Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Review – Worth Your Money?

Last Updated on August 25, 2022

Jim Bob

Jim Bob

A long-time contributor to GrillBabyGrill. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.

When you think about grilling outside and making your family and friends happy, you probably think about grilling with charcoal. Propane grills focus more on cooking foods rather than imparting any extra flavor. You can taste the full flavor of those ingredients, but you won’t get the grilled and smoky flavors that you want. We recommend the Weber Charcoal Grill for those who want to spend the summer cooking outside.

This grill comes loaded with features that make it a top choice, including a large storage area and rolling wheels. Do you only have one spot where you can grill? Instead of leaving your grill outside and exposed to the elements every day, you can wheel this one out every time that you want to cook. It features two different sets of wheels on the bottom that can tackle anything in your way.

Also known as the grilling center, it has plenty of prep space too that lets you prep main dishes and side dishes outside instead of dirtying up your kitchen. In our review of the Weber Summit Charcoal Grill, we’ll go over the pros and cons and the specs of the grill.

18501001 Summit

Weber 18501001 Summit Charcoal: Detailed Review & Breakdown 

As a complete grilling center, the Summit lets you cook anything you have in mind and prep all the ingredients that you need in one convenient spot. It uses stainless steel that retains its shape and design over time while also retaining the heat of the grill. You’ll also find a hinge on the top of the grill that keeps the lid in place as you flip food and add or remove items from the grates.

Thanks to the lid damper, you can change the airflow as needed to let foods cook slower or faster. It also has a cleaning system that you can use in seconds. With just one touch, you can dump the ash and other debris into the ash catcher. That catcher detaches from the grill for convenient cleaning.

We also like the porcelain enamel used on the grill as well as the double layers of insulation that lock in all the smoke from the charcoal briquettes and the heat. The Kamado Joe II is a similar grill that might meet some of your needs. It costs a little more than the Summit grill though and does not come with a stand.


Designed and manufactured by Weber.
Comes in black with a porcelain enamel coating on the outside.
Requires some assembly when it reaches your home.
Includes a 10-year limited warranty that covers most parts.
Measures 47.7 inches by 56.6 inches by 35 inches.
Weighs 225 pounds.
With the lid open, the grill measures 60 inches by 39.5 inches by 35.8 inches.
If you close the lid, the grill measures 45.5 inches by 39.5 inches by 35.8 inches.
Has a diameter of 24 inches.
Features 452 square inches of cooking space.
Works with charcoal.
Has a gas ignition system that works with an optional disposable cylinder.
Has two durable all-weather wheels on one side.
The other site features a swivel caster that locks.
With the complete table system/center, the cart includes two all-weather wheels and two locking swivel casters.
Includes two hooks that let you hang tools from the grill.
Two fuel holders let you keep extra charcoal close to the grill.
Features a built-in thermostat on the lid.
An attached ash catcher releases from the bottom of the grill.
Includes a measuring cup for the charcoal.
Comes with a bowl and lid coated with porcelain enamel.
Has hinges on both the lid and the cooking grates.
Works with products from Weber, including grill covers and grilling racks.
Has a two-position grate for the fuel.
Features an easy opening lid.


With 452 square inches of cooking space, the Summit grill has enough space for large pieces of meat and smaller ingredients.
You can change the position of the fuel grate based on what works best for you.
The porcelain enamel on top of the stainless steel grill acts as insulation and also gives it a nice look.
It uses a jet ignition system that comes on in seconds to help you cook faster.
With just one push of a button, the grill will light the charcoal and start heating up.
You can use various heat settings to cook dishes faster or slower and to use other cooking methods such as baking.
A slow vent setting lets you smoke foods via charcoal and a low temp.
The lid and bowl mimic the design of Kamado and egg grills.
Inside is coated stainless steel grates.
It comes with a wheeling/rolling cart that you can quickly move.
The top of the cart gives you extra prep space as well as storage space.
An aluminum ash catcher collects the ash from your charcoal and keeps it away from the heat.


The high cost can put off some buyers.
You might find yourself bumping into the charcoal holder or that it gets in your way.
Jim Bob

Jim Bob

Final Thoughts

With a high price tag, you might take one look at the Weber Summit Charcoal Grill and look at some of the alternatives. We highly recommend that you take a second look at this grill because it’s more than worth the price. Standard egg grills can cost just as much or even more. Those models don’t come with all the features and options on this one, namely the prep table.

That table not only lets you prep before you cook, but it also turns the grill into a portable model that you can use anywhere on your patio or yard. It has more than 450 square inches of cooking space across stainless steel grates that let your food slide off easily when you cook. While there are other grills in this price range, we recommend the Weber Summit Charcoal Grill because of features such as the double-wall insulated exterior and a jet ignition start. The grill efficiently uses charcoal to cook delicious foods without much hassle.

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