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Here's a look at how the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is packaged for shipping and the "out of box" experience you'll have when unpacking it.

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2014-Present 14.5" Packaging

The Shipping Box

15.5" WSM box
Photo 1
Side view of box
Photo 2
Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker in multiple languages
Photo 3
14.5" model number label
Photo 4
Close-up of Free Cover text
Photo 5

These photos show the exterior of the 14.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker box. To see photos of past versions of the WSM box, visit WSM Box Art.

Photos 1-2 show the front of the box featuring small and large photos of the cooker. Photo 3 shows the side of the box. It says "Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker" in 13 languages.

In Photo 4, the number "711001" is the cooker's model number. The fine print at the bottom of the label indicates that the box measures 18.03" x 18.03" x 23.81" and has a shipping weight of 24 pounds.

Photo 5 shows that a free vinyl cover is included with the cooker.

The box is made of corrugated fiberboard with single wall construction. The top and bottom flaps are sealed with 6" wide plastic packing tape; no staples or adhesives are used.

Upon opening the box, you discover that the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is broken down into pieces that are packed vertically in four layers.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia about how WSM boxes are packed at the factory. The top of the box is sealed and placed upside down, then parts are loaded in from the bottom end of the box. The box is sealed and turned right-side up, so what was on the bottom at the factory is now on the top when you unpack your new WSM at home.

Layer 1: Grates

Charcoal grate and cooking grates
Photo 6
       

These photos show the contents of the first layer葉he grates layer (Photo 6). The charcoal grate is sandwiched between the top and bottom cooking grates. Beneath the grates is the first of 4 molded paper pulp separators and two cardboard boxes that support the weight of the grates.

Layer 2: Middle Cooking Section

Grates removed
Photo 7
Small cardboard box removed
Photo 8
Eight-sided box removed
Photo 9
Middle cooking section removed
Photo 10
Legs, grate support straps, lid handle, silicone grommet, hardware pack, and owner's manual
Photo 11
Heat shield
Photo 12
Water pan
Photo 13
Charcoal chamber
Photo 14
Access door
Photo 15
 

Removing the first molded pulp separator brings us to the second layer葉he middle cooking section layer. Inside the middle cooking section is a small cardboard box and an eight-sided box (Photos 7-8). Removing these boxes reveals the top of the charcoal bowl at the bottom of the box (Photo 9). Removing the middle cooking section reveals another molded pulp separator positioned over the charcoal bowl (Photo 10).

The small cardboard box contains the legs, grill straps, nuts, bolts, washers, lid handle, silicone grommet and owner's manual (Photo 11).

The eight-sided box contains the heat shield wrapped in plastic (Photo 12), the water pan (Photo 13), and the charcoal chamber (Photo 14). The water pan sits on a piece of bubble wrap inside the charcoal chamber.

The access door is wrapped in a plastic bag (Photo 15) and shipped in place, fastened to the side of the middle cooking section.

Layer 3: Charcoal Bowl

Charcoal bowl layer
Photo 16
       

Removing the second molded pulp separator fully reveals the third layer葉he charcoal bowl layer (Photo 16). It consists of the charcoal bowl and a third molded pulp separator that help support the weight of the middle cooking section and all the component parts above.

Layer 4: Lid

Lid layer
Photo 17
Vinyl cover
Photo 18
     

Removing the charcoal bowl and the third molded pulp separator reveals the fourth and final layer葉he lid layer (Photo 17). It consists of the lid, a fourth and final pulp separator, and the vinyl cover hiding under the lid (Photo 18).

Due to the lack of clearance between the charcoal bowl and lid, the lid is shipped without the lid handle in place. You'll find the handle in the small cardboard box with the other parts and fasteners.


2009-2013 18.5" Packaging

Out Of Box Video

Here's a short video that shows the out of box experience for the 18.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

The Shipping Box

18.5" WSM box
Photo 19
Side view of box
Photo 20
Weber website URL on top of box
Photo 21
18.5" model number label
Photo 22
Close-up of Made in USA text
Photo 23
Close-up of Free Cover text
Photo 24
       

These photos show the exterior of the 18.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker box. To see photos of past versions of the WSM box, visit WSM Box Art.

