For weeks, Weber has been hyping up a new product line. There has been much speculation around the internet as to what the new grill would be. Today, Weber revealed their new products: the Summit Charcoal Grill and the Summit Charcoal Grilling Center.
The grill, targeting the market for kamado style cookers, appears to blend the better aspects of the Smoky Mountain smoker and Weber’s classic kettle grill while adding some new elements. The cooking grate is now 24.5″ in diameter, providing 452 square inches of cooking space. Also, the cooking grate has a removable center piece that allows Weber accessories to fit in there (wok, griddle, poultry roaster, etc.). Instead of a removable lid, the lid is now hinged. The Summit charcoal grill series also comes with a gas ignition system, allowing those who primarily cook over gas to make a smoother transition over to charcoal.
Both of the offerings in the Summit charcoal grill series now feature double-walled insulation. The lid retains a top damper, while the bottom of the grill uses the One Touch system for air flow. The new addition to the One Touch system for the Summit charcoal grill series is a spot for low-and-slow cooking. That, in combination with an adjustable charcoal grate system and hinged heat diffuser plate, should allow owners to be able to swap between low and slow cooking and hot and fast grilling.
Purchasers of the Summit Charcoal Grilling Center will get a stainless steel side table that has a charcoal holder, a tool rack, and a wire rack for storage. For those who go with the Summit Charcoal Grill, their grill will sit in a wheeled nest (similar to what the kettle grills use already) that has a bottom wire rack for storage.
The suggested retail price for the Summit Charcoal Grill is $1,699. For the Summit Charcoal Grilling Center, the MSRP goes up to $2,299. If anyone has the opportunity to cook on one of these in the near future, I’d love to hear about your experience.
More info on the Weber Summit line of grills can be found at http://www.weber.com/grillofalifetime.