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December 2020

Meet The Newest Member Of The Backyard SmokeMaster BBQ Team!

Yesterday I received a message saying that we could come pick up our German Shepherd puppy if we were ready. When I checked in on our status a month ago, I was told that there were 40 people ahead of us so I assumed that there was no way that we'd get the call before Christmas. 

Instead Christmas came early. We drove 2 1/2 hours to Corning, CA to pick up our 7 1/2 week old furry baby. Her presence in our home has already lifted everyone's spirits during what has been a challenging year for everyone. 

I wish you & your family good health, safety & great backyard cooked BBQ during this holiday season!

Luna & Erin Day 1

Weber Is Fixing The Wobbly Stand | Summit Kamado E6 Grill

Weber is reaching out to current owners of the Summit Kamado E6 to answer to make arrangements to replace the grills. I was surprised to find myself speaking to their Vice President of Consumer Experience Quality about the wobbly stand and my other thoughts about the overall build quality of this grill and the other Weber grills that I own.


Watch my video to learn what Weber is doing to proactively address the wobbly stand problem.


Weber Summit Kamado | First Impressions & Walkaround

I've had my eyes on Weber's Summit Charcoal Grill since it hit the market in 2016 but the high price when compared to other Kamado-style grills gave me pause. In November 2020, Weber released version 2.0 of the grill called the Summit Kamado E6 Charcoal Grill at a significantly lower price than the original. The lower price came with the removal or revision of some items from the original which has caused some of the early adopters to call the overall build quality of Weber's new Kamado into question. I eagerly and carefully put the grill together. 

Although the stand is far less than perfect, I did not think that it was a dealbreaker or as large of a problem posed by early quality issues that dogged the release of Weber's SmokeFire pellet grill last year. A few hours after I posted my walkaround video, Weber announced on their website plans to completely replace the grill with an improved stand. 

At the time of this posting, I am still waiting for Weber to contact me with specifics about the replacement of my grill.