Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-Inch Charcoal Smoker Review
If you are looking for an authentic smoked ribs or beef brisket, you can easily enjoy it by going to a barbecue restaurant and order some. That’s the easiest solution. The problem is, it isn’t very practical especially if you find yourself craving for it most of the time. The best solution is to cook it yourself. For that, you will need a grill; not just an ordinary grill, but a charcoal smoker to be exact. You see, you can just as easily make smoked ribs or beef brisket using an ordinary gas smoker. But nothing beats the flavour that charcoal smokers produce. That rich and juicy smoky and woody flavour is to die for. If you are going for the authentic smokehouse barbecue experience, we recommend buying a charcoal smoker. And the one of the best charcoal smokers on the market today is the Weber Smokey Mountain 18-inch charcoal smoker. You want to know why? Read on to find out.
History of Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
Before we take a closer look at the Weber Smokey Mountain 18-inch charcoal smoker, let’s first get to know the maker, Weber. Founded by George Stephenson, Weber has been consistently making the best grills since 1952. They pride themselves in providing innovative and quality grills that every person can use. The mindset of grilling the perfect steak is evident in on all the grills that they make. From the design to features, everything is made for the sole purpose of grilling excellence. This is probably why you will see Weber grills in most barbecue competitions. So you can probably guess now why we recommend the Weber Smokey Mountain 18-inch charcoal smoker. Now let’s take a look at what makes this charcoal smoker great.
- DIMENSIONS (LID CLOSED) – 41″H x 19″W x 21″D
- DIAMETER – 18″
- PRIMARY COOKING AREA – 481 sq. inches
- TOTAL COOKING AREA – 481 sq. inches
- FUEL TYPE – Charcoal
- GLASS-REINFORCED NYLON HANDLES – 1
- RUST-RESISTANT ALUMINUM DAMPERS – 4
- Plated Steel Cooking Grates
- Heavy-gauge Steel Charcoal Grate
- Built-in Lid Thermometer
- Porcelain-enameled bowl, lid, centre section and water pan
- Charcoal Chamber
- Silicone Temperature Grommet
- Rust-resistant Aluminium Fuel Door
- Rust-resistant Aluminium Heat Shield
- 10-year warranty on bowl, lid and centre ring
- 5-year warranty on plastic components (excluding fading or discoloration)
- 2-year warranty on all remaining parts
About the Weber Smokey Mountain 18 inch Smoker
The Weber 18-inch smoker is a compact and affordable smoker that’s perfect for first-time users. Is a high quality, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smoker that is often seen winning barbecue competitions. What sets this charcoal grill apart from the competition is that produces remarkably steady temperature for hours. Plus, raising or lowering the temperature on this grill is pretty easy, you just open or close the vents. The construction of the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) is solid. It has an all-black finish which makes it sleek and beautiful. One thing Weber is really known for is making long lasting porcelain and chrome coatings. The WSM has that. The legs are also very sturdy and it has a bowl-shaped aluminium heat shield attached to it.
This charcoal smoker has heat-resistant nylon handles, which in our opinion, is very important when grilling or smoking. This feature helps minimize accidental burns (you don’t know how many times we’ve suffered that when testing out other smokers). The WSM has a storage cover, lid and bowl vents. Plus, it has a built-in thermometer that is very accurate. The older models though had inaccurate thermometers (so if you notice the temperature is not accurate, you probably got the older version).
The door in this version of the Smokey Mountain is larger than the 14-inch one (obviously). The door is designed to easily put in wood chunks, chips, and charcoal. It has a latch and a lever and is also spring loaded. Weber did make sure that the door is secure. The WSM 18-inch also has ash catch pan at the bottom so you can easily collect the ashes. Weber did think of everything to make your life easier when grilling.
Apart from the heat-resistant nylon handle, the WSM case is also made of aluminium, which comprises a heat resistant shield. This is also a unique feature because it allows you to comfortably grill all through the process, since there is less heat that reaches you. See? We told you Weber thinks of everything to make sure that your grilling experience is excellent.
The construction of the Smokey Mountain 18-inch charcoal smoker is durable and effective. The Weber trademark is evident with this grill because it assures long-term service. Aside from the strong construction, this grill is also very easy to use. It has multiple dampers so you can control the heat better. The WSM also has two cooking grates that are made of well-built and heavy-duty plated steel. Did we mention that the cooking space is enough to prepare food for the whole family?
Weber designed this charcoal smoker to provide excellent and comfortable grilling experience. Since the smoking process will take longer than your usual grilling, making sure you are comfortable is a big plus. No other charcoal smoker in the market today offers that. The best thing about the Smokey Mountain 18-inch is that is perfect for all types of barbecue enthusiasts. It is very easy to operate that novice grill users will have a high learning curve. And since it also performs well, expert users will love it too. The only downside we can think of this grill is that it takes a bit of orchestrating if you want to cook a full rack of ribs, since the cooking area is a little short to accommodate that. If you plan to cook a lot of full-sized rack of ribs, we suggest going for the 22-inch. Apart from that, the WSM 18-inch does deliver what is promised, an excellent charcoal grill that will cook authentic smokehouse barbecue. It’s one of those rare “can’t go wrong with this one” products.
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