Summit by name and Summit by nature the flagship Weber Summit range sits at the upper most limits of Weber's range of barbecues packing all the power needed for a superlative grilling, roasting, smoking and baking experience into a visually stunning, long lasting, yet easy to live with, grill.
All the Summit range of barbecues are delivered nearly fully assembled, with minimal effort needed to get them grilling, giving excellent robustness as most parts are welded together in Weber's US factory, where they are built, before shipping so there are no nuts or bolts that will work themselves loose in use.
The Weber Summit S470 is stunning to look at and full of features, being built to last in Weber's own factory in the US, and is constructed around a powder coated steel frame on which are mounted the two stainless steel doors and the stainless lid, with cast aluminium end caps, plus the two stainless steel side tables all of which are finished off with chunky stainless steel fittings. All this is then completed by the stainless steel control panel with it's illuminated control knobs.
Recessed into the side tables of the Weber Summit S470 are a side burner and a Tuck-Away rotisserie motor. The side burner gives the opportunity for preparing sauces or boiling vegetables on the barbecue, but when it is not needed to be used a flush fitted protective lid means that the side burner surface can be used for food preparation or storage. The side burner is controlled using it's own independent control knob with it's own independent ignition. The Tuck-Away rotisserie motor, which locks up or down into position thanks to a spring-loaded clip, neatly contains its own power cable to prevent it hanging loose to get in the way when not used when it is also concealed by a flush mounted lid.
The lid of the Weber Summit S470 feels reassuringly solid with it's full width chrome handle, making it hassle free to lift, and contains a chunky simple to read centrally mounted lid thermometer so grilling conditions can be watched with out needing to compromise on performance by lifting the lid too often. The chrome handle also acts as the mount for a grill out handle light which throw some light on the proceedings for nocturnal grilling.
Below the stainless steel lid sits the beating heart of the Weber Summit S470, the cast aluminium cook box containing it's 3019cm² cooking area with it's comprehensive range of grilling features such as the included rotisserie, rear rotisserie burner, warming rack, stainless steel Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates, Sear Station and Smoker Box Burner that really do put the Weber Summit range in the front line of barbecues.
The Weber Stainless Steel Gourmet BBQ System cooking grate has a centre section can that can be lifted out to allow the use of separately purchasable Weber BBQ Gourmet System Accessories, Griddle, Wok, Sear Grate, Pizza Stone, Dutch Oven and Poultry Roaster, for the opportunity to greatly expand the range of grilling, roasting or baking possibilities even further.
The warming rack is the remedy to situations were food that will need serving at the same time has differing cook times allowing the storage of food in the warmth of the cook box but removed form the direct heat of the grills.
The rotisserie has a dedicated infra red rotisserie burner situated on the inside rear of the lid which is controlled by it's own control knob on the control panel which adds additional heat, from an extra direction to give more consistent heating to whatever is being cooked on the rotisserie.
Sat just below the Gourmet BBQ System Cooking Grate on the Weber Summit S470 is an ingenious smoker box with it's own independently controlled burner. This is filled with water saturated wood chips in flavours such apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, whisky and beech to produce intoxicating aromas of smoke which infuse the cooking food to give even greater depths of flavour.
Sitting beneath the Gourmet BBQ System cooking grate, at the other side to the Smoker Box, is the Sear Station, an extra small burner for additional bursts of heat for searing steaks giving those distinctive restaurant style char lines, for an even greater range of grilling options.
Situated below the Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates are a set of stainless steel Flavorizer bars, which can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance, which vapourise cooking juices or residues falling through the cooking grates onto them to recycle the smoke up into the cook box for additional smokey flavour for any food being cooked on the grates for that distinctive barbecue taste. The Flavorizer Bars also help reduce flare ups by preventing cooking residues from falling down onto the burners as well as protecting the four stainless steel burners that sit below them.
The stainless steel Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates and stainless Flavorizer bars can be purchased as replacement parts for when they deteriorate and the performance of the grill begins to lose it's edge.
At the front of the cook box of the Weber Summit S470 sits the well set out control panel with the control knobs for the main burners, smoker box burners and sear station burner along with the ignition button for the Snapjet ignition system. The Snapjet electronic ignition system will fire up all four burners at the same time and the four infinite control burner valve dials allow the gas flow to each of the four burners to be independently regulated for total control over grilling. The four independent burners can be used to modify the heat source in the cook box for indirect grilling so the barbecue can be used successfully for roasting or baking by turning the heat up on the left and right burner and down on the central burners.
Behind the stainless steel double doors of the fully enclosed cart of the Weber Summit S470 there is plenty of space to hide away the utensils or accessories that need to be kept handy below the barbecue as well as a 5kg Patio Gas bottle that can be used within the cart, though for a barbecue of this power the use a 13kg Patio Gas bottle which cannot be used in the cart is advisable. Hidden away behind the doors there is a disposable drip tray which catches any excess cooking fats which are made during a grilling session which then can simply be discarded whilst more easy to reach storage is to hand for utensils on the six tool holders that are on the side tables. Further drip trays can be purchased as an extra.
To help with adventures in grilling Weber produce a huge range of truly functional and stylish accessories to use with their grills to widely enhance and expand the grilling experience going all the way from roasting racks, thermometers, pizza stones to mitts and aprons via griddles and Bear Claws.
With minimal assembly required the truly multifunctional Weber Summit S470 creates minimal fuss right from the very start. It's fantastic looks are fully supported by a fantastic range of possibilities for roasting, baking and grilling as well as a powerful grilling performance all making for an easy to live with grilling machine that will happily push the barbecuing envelope if that's what you want to do.