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We rated the Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker #3 in our 2011 Round Up. This smoker is great for either the professional or novice. We had it assembled and ready for service in about 30 minutes. We then "adjusted" the front door slightly by twisting and moving it to make a perfect seal around the housing. The next day, we smoked a whole tur[Read More]


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We rated the Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker #3 in our 2011 Round Up. This smoker is great for either the professional or novice. We had it assembled and ready for service in about 30 minutes. We then “adjusted” the front door slightly by twisting and moving it to make a perfect seal around the housing. If anyone ever mentions that they can’t keep a good temperature with the 731001, tell them to “adjust” the door, it works every time. We then ran our smoker through the paces by firing it up for a small smoke to burn in the paint, we recommend doing this to any smoker you might purchase. The next day, we smoked a whole turkey and four whole chickens with plenty of room to spare, the taste was simply amazing.

So how does the Weber 731001 compare to it’s little brother the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch Smoker? Identical, but bigger. This is a time when bigger isn’t necessarily better, at least for most people out there. If you’re going to cook for a small family most of the time, the 18.5 inch Smokey Mountain is a better choice, you’ll save some money on the smoker and save money on each smoke due to using less charcoal. But, if you plan on cooking for your family and inviting friends over most of the time, you would be better off with this smoker.

Weber has out done themselves again, this smoker is right in line with it’s little brother. It holds a temperature very well, whether it’s 200 degrees or 350 degrees, no need to run out and check on it every few hours. It’s built well and you’ll have years of great service from this smoker. If you’re cooking for 10 or more people on a regular basis, you’ll be happy you made the decision to go with this smoker.

Product Details

  Unbelievable flavor, like your eating at your favorite smokehouse
  Very large smoking area, it can accommodate both an entire ham and a full size turkey at once
  Includes two nickel plated smoking grates while being constructed of porcelain enameled steel
  Includes a nice Weber cover, water pan, vents to control the cooking heat and a thermometer
  It’s truly made for a smoke enthusiast with its larger than average measurements of 23 x 23 x 42 inches and comes with a 10 year warranty


Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch

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We rated the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker #1 in our 2011 Round Up. This smoker is ideal for both the seasoned pro and the beginner. We had great success with our smoker whether we were cooking chickens or baby-back ribs, the meat came out perfect every time.

The Smokey Mountain took next to no time to build, only 30 minutes and t[Read More]




Best Prices on the Weber Smoker 721001
$299.00
$299.00

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We rated the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker #1 in our 2011 Round Up. This smoker is ideal for both the seasoned pro and the beginner. We had great success with our smoker whether we were cooking chickens or baby-back ribs, the meat came out perfect every time.

The Smokey Mountain took next to no time to build, only 30 minutes and the pre-constructed holes lined up perfectly for a flawless assembly. The smoker also only weights 52 lbs. so it’s easy to pack up and move if you’re going to need it on a trip. We used our smokers in the middle of the summer and also in the dead of winter with surprising similar results, the temperature always stayed at what we set for hours with no need for human interaction. We did find if it’s a windy winter day, we advise to protect the smoker from the wind as the temperature will drop from the constant battering of the cold wind, other than that your smoker will keep on smoking. We did hear that some readers did have problems with their built-in thermometer not reading correctly. We had no problem with ours but our recommendation is to pick up an inexpensive oven thermometer and put in on the rack next to your meats, problem solved.

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is one of the best smokers available on the market today. If you’re in the market for a new smoker I highly recommend this unit, there’s nothing that comes close to it based on price and performance.

Product Details

  Amazing flavor, like your eating at a smokehouse
  Large smoking surface, you can cook a ham and turkey at once
  Constructed of porcelain-enameled steel with nickel plated cooking grates
  Includes a water pan, vents to control air flow and a thermometer
  Excellent 10 year warranty with measurements of 19 x 19 x 41 inches


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The Brinkmann 810-5301-V is a good little charcoal smoker and also doubles as a grill. Our smoker arrived at our location and was well packaged. After very little assembly we were "seasoning" our new smoker in about 30 minutes after arrival. After running this Brinkmann through it's paces and smoking some turkey breasts and ribs. Our turkey [Read More]


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The Brinkmann 810-5301-V is a good little charcoal smoker and also doubles as a grill. Our smoker arrived at our location and was well packaged. After very little assembly we were “seasoning” our new smoker in about 30 minutes after arrival. After running this Brinkmann through it’s paces and smoking some turkey breasts and ribs. Our turkey breasts were super juicy while the meat just fell of the bones of our ribs.

This Brinkmann charcoal smoker was easier to use than many of the current models available online or in local retailers. There’s a door in the front for easy access to replenish water in the water pan or add additional charcoal for those really long and slow smokes. After our rigorous testing with additional smokings of chicken, brisket, salmon and eggplant we came to our conclusion.

For the price, this smoker is hard to beat. Although it’s might take you a few times to maintain a good smoking temperature like our Top 3 Rated Smokers, it still was easy to cook with. If you’re in the market to buy a charcoal smoker and your on a tight budget, this smoker is for you.

Product Details

  50 pounds of food can be cooked at one time
  2 steel cooking grills (chrome plated) with thermometer in lid and wooden handles
  Can easily add charcoal and/or water during cooking with front door
  Both steel pans (water and charcoal) are porcelain coated. Includes cover and manual
  Measures 17 by 17 by 32 inches; 1-year limited warranty