/container to protect them from moisture. Its also important to handle the pellets with care to not create excessive fines/dust from the pellets which could lead to issues when they are placed back into the pellet hopper on the grill.

Weber Features FAQ

SmokeFire Gen 1 vs Gen 2 Differences

Weber is now offering a revised version (Gen 2) of the SmokeFire pellet grills with some improvements over the original (Gen 1) versions. I’ve produced an article on the Weber SmokeFire Gen 1 vs Gen 2 differences. However, in short, to avoid the main issue of flare-ups/grease fires, even on Gen 2 SmokeFire pellet grills I still recommend positioning a foil water pan on top of the flavorizer bars when slow cooking fatty meats to collect the grease.

What Are Flavorizer Bars?

Weber Flavorizer Bars are a feature carried over from the Weber gas grills such as the Genesis into their pellet grills the SmokeFire range. The Flavorizer Bars are simply bent pieces of stainless steel to form a triangular shape which are positioned below the main cooking grate but above the pellet burn pot/heat deflector. The Flavorizer Bars carry out two functions, first to disperse heat from the pellet fire below more evenly across the cooking grate. Furthermore, when drippings/grease from the food hits the hot Flavorizer Bars it vaporizes and rises back up into the food above, helping to produce moister/more flavourful meat, hence Flavorizer Bars.

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A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.

Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.

A to Z List of The Best BBQ Wood Pellets

A pellet grill/smoker is only as good as the BBQ pellets you put into it. The type/quality of the BBQ wood pellets you use will impact temperature performance and smoke flavour. There are many pellet flavours including Apple, Hickory, Mapel, Oak and Walnut to name but a few. However, some brands are hardwood blended pellets whereas others are 100% single wood species.

In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.