This department of TVWB represents all the knowledge I have accumulated from early 1997 to date about the operation, care, and maintenance of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. I want to thank all of the WSM enthusiasts out there who have freely shared their knowledge of the WSM with me through personal conversations, e-mail messages, and Internet discussions. Much of the credit for the information in this department goes to them.
New owners should pay special attention to the articles in the "WSM Operating Tips" section below.
WSM Operating Tips
How to prepare and operate your Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.
You have questions? We have answers covering everything from pricing and warranty to construction and troubleshooting.
Up Your Weber Bullet
Sure-fire methods for firing up the WSM, including "The Minion Method" for extended cooking sessions.
Seasoning Your New Weber Bullet
Measuring Temperature In The WSM
Temperature Control Troubleshooting
WSM Temperature Tests
Using A Water Pan In The WSM
To Use A Chimney Starter
A companion to Firing Up Your Weber Bullet. Includes alternatives to newspaper for starting the fire.
Cooking In The Wind, Rain & Cold
Cleanup, Maintenance & Storage
Protecting Patios & Wooden Decks
Common Operating Mistakes
To WSM Modifications
Just a few thoughts I'd like to share before you dive into modifying your Weber Bullet.
More Thermometer Installations
Increasing Cooking Capacity
Make Your Own Wooden Lid Handle
Vent Damper Modifications
Access Door Modifications
Adding Handles To The Cooking Section
Adding Handles To The Bottom Cooking Grate
Water Pan Modifications
The Piedmont Pan
How to achieve a professional-looking thermometer installation on the WSM.
Charcoal Grate Modifications
Grilling On The Weber Bullet
Cold Smoker Conversion
WSM On Wheels
The Little Red Bullet Project
The Two-Tone Blue Bullet Project
Smokey Joe Mini WSM Project
Learn all about charcoalhow it's made, what's in it, and how to choose the right one for your Weber Bullet.
About Smoke Woods
This topic introduces the various smoke woods and helps you decide which woods to use with different barbecue meats.
Testing Thermometers For Accuracy
Use a boiling water test and an ice bath test to check the accuracy of your thermometers.
Boiling Point Calculator
Accessories & Supplies
Here's a list of items that new Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker owners needs to get started.
Kingsford Charcoal Briquets - Minor Changes for 2010
Kingsford Competition Briquets - New For 2009
Kingsford Charcoal Briquets - New Design, New Formula For 2006
Kingsford R&D Lab Trip Report
Videos: Operating Tips
& Modifications On YouTube
Water Pan Safety
How To Foil A Water Pan
Should You Soak Wood Chunks?
WSM Stacker Review