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Return of the Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5

By May 12, 2011

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Nearly three decades ago, if you wanted a small, vertical water smoker from Weber you could buy the classic and still popular Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5-inch cooker, or the 14.5-inch version (known then as the 1880). This little smoker certainly wasn't going to handle a lot of barbecue, but it could smoke up a chicken or anything else that was small enough to sit comfortable on its 13.5-inch diameter cooking grates and do it without a huge amount of charcoal like the 22.5-inch.  Due to poor sales, the 1880 was last seen in 1983 when it was pulled off the market. Occasionally an old model will show up online only to be snatched up by collectors faster than you can flip a burger. That might all be about to change, if rumors I've heard (from some pretty good sources) are true. Later this year we just might be seeing the return of the 14.5-inch Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. Just so you know how big this will smoker is, it has the same base and lid of the Weber Smokey Joe portable charcoal grill and will stand about 2.5-feet tall.

I will keep you posted about when this hits the market and at what price it will be selling for.

Comments

May 14, 2011 at 9:08 am
(1) BBQ Grail says:

I sure hope that source is good Derrick because I want a 14.5″ WSM for a long, long time. The 1880 will remain on my “must have” list, because it’s a collectors item, but the new one will get lots and lots of use.

May 14, 2011 at 9:42 am
(2) JD McGee says:

Very Cool!

May 14, 2011 at 10:15 am
(3) Smooth Smoke says:

Can’t! Wait!

May 14, 2011 at 11:23 am
(4) Zydecopaws says:

I would buy one of these in a heartbeat. In fact, I might even buy two. I certainly hope your source is one that is reliable and on the inside…

May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm
(5) Rich says:

I completely agree that I would be hot after a 14.5 if they become availalbe. I love my 18.5, but a smaller, less ravenous smoker would be great for the “meals for two” that are what I most often need. Sure I can do that on the 18.5 also, but I tend to want to fill it up and freeze the extras. A 14.5 would push me more to smoking for “now” and having the great results hot off its grill.

Let’s all think positive thoughts — PLEASE!

Rich

May 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(6) Cheapskate says:

I can’t afford the larger sizes, hope they sell this for less than $150!

May 20, 2011 at 10:43 am
(7) Lawrence says:

I have an 1880 and I’ve been cooking on it. In order to fan the flames for Weber to release it, here are some links to cooks of a pork butt, ribs, and 2 beercan chickens on TVWBB:

http://tvwbb.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4680069052/m/3931089116?r=2551099116
#2551099116

http://tvwbb.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4680069052/m/4041006216?r=4041006216
#4041006216

http://tvwbb.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2871078595/m/2081021416?r=2081021416
#2081021416

http://tvwbb.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2871078595/m/9501032316?r=9501032316
#9501032316

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