Summit Charcoal Grill FAQ

Summit Charcoal Grill FAQ

Summit Charcoal Grill FAQ

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Q: Where can I buy the Summit® charcoal grill?

A: Find a dealer near you by clicking here

Rapidfire® lid damper

Q: What is unique about the Rapidfire® lid damper?

A: The new Rapidfire® lid damper functions similar to a traditional Weber lid damper in which it helps regulate the air flow throughout the cooking area, but it also includes a hinge within its design to fully open. This feature provides a chimney starter effect in which it allows the grill to ramp up in temperature very quickly as well as it helps the grill recover from lower temperatures. This feature provides ultimate control when it comes to regulating the temperature of your grill.

Diffuser plate

Q: What types of grilling should you use the diffuser plate for?

A: Many different types of cooking can benefit from the use of the diffuser plate. The main use really centers around grilling that requires maintaining low temperatures for a long period of time; smoking, roasting, etc. The diffuser plate is also a great solution when baking or cooking pizzas directly on the cooking grate.

Q: Why does the diffuser plate have hinged sides?

A: The diffuser plate design includes hinged sides to provide access below to add charcoal or wood chips/chunks during the cooking process.

Q: How should I clean the diffuser plate?

A: When using the diffuser plate, it is always recommended to use a drip pan(s) to minimize the grease build-up on the surface of the plate. Should the grease build up on the dffuser plate, the best method of cleaning is to warm the diffuser plate up during the next use and remove the grease build-up by scrapping it off with a steel wire brush. It is not recommended to clean the diffuser plate in the dishwasher.

Q: Where can I store the diffuser plate when not in use?

A: The diffuser plate can be stored on the bottom wire rack of the Summit® charcoal grill and inside the diffuser plate holder on the Summit® charcoal grilling center when not in use.

Fuel and fuel grate

Q: What is unique about the Summit® charcoal grill fuel grate?

A: The fuel grate for the Summit® charcoal grill has two positions dependent on the type of grilling that is chosen.  For direct and indirect cooking, the fuel grate should be set in the top position. For smoking, the fuel grate should be set in the lower position.

Q: What kind of charcoal can I use in the Summit® charcoal grill?

A:  For direct and indirect grilling, the Summit® charcoal grill will work equally as well using either charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal. For smoking applications longer than 3 hours, it is recommended to use charcoal briquettes.

Q: Does the Summit® charcoal grill require the same amount of fuel as the Smokey Mountain Cooker™ smokers?

A:  No, the Summit® charcoal grill requires less fuel for longer cooks.


Q: What is the warranty on the Summit® charcoal grill?

A:  10 years         Lid and bowl assembly (no rust through/burn through)

       5 years          Stainless steel cooking grates (no rust through/burn through)

                             One-Touch™ cleaning system (no rust through/burn through)

                             Plastic components (no rust through/burn through)

       2 years          All remaining parts                              

General FAQ’s

Q: How do I light the charcoal using the gas ignition?

A: Similar to the side burner knob on the Summit® gas grill, the functionality of the Snap-Jet® ignition knob on the Summit® charcoal grill consists of pushing the knob in and slowly turning counter-clockwise until you hear the gas ignition snap on.

Q: How long does the Summit® charcoal grill take to preheat?

A: For direct and indirect grilling set-ups, the preheat time will take 20 minutes. For smoking, the preheat time is closer to 15 minutes. Keep in mind that in extreme cold conditions these times may increase slightly.

Q: How long does the small propane bottle last when using it to preheat the grill?

A: For direct and indirect grilling set-ups, the bottle will last up to 8-10 cooks. For smoking, the bottle will last up to 12-16 cooks.

Q: Is it possible to increase the cooking capacity on the Summit® charcoal grill?

A: Weber does offer a new accessory called the Expansion Grilling Rack that provides an additional 165 square inches of cooking area.

Q: Why does the lid thermometer sometimes fog up when cooking?

A: In order to prevent heat and pressure building up inside the thermometer, the design of the thermometer includes a pin hole that helps release pressure during cooking. Sometimes moisture penetrates the opening and creates condensation inside the thermometer glass. This does not indicate a broken thermometer. 

