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).