Got my Vieluxe, now what??


 

Roy-Parallax

TVWBB Pro
I'm calling BS on that ad. Doesn't he seem a bit overdressed for a casual evening on the back deck? And that Vieluxe looks right out of the box (did these things come in cardboard or gossamer silk?). They're portraying a guy with a valet and a full staff of house slaves.

My uncle tells a story of getting upgraded at no cost to the top suite in first class on the QE2. He and his wife had a maid and a butler. I asked, "What does one do with a butler?" His response was, "I don't know. Didn't need him to bring juice in the morning, help us dress or brush off our clothing. We drank with the guy while he told stories about the aristocrats he usually worked with."
 

Bruce

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Bill, I do think it is. I think the confusion comes with the talk about Summit grills. Some of those photos above are of a Summit grill.
 

Bill Pudim

TVWBB Super Fan
Got it, lol. My second generation Summit Platinum has a stainless frame, perhaps Jon’s is a gold. It does have a much better cookbox though.
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Olympian
No, mine is a first generation Summit. No stainless version but built to a high standard and like a tank - except for the porcelain plated steel front and back of the firebox.
 

Bill Pudim

TVWBB Super Fan
No, mine is a first generation Summit. No stainless version but built to a high standard and like a tank - except for the porcelain plated steel front and back of the firebox.
Ok, so you suffer from the same ills as me as far as the cookbox is concerned. It’s really a shame or these things would outlast us. And then there’s the Flavorizer bars..
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Olympian
Yes, although the 1st generation Summit uses regular shaped flavorizer bars. The ones in yours were an improvement to protect the crossover tubes. I am sure that it helps do that. They just didn’t worry about the cost to replace. 😟
 

Loc

TVWBB Fan
I am discovering the Vieluxe has an Achilles Heel too. I am not sure how the Summit grate rails are mounted, in the Vieluxe, they are welded to the firebox. Two rails, 8 welds a piece for 16 total.

Fifty percent have failed, mostly the welds on the ends. The rails are bowed downwards and coming loose on both ends.

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Jon Tofte

TVWBB Olympian
I will have to doublecheck the pile of parts all over my little shop, but I am pretty sure on the Summit they are held in with bolts. Maybe with some high-quality drill bits you can do that with this Vieluxe.
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Olympian
Loc,
This is all so interesting. You are giving us a great education on this grill which has been shrouded in mystery for most members here, self included.
 

Bruce

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Yah, I would still love to get my hands on one.....probably more so now than before.
 

Bruce

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
I was just thinking that it would be great for Weber to take the Vieluxe, now that it has been put through it's paces in real world situations, and make the minor changes needed to solve those problems. Then restart production of basically the same grill. It just seems the grill is virtually bullet proof as is and maybe some minor changes could really make it a lifetime grill. Most of the R&D is done and I am sure Weber still has most of the machinery and setups used to make the originals. I would think that unless the steel availability is not a problem, they could make them for the same if not a lower price than the originals were sold as. They could maybe bolster the flavorizer bars and burners to make them longer lasting. Maybe have a really competitive re-entry into the very high end grill market.

Either that or make a fully SS version of the Summit with a stainless cook box....a poor man's vieluxe. I should charge Weber with such great ideas. :unsure:
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Ed P

TVWBB Diamond Member
Nothing lasts forever, and even if it did, imagine a stainless steel horse-drawn carriage...what would you do with it?
 
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THyde

TVWBB Guru
They might have stopped producing them because they never sold a second one to the same person!

Plus, honestly, who here would actually shell out the mucho dinero they would go for new?

At best, in five years we might start grabbing some from Craigslist ha ha!

I'm talking mostly to myself of course. Maybe Bruce too lol
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Olympian
I think, from what I read, that it came down to the fact that there was only a small market for a hand-made all stainless $6-8,000 grill. And,d despite the high selling price, the high labor costs made it something less than a home run. Meanwhile, they could stamp out Summit Platinums for a fraction of the cost - on existing assembly lines - and sell them much more easily. There just wasn't enough sales and profit to justify such a lofty flagship. A shame, but that makes the small number of Vieluxes still out there an even greater treasure.

It would have been nice if they had just taken the Summit Platinum up one notch higher with stainless, not porcelain plated steel in that firebox. If they had, I think we would look at the 2nd generation Summit Platinum with a lot higher regard - even if it lacks some of the rugged design on the 1st generation Summit.
 

 

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