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What are your thoughts? (5)


Glenn B

Hi Jennie,
I am the proud owner of the new summit charcoal grill (Happy Father's Day!). My first cook was low and slow smoked brisket @ 225F. It was amazing and I was very impressed at how steady the temperature was and how little coal was used for an approximate 10 hour cook(approx 6-7 lbs of kingsford briquetts). Truly a set it and forget it with the dampers. I never had to adjust the dampers or add coals over the entire cook. Hats off to the Weber design team, they really nailed it on this Q. My second cook was a high heat flash sear of Rib Eye Medalions. We Sous-Vide the steaks in 132F water bath (seasoned and vacuume packed). I set the coal grill to the upper position and dumped a full 16lb bag of briquetts in and lit the coals with the very handy propane lighter. I am guessing I was able to get the grilling surface up to about 800-900 F. Hard to tell for sure because the needle on the factory thermometer only goes to 600F and it is approximately 4" above the main grill. The needle went all the way around and was pretty much pointing straight down at the Webber logo located at the bottom of the dial. I put the Sous-Vide Steaks on the grill for about 45 seconds each side. They were perhaps the best steaks we have ever had. Seriously better than the hand full of high end steak houses out here in Seattle. My nex cook will be Copper River Sockeye Salmom. The weekend can't get here soon enough. One warning I would like to pass on to any one looking to buy one of these amazing grills is to open the lid very slowly and stand off to one side or the other when grilling at these really, really high
temperatures that this grill can achieve. This grill is worth every penny absolutely amaing and the best Father's Day present ever! Way to go Webber!!! Henry B.


Jennie Lussow

Hi Glenn! Congratulations on your new Summit charcoal grill! We are so happy to hear you love it as much as we do and we really appreciate you taking the time to reach out and let us know. Be sure to share pictures of what you're grilling with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Grill on! - Jennie




Can you share where the Summit Charcoal is manufactured and assembled? Are all parts made in the good old USA? I can't say that I have found that information clearly articulated.

Additionally, I must say that the grill/smoker is very impressive. I am presently oscillating between "upsizing" to the summit or simply adding the WSM 22.5 to compliment my 22.5 kettle. Can you speak to the rationale for not including many of the basic necessities for a grill of this magnitude (cover, expansion rack, tools)? I look forward to your reply.


Jennie Lussow

Thanks for your interest in the Summit charcoal grill! Our parts are sourced globally but the grills are manufactured and assembled right here in Illinois! We offer some aftermarket accessories for the Summit charcoal but many features, such as the diffuser plate and stand/cart, that aren't included with other brands are included on the Summit charcoal. I hope that helps! - Jennie


Billy E

This seems like it would be a good product but it is priced way out of a teacher's budget. How does Weber justify the high retail price? I have a Weber charcoal and gas grill that I use almost every day but I can't afford the new Summit Charcoal grill. Any chance Weber can donate one to a teacher?


Jennie Lussow

Hi Billy! The Summit charcoal grill is much more than just another charcoal grill. Check out our blog post about why the newest member of our family is so special. Thanks for being a Weber fan and thanks for doing the hard work of teaching! - Jennie


Mark W

Jennie - I appreciate the ingenuity of the Summit's design and all the great features offered with it. I have read several reviews & watched several videos that showcase the Summit's features along with it's ability to both grill & smoke. However; the one topic I haven't seen addressed is how the Summit's air insulation performs in cold windy conditions? Ceramic cookers handle these conditions with relative ease. Does Weber have any information or videos that showcase the Summit's air insulation capabilities?


Jennie Lussow

Hi Mark! Thanks for the kind words about the Summit charcoal grill. I was heavily involved in the testing of the Summit charcoal grill so I'm speaking from personal experience when I say the grill performs beautifully in cold, windy conditions. We are headquartered just outside of Chicago so we know a little something about brutally cold, windy weather and I was impressed with how steady the Summit charcoal was and how well it held heat even on our coldest winter days. The nice thing about air insulation versus ceramic is it's a lot easier to bring the temperature down, if needed. If you overshoot your temperature target with ceramic, it takes forever to bring it back down, but with the Summit it responds quickly, so not only does it hold and retain heat just as well as ceramic, it's more nimble and responsive to temperature adjustments. I hope that helps answer your question! - Jennie


Eric B

I got to see the Summit Charcaol grill first hand last night at store. I've read that there is a place to hook up a BBQ Guru but couldn't see anyplace for it. Do you know if it's possible or how I might be able to do it? For long cooks it's always been my crutch and I'd love to be able to continue using it.


Jennie Lussow

Hi Eric! There's a port on the bottom of the bowl, next to the burner tube, for the BBQ Guru. I hope that helps and thanks for your interest in the Summit charcoal grill!


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