Should I "season" my brand new Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by albertahab31, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. I am thinking smoke is the best "seasoning" out there. What do you fellas think?
  2. Seasoning helps get rid of any oil etc from the manufacturing process plus coats the inside which I think helps control temps.
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No experience with that particular smoker?

    Many come with unidentified gunk in them?

    I would clean it out.  Oil it up.  Run it through a high heat cycle at least twice.

    On grass unless you want oil dripping on your deck or your concrete.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  4. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I did my WSM

    1 charcoal chimney with 4 hunks of wood. I also wipe the insides down with a ball of aluminum foil aft my WSM has cooled.
  5. I forgot to add, the minion method works great for preparing the charcoal for cooking on the WSM. There are instructions on several threads if you are not familiar with it.
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  7. Thanks for the advise all. I will "season" it somehow with a combination of a high heat and some cooking oil. Heat up and then cool completely and then repeat with just smoke. 
  8. Awesome links with tons of great advice. Will do!!!!
  9. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The metal of the WSM is coated in a hard ceramic powder coat material that is baked on.  It's not bare or "painted" metal like a lot of smokers.  No need to oil it or season it.   It will usually tend to run a little hotter when new as the shiny surface does reflect heat.  But after a smoke or two, the normal smoke film will accumulate and it will be fine.

    Just fire it up and throw some smoke wood chunks in the coals and cook something.  Might as well use the heat once it's up and running. Chicken is easy and quick.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  10. dlr1

    dlr1 Fire Starter

    Most owners will tell you the best way to season that thing is with a couple of big ol butts. They have been known to run a tad hot the first few cooks, it took mine the better part of the Summer to get enough build up on the walls to make the temp control unbelievably easy. What size did you get by the way? You are really going to love that cooker.
  11. Got the 18.5 as I felt that it was big enough for my 4 person family. The 22.5 just looked massive.
  12. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I seasoned my WSM with a load of briquettes, hickory and cherry splits, and two 10# pork butts!!!!


    Seasoned it perfectly!

  13. Ok so fire up and use it! Going to assemble tomorrow and cook something. So stoked! Any immediate mods that need to be done?
  14. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nothing right off the bat...well, you may need to put a little more of a bend in your door...carefully.  

    It'll leak smoke a lot at first but once you get some smoke and grease in there it'll be fine!

    I wound up putting a grommet where one of the grate holder bolts is so that I could put my pit probe of the Maverick ET-732 through.

    Good luck and be sure to post some good q-view!!!!

  15. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  16. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Accept my apology!

    I didn't notice the Weber in that one.

    Webers are a very different unit.

    And a great one at that.

    I see no need to season?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  17. Assembled it and smoked some sausage right away. It went awesome for the test drive. For the "first real drive" I'm thinking brisket this Saturday. About 10 lbs for about 12 hours I'm guessing. Only issue is that I have wood chips not chunks and there is none to be found where I live until summertime apparently. Not looking forward to putting more chips on every 45 minutes. Hmmm might have to rethink it but I have always wanted to try a brisket and could not do it with my old brinkmann...   
  18. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you have a Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc.... nearby, they should sell fist size chunks of smoking woods in bags.   My local Kroger also sells them.  They pretty much always have Hickory, Apple, and Mesquite, but I have seen Cherry on the rare occasion. 

    Here is the walmart page for Hickory (shows in stores only)


    Well, I see you are in Canada and I have no idea what your options might be.  But if you have something like the above in your area, I would call and ask if they carry them.  If they have a grill department they probably do.

    And one more thing to be aware of.  One of Todd's pellet trays or tubes *WILL NOT* work in a WSM for a hot smoke.  It would for a cold smoke, but not a hot one.  Several of us have tried it since we had the pellet trays/tubes for other smokers but it just does not work in a WSM.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2013
  19. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  20. Wrap a couple bundles of chips in tin foil and poke a small hole in each pack to let the smoke out. Position them just as you would chunks with the hole up and they will last much longer and not flare up. Yeah, chunks can be kinda hard to come by in Canada where I am too.  I started making my own a couple years ago.  When desperate, I used some of my neighbors' well seasoned birch firewood and it turns out it is fantastic and very easy to come by.  Very similar to maple.  It will soon be pruning season so checke around your neigbors to see if they have any fruit or nut trees,maple, birch, oak, etc.  You can often get the trimmings for free if you haul it away for them.  I have a few local tree trimming services who also contact me when they get some interesting wood.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013

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