Photo 19 shows the front of the box featuring small and large photos of the cooker. Photo 20 shows the side of the box. In 13 languages it says:

  • 480 sq inch total cooking surface
  • Two 18-1/2" diameter cooking grates
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
  • Large water pan

Photo 21 shows the Weber website URL on the top of the box. In Photo 22, the number "721001" is the cooker's model number. The fine print at the bottom of the label indicates that the box measures 21.3" x 21.3" x 31.3" and has a shipping weight of 47 pounds.

Photo 23 shows that the WSM is "Made in USA, incorporating globally sourced component parts". Photo 24 shows that a free vinyl cover is included with the cooker.

The box is made of corrugated fiberboard with single wall construction. The top and bottom flaps are sealed with 6" wide plastic packing tape; no staples or adhesives are used.

Upon opening the box, you discover that the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is broken down into pieces that are packed vertically in four layers.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia about how WSM boxes are packed at the factory. The top of the box is sealed and placed upside down, then parts are loaded in from the bottom end of the box. The box is sealed and turned right-side up, so what was on the bottom at the factory is now on the top when you unpack your new WSM at home.

Layer 1: Grates

Charcoal grate and cooking grates
Photo 25
Grates removed
Photo 26
     

These photos show the contents of the first layer葉he grates layer (Photo 25). The charcoal grate is on top, followed by the bottom cooking grate, and finally the top cooking grate. Beneath the grates is the first of 4 molded paper pulp separators and two cardboard boxes that support the weight of the grates (Photo 26).

Layer 2: Middle Cooking Section

Middle cooking section layer
Photo 27
Small cardboard box removed
Photo 28
Eight-sided box removed
Photo 29
Middle cooking section removed
Photo 30
Legs, grate support straps, lid handle, hardware pack, and owner's manual
Photo 31
Heat shield
Photo 32
Water pan
Photo 33
Charcoal chamber
Photo 34
Access door
Photo 35
 

Removing the first molded pulp separator brings us to the second layer葉he middle cooking section layer. Inside the middle cooking section is a small cardboard box and an eight-sided box (Photos 27-28). Removing these boxes reveals the top of the charcoal bowl at the bottom of the box (Photo 29). Removing the middle cooking section reveals another molded pulp separator positioned over the charcoal bowl (Photo 30).

The small cardboard box contains the legs, grill straps, nuts, bolts, washers, lid handle, and owner's manual (Photo 31).

The eight-sided box contains the heat shield wrapped in plastic (Photo 32), the water pan (Photo 33), and the charcoal chamber (Photo 34). The water pan sits on a piece of bubble wrap inside the charcoal chamber.

The access door is wrapped in a plastic bag (Photo 35) and shipped in place, fastened to the side of the middle cooking section.

Layer 3: Charcoal Bowl

Charcoal bowl layer
Photo 36
       

Removing the second molded pulp separator fully reveals the third layer葉he charcoal bowl layer (Photo 36). It consists of the charcoal bowl and a third molded pulp separator that help support the weight of the middle cooking section and all the component parts above.

Layer 4: Lid

Lid layer
Photo 37
Vinyl cover
Photo 38
     

Removing the charcoal bowl and the third molded pulp separator reveals the fourth and final layer葉he lid layer (Photo 37). It consists of the lid, a fourth and final pulp separator, and the vinyl cover hiding under the lid (Photo 38).

Due to the lack of clearance between the charcoal bowl and lid, the lid is shipped without the lid handle in place. You'll find the handle in the small cardboard box with the other parts and fasteners.


2009-2013 22.5" Packaging

Out Of Box Video

Here's a short video that shows the out of box experience for the 22.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

The Shipping Box

22.5" WSM box
Photo 39
Side view of box
Photo 40
Close-up of box text
Photo 41
22.5" model number label
Photo 42
Close-up of Made in USA text
Photo 43
Close-up of Free Cover text
Photo 44
       

These photos show the exterior of the 22.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker box. To see photos of past versions of the WSM box, visit WSM Box Art.

