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Introduction To WSM Modifications

Originally posted: 03/01/2001
Last updated: 02/21/2014

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The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is a terrific smoker right out of the box. You don't need to modify it in any way in order to make great barbecue. Having said that, many creative people have developed modifications that improve the functionality, convenience and style of the cooker.

If you're a new WSM owner, try using it as-is for several months before even considering any modifications. By getting to know the performance characteristics of your cooker, by reading the various topics on this website, and by talking with other WSM enthusiasts on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board, you will develop a sense of what modifications, if any, are right for you.

As you browse through these modifications, you may come across a few and think, "That's crazy! Why would anyone want to do that?" Remember, these mods aren't for everyone. You'll have to decide for yourself which ones make sense for you and the way you barbecue.

Disclaimers

  • I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of all of the modifications described in this section of the website, since I have not tried all of them.
  • Some modifications may void the warranty of your cooker or may conflict with the manufacturer's usage instructions. You undertake these modifications at your own risk.
  • Some modifications can be easily undone if you don't like the results, but there are a few that are permanent in nature (e.g., requiring that you drill holes in the cooker). You should undertake these permanent modifications only if you're absolutely certain you want to do so, you're comfortable using power tools, and you're not afraid to poke a hole in your WSM.

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