EX4 vs EX6

Gerald Cen Cal

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It seems that many of the early issues with the SmokeFire have been worked out with the software and hardware updates, and with the current sale, I am thinking of grabbing one. I have two questions.

First, size. I have a family of 4 (me, my wife, and two sons 10 and 5) and am wondering if the EX4 will be sufficient size. I currently have an 18" WSM and 22" kettles that I rarely max out. Looking at the numbers that means the EX4 should work out fine. Can anyone quantify what fits on the EX4? For example, how many chickens or tri-tips or butts etc? Will I regret not getting the EX6? Money is not a major concern.

Second, I have heard that ordering from Weber is likely to get you an example that has the updated auger and chute. Can anyone confirm if that is correct? If so, I would be fine spending the extra for shipping from them, otherwise I believe my local Ace has them in stock, though likely with the older hardware.
 

Bruno

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Good call on the Weber added fixes, I’d pay shipping just to have the new welded auger (which I’m to busy to install). As for the 4 V 6 I’ll tell you what, I ordered a WSM 22 knowing the 18 maintained temps better and regretted it, but when it came time to order a 4 or 6, it was still a no brainer, I went with a 6.
As for how many butts it what not you can fit, both could handle enough for an army.
 

Gerald Cen Cal

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Good call on the Weber added fixes, I’d pay shipping just to have the new welded auger (which I’m to busy to install). As for the 4 V 6 I’ll tell you what, I ordered a WSM 22 knowing the 18 maintained temps better and regretted it, but when it came time to order a 4 or 6, it was still a no brainer, I went with a 6.
As for how many butts it what not you can fit, both could handle enough for an army.
You may not know the answer to this, but does the 6 take appreciably longer to come to temp or use significantly more fuel than the 4?
 

Matt Q

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You may not know the answer to this, but does the 6 take appreciably longer to come to temp or use significantly more fuel than the 4?
It doesn’t seem like it. I can get to 600 in about 20 minutes on my ex6. I haven’t heard reports of it getting up to temp much quicker on the ex4. I recently went through a 20 pound bag in about 13 hours at 250 on my ex6. Weber estimates 1-2 pounds per hour so that sounds about right. At 600 it does burn through the pellets. The ex4 might burn less fuel but I don’t think it is a substantial difference.
 

Lew Newby

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Smokin Brothers has capacity info on their grills. The 24 in will hold 5 butts. The EX4 is a 24” grill and should hold the same. My Camp Chef is a 24” grill and I just ordered the EX6 from Lowes. I hope I’m getting the new hardware version and if I read right it’s free delivery. I normally only cook for me and my bride of 56 years but I WANTED the EX6 and the discounts put me in the buy mode. Good luck deciding.
 

Rich Dahl

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As much as I love my 24" Camp Chef I would love to have an EX4 just because it's a Weber. But just can't justify the cost even with the $200 off.
I can say that for a family of four the EX4 would work great, but if you have the room for it and can swing it I would go with the EX6 as you can't have to much room. Here it's just the two of us so the CC24" is all we need.
I would give Weber a call and ask if they come with all the current upgrades just to be sure, if they do well worth the added shipping costs.
 

AHoneyman

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You will need an EX6. These kids will eat. It is just me and my wife and the EX6 is too small at times when getting ready for the kids to invade. It is a convection oven; thus heats about the same and quicker than my Weber gas grill.
 

Gerald Cen Cal

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Sounds like there is little reason to not go with the EX6 outside of cost and I think I am ok with the cost.

One follow up question. One of the early complaints was the right side being much hotter than the left. Is that still happening? Was there a fix of some sort? Is it even an issue to worry about if you know about it?
 

Bruno

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Sounds like there is little reason to not go with the EX6 outside of cost and I think I am ok with the cost.

One follow up question. One of the early complaints was the right side being much hotter than the left. Is that still happening? Was there a fix of some sort? Is it even an issue to worry about if you know about it?
Yes that does happen, I’ve started treating it as a 2 zone cooker.
 

Bruno

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Go with the EX6 it’s a site to behold and I’m amazed how few pellets it uses for a quick grill around 400-500 degrees.
I really hope they work out for you guys.
I would add if I was buying it today I would at least try and give Weber a call, if they put the black auger in, it’s probably worth the shipping.
 

AHoneyman

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Sounds like there is little reason to not go with the EX6 outside of cost and I think I am ok with the cost.

One follow up question. One of the early complaints was the right side being much hotter than the left. Is that still happening? Was there a fix of some sort? Is it even an issue to worry about if you know about it?
Sometimes I think the right side is hotter and sometimes I think the left side is hotter. Others have said it is Durant to the position of the deflector.
 

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