When the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker first came out in 1981, it featured a teak wooden lid handle. At some point after that, the wood was changed to something less expensive. Starting in 2000, Weber switched to plastic handles. However, many of us still prefer those wooden handles. They really added something to the character of the Weber Bullet.
After some discussion about this topic on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board, Mike Durso volunteered to take some measurements from a spare wooden handle and drafted the plans you see here. If you've got some woodworking skills, you might want to give this project a try. If you do, please send me a photo so I can post your results here.
Handles Made By WSM Owners
Marty Leach makes beautiful wooden handles for the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, Weber kettle grills, Big Green Egg, and other cookers. They come in a variety of woods and can be engraved with your name, barbecue team name, and even small graphics. Each handle gets 3 coats of hand-rubbed spar urethane. Marty recommends covering your WSM to protect his handiwork from the elements.
You can order Marty's handles at www.amlwoodart.com. Note that the shape of the handle shown here is slightly different than the one Marty sells online.
Handles By Brian O'Neil
Brian O'Neil makes reproduction Weber wooden handles, complete with original Weber logo engraving. They come finished or unfinished and in several configurations to fit a variety of Weber grills. For ordering details, contact Brian O'Neil by e-mail.