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Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker

100% Positive Reviews


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.


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!!


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.


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


Pros: Easy to use, maintains temperatures for a long period of time

Cons: Steel door built cheaply

If you are looking into smoking meat and want to have quality but not completely empty your wallet, look no further. This smoker is of great size and is easy to setup and use. The steel door is built a little cheaply and you may need to play around with it to get it work. As I have used this more and more, I find it getting easier and easier to use progressing forward.


Pros: Large capacity, easy setup and cleanup, smoking time can be long with minimal effort with a fan controller.

Cons: It wasn't free. Can't move it around easliy. My door has big gaps at the top and I have to push on it hard to seal it.

Believe the hype. It's everything people say it is. If you're looking for a great, easy to use smoker with decent capacity and not too costly from a name you can trust, look no more!


The only problem I faced was the heat control. But, I understand, the more you use this thing, the easier it is to use and control the heat. However, I purchased a computer controlled fan since it seems to make things a whole lot easier controlling the smoking temps, but it's more of a luxury item that increases the convenience of using this smoker. You can do just fine without it.


Pros: Easy to use, maintains consistent heat very well.

Cons: Nit picking here. Weber should install a port to allow temp probes to be inserted into grilling area.

With the WSM 22.5" Weber has made me very popular with my friends and family. While I have always loved to grill I started thinking about smoking about a year and a half ago and pulled the trigger on this smoker almost exactly a year ago. About my only complaint is that I waited so long before doing this. This grill is easy to use, after about 5 smokes it really got consistent holding the heat, and is roomy enough for me to cook for a large group. I have turned out some wonder food, ribs, chicken, prime rib and turkey with this baby and I have to say I have heard "this is the best (insert food here) I have ever had" many times already and nothing brings a smile to my face as quickly as knowing that people enjoy my cooking.


The WSM is an excellent first smoker but I hesitate to limit it as just that. I think it would take a lot for me to ever feel the need to spend more on a smoker. It isn't the cheapest smoker, but I think it is very affordable and like all Weber grills is of a high quality. I quickly zeroed in on the WSM when looking at smokers and really the biggest decision was whether to go with the 18" or the 22.5." Being a guy I figured "bigger is better" and I have yet to have proved that to be wrong.


The only complaint I have is the absence of a port in which to insert temperature probes. This is easily remedied with a quick trip to Home Cheapo to buy a package of lamp nipples (found where they have lamp parts). I selected the shortest one and drilled a hole in the side of the Weber and the "problem" was solved.


I have no qualms recommending this smoker to anyone interested (and have).


Pros: Build Quality, Temp control, Size,

Cons: Size, Lid Therm off temp - Don't trust it.

Mom picked this up for me as a Birthday gift after smoking on a Kettle for quite a awhile I suppose her and Pop thought I needed a proper smoker. 


Unboxing this thing is not unlike what I would imagine Indiana Jones and Sallah felt pushing aside the heavy block that hides the Ark of the Covenant.


Folks, This thing is big. I went back and forth on the 22 and 18 inch models and I am highly satisfied with former over the latter. That is both a PRO and a CON. The PROs are obvious. There is no real CON to this thing other than the added cost of fuel and Deliciousness that is to come. You are going to want to use this this and so are others. Fill it up with 4 Large turkeys or 8 - 10 butts. I've pulled some fantastic Turkey off this thing already. Dare I say the Turkey was perfect. If you are going back and forth on the size of the two WSMs, I'd say that Unless it's just YOU and maybe another, Go for the 22. You won;t be sorry. 


Value - 5 stars for me. It was a gift. It cost me nothing. It does exactly what I would expect it would do. 

Quality - 5 Stars. Weber makes good stuff and this is no exception. 

Ease of Use - 5 stars. Start a fire, watch your temps. Its that easy.

Heat control - 4 Stars. Only reason was I had a little bit of a time dialing it in. It was a cold Blustery day at a whopping 19 degrees out on its maiden voyage. I figure things will get better as I get smokes under my belt. I can dial in the kettle with little issue. I expect the same from the WSM as things seal up. 

Overall - 5 Stars.  This thing can do a lot of meat and with a little time spent with it, It can turn out some fantastic que. 

Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker

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

FeatureMeasures approximately 23 by 23 by 42 inches; 10-year limited warranty
Height26.5 inches
Length36 inches
Weight75.5 pounds
Width26.5 inches
List Price$499.00
Product GroupLawn & Patio
TitleWeber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

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