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Intro and Smokefire Woes...

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  • BrooklynboroQ
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 1

    Intro and Smokefire Woes...

    Hello from Brooklyn NY (well LI). I have been Smoking for about 20 years now. Primarily on my Weber Kettle Grill. I have the Slow n Sear and Smokenator additions. I recently bought a Weber Smokefire and it really is a POS. I have had two glow plugs crap out on me and the assembly part too. Although Weber service is pretty great (when I called), it still went South. I am lucky I bought insurance because after it flatlined again, it was time to pull the plug. Insurance will pay me in full. As much as I like Weber, I jumped the gun. I should’ve waited for the second generation (if they ever get there). They should call it the Sh*tfire. Believe me, I hate saying negative things but it has been the most frustrating time trying to make this smoker work. I still have it sitting in my yard and have to ask if there are any suggestions on how to fix it? And any recommended smokers that I can check out.
    I look forward to contributing to this site in the future.

  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 3120

    Welcome from Maryland. Sorry to hear of your problems but they seem to echo the experience of some of our members while others have a different experience.


    • LA Pork Butt
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 5415
      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

      Welcome to the Pit from Dallas! I am sorry to hear about your bummer. There are plenty of Weber folks in the Pit along with pellet folks. I am sure they will have recommendations. I am a Kamado guy, so if you tell me what your goals are for the new smoker I would be happy to let you know if I think a Kamado will meet them.


      • Mr. Bones
        Birthday Hat Master
        • Sep 2016
        • 9418
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers

          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!

          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)

          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
        Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

        Summat of a Weber fan, here...
        So far, wouldn't want me no SmokeFire, if they sent one to me, along with a $1500 card fer SRF...
        Hopefully they'll git it figgered out.
        Last edited by Mr. Bones; July 18, 2020, 11:08 AM.


        • ofelles
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 2077
          • Brentwood CA
          • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
            Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
            LSG Insulated Cabinet
            Jumbo Joe
            VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
            FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
            Thermoworks Signal
            Thermoworks Dot
            Thermopen Mk4

          Welcome from the California Delta. Sorry for your problems. Weber really stumbled on that one. There are many brands of pellet cookers out there from $ to $$$. I have a Yoder YS640 and really enjoy it. Like mentioned above what are your needs/wants, cooks you're planning?


          • holehogg
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 2398
            • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

            Greetings from South Africa


            • Skip
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 3372
              • Blue Earth, Minnesota
              • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

              Welcome from Minnesota. Enjoy The Pit.


              • smokin fool
                Club Member
                • Apr 2019
                • 1849
                • Mississauga, Ont

                Drag, no one likes getting a lemon hung around they're neck but for once insurance pays off.
                Put it under a trap in the corner, there's a lotta really smart people on this site, someone's in they're garage figuring this out.


                • RonB
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2016
                  • 12825
                  • Near Richmond VA
                  • Weber Performer Deluxe
                    Pizza insert
                    Smokenator 1000
                    Cookshack Smokette Elite
                    2 Thermapens
                    lots of probes.

                  Welcome to The Pit. The Smokefire has had lots of problems, but Weber is slowly addressing them. One thing that might help is that apparently the Weber brand pellets work better than other brands.


                  • HawkerXP
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2016
                    • 5623
                    • Virginia
                    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                      Slo n Sear
                      Cold beer

                    Welcome to the Pit!

                    Check the channels section. We had quite a bit of discussion on that unit here.


                  • glitchy
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2019
                    • 663
                    • Central IA
                    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
                      w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
                      Weber SmokeFire EX4
                      Weber Q1000
                      Fireboard 2 Drive
                      Anova Precision Sous Vide

                    Some people on one of the FB SmokeFire groups thing they glow plug issues are from the grounds shorting our. I’ve seen a couple people get the rubber wrapped metal hose clamps and clamp around where the little ground tab touches the glow plug and swear that fixed their problem. I don’t know if electrical tape would work the same or not or how quickly it would melt with the heat.

                    It isn’t convenient and not the daily solution I’d want, but you can light the pellets manually with a propane torch then put the heat shields and grates back in.

                    The SmokeFire definitely has some big quirks, but it also cooks like no other pellet grill anywhere near that price. I had one, returned it and have since bought another since it does cook so well.


                    • Richard Chrz
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2019
                      • 941
                      • La Crosse, Wi

                      Welcome to the pit from La Crosse, Wi. Sorry to hear about the smoke fire, I have only heard problems so far. I love my Weber kettles and my Weber wsm. Enjoy the site.


                      • BBQPhil
                        Club Member
                        • Sep 2017
                        • 219
                        • San Diego, CA
                        • Yoder480, BGE, WeberGO, WeberGas

                        Welcome. Your experiences seem to mirror the reviews found on Amazon and on Weber's own site, averaging about a 2 1/2 out of five. From reading them, there doesn't appear to be just a single point of failure but a multitude of them. It's become pretty clear by now that they have a unique design that, when it works, does a very good job, but because of so many design issues, it rarely works well for many. Rarely do you see a large, reputable company fail so big like this.


                        • Jerod Broussard
                          • Jun 2014
                          • 9781
                          • East Texas
                          • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
                            Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
                            Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
                            Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
                            Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
                            Weber Smokey Joe Gold
                            Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
                            Maverick ET-732 White
                            Maverick ET-732 Copper
                            2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
                            Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
                            Thermoworks Timestick
                            Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
                            B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
                            B & B Pellets

                          I gotta tell ya, that intro got me rolling!!

                          Sorry for your troubles, but I yeah I'm also waiting on the arrival of the Smoke Fire 2.0, IF they can manage to get the grease out of the unit without having to utilize a drip pan.


                          • MBMorgan
                            Club Member
                            • Sep 2015
                            • 6239
                            • Colorado
                            • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                              > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                              > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                              > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                              > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                              to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                              > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                              > Thermoworks Smoke
                              > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                              > Thermoworks Thermapen
                              > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                              > Anova sous vide circulator
                              > Searzall torch
                              > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                            Welcome from Colorado ...




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