When it comes to charcoal grilling, there is no more recognizable name in the industry than Weber. But a lot of people don’t realize that Weber makes a spectacular line of charcoal smokers as well.
If you are a fan of smoked meat, fish or chicken, then you may want to look at the Weber line of charcoal smokers.
They have taken their expertise in charcoal grills and applied it to charcoal smokers to create an really efficient, easy to use smoker that results in really flavorful smoked food.
The Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker Features
Each Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker has the distinctive rounded Weber design and includes…
- A porcelain-enameled premium grade steel design
- Two nickel-plated 22-1/2-inch-wide cooking grates
- A porcelain/enamel water pan
- A centrally mounted top thermometer to easily monitor internal temperature
- Individual vents on both bowl and lid
- A heat-resistant nylon handle
- An industry leading 10-year limited warranty
We ordered the Weber 731001 Charcoal Smoker online for just under $350, and it shipped free.
It arrived in three days, and assembly was a breeze and took less than 20 minutes; mainly because Weber includes easy to follow assembly instructions that other smokers do not.
The Weber 731001 Charcoal Smoker Is More Than Big Enough
Upon assembly, this is one tough, solid, and stable unit; despite its cylindrical design.
And there is more than enough room in this Weber 701001 to handle whatever you want to smoke at any given time. It has an internal diameter of almost 24 inches (that’s almost a full two feet); and the adjustable nickel plated cooking grates can accommodate the largest of full turkeys.
In fact, we were able to smoke both a full turkey and a full ham simultaneously in this Weber; and with the porcelain enameled water bowl adding the required steam during smoking, both the ham and the turkey came out moist and flavorful.
The Weber 731001 Charcoal Smoker & Temperature Control
The key to any successful charcoal smoker is the temperature control. And the temperature control on the Weber 731001 works like a dream.
We tested this smoker once at 250 degrees, and again at 325 degrees; and both times, once you have dialed in the temperature, this Weber charcoal smoker keeps the temperature within a very narrow range.
The individual vents on both the bowl and the lid allow you to adjust total air flow throughout the smoker; which makes temperature maintenance fairly easy and prolongs the life of the charcoal.
In fact, we had a 6 hour burn at 225 degrees and it was almost “set and forget”. I believe we only checked it once during the entire 6 hours, and the prime rib we were smoking came out spectacular.
Other Nice Extras With the Weber 731001 Charcoal Smoker
Other things we liked about this smoker were the nylon handle that actually stayed cool to the touch (we have tested other smokers that mandated an oven glove to open).
And we liked the easy access side door for adding additional charcoal or more water to the water pan.
And a pleasant surprise was the airflow adjustment; by opening/closing the air shutters, you can really dial in your temperature. You are not constantly checking the Weber every thirty minutes like you are with other charcoal smokers.
We didn’t like the temperature gauge on the top of the unit; we tested it with another digital thermometer on the interior of the unit and found a discrepancy of almost 30 degrees between the two.
However, these temperature gauges are notoriously faulty on any charcoal smoker; so you are better off using an internal thermometer anyways.
And I would have liked some exterior handles on the smoker to make it a little easier to move around the patio; but that is a minor inconvenience.
The Weber 731001 Is A Great Charcoal Smoker
Weber doesn’t mess around when it comes to outdoor cooking; and this Weber 731001 is a great charcoal smoker for the money.
Priced right, fast shipping, easy to assemble, plenty of room to smoke whatever you want, consistent temperature control… This Weber charcoal smoker has everything you are looking for in a charcoal smoker.
And with a 10 year limited warranty and years of Weber outdoor cooking design expertise behind it, you will not go wrong with this charcoal smoker.