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Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker

100% Positive Reviews

Posted

Pros: generous capacity, metal not as flimsy as other brands

Cons: fit isn't very tight in some spots, design is relatively inconvenient

I saved up my Cabela's points for a long time, then found a WSM 22.5 floor model at Cabela's that just happened to be the last one in the store, and it just happened to be missing some pieces and have some very minor damage. I ended up paying less than 100 actual dollars out of pocket and out the door. I promptly called Weber and explained my missing parts situation which, much to their credit, they remedied free of charge with no shipping. :biggrin:

 

PROS

The smoker holds a decent amount of food. I can easily get 6 whole chickens (3 on each rack) in mine. I haven't pushed it any farther because I don't want my food rubbing the inside of the lid.

The "fire box" holds enough fuel to last more than 8 hours without adding any more.

The smoker is made from a heavier gauge metal than some (most?) other brands, resulting in better heat retention and durability.

 

CONS

The fit of various components is not great. Around the lid, around the door, around the air vents, and even around the thermometer all leak smoke -- which also means that there are air leaks in the same spots.

The design is somewhat inconvenient, relative to the larger tank-type smokers. For example, it's nearly impossible to reach in and get food off the lower grill without getting a face full of heat / smoke or your arms singed. Likewise, and again relative to the larger tank-type smokers, it's inconvenient to add fuel to the fire -- especially if you want / need to add it to the far side.

 

 

Overall, for the level of smoker (i.e., not industrial scale and not generally considered professional level), price point, and the design type (bullet), this is a fantastic smoker. Once the heat is regulated, it can go a long time without any sort of intervention. Also, given proper care, it should have a long service life.

 

POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS:

Better fit of various components could be accomplished by adding gaskets where appropriate.

It would be very helpful to have two handles on the lid.

It would be very helpful to add a hinge between the lid and the body.

It would be nice to have more than one fuel door, even if the doors were smaller, to allow for easier / more precise fuel placement when if / required.

Doors should be made of stronger metal and have a more precise fit.

It would be nice to have handles on the center section.

It would be nice to have either (a) heavy duty locking wheels, or (b) latches to secure the bottom two sections together along with handles on the middle section, to allow for easier movement of the smoker.

Four air vents in the bottom (instead of three) might be nice, and would provide more accurate heat and air control.

 

*A number of the improvements listed above can be accomplished via 3rd party add-on products.

Posted

Pros: With the right accessories, it's almost idiot-proof. Well constructed

Cons: Kinda pricey for what it is.

I bought this on a whim after eating some smoked ribs a buddy made on his WSM.

After reading forums and watching YouTube videos I took a chance and smoked a pork loin. It was amazing and people raved about it.

Next came ribs then salmon then pork shoulder and so on and so on. The results have all been moist and flavorful.

Can't imagine how I made it this long without one.

Posted

Pros: Quality, ease of use, great tasting foods

Cons: Front door

This is the fourth smoker I have owned and the best by far.Once it is assembled, it is almost foolproof. First smoke took some time to get the temperature adjusted. Once it hit the correct temp it was smooth sailing. I  have cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving and once I got it to temperature it sailed along without touching anything. A brisket smoked for 9 hours and half of the charcoal was left. Hint fill the charcoal hopper and then light about ten to fifteen coals in a chimney and put that on top. When it gets to temperature close two vents on the bottom. I have a remote temperature device with meat and grill temperature probes, this is not necessary with this unit, but was with all of my other smokers. We smoke year round with no problems as I keep it against a stone wall built just for grilling and the wind is never a problem. Why did I wait so long to get this?

Posted

Pros: Quality of Weber product and Quality of the smoking process

Cons: Front Door

I assembled the WSM 22.5 just like the videos and recommendations I read and it was perfect.  The outstanding quality and workmanship were amazing.  The only drawback was the door for a lack of seal.  I bought the gasket kit and the one for the lid worked great but the door seal just wasn't that good.  It did not fit and align itself with the way the door was assembled.  This did not affect the way it worked or smoked.  It was the first product I have had in a long time that worked and produced without any disappointments or problems.  I would highly recommend this smoker to anyone that is in the market for a new smoker.  I did four 12-15  pound pork butts that were awesome for the first try.  I also did not "season" it either - it went box to action in a couple of hours.

Posted

Pros: Inexpensive, High Quality, Easy to use.

Cons: Not sure of the correctness of the built in thermometer.

I bought a 18" WSM about 7 years ago after attending a BBQ competition and almost every competitor had 2 or 3 WSM's on site.  About 4 years ago I added a 22 1/2" WSM as I needed to cook for almost 100 people.  I was able to smoke 16 racks of pork back ribs in about 6 hours.  I used the BRITU recipe from the WSM web site, and had rave reviews.  My only concern is related to the accuracy of the built in thermometer.  It reads about 15 degrees lower than a candy thermometer inserted in the top vent. I generally try to smoke at 225 degrees and the WSM does a great job!  I've added an Auber Instruments thermocouple system to help maintain a relatively even temperature. This has mad it easier yet.

Posted

Pros: Holds your desired temps for HOURS! That is the key to smoking meats, beef, pork,poultry,fish.

Cons: Super windy days, over 20 knots, will make you work a little harder to maintain your temps. No Cons beyond that.

New to smoking?  This is the smoker for you.  Veteran smoker?  Spend $800 bucks on an Egg or get this for half the price!!

Posted

Pros: Holds temp well, construction is solid, easy to set up and use.

Cons: None

Just bought this and have done one smoke on it and looking forward to many more. Just from one smoke I can tell that the construction quality is great and well worth the money. I will never purchase a different type smoker when this one gives out in about 50 years.

Posted

Pros: Ease of Use, well constructed, holds temperature well.

Cons: The access door can be improved upon; Needs a modification for insertion of Digital Thermometer Temp Probe.

From the first smoke, my WSM 22.5 has performed superbly, producing great smoked meat.  I spritz and mop my meat - I only remove the lid for a short time in the process, but the WSM will rapidly pop back to my desired smoking temperature.  I am away from home on vacation right now and when I return will modify my WSM to add temp. probe access.  I ordered my WSM from Lowes - The normal price is $399.00, but I received a 10% Military Discount.  For the temp. probe modification, see -- http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/94076/wsm-mods


Note:  The threaded insert must be kept short in order to insert temperature probes that are curved.  Here is the type hardware I bought at Home Depot for about $6 -- http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/94076/lightbox/post/819257/id/149012

Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker
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Description:

22.5 Smokey Mtn Cooker GrillPorcelain-enameled bowl, lid, and water pan Cooking area = 726 square inches Two heavy-duty, plated-steel cooking grates Lid thermometer Four no-rust aluminum vents No-rust aluminum fuel door

Details:
DetailValue
BindingKitchen
BrandWeber
EAN0779240814844
FeatureMeasures approximately 23 by 23 by 42 inches; 10-year limited warranty
Height26.5 inches
Length36 inches
Weight75.5 pounds
Width26.5 inches
LabelWeber
List Price$499.00
ManufacturerWeber
Model731001
MPN731001
Product GroupLawn & Patio
Product Type NameABIS_LAWN_AND_GARDEN
PublisherWeber
StudioWeber
TitleWeber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker
UPC779240814844
Size22-1/2-Inch
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

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Okay.  I know that when my Weber 22.5 Smoker temps get higher than I want them to, I add water to the water pan to bring the temps down.  That helps along with closing the bottom vents slightly if not completely.   - Caveman

 

 

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