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.
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The Weber Bullet has three major sections:
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.
Includes thermometer and thermometer bezel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hardware pack contains these parts:
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.
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.
Four grill straps are attached to the inside of the middle cooking section using two screws, two nuts, and two fiber washers per strap.
These fasteners are used to attach the legs and grill straps:
The silicone grommet is also packaged with the fasteners.
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.
The owner's manual contains assembly and operating instructions, cooking tips, smoker care information, helpful hints, and recipes.
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.
The 2014 14.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker comes with the following warranty:
The warranty takes effect on the date of purchase.
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