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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.

Hot coals ready for cookingWSM Operating Tips

Usage Tips: How to prepare and operate your Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

Frequently Asked Questions: You have questions? We have answers covering everything from pricing and warranty to construction and troubleshooting.

Firing Up Your Weber Bullet: Sure-fire methods for firing up the WSM, including “The Minion Method” for extended cooking sessions.

How To Use A Chimney Starter: A companion to Firing Up Your Weber Bullet. Includes alternatives to newspaper for starting the fire.

Tel-Tru BQ-300 successfully mounted on WSM lidWSM Modifications

Introduction To WSM Modifications: Just a few thoughts I’d like to share before you dive into modifying your Weber Bullet.

Kingsford Briquettes and Duraflame Lump in bagsReference Topics

All About Charcoal: Learn all about charcoal—how it’s made, what’s in it, and how to choose the right one for your Weber Bullet.

All About Smoke Woods: This topic introduces the various smoke woods and helps you decide which woods to use with different barbecue meats.

Initially filling water pan from above, through bottom cooking grateVideos: Operating Tips & Modifications On YouTube