Photo 39 shows the front of the box featuring small and large photos of the cooker. Photos 40-41 shows the side of the box. In 13 languages it says:

  • 726 sq inch total cooking surface
  • Two 22-1/2" diameter cooking grates
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
  • Large water pan

In Photo 42, the number "731001" is the cooker's model number. The fine print at the bottom of the label indicates that the box measures 26.5" x 26.5" x 34" and has a shipping weight of 68 pounds.

Photo 43 shows that the WSM is "Made in USA". Photo 44 shows that a free vinyl cover is included with the cooker.

The box is made of corrugated fiberboard with single wall construction. The top and bottom flaps are sealed with 6" wide plastic packing tape; no staples or adhesives are used.

Upon opening the box, you discover that the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is broken down into pieces that are packed vertically in four layers.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia about how WSM boxes are packed at the factory. The top of the box is sealed and placed upside down, then parts are loaded in from the bottom end of the box. The box is sealed and turned right-side up, so what was on the bottom at the factory is now on the top when you unpack your new WSM at home.

Layer 1: Grates

Charcoal grate and cooking grates
Photo 45
Grates removed
Photo 46
     

These photos show the contents of the first layer葉he grates layer (Photo 45). The charcoal grate is on top, followed by the bottom cooking grate, and finally the top cooking grate. Beneath the grates is the first of 4 molded paper pulp separators, an x-shaped piece of cardboard, and two cardboard boxes that support the weight of the grates (Photo 46).

Layer 2: Middle Cooking Section

Middle cooking section layer
Photo 47
Small cardboard box removed
Photo 48
Eight-sided box removed
Photo 49
Middle cooking section removed
Photo 50
Legs, grate support straps, hardware pack, and owner's manual
Photo 51
Heat shield wrapped in paper
Photo 52
Heat shield unwrapped
Photo 53
Charcoal chamber
Photo 54
Water pan
Photo 55
Access door
Photo 56

Removing the first molded pulp separator and x-shaped cardboard brings us to the second layer葉he middle cooking section layer. Inside the middle cooking section is a small cardboard box and an eight-sided box (Photos 47-48). Removing these boxes reveals the top of the charcoal bowl at the bottom of the box covered with bubble wrap (Photo 49). Removing the middle cooking section and bubble wrap reveals another molded pulp separator positioned over the charcoal bowl (Photo 50).

The small cardboard box contains the legs, grate support brackets, nuts, bolts, washers, and owner's manual (Photo 51).

The eight-sided box contains the heat shield wrapped in paper (Photos 52-53), the charcoal chamber (Photo 54), and the water pan (Photo 55). The charcoal chamber sits on a piece of bubble wrap inside of the water pan.

The access door is wrapped in a plastic bag (Photo 56) and shipped in place, fastened to the side of the middle cooking section.

Layer 3: Charcoal Bowl

Charcoal bowl layer
Photo 57
       

Removing the second molded pulp separator fully reveals the third layer葉he charcoal bowl layer (Photo 57). It consists of the charcoal bowl, a third molded pulp separator and 4 cardboard pieces that help support the weight of the middle cooking section and all the component parts above.

Layer 4: Lid

Lid layer
Photo 58
Vinyl cover
Photo 59
     

Removing the charcoal bowl and the third molded pulp separator reveals the fourth and final layer葉he lid layer (Photo 58). It consists of the lid, a fourth and final pulp separator, 4 more cardboard pieces, and the vinyl cover hiding under the lid (Photo 59).


2008 & Earlier Packaging

The Shipping Box

Exterior view of box
Photo 60
View of box label
Photo 61
Label including model number & box specs
Photo 62
   

These photos show the exterior of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker box. To see photos of past versions of the WSM box, visit WSM Box Art.

In Photo 62, the number "2820" is the cooker's model number. The fine print at the bottom of the label indicates that the box measures 20.5" x 20.5" x 28.2" and has a shipping weight of 48 pounds.

The box is made of corrugated fiberboard with single wall construction. The top and bottom flaps are sealed with ordinary packing tape; no staples or adhesives are used.

