Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 144
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by James No regrets
I had considered multiple smokers before purchasing this one. I'm happy with my purchase. The 4 air vents make it easy to control the temperature. Loaded with lump charcoal I can smoke unattended with only about a 5-10 degree variation in temperature for hours. I think you could easily fit four 10lb pork shoulders, two per shelf, maybe even three per shelf.
Using an external wireless thermometer really helps monitor internal temp or meat temp and the access port on the side makes this easy to do.
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lucie Great Dad Cooker
My husband bought this smoker in the 18 1/2 in size for my son-in-law. It was bought for Fathers day. What my husband didn't know was that I bought him the same smoker in the 14 1/2 one. He is just thrilled with it, and my son-in-law is very happy with his. So Fathers day turned out pretty good for both of them, and my daughter and I get the benefits from them cooking. Thanks again.
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jk My favorite thing ever
Saturday's: Wake up, drink coffee, start coals. Prep ribs. Fill basin, add meat, open vents half way, close top. Slow down. Pandora and sunshine. Outside all day. Margaritas. Hickory and mesquite. Feast. Sleep.
June 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SmokeyJoe Not for Burgers and Hot Dogs
I've only had the Smoker a month and have only used twice, so I'm no expert - yet. I ordered the rapidfire chimney starter at the same time and they both arrived together. There is some (1 hr for me) assembly involved, and you need to check out the instructions that apply to the size you ordered.
Speaking of size, the prep for smoking is not a spur-of-the-moment deal. Uses a lot of charcoal. Not the best way to cook something fast and hot like burgers or dogs. My first time, cooking baby back ribs, I was chinzy with charcoal and couldn't maintain stable heat for long enough and had to finish them in the oven. (Nice and smoky though) The smoker comes with a water pan which you may need to refill during long cooking periods. This size is plenty big for a 15-18 lb turkey, which I plan for Fall.
Smoker comes with a cover to keep it dry. You will also want a big oven mitt, wood for smoking, heat resistant gloves. There are 4 pieces to the smoker so if you need a table or something ( I used my gas grill surface) to hold things like the cooking grills and water pan while you are getting the coals going. Definitely requires a commitment of time, planning and work, but worth it!
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PaulieD Best Smoker for the $
I thought I wanted the 22" version but found that it was difficult to keep the temperature under 275*. Amazing Ribs (http://amazingribs.com/) rates this smoker very high and I prefer a vertical smoker over the heat source as opposed to a horizontal smoker with the heat source off to the side. After a few tries I have been able to steady the temps by opening and closing the vents, between 225* and 250*. Great for several racks of spare ribs, or brisket, or shoulder.
Weber is the king for outdoor cooking in my opinion and I have a Weber kettle grill, gas grill, and now the 18-1/2 IN. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SMOKER.
April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TNE Amazing Smoker
The assembly of this smoker was very, easy. It is an amazing smoker. It does a very good job of smoking food. The smoker maintains a very stable temperature. It takes a few times of smoking to get used to the temperature range it operates. I would highly recommend this smoker.
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by warren Great smoker
Bought my WSM about 2years ago and smoked ribs, beef brisket, pork shoulder . I installed 2 garage door handles on the middle section to make lifting it much easier. It is very easy to maintain a constant temp if you leave the top vent open and the bottom vent 1/4 open your temp will stay between 225°-250°
May 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gibbtribb Amazing smoker!
This smoker cooks perfect meat every time! It is very easy to control the temperature and oxygen to the fire. Great product!
May 11, 2016