Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-1/2-Inch Review

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Pros
  • Extremely spacious; large cooking space
  • Water pan works wonders to eliminate excessive grease
  • Maintains temperature better than most smokers in the same category
  • 10 year warranty
Cons

Can dent easily

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 22-1/2-Inch Review

The Weber Smokey Cooker is very similar to the Weber 721001; after receiving feedback about their 18.5 inch model, the manufacturer decided to release a new 22.5 inch smoker and griller. The Weber 731001 offers users plenty of cooking room, but the unit is also fairly lightweight and portable.

People love being able to serve up food for large groups, and other portable smokers on the market limit their ability to cook meals for a lot of people. The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker gives you 726 square inches of room to cook, and the nickel-coated cooking grates are sturdy enough to last you a lifetime. The unit ships with a porcelain-enameled water pan, a thermometer, heat-resistant handles, individual vents and a handy storage cover. Weber really thought of everything when they made this unit; it's perfect for both amateur and professional chefs alike.

The Weber 731001 allows you to smoke and grill flavorful foods. The charcoal used in the unit gives your food a unique flavor that gas and electric units just can't mimic. The unit comes with a wood chip pan, so you can add another complex layer of flavoring to your food by adding different types of wood. A charcoal and wood combination just can't be beat, and that's why the greatest barbecue chefs use a similar setup.

This high-quality unit comes with a limited 10-year warranty. The Weber brand has been around for ages, so you never have to worry about your warranty being voided in the future. Weber has built up a solid reputation, and they are known for their excellent customer service.

Features

Charcoal grill gives you authentic flavor
23 x 23 x 42 inch unit; 726 square inch cooking area
Sturdy porcelain-enameled steel
Two heavy-duty nickel-coated 22.5 inch cooking grates
Water pan to keep your meat tender and juicy
Thermometer in lid
Vents on base and lid for air control
Heat resistant handles
Great customer service; a 10-year warranty
Storage cover

What Do People Like About The Weber?

Its Size

When people first start smoking and barbecuing on an authentic charcoal grill, they usually want to share their awesome new discovery with their friends and family. The Weber 731001 gives you a whopping 726 square inch cooking space, so you can easily prepare large meals for you and your guests. The unit measures in at 23 x 23 x 42 inches, so you aren't stuck with an immobile smoker. It weighs 69 pounds, and it can easily smoke up to eight racks of ribs at one time.

Easy To Maintain

The Weber doesn't make use of complex shapes or small parts, so cleaning it only takes a couple of minutes. The interior was designed to be easily reached into, so you never have to worry about hard to get spots inside of the unit. The water pan catches a lot of grease when you are cooking, so you can dump excess grease right in the garbage after you are done.

Thermometer Included

The Weber 731001 comes with a durable built-in thermometer to help you make sure that your food is cooking at the proper temperature. Generally speaking, it's hard to regulate temperature with a charcoal grill, but the Weber solved this problem with vents in the unit's base and cover.

The Weber holds smoke and maintains temperature better than most electric and gas grills. It's known to regulate temperature within a 10 degree window for more than 10 hours at a time, so you don't have to sit around and watch your unit all day to make sure that it is working properly. Once you get the unit's temperature set, you don't have to fiddle with the vents; the unit doesn't fluctuate much.

Heavy Steel Construction

The Weber is a solid unit that's built to last; it's made of porcelain-enameled steel, so you never have to worry about it breaking due to cheap materials. The unit can take a fair amount of abuse, and if it happens to break, you can always take advantage of the 10-year warranty. Weber is a trusted name in the industry, so you don't have to worry about them not honoring your warranty.

Charcoal Door

The Weber has a separate door for removing and adding charcoal. When you need to add charcoal while you are cooking, you don't have to open the cooking chamber; this means that you don't have to worry about losing heat and smoke in the middle of a cooking session. When you maintain the chamber's cooking temperature, it produces juicy and tender meat.

Easy Assembly

The Weber 731001 doesn't ship out assembled, but the unit comes with easy instructions. Assembly shouldn't take you more than a couple of minutes. The unit is heavy, so you might need help from a friend when you assemble the legs, but other than that, most people find assembly to be very easy. Weber offers great customer service, so if you're having problems getting the grill together, they can walk you through it on the phone.

Conclusion

When it comes to smoking and grilling with charcoal, the Weber 731001 is as good as it gets. No other similarly sized smoker on the market can hold a candle to this unit's versatility, quality and heat retention. When you cook with this unit, you can make a small meal, or you can fill it up to cook for a large party. All you have to do when cooking is adjust the amount of charcoal you use. After you make your adjustments, you are well on your way towards creating delicious and tender barbecue.