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Pretty cool, but I still bet they'll be priced into the stratosphere.  I can see them easily putting the big one well north $1000 and the little one probably around $700.  Then again the Summit Charcoal is $1500 and $2000.  They do however have to worry about staying price competitive with Traeger.  At least they had the argument of keeping up with BGE on the Summit, but I don't understand how stamped enameled steel  and all the parts that makeup the Summit ended up in the same price bracket as the most expensive ceramic Kamados. 

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The prices are 999.00 for the 24 and 1199.00 for the 36 so about the same price range as the Traeger Ironwood series grills! Oh and these are slightly bigger than the Ironwood series too.

 

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Weber Wood Pellet Grill: SmokeFire

The SmokeFire pellet grill is a low and slow smoker and a high-heat searing grill in one. The brand claims it delivers precise temperatures from 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. That gives it enough heat to sear a steak. It also should be able to smoke meat efficiently, although it doesn’t run as cool as some other pellet grills.

The brand called out a few other features in the release:

  • A unique auger and hopper system featuring a short, gravity-fed path to the heat source that speeds up pre-heat time and helps reduce pellet jams
  • Porcelain-enamel construction, designed to help prevent rusting and cracking
  • Easy-clean ash and grease drawer to simplify grill maintenance by directing ash and grease down into a removable drawer, away from the food
  • 5-year limited warranty

The SmokeFire hits the market early in 2020. Weber will manufacture all SmokeFire grills in its Huntley, Illinois, facility using globally sourced component parts.

It comes in 24- and 36-inch sizes and costs $999 and $1,199, respectively.

Preorders are available in the U.S. beginning Cyber Monday (December 2) on Weber’s site and Amazon. Later in December, Lowe’s will also offer online preorders for the SmokeFire. In 2020, expect to find SmokeFire grills in other retailers who carry Weber products.

Weber Connect: Grilling Via Smartphone

Interestingly, Weber leans heavily on the new app in today’s release. To develop this technology, Weber partnered with technology company June, a brand known for its smart countertop ovens.

The Weber Connect app powered by JuneOS gives “a new level of step-by-step guidance and accuracy that delivers amazingly accurate cooking results for even the most novice griller,” according to the brand.

The app-based system offers step-by-step guidance on everything from setup and meal prep to smart tips and custom food-doneness alerts. It even provides an “ETA” on when food will be done based on food temperature readings and integrated grill measurement systems.

We haven’t seen one of these in person yet. But we expect Weber to bring a strong contender to the market when it lands next year.

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On 11/19/2019 at 9:33 AM, Tarnation said:

Pretty cool, but I still bet they'll be priced into the stratosphere.  I can see them easily putting the big one well north $1000 and the little one probably around $700.  Then again the Summit Charcoal is $1500 and $2000.  They do however have to worry about staying price competitive with Traeger.  At least they had the argument of keeping up with BGE on the Summit, but I don't understand how stamped enameled steel  and all the parts that makeup the Summit ended up in the same price bracket as the most expensive ceramic Kamados. 

 

I think it comes down to engineering costs, manufacturing costs, advertising budgets, dealer networks, etc.

 

I've got a vision grill made in China. I rarely buy anything made in China.  Ceramic kamados are cheap to produce.  That's why my vision kamado is half the price of kamado Joe.  Kamado Joe is much cheaper than the big Green egg.  the egg is made in Mexico and their manufacturing costs are higher than China but not by much.

 

I think a better question is why are the high-end ceramic kamados so expensive knowing that we know they're cheap to produce.  we know the weber team did some engineering and manufacturing to get all of the parts with great fit and finish and functionality.  About the only thing going for the ceramic kamados  is having a good hinge.  And that is not expensive to engineer.

 

The summit charcoal was pretty innovative.  And it's new smoke fire grill looks phenomenal.  

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