Pros & Cons – Weber Searwood 600

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The Searwood range of pellet grills/smokers is Weber’s second proper crack at the world of pellet grills/smokers. Their first attempt, the SmokeFire range, had its fair share of problems. However, Weber appears to have learned their lessons with these new grills. So let’s review the Pros & Cons of the Weber Searwood 600.

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The biggest issue by far with the previous Weber SmokeFire pellet grills/smokers was their issue with grease fires due to grease and ash mixing and blocking the grease shoot.

Happily, it appears that Weber has learned from their mistakes, and their new grease and ash collection system is easier to clean to avoid the risk of a grease fire.

The Weber Searwood 600 features a much better ash and grease removal system for avoiding grease fires.
The grease/ash collection system is a big improvement over the previous Weber SmokeFire pellet grills/smokers

As you can see from the image above, its possible to remove the entire grease/ash collector for cleaning without having to remove the grates. This is a big Pro for the Seaswood 600.

The Weber Searwood 600 features a main grate of 420 sq.in. The problem is, compared to much of its competition at its respective price point (check our database), its a bit on the small size.

The main grate of the Weber Searwood 600 is a bit small compared to the competition at this price point.
At just over 400 sq.in, the main grate on the Weber Searwood 600 is below average for the price

Now, a main grate of that size I’m sure will easily meet the needs of many couples and small families. My point is purely, at its price point, its a bit on the small side.

Temperature settings on pellet grills/smokers are for the cooking chamber with the lid down, its not applicable to cooking with the lid open when it comes to grilling etc.

Therefore, on the Searwood 600, alternative to a set temperature, you can set the heat intensity of the grate when you’re grilling/searing or when you’re using a griddle.

When it comes to grilling and using a griddle, that's where the heat intensity setting of the Weber Searwood 600 come in.
The Searwood 600 has a heat intensity setting of 1 to 10 as an alternative to setting a specific temperature

Say, for instance, you were using the Searwood 600 as a griddle, which I’m sure Weber will be offering as an accessory. Well, for pancakes, you would set a heat intensity of maybe 1 to 2, but for burgers/steaks etc you would choose closer to 10.

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So the Weber Searwood 600 gets a 20 lb hopper, which is perfectly workable, its just between 5 to 10 lbs below what alternative pellet grills/smokers are offering at this price point of just under $900 (check our database).

The hopper capacity on the Weber Searwood 600 is a bit below the industry average at its respective price point.
With a hopper capacity of 20 lbs, its lower than the market average at this point of between 25 to 30 lbs

While I have put the 20 lb hopper capacity down as a Con compared to the competition, the Searwood 600 does have some other features in its favor to counter the smaller hopper capacity.

The cast aluminum cooking chamber, and the insulated lid are likely going to lead to lower than average pellet consumption figures. Hence, the lower-than-average hopper capacity is nullified.

I’m a fan of the new controller Weber has decided to go with on the Searwood 600. I think its a big improvement over the controller fitted to the SmokeFire pellet grills/smokers.

The controller fitted to the Searwood 600 is  much better than that fitted to previous Weber SmokeFire pellet grills.
As you can see, the Searwood 600 controller (top) is much easier to read than the monochrome panel of the older Weber SmokeFire

With any pellet grill/smoker, you want to be able to quickly glance at the display to check the temperature. Well, the new Searwood 600 controller is a big improvement in that regard.

I review and compare the features of pellet grills/smokers for a living, and of the 92 entries in our database under the $900 price point, the Weber Searwood 600 is currently one of the best options.

For under $900, the Weber Searwood 600 is currently one of the best options on the market for its features/capabilities.
If your budget can stretch to $900, the Weber Searwood 600 should definitely be under consideration

With its grilling capabilities, insulated lid, new grease/ash management system, brighter controller etc and the fact its assembled in the US, at $900, the Searwood 600 is currently one of the best options on the market.

My Final Thoughts On The Weber Searwood 600

I’ve previously been very critical of the design of the Weber SmokeFire pellet grills for their grease/ash management system due to the potential grease fire risk.

Therefore, I’m very happy to see Weber has not only addressed those issues. They have come up with a grease/ash management system that is better than most other pellet grills/smokers on the market.

So, when it comes to purchasing a pellet grill/smoker under $900, I would suggest you should at least have the Weber Searwood 600 on your shortlist. But don’t just take my word for it. Check out our database through the link below to review all your options and compare their features.

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