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Component Parts - 2008 & Earlier WSM 18.5"
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Here are photos and detailed descriptions of all the parts that make up the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker for model years 2008 and earlier.

For part numbers and a diagram showing the relationship between parts, visit the Parts Schematics For Weber Smokers page. To see how a WSM is put together, visit the Assembly page.

Click on any of the pictures to view a larger image.

Three Major Sections
Assembled height: 41"
Assembled width: 19"
Assembled weight: 37 pounds

Three Major Sections
Photo 1

The Weber Bullet has three major sections:

  • The Lid
  • The Middle Cooking Section
  • The Charcoal Bowl

When these three sections are fitted together, they achieve a fairly good seal—not airtight, but a good seal. This is one of the secrets of the WSM's ability to regulate and maintain temperature easily. The sections come apart for easy cleaning and transportation.

18.5" OD x 13" (including handle)
3" damper (1), 0.75" holes (3 per damper)
10.5" between inside top of lid and top cooking grate

Photo 2
Thermoset lid handle
Photo 3
Lid Vent
Photo 4
Lid - Interior View
Photo 5

The lid is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It is fitted with a handle and an adjustable vent damper.

The handle is made of gray, heat-resistant nylon plastic and has the Weber logo stenciled on it. Prior to 2000, handles were made of wood.

The vent damper exhausts smoke and heat from the cooker, allowing them to pass over your food for that great barbecue taste. Most WSM owners leave this vent completely open at all times during the cooking process, since inadequate ventilation can cause an off-taste in foods. It may be partially closed if the cooker is running much hotter than desired, and should be completely closed at the end of a cooking session to extinguish the coals.

The damper is made of rust-resistant aluminum and is fastened to the lid with a 1/4" aluminum tubular rivet. The two tabs are used to grasp the damper to adjust it, and each damper hole has a stop tab that limits the open/close motion of the damper. There is also a two-character date of manufacture code stamped into the damper.

Photo 5 shows an interior view of the lid.

Middle Cooking Section
18.75" OD / 17.625" ID x 17.5"
7.25" x 10" access opening, 6" between screw holes

Cooking Section
Photo 6
Cooking Section - Interior View
Photo 7

The middle cooking section is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It holds two grates where all the cooking action takes place, plus the water pan and the access door through which fuel, smoke wood, and water are added during the cooking process.

The water pan and cooking grates rest on four grill straps that are fastened to the inside of this section. Photo 7 shows two of the holes used to attach a grill strap.

Charcoal Bowl
18.5" OD x 10" (without legs), 12.375" (with legs)
3" damper (3), 0.75" holes (3 per damper)

Charcoal Bowl
Photo 8
Charcoal Bowl - Interior View
Photo 9

The charcoal bowl is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It contains the charcoal grate and charcoal chamber in which the fuel and smoke wood are placed. The bowl sits on three sturdy aluminum legs that provide a stable base for the cooker.

There are three adjustable vent dampers in the charcoal bowl. These dampers are identical to the one in the lid. Each vent damper is adjusted independently throughout the cooking process to control air flow into the charcoal bowl. By increasing or decreasing air flow, fuel combustion is increased or decreased, thus raising or lowering the cooker temperature. Each damper may be fully open or fully closed or somewhere in-between depending on the need to control cooker temperature.

Closing these three dampers and the lid damper at the end of a cooking session will extinguish the coals.

Photo 9 shows an interior view of the bowl.

Cooking Grates
Top: 17.5" diameter, 240.5 square-inch surface
Bottom: 17" diameter, 227 square-inch surface
7.5" between top and bottom grates

Top Cooking Grate
Photo 10
Bottom Cooking Grate
Photo 11

The Weber Bullet has two nickel-plated cooking grates with a combined surface area of approximately 468 square inches. The grates are supported by four grill straps fastened to the inside the middle cooking section.

The top grate has two handles and is situated near the top of the middle cooking section. It is the same grate used in all Weber 18.5" charcoal grills. The bottom grate is slightly smaller in diameter, has no handles, and is situated 7.5" below the top grate. The smaller diameter is necessary to provide clearance between the grate and the grill straps.

Water Pan
14.75" OD x 3"
9.75" between bottom of pan and charcoal grate
1/2" between top of pan and bottom cooking grate
1 gallon capacity

Water Pan
Photo 12

The water pan is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish. The water moderates the temperature of the cooker, provides a moist cooking environment, and catches any drippings, preventing them from flaring-up on the hot charcoal below.

The pan is supported by the same grill straps that support the two cooking grates.

Charcoal Grate
15.25" diameter
4.5" between grate and bottom of charcoal bowl

Charcoal Grate
Photo 13

This grate rests in the bottom of the charcoal bowl on the three screws that attach the legs to the bowl. It holds the charcoal chamber into which the fuel and smoke wood are placed. Ashes fall through the grate to the bottom of the charcoal bowl.

Charcoal Chamber
14.5" OD x 4.75"

Charcoal Chamber
Photo 14

The charcoal chamber is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish. It is placed on top of the charcoal grate and keeps the fuel centered on the grate and prevents the dampers in the charcoal bowl from becoming blocked. The perforations provide airflow to the burning coals and smoke wood.

Hardware Pack

Hardware pack
Photo 15
Hardware Pack Contents
Photo 16

A small cardboard box containing these parts:

  • Legs
  • Grill Straps
  • Fasteners
  • Access Door Assembly
  • Owner's Manual

11" x 1" (3)

Photo 17

Three rust-resistant aluminum legs are attached to the charcoal bowl using two screws, two nuts, and two steel washers per leg.

Grill Straps
8.625" x 0.625" (4)
6" between screw holes

Support Brackets
Photo 18

Four grill straps are attached to the inside of the middle cooking section using two screws, two nuts, and two fiber washers per strap.


Photo 19

These fasteners are used to attach the legs and grill straps:

  • 1/4-20 x 5/8 Inch Screws (14) - Part #87401
  • 1/4-20 Nuts (14) - Part #87503
  • Fiber Washers (8) - Part #877301
  • 1/4" Steel Washers (6) - Part #87605

Access Door Assembly
8.125" x 11.625"
1.75" diameter knob

Access Door
Photo 20
Access Door Latch
Photo 21

The access door has an offset section along the bottom edge that engages the opening in the middle cooking section. The knob turns a latch on the inside of the door that secures it to the middle cooking section.

The door is made of rust-resistant aluminum. Some doors are stamped with a pebbled finish, while others are stamped with a diamond pattern.

The knob is made of a hard, black, heat-resistant plastic.

Owner's Manual
5.5" x 8.5", 28 pages, black & white, schematic diagrams, clipart

Owner's Manual
Photo 22

The owner's manual contains assembly and operating instructions, cooking tips, smoker care information, helpful hints, and recipes. A product registration card is also included.

Vinyl Cover
38" long

Vinyl Cover
Photo 23

Weber includes a full-length, premium-quality vinyl cover with the WSM. It has small elastic strips at the bottom that provide some closure around the charcoal bowl. The Weber logo is printed on the cover.


The 2008 & earlier 18.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker came with the following warranty:

  • Cooking grates/charcoal grate: 2 years
  • Bowl and lid against rust/burn-through: 10 years
  • Nylon handle: 10 years
  • All remaining parts: 2 years

The warranty takes effect on the date of purchase.

Updated: 05/21/2016

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