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Component Parts - 2014 WSM 14.5"

Originally posted: 10/01/2013
Last updated: 09/26/2014

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Disclosure: This 14.5" WSM was provided as a sample by Weber so I could photograph it, write about it, cook on it, and share that information with you here and on The Virtual Weber Bullet.

Here are photos and detailed descriptions of all the parts that make up the 14.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker for model year 2014.

For part numbers and a diagram showing the relationship between parts, visit the Parts Schematic page. To see how a WSM is put together, visit the Assembly page.

Click on any of the pictures to view a larger image.


Three Major Sections
Assembled height: 31"
Assembled width: 15"
Assembled weight: 22 pounds

Three Major Sections
Photo 1
       

The Weber Bullet has three major sections:

  • The Lid
  • The Middle Cooking Section
  • The Charcoal Bowl

When these three sections are fitted together, they achieve a fairly good seal—not airtight, but a good seal. This is one of the secrets of the WSM's ability to regulate and maintain temperature easily. The sections come apart for easy cleaning and transportation.

Lid
14.5" OD x 8.75" (including handle)
3" damper (1), 0.75" holes (3 per damper)
7" between inside top of lid and top cooking grate

Includes thermometer and thermometer bezel.

Thermometer
100-350°F range, 5°F increments
1.75" diameter face, 1.5" stem
0.375" hole in lid

Overhead view of lid
Photo 2
Lid vent damper
Photo 3
Close-up of vent damper date code and serial number
Photo 4
Interior view of lid
Photo 5
Close-up of lid thermometer
Photo 6
Thermometer, bezel, and wing nut
Photo 7
Thermometer hole and registration slot
Photo 8
Interior view of thermometer stem and wing nut
Photo 9
   

The lid is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It is fitted with one metal handle, an adjustable vent damper, and a thermometer with bezel. A plastic handle kit is installed over the metal handle during assembly.

The vent damper exhausts smoke and heat from the cooker, allowing them to pass over your food for that great barbecue taste. Most WSM owners leave this vent completely open at all times during the cooking process, since inadequate ventilation can cause an off-taste in foods. It may be partially closed if the cooker is running much hotter than desired, and should be completely closed at the end of a cooking session to extinguish the coals.

The damper is made of rust-resistant aluminum and is fastened to the lid with a 0.25" aluminum tubular rivet. The two tabs are used to grasp the damper to adjust it, and each damper hole has a stop tab that limits the open/close motion of the damper. There is also a date of manufacture code and a serial number stamped into the damper, shown in Photo 4.

The thermometer is positioned opposite from the vent damper. It is housed in a metal bezel and is fastened to the lid using a wing nut.

Photo 5 shows an interior view of the lid. Photo 7 shows the thermometer bezel, thermometer, and wing nut. Photo 8 shows the 0.375" hole in the lid for the thermometer and the registration hole that aligns the thermometer assembly in the correct orientation. Photo 9 shows the thermometer stem and wing nut fastener.

Middle Cooking Section
14.75" OD / 13.5" ID x 13.5"
5.25" x 8.5" access opening, 3.5" between screw holes
1.25" grommet hole

Middle cooking section
Photo 10
Interior view of middle cooking section and grill strap holes
Photo 11
Close-up of grommet hole
Photo 12
   

The middle cooking section is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It holds two grates where all the cooking action takes place, plus the water pan and the access door through which fuel, smoke wood, and water are added during the cooking process.

The water pan and cooking grates rest on four grill straps that are fastened to the inside of this section. Photo 12 shows two of the holes used to attach a grill strap, as well as the 1.25" grommet hole.

Charcoal Bowl
14.5" OD x 7" (without legs), 9" (with legs)
3" damper (3), 0.75" holes (3 per damper)

Charcoal bowl
Photo 13
Interior view of charcoal bowl
Photo 14
Close-up of inside view of bowl vent damper
Photo 15
   

The charcoal bowl is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It holds the heat shield, charcoal grate, and charcoal chamber in which the fuel and smoke wood are placed. The bowl sits on three sturdy aluminum legs that provide a stable base for the cooker.

There are three adjustable vent dampers in the charcoal bowl. These dampers are identical to the one in the lid. Each vent damper is adjusted independently throughout the cooking process to control air flow into the charcoal bowl. By increasing or decreasing air flow, fuel combustion is increased or decreased, thus raising or lowering the cooker temperature. Each damper may be fully open or fully closed or somewhere in-between depending on the need to control cooker temperature.

Closing these three dampers and the lid damper at the end of a cooking session will extinguish the coals.

Photos 14-15 show an interior view of the bowl.

Cooking Grates
Top: 13.5" diameter, 143 square-inch surface
Bottom: 13" diameter, 133 square-inch surface
5.5" between top and bottom grates

Top and bottom cooking grates
Photo 16
       

The 14.5" Weber Bullet has two plated steel cooking grates with a combined surface area of approximately 276 square inches. The grates are supported by four grill straps fastened to the inside the middle cooking section.

