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Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker

100% Positive Reviews


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?


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.


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.

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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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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