Our Honest Weber Smokey Mountain 18" Review for 2019
Hanging out with friends and family over grills and barbecue right at your garden or backyard is an excellent opportunity to catch up and bond. You can also channel your inner Bobby Flay or Jamie Oliver by showcasing your grilling prowess. There are many ways to enjoy this occasion, but nothing beats meat that is smoked “low and slow”. That is the primary purpose of a smoker – it brings out the flavors and juices from your meat, fish and poultry.
A restaurant-quality steak or tasty ribs can be achieved once you purchase an easy-to-understand and easy-to-use cooker/smoker like the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 18”. This product will surely be a great addition to your outdoor living space. Around 95% of its buyers gave it a 5-star rating. It can be a conversation piece in your backyard too! Read on to learn more about the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 18”.
In-depth with Weber Smokey Mountain 18"
Weber Smokey Mountain is one of the bestselling smokers, if not the top-selling one. It is made with high-quality materials and has a wide range of accessories that will make grilling and smoking a fun and enjoyable activity for the whole family. This 18” has a grilling capacity that usually serves 4 to 6.
The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is composed of three (3) sections. The top section is the lid. The outer part of the lid has a built-in thermometer that accurately shows the actual temperature of your smoker. On top of the lid is a glass-reinforced nylon handle that is heat-resistant. The lid also has an adjustable vent for temperature regulation.
The middle section is where the magic happens. It features a plated steel cooking top grate and lower grate perfect for larger portions and thicker food items. A porcelain-enameled water pan is located at the bottom and that catches all the grease from the food. This also provides indirect heat and even heat retention throughout the upper and lower grates.
The built-in thermometer may be at the top section, but the middle part has a silicone temperature grommet which is a slot to insert an oven thermometer or a proprietary Snapcheck Thermometer from Weber. Accuracy in temperature will ensure that you can enjoy a tasty, smokey and fall-off-the-bone goodness of your roasts.
The bottom section has the charcoal chamber which is lined with a fire ring to keep the briquettes or charcoal in. Outside the chamber are three adjustable damper system that lets you adjust the vents to regulate the temperature inside the cooker. Keeping the damper open will generate more heat, slightly closing it lessens it. Closing all the vents will totally keep oxygen away from the cooker and will extinguish the charcoal.
Also at the bottom is the rust-resistant aluminum fuel door and the rust-resistant metal legs. The smoker requires 30 minutes to an hour of setup and will only need a flat-tip screwdriver and an adjustable wrench to install the legs.
Weber offers the following warranty coverage for the Smokey Mountain 18”
Cooker – 10 years, no rust through, no burn through
Plastic Components – 5 years, excluding fading or discoloration
All remaining parts – 2 years
What’s in the Box?
- Plated steel top and bottom grates
- Lid cover with built-in thermometer and glass reinforced nylon handle
- Ceramic coated oil pan
- Smoker body (barrel)
- Charcoal chamber with three dampers/vents
- Grill cover
- Seals tightly
- Two-way temperature taking for accuracy
- Made with durable materials
- Adjustable dampers
- Two-level smoking
- Large charcoal chamber
- Damper or vents can be too hot to touch
There is no doubt that Weber Smokey Mountain 18” Cooker is on top of the list when it comes to the favorite smoker, griller and cooker in the market today. Its durability can last you 10 to 15 years with almost no need to replace parts as long as it is used properly. Once you start cooking, there is no need to open the lid because the temperature can be checked on the built-in gauge and on the temperature grommet for accuracy. It is totally sealed without a trace of smoke coming out and it seals all the flavors and juices on the meat. It will be difficult to find a smoker that can bump Weber Smokey Mountain at the top.
How to Clean the Weber Smokey Mountain?
- Open the lid and take the top and bottom grates out.
- Take out the oil pan. Make sure to remove it carefully to prevent spills. Place the grease in a ziplock bag. Do not flush it on the sink.
- Using a grill brush, scrape the sides of the cooker’s inner chamber. This will remove all the gunk and splatters. This debris will be pushed down to the charcoal chamber.
- Clean the charcoal chamber by removing the middle part of the cooker. Take the fire ring out and scrape off the ashes from the charcoal chamber. Place the ashes in a bag.
- Clean the grates using a grill cleaner. These are usually in spray form and the best way to use it is to place the grates inside a garbage bag and spray the grill cleaner to melt away the build-up. Let it soak before washing it off using a sponge.
Pro-Tips in Using the Weber Smokey Mountain
- Since this type of cooker aims to keep heat and smoke within its chamber, it would be best to use separate cookers for grilling meat and for fish and seafood. Fish and seafood leave a strong aroma inside the cooker and its oils can recirculate the next time you use it and might affect the quality and taste of your food
- Clean your cooker, especially your lid periodically. The build-up may fall off your food the next time you cook something
- Cover your oil pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup and to prolong the life of your oil pan