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Should Weber have built a gravity feed ?

Smokin Okie

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Joined Jun 27, 2018
Instead of the SmokeFire ?

Right now, there's a large jump from a MB or Chargriller to patio gravity feeds like Assassin 17 or Southern Q Limo Jr. Almost a $2,000 price diff. I think Weber could've filled the void in between.

And I'd guess they'd done a better job with it than they did with the SmokeFire.


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Joined Jan 18, 2020
I'm all for more cookers to chose from, may the best cooker win.
Having said that, Weber is not afraid to charge a lot for what seems like what should be a medium price kettle rig.

Smokin Okie

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Joined Jun 27, 2018
Adjusted for inflation, Weber Kettles and WSM's are about the same price they've always been.

A WSM in 1980 sold for $120 . Inflation adjusted it would cost $392 today, and sells for $325.

I don't have historical sales prices for Kettles, just experience of owning one since 1989. And I would guess they're no diff than the WSM.


Smoking Guru
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Joined Jun 13, 2017
There is definitely a big jump to the professional / competition builds. Once you are in that range there are some excellent charcoal cabinets that are not gravity that work just as well and are more readily available used. Humphreys and Backwoods are just two that done to mind. You are likely on to something though. With the popularity of the gravity feed with essentially a built in guru a mid range option would likely be a nice seller.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 2, 2014
Been keeping my eye on the Smokefire for the past a couple of months.I started a thread asking about it last month.Some good info and links within that thread.



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Joined Mar 5, 2019
Considering it earned the name Weber GreaseFire, I think they'd have run into exactly the same problem with a gravity fed cooker. And they'd probably want $2000 for it to boot. The SmokeFire should have been $1200. It ain't a MAK or a Cookshack. Weber hasn't been making very good decisions these past few years in my opinion. Even the changes they've made to classic products have been somewhat questionable.

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