Pro grills are known for the solid stainless construction, high BTU output and searing capability. Years ago, Weber entered the market with a competitive high end grill called the Summit with similar functionality. We decided to compare the Summit to the DCS.
First, lets look at the companies.
Weber is a privately held American manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills. Weber was founded in 1893 by George A. Stephen. He founded the grill by improving his brazier he had been using to cook at home. The grill was produced by using two sheet metal half-spheres normally used as parts in his sheet metal workshop. In the late 1950’s Stephen bought out the Weber Brothers factory and devoted all of his time to selling the Weber kettle. Soon after he changed the name to Weber-Stephen Products Co. Weber grills acquired its competitor in 2004, Ducane, moving the company into high end propane and natural gas grills.
Today Weber is one of our top selling grill brands. Their extensive line of grills has a product for nearly every customer in our market. The Summit series is Weber’s premium grill product, great for the customer who wants pro functionality without spending $4,000+ for a professional grill.
The stainless steel flavorizer bars protect the burners, helping to extend their life. The flavorizer bars also retain heat and spread it evenly across the grill, preventing cold spots. Lastly, when liquids from the meat drip onto the bars and evaporate, it adds flavor back into the meat.
The side burner is something that can be very useful in an outdoor setting. You can do anything from sauté a side dish of veggies or boil rice or even make your own BBQ sauce.
DCS is an appliance brand known for its professional style cooking products and outdoor barbecues. DCS was a brand purchased by Fisher & Paykel, a conglomerate out of New Zealand known for manufacturing apartment size refrigeration, laundry, and dishwasher drawers. DCS began manufacturing cooking products in the late 80’s.
Today DCS markets grills to customers who are looking to incorporate commercial cooking technology into a residential application.
DCS BGC48BQAR - $5,199
4 Grill burners at 25,000 BTU
Grease management system
18,000 BTU intergrated rotisserie burner
Dedicated Sealed Smoker Tray w 3,500 BTU Smoker Burner
Smart beam grill light
8 double sided grilling grates
Optional grill cart (+$2,399)
DCS is known for their full surface searing, rather than a single zone. It is made possible through precison ported stainless burners and ceramic radiant rods. This ensures precise, even temperature searing across the entire grilling surface.
A layer of ceramic rods are placed between burners and the grill grates, providing intense but even heat. When you grill with controlled heat rather then direct flames you reduce flareups. This reduces hot and cold pockets as well.
With the grease management system featured on the 36” and 48” model reduces flare ups by channeling oil and grease away from the burner flames. Fat drippings are collected in a removable stainless drip tray for easy clean up.
The Heavy duty rotisserie burner is a high heat infrared burner providing controlled searing heat. The rotisserie motor with a stainless steel rod can hold up to 50 lbs. A dedicated smoker burner is available in the 36” and 48” models.
DCS vs. Weber Summit
First, the price is almost double or $2,500 between both grills(with the cart)t. Now let's understand that $2,000 alone will buy a great grill. The major difference is the BTU output per burner. DCS is 25,000 whereas Weber is 10,000 BTU. For meats and denser foods, DCS will be able to grill faster. DCS also has the ability to sear anywhere whereas the Weber has a dedicated sear burner.
An intangible is reliability, Weber is amongst the most reliable products sold at Yale. We sold DCS 10 years ago, but we have no sales/service experience to date.
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