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Risking DEATH! Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 

My wife says she will kill me if I come home with one more BBQ grill or Smoker.  I currently have a Kingsford Grill, Two mini-WSM I have constructed and an MES40.  But....

While at Walmart, I saw a Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5.  They were closing out on it for $99.00, no box, but all the parts are there, except 3 screws for the legs.  Because of the missing screws, they were willing to offer another 10% discount. 

If I never post again, you will know I bought it.  

post #2 of 39

The Horror , The Horror-- Same here, Wally World on Sun Had Weber Rib Racks red tagged from $8 to $4 so the last two came home. Told her i can now add more ribs vertical and it came a moot point. Worked. At least it's a safe addiction with taste to boot.

post #3 of 39

Well before she catches ya at least get us a pic of the smoker if not the first smoke off of it LOL Yep I am in the same boat or should I say coffin 


A full smoker is a happy smoker 



post #4 of 39

Shhhhh, just tell her you've reached "critical mass" where they start multiplying on their own.   

post #5 of 39

I know the feeling , imagine what Trish said when I ordered this:




Good luck and . . .

post #6 of 39
I could understand risking life and limb for a 22.5 WSM! Dude, you've already got two minis. Walk away from that 14.5. Walk away! Don't look over your shoulder. Keep walking...
post #7 of 39
Thread Starter 

It fell into my cart tonight.  I am sorry, but saving $100 bucks off the price was too much to pass on.  I will be sleeping with my eyes open tonight :icon_eek:


post #8 of 39
Thread Starter 

After I have had a few days of use on the WSM 14.5, I will post a comparison with the mini-WSM.  They are very similar in many ways, but ;there are some differences.  I have already gone through and tightened up the bolts (some of them were left very loose by the Walmart employee who had assembled it).  The inside needed some serious cleaning, due to it being out in the uncovered garden center.  The aluminum access door was slightly misshapen, and looked like it would have sealing issues.  A little work with a rubber-faced hammer restored it to a good flush fit.  It will likely end up with a form-fitting blanket to combat a common complaint that wind affects the temperature inside the unit.  Most likely the wind effect is also associated with more/less air getting pushed into/out the vents as well.  The comparison will be a separate posting. 

How did I avoid censure from the spouse?  The Cuisinart mini-wsm build became the sacrificial lamb; it is going to a good home.  A fellow Q fanatic at work.

post #9 of 39

Should I be checking my local Walmarts?

I'm in the market.

post #10 of 39
Thread Starter 

Ron Eb,


Should you be checking other stores for this special price?


The short answer: no. 


The longer answer: Yes, as fall approaches; BBQ equipment goes on sale as summer closes. 


The really long answer:

This case was nearly unique.  In Arizona rain is infrequent.  Some Arizona companies get in the habit of storing boxes outside.  When it does rain, the boxes get wet and start falling apart.  The local Walmart will start opening the wet boxes and assemble the Grill/BBQ/Smoker units.  This way, a soggy box is not a detractor to sales.  However, some minimum wage employees are less than fully conscientious.  Metal plates get dented, ceramic coatings get chipped, nuts and bolts get lost and parts get bolted on up-side-down.  As such, the value is diminished.  The local Walmart had a $99 sign in front of two assembled WSM-14.5 smokers.  Considering all of the above factors, it was quite believable it was a special mark-down price.  As it turned out, Walmart stated the price was a mistake, and not a reduction.  They had intended to sell these smokers (with one of them missing nuts and bolts which secured the legs and chips in the ceramic) without a box, at the full $199 price.  I convinced them to sell me one smoker at the shown price.  I mixed and matched the parts to get a unit cobbled together in the best possible condition, and paid for it.  Will this "special" be found at other Walmarts? Darn Unlikely.

post #11 of 39
Originally Posted by Addertooth View Post

How did I avoid censure from the spouse?  The Cuisinart mini-wsm build became the sacrificial lamb; it is going to a good home.  A fellow Q fanatic at work.

Well played , sir. Well played. I would have used the " but honey.... it was , like , HALF PRICE" gambit. grilling_smilie.gif
post #12 of 39

:wife: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to remember the passing of a good man.... Addertooth... he was well liked and made good BBQ! He was cremated in a WSM 14.5" smoker and his ashes will be spread at the next major BBQ competition after a moment of silence.



post #13 of 39

His last words were "Make sure to use the pork rub."


He is survived by his family, his Home Depot gift card collection, and a Maverick ET-732 with minor teeth marks on it.

post #14 of 39
Thread Starter 

Mega LOL.

post #15 of 39
You got a good deal on a great smoker!

Welcome to the 14.5" WSM crowd.

post #16 of 39
Thread Starter 

Thanks Martin,

With two mini-WSM builds, It seemed I was already knocking at the door.

post #17 of 39

Now if you buy a 22.5" WSM you can fit all your little ones inside of it for storage. You could just tell your wife you were cleaning up the deck! 2thumbs.gif

post #18 of 39
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Yes, but then it would look like a pregnant mama, carrying twins.  And where would I put the meat then?

I suppose I could put it in the mini units, and use them like a Dutch oven ;)

post #19 of 39

Right on JIR. he could get a 22.5 and fit them inside each other just like the Russian dolls

and no one would be the wiser.

post #20 of 39
I was in Target yesterday and they have a clearance sale for all of the their smoking supplies. Which is completely stupid because we can smoke year round here. They have a weber 22.5 kettle (silver) for $52! It was really hard to walk away from that.

My wife is out of town for 10 days and that should give plenty of time to find a hiding spot...

I know I already have a 22.5 kettle but I got it from a non-profit for $5 and while it works awesome if I can get a brand new one for a little over $50.

Addertooth tell me your secret to staying married?
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