Weber 18501001 Summit Charcoal Grilling Center, Black
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|Item Weight||3.17 ounces|
|Material||Porcelain Coated Steel|
|Power Source Type||Charcoal|
|Warranty Description||10 Year Limited Warranty|
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|Item Dimensions||47.70 x 56.60 x 35.00 inches||13.00 x 7.50 x 12.00 inches||45.50 x 39.50 x 35.80 inches||10.50 x 8.00 x 5.75 inches|
Experience the evolution of the iconic Kettle where charcoal grilling meets low &-slow smoking. With a push of a button, coals are lit & the smell of barbecue will soon embrace the neighborhood. Whether smoking, grilling, or even baking, The Summit charcoal grilling center is the answer to any craving & the ultimate backyard kitchen
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The special part of this grill is the air-insulated kettle. The hot air from the coal area fills the area between the kettle walls making this great for holding heat no matter the ambient air temps outside.
I've personally done a number of long/overnight cooks for brisket and pork butts. The longest cook was 16 hours long, all on the original load of coals.
Compared to a ceramic Kamado, it's just as efficient and if you overshoot your target pit temp, it's much quicker to adjust. It won't crack like ceramic, and it's much much lighter. The coal grate can be low, allowing for use of the heat deflector plate for great indirect cooking, or it can be raised up to within about 4" of the cooking grate, allowing for regular kettle grilling and searing. This thing is also an excellent pizza oven if you have a good stone.
Yeah, it's pricy for a Weber, but a ceramic Kamado with the table and accessories is about the same.
If you're just a griller, go with the regular kettle, but if you like "low and slow" and easy to control temps for roasting and baking, you won't be disappointed. I have absolutely no regrets about my purchase.
My kettles have been 18" and 22". Was surprised to see how much extra room 24" gave. I prefer the charcoal bin setup on the Performer as all you have to do is tip it. The lid for the Summit's charcoal bin isn't a tight snap. Without a grill cover on, a strong wind would probably blow it far far away.
The Weber 7516 Grill Out Handle Light fits and works quite well however for 2 grand, it should have come with one.
Heavy duty coaster wheels are a big improvement over the Performer. The other two wheels are identical to the Performer but are easier to install as they use cotter pins. Side handlebar makes for a nice towel rack however I ordered a IIT 90292 Magnetic Paper Towel Holder for Kitchen or Workshop holder and the Classic Accessories 55-410-011501-00 Veranda Ceramic Grill Cover With Offset Table, Large fits over it and the towels nicely.
Not a fan of the utensil holder. Seems pretty cheap but does the job.
Comes with a measuring cup for the charcoal and a guide for how many brickets or lump to use.
Direct and indirect cooking is about the same as the 22" however you can use the bottom grate and diffuser for indirect and get even more room. This method it's next to impossible to add more coals as food is over the top rack flip up. The diffuser is best suited for smoking at lower temps.
Haven't used it to smoke yet as I have a Smoke Hollow but certainly will be giving it a try.
Register your grill at Weber and you receive a free cookbook. No comment on that as I still need to register mine. I have no affiliation to Weber. I just happen to be the first to post a review.
Two days in and two cooks later it's quite good.
Putting it together was very simple. I used the Bilt app and it was very detailed and clear. Simple really. Yesterday I tried grilled pizza for the first time. It did a great job. Temp came up quickly and well. I spiked too high but was able to bring it down quickly. Very nice adaptive control for something on actual fire :). Pizza came out great.
Today I did an 8-pound brisket flat. I didn't want to go with the whole brisket as I wanted to learn how well the thing held temp and how efficient it was. I used a bit of the Minion Method to fire it up and it held just under 225 for a few hours without me doing anything. I have a new thermometer I wanted to try out so I opened it up and stuck it in and measured the meat and the grate temp.
I made a mistake here as the grate temp probe came up so slowly I thought there was a wide gap between the built in thermometer and the grate so I opened the vents. I realized quickly the probe just took a bit and I was running a bit high. But I was able to shut it off and control it again. I can say if you go beyond the "smoke" setting on the bottom you WILL go above the "smoke" temp you want. You REALLY have to keep the bottom vent just at the first setting revealing JUST the half moon on the cooker's bottom. That works excellent.
In all, very pleased. Did a beer can chicken on day 3. Quite excellent. Temp was pretty solid at 400 making it pretty simple to cook without having to watch it constantly.
This is an overpriced item or I'd have given it a full five starts. At $1500 this owns this market. At $2K it's a bit out of bounds without more items thrown in. Still, if you have it, get it, as it does nicely. I may update this after the winter in Minnesota to see how it handles low and slow in 10 below :).