One of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of barbecue and grilling equipment, Weber creates grills and smokers that have great features and cook beautifully. You can read more about the Weber company here.
Smokey Mountain Cookers are Weber’s high quality, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. Often seen winning at competitions against commercial cookers, the Smokey Mountain Cookers are easy to use and produce incredible results.
The popular Weber Smokey Mountain Cookers are available in three models:
- Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 14.5″;
- Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 18.5″;
- Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 22.5″.
The cooker is comprised of three sections—a charcoal bowl, where the charcoal briquettes and smoke wood reside; a cooking section containing a water pan, two cooking grates, and an access door; and a classic Weber domed lid.
Cooking Performance & Features
The cooking area is 286 sq.in. on the 14.5″ model, 481 sq.in. on the 18.5″ model and 726 sq.in. on the 22.5″ Smokey Mountain model.
The large 22.5″ Smokey can accommodate a few slabs of ribs on the grates without cutting them or bending them as would be necessary on the smaller models.
All these big units can cook at remarkably steady temperature for hours and using the vents makes raising and lowering temperature easy.
The four rust-resistant dampers allow for easy heat control without lifting the lid. Made of rust-resistant aluminum, the damper system is not only functional but also durable. The Weber Smokey Mountain grill also features a built-in thermometer, but for perfect cooking results we recommend the use of a special meat thermometer.
Made of heavy-duty plated steel, the cooking grates are durable, easy to clean and can hold enough heat for giving your stakes great sear marks. The Smokey Mountain Cookers features a rust-resistant aluminum fuel door for easy access to fuel and for adding water to the water pan. However adding water or charcoal trough the side door may be a little tricky. On the grill we have tested, the door was not a perfect fit, thus letting smoke out and oxygen in.
The charcoal chamber is porcelain enameled and the heavy-duty plated steel charcoal grates are durable and capable of withstanding the high heat of any charcoal fire.
The Smokey Mountain grills have a beautiful solid construction. Considering their size and weight and the lack of wheels, moving is not as easy as with other grills.
Help & Support
All the Weber charcoal grills are covered by a 10-year limited warranty, as follows:
- Cooking /charcoal grates – 2 years warranty;
- Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System – 10 years warranty;
- Bowl and lid against rust trough or burn through – 10 years warranty;
- Nylon handles – 10 years warranty;
- Thermoplastic/ thermoset parts – 10 years, excluding fading;
- All other parts – 2 years warranty.
The Weber website has an extensive FAQs page that features information about gas grills and charcoal grills. You’ll also find product manuals, general tips on grill maintenance and grilling itself on this site. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, there is a search feature to help you find it quickly.
Solid built, the Smokey Mountain Cookers are great cooking machines. Their great results at barbecue competitions are a reliable proof of their capabilities.
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