Weber Master Touch Premium alternatives


 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Hall of Fame
Thanks for seeking that out. I wonder if Weber will sell you those parts if you don’t have a Master Touch Premium registered with them.
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Hall of Fame
How well does the diffuser really work? I could imagine problems with it radiating heat into what you are cooking. The original summit diffuser actually had an air gap. the kamado and mastertouch ones do not.
I think the design Tom Horsman cobbled together in his shop using two pizza pans and a smoker sheet between would do a better job of heat diffusion than, perhaps, the OEM Weber one. I was pretty impressed with his method. You could almost build two sets using his design for the price of the two pieces from Weber.

Then again the Aura system with ceramic shields may be the best setup.
 

EricV.

TVWBB Pro
Thanks for seeking that out. I wonder if Weber will sell you those parts if you don’t have a Master Touch Premium registered with them.
Weber does sell them individually; I bit the bullet & placed an order about an hour ago. I having been using a SnS for years in my Performer for smaller cooks, I have the WSM 22 for larger cooks. My biggest gripe about using the SnS as a smoking device is the loss of grate space, 50%, so I will give this a try.
 

Michael Richards

TVWBB Guru
How does this compare with GrillGrate?

Darren,
I don't have the grillgrates, but most people here (except one person here, don't bring up grillgrates to LMichaels) love their set(s). Jon is one of them. However, grillgrates are for those extra hot sears, the diffuser plate 99% or the time we are talking about helping us do low and slow in the kettle. So the correct answer is you need both!!!🤪
 

Michael Richards

TVWBB Guru
Weber does sell them individually; I bit the bullet & placed an order about an hour ago. I having been using a SnS for years in my Performer for smaller cooks, I have the WSM 22 for larger cooks. My biggest gripe about using the SnS as a smoking device is the loss of grate space, 50%, so I will give this a try.
That is super cool, no one that I know of has been able to order one before you tonight. Do you mind me asking what it cost?
 

CarlB

TVWBB Member
I can tell you that 100% the older first gen Summit diffuser fits into a 22” kettle. I borrowed the one off of my Summit, built an expanded metal charcoal ring & did two 9lb butts overnight with my BBQ guru fan assy driven by my Fireboard 2. After about 15 hours I still had a few coals left, it’s my new portable smoker solution.
 

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Gary London

TVWBB Super Fan
Don't bother with the charcoal ring and diffuser plate. Just doesn't work well in a 22" kettle. Everything gets too close to the cooking grate. A pain to top up fuel.

I use a Fuse/Snake for long and low cooks on the kettle.
Others use the Slow n Sear which gets very good reviews.

I've had the MT Premium for some time. I wrote this review. MT Premium Review

The hinged lid is good but you need to fiddle with it to get it to seat properly. Mine needs another adjustment, or perhaps a gasket.
 

 

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