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Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch Smoker

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: temp control, lump usage, end product, ease of use, availability, information available

Cons: none

Easily the best smoker out there for under $400.00.


Its charcoal not electric, or gas, thats its 1st & biggest advantage.  You are using a smoker, not an oven that smokes.


Great bbq flavor,  a miser on fuel,  easily holds 225 for 9-10 hours in all weather conditions. 


I sold all my other smokers when I got the WSM,  they were just wasting space since they were never going to be used again.


Pros: Easy to use, holds temps for a long time, seems economical on fuel,

Cons: none worth mentioning here

I was given this smoker about eight years ago by my father in law, it was about 25 years old at the time and had never been used, so it was "new".  This is the only smoker that I have ever owned personally (may dad has a couple homemade ones).  


This smoker is easy to get up to temp, and regulates fairly quickly.  I hardly ever have to use more than one vent to regulate the temps once it is up to temp.  I basically use the minion method.


1 10 lb bag of RO lump can last for about 18-20 hrs (can't get it all in there at once).  I have made a Chute out of a piece of tin and put an old door handle on it to add charcoal easier.  I can load it up with lump initially and get 6-8 hrs out of it depending on outside temp.


I did have to do a couple of mods to mine:

       Had add a Temp guage (new models already have this)

       Added a bigger water pan - now I only have to add water on smokes over 10-11 hrs

       Notched the door handle so I could tell where the latch was (don't know if this is fixed on the                                        

                                                                                                                             newer ones)

       The door is kind of small to add charcoal.  As stated earlier this was easily fixed with the chute.


 I have gotten four nine pound pork butts on here before (on end) and they turned out fine, you can get alot more meat on there than you first think, you just have to get a little creative.


As far as I am concerned this is a great smoker to begin on.


Pros: Almost everything

Cons: The latch on the door is a pain to keep adjusted.

I have the older model - no heat shield or thermometer, but on the other hand it was only $179 back when I bought it. As others have said, it's easy to use, you don't  have to watch it like  a hawk to maintain a steady temperature. I have made a  few modifications: Guru eyelets for thermometer probes, handles on the middle section,  a waterless pan mod (old-style small WSM water pan mounted on top of the pan from a Brinkmann Gourmet I used to have), and one of the Brinkmann cooking  grates set on top of the charcoal grate (crossways) to keep small pieces of lump from falling through. I also  have a Stoker, which you don't really need but I won it  for  free.  Cooking with the Brinkmann was more about tending  the smoker than the food, and I was lucky to get it to go 6 hours before I had to dump the ashes and refuel. The WSM will go all night without any attention, so those long  cooks  for butts are a lot easier. My only "con" is that the  18.5 size won't  hold full racks of ribs, so I end up cooking half-racks. But it will hold 4 beer-can chickens  on the bottom rack, so I'm not quite ready to move up to the 22". For anyone just starting out, the WSM is one of the easiest  smokers to learn on,  and (like  me) you may find it is all the smoker you'll ever need. And if you should get tired of it  for some reason, you'll have no trouble selling  it.


Pros: It is simple and easy to use. It is well made. It is strong and durable. The parts are easy to assemble. It is effective because it works very well.

Cons: Many people who use the product are happy with it.

Quote: http://www.oureviews.com/weber-721001-smokey-mountain-cooker-18-inch-smoker/
 It is evident that Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18 inches are the best product for meat smoking. It can grill more than one item at once because it has provision for grilling different types of meats at a time. It is simple and very easy to use, clean and maintain. It is durable; it is a good device, which you can make part of your home.


Pros: Simplicity of use, efficient usage of charcoal(be it lump or biquet)

Cons: None to date

I made a couple of mods before I initially seasoned my WSM. Namely, a gasket kit, a second charcoal grate, mounted together with a pair of 8" eye bolts, to make removal/cleanup easier and a smaller drip pan.


The WSM has made everything I've smoked in it taste sensational. It is easy to maintain even temperatures and burns charcoal efficiently Very happy to have joined the ranks of WSM owners. :yahoo: 


Pros: Competition quality smoker. Turns out fabulous ribs, pork butt, brisket. sausage, ham.

Cons: Not insulated, so wind, cold and rain can affect temp control.

I had a pellet cooker and it was great for convenience. Fill the hopper with pellets, plug it in and turn it on. But my pellets cooker just couldn't give me the real smoke flavor I was looking for. I sold it and bought the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker (WSM). I love it. Would never go back to a pellet cooker. If you love your pellet cooker - great! But if you want "real" BBQ flavor - give this a try. If you don't like it - they re-sell (at near face value) instantly on Craigslist and Ebay. Heck, call me. I'll buy yours.


Pros: Durability. Able to maintain temperature. Vents all over to adjust temp.

Cons: Nothing.

With all the other reviews on the Internet and here about this smoker, there's nothing I have to add that wasn't said already. It rocks!!


Pros: Heat Control, Ease of Use, Able to do lots of meat at one time, you just set it and forget it.

Cons: The smaller one's door is a little restricting, but this is not a major problem.

I started out with a ECB, and I found an 18.5 WSM on Craiglist for $200.00. It had been used 5 or 6 times which means I didnt have to season it. There is no comparison with this to my other smoker. I love being able to use the minion method which gives me long smokes with little to no attention. It will also do quite a bit of meat. I can easily fit 4 full Boston Butts on it (~8lb each). Clean up and set up are very easy. I would highly recommend one. I will be getting the larger on too just so I can have the option of a larger cooking capacity. I do quite a bit of cooking for other people. 

Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch Smoker

18'' porcelain enameled bowl and lid, plated steel cooking grate, lid mounted thermometer, 2.5 gallon water pan capacity, procelain charcoal ring, and heavy duty legs. 726 sq. in. cooking area.

FeatureMeasures approximately 19 by 19 by 41 inches; 10-year limited warranty
Height21.5 inches
Length30 inches
Weight52 pounds
Width22 inches
List Price$349.00
Package Quantity1
Product GroupLawn & Patio
TitleWeber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch Smoker
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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