The Bottom Line
Given the immense popularity of the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) Smoker, Weber has stepped up with this super-sized version. With 726 square inches of cooking area, this unit is perfect for the competition cook or anyone who wants to be able to turn out up to 60 pounds of barbecue. This unit works just as well as its smaller predecessor with the excellent temperature control, long unassisted cooking times and easy use. Added this year to the WSM is a lid mounted thermometer (a must) and a bottom mounted heat shield to protect any surface under the smoker. This is a serious smoker that's easy to use.
- Superior airflow design holds even, constant temperatures
- Multiple vents allow you to compensate for the wind
- Sealed design lets you shut this smoker down, saving charcoal for next time
- Very large cooking space holds a lot of food
- Front access door is a little flimsy
- Two 22.5 inch cooking steel plated grates for a total cooking area of 726 square inches
- One top and three bottom air vents
- Side mounted thermometer
- Porcelain coated lid, body and water pan
- Two lid mounted fire resistant handles
- Full sized cover included
- Made in the United States
Guide Review - Weber Smokey Mountain 22 Smoker
You've probably seen pictures of the incredible smokers that hit this barbecue competition circuit every year. Custom smokers costing tens of thousands of dollars (or more) that are the pride of serious barbecue cooks. Well for every one of these on the road there are probably a dozen Weber Smokey Mountains (WSMs). These easy to use smokers produce fantastic barbecue, hold temperatures for very long periods of time cost a whole lot less (list price is $499 but can be found for $399).
With this kind of popularity, Weber has finally come up with a larger version of this smoker. With 726 square inches of cooking space divided between two cooking surfaces, the 22.5 inch Smokey Mountain is perfect for the person who wants to produce a lot of barbecue. What is particularly good about this size is that it more easily holds whole racks of spare ribs in addition to giving you enough space for 60 pounds of pork butts or perhaps 4 large turkeys.
Added to the WSM with this model is a lid mounted thermometer which is a necessary addition. Previously people had been drilling holes in this smoker to put in a thermometer so they could determine the cooking temperature without having to open the lid. The large thermometer mounted in this unit is accurate and divided at the 5-degree mark giving it a high level of accuracy. Also added is a bottom heat shield to help protect any surface that the smoker is put on. This heat shield also seems to have the effect of reflecting heat upwards making the smoker more efficient.
On the one downside, the front access door is a little flimsy so you should be careful not to bend it out of shape. The upside of this is that you can "custom" fit it so that it holds in the smoke better.
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