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Weber EX4 vs EX6 (2020): Which SmokeFire Grill Should You Get?

The Weber SmokeFire wood fired pellet grills feature an innovative design with smart connectivity. It’s said to “sear as well as it smokes” and boy does it deliver. You can get some excellently seared steaks and fabulous smoked meats with either the Weber EX4 or EX6. Below we take a look at the differences between the Weber SmokeFire EX4 and Weber SmokeFire EX6 grills and discuss their pros and cons.

Weber EX4 vs EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill Comparison Chart

ModelWeber SmokeFire EX4Weber SmokeFire EX6
 Weber 22510001 SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black Weber 23510001 SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black 
PriceCheck Price Check Price 
Dimensions43 x 33 x 62 inches55 x 33 x 62 inches
Top Grate24 x 9.8 inches36 x 9.8 inches
Bottom Grate24 x 18 inches36 x 18 inches
Top Grate Grilling Space236 sq. in.352 sq. in.
Bottom Grate Grilling Space435 sq. in.649 sq. in.
Dual Grilling Space662 sq. in.987 sq. in.
Fuel TypeWood fired pelletWood fired pellet
Hopper Capacity20 lb.20 lb.
Temperature Range200-600°F200-600°F
LCD DisplayYesYes
Wi-Fi and Mobile AppYesYes
Side TableYesYes
Ash and Grease DrawerYesYes

Design

The Weber SmokeFire EX6 has a wider grilling surface than the SmokeFire EX4.

Compared to the SmokeFire EX4 (left), the SmokeFire EX6 is a lot wider.

Essentially, the only difference between the Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 is their widths. The EX4 has a 24-inch wide cooking space while the EX6 has a wider 36-inch area. Everything else is the same. Even their high-capacity hoppers, which you’d expect to be larger on the EX6 grill, is the same, capable of storing an entire 20 lb. bag of Weber pellets. 

The Weber SmokeFire’s steel body is coated with a porcelain enameled finish that protects it from harsh weather. It has double-walled sides to insulate its heat within and keep its grill at controlled temperatures. At its back are exhaust vents that blow hot air onto the hopper, so care should be taken when refilling pellets while cooking. Unlike most grills, the SmokeFire’s hopper is long and shallow instead of tall and boxy. 

Opening the lids of the SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 reveals the double cooking grates made of plated steel. The EX4’s main grate is 24 x 18 inches while the EX6’s is 36 x 18 inches. Underneath the bottom grate are stainless steel Flavorizer bars that are designed for more even heat distribution throughout the interior. This doesn’t black the flames from the firepot like other traditional pellet grills that use a diffuser plate.

Features

Both Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 grills have the same smart cooking features.

The wide temperature range offered by the Weber SmokeFire grill lets you sear, smoke, bake, roast, and more.

As an all-in-one outdoor cooking equipment, the Weber SmokeFire wood pellet grill has tremendous versatility thanks to its 200 to 600°F range. Its Flavorizer bars, which are inverted V-shaped, expose meat to direct flame and infrared radiation more than other pellet smokers. The result is that you can sear steaks on it without resorting to griddles or hot pans. You’ll also be able to use it to cook ribs, pulled pork, burgers, veggies, and even pizza.

A weather-resistant LCD display on the right side of either Weber EX4 or EX6 allows you to set the temperature, start a timer, or get grilling assistance. Furthermore, the SmokeFire grills have integrated Weber Connect smart grilling technology, so you can remotely control them via mobile app. Installing the Weber Connect app lets you utilize step-by-step cooking instructions, receive flip and serve notifications, control its temperature, and shut it down. 

Weber is introducing new features via the Weber Connect app as well. One of these is SmokeBoost, which gives your food even more wood fired flavor. You can also use it to check whether your food is ready to serve using food readiness countdowns and doneness alerts. 

Initial tests on the Weber SmokeFire showed that its grilling surface gets a bit hotter from left to right. This can be more pronounced on the larger SmokeFire EX6, so it’s advised that you leave meats on the left side a bit longer.

Safety and Maintenance

Both Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 grills have the same safety features.

Wearing gloves is highly advised while cooking on the Weber SmokeFire pellet grill.

Assembling either Weber SmokeFire grill out of the box needs to be done with care, following each step precisely. Improper assembly can result in hazards or malfunctions, and is one of the most common reasons that users have when reporting issues with their grills. That said, the SmokeFire could certainly be designed better so as to present only a single logical way of assembling it. Weber recommends using its free assembly app, BILT, for the SmokeFire EX4 and EX6.

After putting it together, you should also connect it via Wi-Fi to download firmware updates, which is mentioned on the manual. This is a very important step as Weber continues to make improvements on the functionalities of both the SmokeFire grill and the Weber Connect app. Some users who skipped this have found fewer smart features or else encountered other problems they had difficulties troubleshooting.

The Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 have an ash and grease drawer under the firepot, enabling easier maintenance. Ash drops down from the firepot to collect into a tray, preventing it from reaching your food. Weber recommends cleaning up the drawer and the grease drains every 20 hours of operation, with a vacuum if possible.

Verdict

The Weber SmokeFire EX4 is our pick over the SmokeFire EX6.

Because both wood pellet grills offer the same features and only differ in size, we recommend the Weber SmokeFire EX4 since it’s a bit more affordable while still offering plenty of grilling surface space. Its smaller size makes it slightly easier to move and maintain, and you’ll still get all the smart grilling features that the Weber Connect app provides. 

The one instance where we’d advise getting the Weber SmokeFire EX6 instead is if you know you’ll be cooking a lot of food each time you use it. Its wider grilling space lets you roast or smoke more food, saving time from otherwise multiple batches. 

FAQs

📌 Does the Weber SmokeFire EX6 consume more pellets than the EX4?

Weber states that the SmokeFire EX6 does consume more fuel than the smaller EX4 but the difference is almost negligible as their firepots are actually the same size.

📌 Can I use other pellets for the Weber SmokeFire grill?

Yes, but Weber recommends using only their own brand of pellets for both SmokeFire EX4 and EX6. Weber pellets are smaller in diameter than other brands and thicker pellets can sometimes get jammed in the auger chute, causing startup problems. Using other pellet brands will also not void the warranty.

📌 What is the pellet consumption of the SmokeFire grill?

For low temperatures and slow cooks, the Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 will consume around 1 to 2 pounds per hour. On higher temperature settings, such as 500°F and above, they’ll burn through 3 to 5 pounds per hour.

📌 How quickly does the Weber SmokeFire heat up?

Generally, the SmokeFire grills can reach 200°F in 8 to 10 minutes and 600°F in 15 to 18 minutes. Environmental factors and pellet choice can affect these estimations, however.

Last update on 2020-10-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Derick Bondoc
Derick Bondoc

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