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NEW REVIEW: Max's Review Of The Weber SmokeFire™ Is Complete!

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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14537
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    NEW REVIEW: Max's Review Of The Weber SmokeFire™ Is Complete!


    After more than a month of intensive testing and research, Max Good, the world’s only full time grill and smoker tester, has published his review and rating for the new Weber SmokeFire!


    Full review and rating here: https://amazingribs.com/ratings-revi...e-pellet-grill
  • KarchyBBQ
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 68
    • Wheaton, MD
    • ——
      Weber Kettle 26”
      SnS standard
      Thermoworks Smoke, Theromoworks Dot, ThermoPop

    #2
    Wow. Unsurprisingly, a really thorough and balanced review. For me, I remain intrigued, but I'll be considering other pellet grills until they address some of the shortcomings.

    Comment


    • KarchyBBQ
      KarchyBBQ commented
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      Driverdan - looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the woodwind. My short list is the woodwind, grilla silverbac alpha, blaz’n grid iron.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      KarchyBBQ Jerod loves his Blaz'n. They're great cookers.

    • Driverdan
      Driverdan commented
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      Alas, I’ve re-added (Is that even a word?!?) the OG Grilla Alpha to the final list of contenders!
      Also discovered the Blaz’n Grills but they are pretty pricey.
  • rickgregory
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 419
    • Seattle, WA

    #3
    Crazy Person A: "Shill!"
    Crazy Person B: "Hater"!

    Narrator: "sigh".

    Nice job Max.

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    • ofelles
      ofelles commented
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      Put the spoon down and set away from the pot! 😁

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      LOL, you summed it up well

    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks!
  • Dan Deter
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 341
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Weber Summit S-670
      Thermapen Mk 4

    #4
    Thanks for the thorough review!

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thank you!
  • fuzzydaddy
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 4948
    • Near my cookers...
    • Hardware
      Slow N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
      22" Weber Kettle.
      Slow N Sear, DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
      Chimney starters.
      PartyQ.
      Joule.
      GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
      Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
      ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

      Consumables / Favorites
      KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
      Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
      SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
      MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

    #5
    A first class, top notch review (as always). One is in my future. Maybe a 2nd or 3rd generation by the time I get "the approval".

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Personally, and off the record, I'm leaning toward a Gen II being the bomb.

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Yeah, I wouldn't touch this thing for at least a year.

    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks!
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 11804
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #6
    Well done Max!

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thank you!
  • au4stree
    Club Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 472
    • Birmingham, AL
    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

    #7
    Great review Max! If I owned a pellet grill again, the brand specific pellets are a drawback for me. I enjoyed using other brands when I owned a Traeger. But to each their own I suppose.

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      I've used larger pellets (Cookin' Pellets) and regular/small pellets (Grilla/Lumberjack) in my Grilla, both work flawlessly...FWIW. Shame not all are universal with each maker.

    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks. They claim any good quality pellets should work, but recommend their own brand for best performance.
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 2754
    • Tennessee

    #8
    Grilla. Unless I wait long enough for them to work out the bugs. Then it's still probably a Grilla. Great review.
    Last edited by klflowers; March 19th, 2020, 03:57 PM.

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks!
  • JCGrill
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 1583
    • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
    • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
      Gas - Saber
      Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
      Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

    #9
    If I was thinking about swapping out my pellet muncher (not right now) I don't think I could justify dealing with the rev 1 unit. The software problems sound a bit like the ones I initially experienced with my GMG, which were extremely frustrating. They eventually got those resolved and I'm happy. I'm confident Weber can get there too, but I don't want to live through it with them. I don't understand why manufacturers want their customers to be their bug testers, but Weber isn't alone in that regard.

    One question I have for the group at large is are there any smokers out there with built in lights? If not, why not? Damn things are electric, you'd think it would be easy.

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    • JoeSousa
      JoeSousa commented
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      I seem to remember recently seeing a smoker that had a built in light but for the life of me I can't recall the brand.

    • Rod
      Rod commented
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      JCGrill My Rec Tec RT680 had a built in light. Not sure if the current model does or not. However, it wasn't very powerful so I never really used it.

    • TerryMiller
      TerryMiller commented
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      The rectec bull does indeed have a light.
  • ScottyC13
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 426
    • Boston Area
    • Name: Scott, Chemical Engineer

      Equipment:
      Weber Genesis
      Weber Spirit Special Addition, with Griddle and Grillgrates (just got)
      Thermoworks Smoke (2)
      Thermoworks Thermapen (2)
      Thermoworks IR (1)
      Maverick IR (1)
      Penzey's Spice rack with loads of spices

      Hobbies:
      Cooking, wine, guitar, golf, beach, board games, travel, herb gardening

      Want to get into BBQ and Smoking.

    #10
    Well written review!

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks!
  • Polarbear777
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 1529

    #11
    Good review.

    I had higher hopes for this that they would be able to fix the hopper feed.

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks!
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 389
    • Central IA
    • Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi w/Sear Box
      Weber Summit Charcoal
      Oklahoma Joe Highland
      Weber Spirit E-330
      Weber Q100
      Fireboard w/Drive

    #12
    Nice review. I do have one minor concern though with one of the photos:

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    See how the end on the drain chute door is above hopper ramp? I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be that way. I believe there’s a slot underneath that the tab slides into. Running it like this would greatly increase the risk of feeding issues giving pellets something to hang up on.

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    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      You are correct! However, this pic was taken at Weber headquarters when we were invited for a sneak preview. This unit was on display and I used it for our initial photos and video. I just went through the many photos I took during my testing procedure on my deck, and my Drain Chute Door slides under rather than over the door opening as you impressively spotted. Unfortunately, this was not the focus of any of my test pix, so I don't have a great shot of the proper assembly yet.
      Last edited by Max Good; March 20th, 2020, 01:52 PM.

    • glitchy
      glitchy commented
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      That makes sense on the demo unit with who knows how many people having probably played with it.
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 7141
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    #13
    As usual & as we can & should expect, a job well done Max. That dust up a few months ago was not warranted & took a bit of wind out of our sails. Recovery is a long time. Hair on fire, impatient ones are also gone for the most part. I for one did not appreciate what happened & it was uncalled for. As was evident, it took some time to do the job right. And MAX delivered. Sit back, relax & have one on us Max. Again, job well done!
    Last edited by FireMan; March 20th, 2020, 04:13 PM.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Couldn't agree more.

    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thank you very much!
  • tbob4
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 2257
    • Chico, CA
    • BBQ's
      _____________________
      California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
      California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
      Santa Maria Grill
      Vision Grill

      Beer
      _______________________
      Sierra Nevada IPA

      Wood
      _______________________
      Almond
      Oak
      Madrone
      Cherry
      Peach
      Apple

    #14
    Quite a review! Thanks Max for weathering the storm and for answering questions on every level.

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      Thanks! It was a little hairy at times.
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 5925
    • 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

      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

    #15
    Great review, Max!

    Comment


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks!

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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

slow n sear

The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

the good one grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


The Undisputed Champion!

thermapen

The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

Click here to read our detailed review

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

Click here to read our detailed review


Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order