Pros & Cons – Weber SmokeFire EX6 Gen 2

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The SmokeFire EX6 is the larger sibling to the Weber SmokeFire EX4, it appears both models will be replaced with the Searwood 600 and XL 600. Part of the reason is that while the EX6 is an excellent pellet grill, it’s had a difficult development as a pellet smoker. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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When it comes to outdoor cooking equipment, the first brand many people think of is Weber. Therefore, there was a lot of excitement when the SmokeFire pellet grill range was launched.

The SmokeFire EX6 is definatelly a premium brand pellet grill/smoker and it also has some premium features.
Weber is, at this point, the most well-known brand when it comes to BBQs

The SmokeFire does indeed have some premium features, such as the insulated side-wall construction, the porcelain enamel-coated lid, PID/WiFi controller, and the 600-degree maximum temperature.

When smoking large/fatty cuts of meat, there can be a lot of grease to deal with. Unfortunately, the grease management design of the Weber SmokeFire EX6 is its weakest feature.

Unfortunately, the SmokeFire EX6 is more prone to the risk of a grease fire than a typical pellet grill/smoker.
The grease channel on the SmokeFire EX6 can be blocked with a mixture of ash and grease

As a result, the grease channel needs to be cleaned frequently from the mixture of ash and grease to avoid grease pooling up in the base of the cooker, increasing the risk of a grease fire.

While the SmokeFire EX6 may have its struggles as a pellet smoker, as a pellet grill, the performance of the EX6 is excellent, easily and quickly getting the grate to 600 degrees.

If you are primarily looking for a pellet grill over a pellet smoker, the SmokeFire EX6 is a great choice.
When it comes to being a ‘pellet grill’, the SmokeFire EX6 is one of the best examples on the market

Many other ‘pellet grills’ will struggle to get their grate up to 500 degrees, never mind 600 degrees and higher. Therefore, when it comes to grilling/searing, the SmokeFire EX6 does a great job.

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I spend a lot of time reading owners’ forums/Reddit threads on various pellet grills/smokers, I therefore get to know about the various niggles that owners can experience.

Weber has had some firmware and software issues with the SmokeFire EX6.
Owners have reported frustrations with getting the WiFi connectivity and App to work properly

Now, it should be noted many of the issues reported may actually be with the customer’s WiFi router setup, etc. However, the point is the issues reported seem to be more frequent than other models.

Reading the forums, I’ve also noticed generally less than average complaints about the build quality of Weber’s pellet grills/smokers.

Generally, owners of the SmokeFire EX6 appear to be pretty happy with the build-quality of their pellet grill smoker.
It appears that customers of the SmokeFire EX6 are generally pretty positive about its build-quality/paint finish

It shouldn’t be too surprising really. Weber has more experience building high-quality BBQs than most other brands on the planet.

I’m aware that several of our website visitors who use our database were under the impression that Weber BBQs are US-made, when the reality is they are more US-assembled.

While the Weber SmokeFire EX6 is US assembled its not completed made in the USA.
US assembled as opposed to US made is a better description for the Weber SmokeFire EX6

US-assembled is better than most of the pellet grills/smokers currently on the market, especially for the price point of the Weber SmokeFire EX6. Therefore, it still has to be kept in context.

My Final Thoughts On The Weber SmokeFire EX6

When the Weber SmokeFire EX6 first launched, I, like many others, was very critical about its issues, and this Gen 2 version did address several of them, the pellet hopper bridging issue being an example.

However, the main issue of ash and grease mixing together in the base of the cooking chamber, potentially leading to a grease fire, remained. Though, as I’ve stated above, while it’s a troubled pellet smoker, it’s an excellent pellet grill.

Then again, the Weber Searwood XL 600 looks like it’s going to be superior to the SmokeFire EX6, and it will come at a lower price point. Use the link below to our database below to compare these pellet grills/smokers.

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