The Bottom Line
- Superior airflow design holds even, constant temperatures
- Multiple vents allow you to compensate for 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
- Lid mounted thermometer
- Porcelain coated lid, body and water pan
- Two lid mounted fire resistant handles
- Full sized cover included
Guide Review - Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5 Inch Smoker
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 pound of pork butts or perhaps 4 large turkeys.
Added to the WSM with this model is a lid mounted thermometer which is a necessarily addition. Previously people had been drilling holes in this smokers 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 affect of reflecting heat upwards making the smoker more efficient.
On the one down side, 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.
Or try the smaller Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5 Inch Smoker.