So I am brand new to smoking, or had hope to be. Spent weeks researching places, especially this board, and finally decided on a Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5 based on reviews, comments etc. Decided it was worth the extra money for the quality I considered Weber to be.
Anyway - ordered the WSM 22.5 on Tuesday from Amazon, had it shipped 2 day to get here. Finally had a chance to put it together tonight. Got it completely assembled and went to place lid on top and there is absolutely no way it will fit. The 'middle' section is so bent, if I place the lid down into it on the front it sticks out at least 1/2 inch on the back.
I tried pushing, shoving, bending the middle section as much as I could and I can't get the lid on completely.
Is this just something I need to live with? Is this common?
I know there are bigger issues in life, but I feel like I spent more $$$ for quality and the lid won't even sit on the top correctly.
Also the top grate wobbles at least 1/3 of an inch back and forth, does not sit level
Any thoughts on how to fix or do I just need to live with a (really) large gap on the back? Since I got this from Amazon would cost a fortune (I fear) to return.
It is hard to tell but below are a few pictures of the gap
1st pic is how it looks in the front. next two are the gap in the back. Hard to tell but the 2nd pic the top is hanging OVER the bottom by a sizeable (1'2 inch +) amount
Edited by KRubby - 12/13/14 at 9:24pm