Upon opening the box, you discover that the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is broken down into pieces that are packed vertically in four layers. Each layer is described below.

Layer 1: Charcoal Bowl

Hardware box
Photo 63
Vinyl cover
Photo 64
Water pan
Photo 65
Charcoal bowl
Photo 66
Cardboard insert
Photo 67

These photos show the contents of the first layer葉he charcoal bowl layer. Photo 63 shows what you see when you first open the box. A small sealed cardboard box holds the owner's manual, access door and a brown paper bag containing the legs, grate support brackets, nuts, bolts and washers.

Removing the hardware box reveals the vinyl cover, folded neatly into a square and sealed in plastic (Photo 64).

Removing the vinyl cover reveals the water pan resting in a sheet of protective bubble wrap (Photo 65).

With the water pan and bubble wrap removed, the charcoal bowl is now exposed and ready to be removed from the box (Photo 66).

Finally, a square cardboard insert separates and protects the charcoal bowl from the layer below. The hole in the middle of the insert has a series of cuts around the perimeter that conform to the shape of the charcoal bowl (Photo 67).

Layer 2: Lid

Charcoal chambe
Photo 68
Cardboard insert
Photo 69
Lid
Photo 70
 Cardboard insert
Photo 71
 

With the cardboard insert removed, we proceed to the second layer葉he lid layer. This layer begins with the charcoal chamber wrapped in protective bubble wrap (Photo 68).

The charcoal chamber sits on a round disc of cardboard placed inside the lid (Photo 69).

With the cardboard disc removed, the lid is now exposed and ready to be removed from the box (Photo 70).

This layer also has a square cardboard insert that separates the lid from the layer below. This insert has a larger hole in the middle and similar, but shorter, cuts around the perimeter (Photo 71).

Layer 3: Middle Cooking Section

Middle cooking section
Photo 72
Cardboard insert
Photo 73
     

After removing the second cardboard insert, we proceed to the third layer葉he middle cooking section layer. This layer contains only the middle cooking section sitting on what appears to be the bottom of the box (Photo 72). However, removing the section reveals that the top cooking grate handles are sticking out of a cardboard insert at the bottom of the box (Photo 73).

Layer 4: Grates

Cooking grates & charcoal grate
Photo 74
       

Removing the third cardboard insert reveals the fourth and final layer葉he grates layer (Photo 74). The charcoal grate is placed on the top cooking grate, and the bottom cooking grate is slipped over the top grate's handles, making a nice, neat package.


Packaging Improvements In 2009

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Prior to 2009, WSM packaging left something to be desired. It was fine for shipping the product from the factory to retail stores, but it just couldn't stand up to rigors of UPS or FedEx shipping. The materials weren't strong enough and the packaging design wasn't quite right. Sometimes the packing tape that sealed the box would fail. If the box was dropped during shipping, the stacked parts would compress into one another, tearing the cardboard separators between layers. The edges around the top of the box were susceptible to crushing, resulting in damage to the charcoal bowl.

Today, WSM packaging is more substantial and better designed to protect parts during shipping, even if the box is dropped or shipped on its side.

When buying a Weber Bullet from a retail store, examine the condition of the box before taking it home. If you see any crush marks or holes, open the box and check the contents.

When buying from an online retailer, check the condition of the box upon delivery and have the carrier note any major damage in their records. Check the contents carefully for any damaged or missing parts.

If you find any dents or damaged porcelain finish or you're missing a part, your best bet is to contact Weber Customer Service directly at 800-446-1071. Weber is quick to replace any damaged or missing parts free of charge, and it's much faster than contacting your online retailer or shipping company.

See Parts Troubleshooting for problem areas to look for as you unpack and assemble a new Weber Bullet.

Recycling The Packing Materials

Virtually all WSM packaging is recyclable or reusable. The cardboard, molded pulp separators, and paper can be recycled. The bubble wrap can be saved and reused when shipping other packages. The plastic bag covering the access door can be recycled in some communities.

The packaging does not indicate what percentage of the material is made from pre- or post-consumer recycled materials.

Updated: 03/21/2017

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