The top grate has two handles and is situated near the top of the middle cooking section. The bottom grate also has two handles and is slightly smaller in diameter, situated 5.5" below the top grate. The smaller diameter is necessary to provide clearance between the grate and the grill straps.

Water Pan
11.5" OD x 4.125"
6.5" between bottom of pan and charcoal grate
0.5" between top of pan and bottom cooking grate
11 cup (0.6875 gallon) capacity

Overhead view of water pan
Photo 17
Side view of water pan
Photo 18
Flat bottom of water pan
Photo 19
   

The water pan is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish. The water moderates the temperature of the cooker, provides a moist cooking environment, and catches any drippings, preventing them from flaring-up on the hot charcoal below.

The pan is supported by the same grill straps that support the two cooking grates.

Heat Shield
9.125" OD x 1.25"

Heat shield
Photo 25
       

The heat shield rests in the bottom of the charcoal bowl. The heat shield and the air gap it creates help protect your deck or patio from the heat generated by the cooker. It also has the added benefit of reflecting heat back into the cooker, making it operate more efficiently.

The shield is made of steel.

Charcoal Grate
10.5" diameter
2.5" between grate and bottom of charcoal bowl
2" between grate and heat shield

Charcoal grate
Photo 20
       

This grate rests in the bottom of the charcoal bowl on the three screws that attach the legs to the bowl. It holds the charcoal chamber into which the fuel and smoke wood are placed. Ashes fall through the grate into the heat shield in the bottom of the charcoal bowl.

Charcoal Chamber
10" OD x 4.75"

Charcoal chamber
Photo 21
       

The charcoal chamber is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish. It is placed on top of the charcoal grate and keeps the fuel centered on the grate and prevents the dampers in the charcoal bowl from becoming blocked. The perforations provide airflow to the burning coals and smoke wood.

Access Door
6" x 10"
3" x 1.25" knob

Access door
Photo 22
Close-up of door handle
Photo 23
Close-up of door latch
Photo 24
   

The access door has an offset section along the bottom edge that engages the opening in the middle cooking section. Tabs at the bottom of the door allow it to hang down in the open position from the middle cooking section. The knob turns a latch on the inside of the door that secures it to the middle cooking section.

The door is made of rust-resistant aluminum and is stamped with a pebbled finish.

The knob is made of a hard, black, heat-resistant plastic.

Hardware Pack

Hardware pack box
Photo 26
       

The hardware pack contains these parts:

  • Plastic Handle Kit
  • Legs
  • Grill Straps
  • Fasteners
  • Silicone grommet
  • Owner's Manual

Lid Handle
5.875" x 1.125"

Lid handle
Photo 27
       

The plastic handle kit consists of two pieces that fit around the metal lid handle, and is fastened using one screw. It is made of heat-resistant nylon plastic and has the Weber logo stenciled on it.

Legs
8.375" x 1" (3)

Leg
Photo 28
       

Three rust-resistant aluminum legs are attached to the charcoal bowl using two screws, two nuts, two fiber washers, and two steel washers per leg.

Grill Straps
6.125" x 0.625" (4)
3.5" between screw holes

Grill strap
Photo 29
       

Four grill straps are attached to the inside of the middle cooking section using two screws, two nuts, and two fiber washers per strap.

Fasteners

Nuts, bolts, washers, and grommet
Photo 30
       

These fasteners are used to attach the legs and grill straps:

  • 1/4-20 x 5/8 Inch Screws (14)
  • 1/4-20 Nuts (14)
  • Fiber Washers (14)
  • 1/4" Steel Washers (6)

The silicone grommet is also packaged with the fasteners.

Grommet
1.625" x 0.3125"

Grommet
Photo 31
Edge view of grommet
Photo 32
Inserting grommet into middle cooking section
Photo 33
   

The heat-resistant silicone grommet is inserted into the hole provided in the middle cooking section. It has a hole for a stem thermometer to measure temperature halfway between the cooking grates. The slot provides a way to insert probe thermometer wires into the cooker. The flexible silicone seals around the thermometers to prevent smoke leakage.

Owner's Manual
8.5" x 11", 36 pages, black & white, schematic diagrams

Owner's manual
Photo 34
       

The owner's manual contains assembly and operating instructions, cooking tips, smoker care information, helpful hints, and recipes.

Vinyl Cover
28" long

Vinyl cover
Photo 35
Smoker under vinyl cover
Photo 36
     

Weber includes a full-length, premium-quality vinyl cover with the WSM. It has elastic strips at the bottom that provide some closure around the charcoal bowl. The Weber logo is printed on the cover.

Warranty

The 2014 14.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker comes with the following warranty:

  • Cooking grates/charcoal grate: 2 years
  • Bowl and lid against rust/burn-through: 10 years
  • Nylon handles: 10 years
  • All remaining parts: 2 years

The warranty takes effect on the date of purchase.

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