Weber Summit Charcoal Review

Weber Summit Charcoal

$1,499
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Construction Quality

8.5/10

Temperature Control

9.0/10

Smoking Ability

9.0/10

Features

9.5/10

Durability

9.0/10

Pros

  • Large Capacity
  • Excellent Temperature Control
  • Durable Construction
  • Gas Assist Ignition

Cons

  • Comparatively Expensive
  • Larger than Most People Need

Specifications

  • 452 square inches of total cooking space
  • Gas powered ignition system
  • Stainless steel cooking grate
  • Weber Gourmet BBQ System compatable
  • Porcelain enameled steel construction
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Hinge mounted lid
  • Dual walled, air insulated body
  • Removable ash catcher
  • Total weight of 111 pounds
  • Made in the United States by Weber Stepen Products Company

Full Review – Weber Summit Charcoal Grill

Weber is not a company to leave a market space untapped. They are renowned for their charcoal grills, have set the standard with gas grills, and produce one of the largest lines of accessories in the barbecue industry. They also revolutionized backyard smoking with the Weber Smokey Mountain (yes, I know they bought the design and didn’t invent it).

As the Kamado Grill market exploded in the past few years it was only a matter of time before Weber tried to jump in. Of course, Weber wasn’t going to imitate, they were going to innovate. They were also going to use their classic designs and materials. This gives us the Weber Summit Charcoal Grill. It is not specifically marketed as a Kamado Grill, but a hybrid grill that sits between their line of smokers and their line of charcoal grills.

From a functional standpoint, The Weber Summit is a Kamado Grill. It is not ceramic and does not have insulation between the body layers. It is, however, huge. The 452 square inches of cooking space makes this one of the largest Kamado Grills on the market. It also has all the features you would find in a high end Weber Kettle. The body is constructed from two layers of metal and the air gap between the inner and outer body provides for the insulation without increasing the weight.

The Weber Summit Charcoal Grill is not inexpensive. At around $1,500USD for a basic unit and $2,000USD for the table mounted version, this is an expensive product. Some have argued that the price is higher than it needs to be and that Weber is marketing this product as a luxury unit and don’t intend to get into a price war with other companies.

Well built, brilliantly engineered and ready for virtually every accessory, this is a great product, particularly when you consider the size. It is not as efficient as ceramic Kamado Grills, but still efficient enough to produce smoking temperatures for longer than most any cookout will require.