Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Let the Smoking Begin!

I saw the UPS truck pull up to the front door and I knew right away. My Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker had finally arrived. The box was well packaged, and nothing seemed broken or out of place. Although there was a "Team Lift" sticker, it was a good workout to lift for one person. Of course, you can always just slide it around if there's a smooth surface.

Unboxing and assembling was a piece of cake. You can find more detailed product info and photos here, but I'll just do a quick summary. Assembly consisted of attaching the bottom legs, and screwing together the grate support brackets inside the middle charcoal chamber with the included nuts, bolts, and washers. From there, it was just placing all the components together in a "stacked" format. The end result looks like a shiny and black bullet. The whole process took about 20 minutes. It's now ready for action. Time to go buy some meat...

Lift with your knees, not with your back
All of the contents laid out

The bottom charcoal bowl
The middle charcoal chamber
The cooking grates
The water pan
The lid with built-in temperature gauge
The 3 main components, in separate pieces
The WSM fully assembled
It even includes a good quality vinyl cover