Smokenator 1000: Convert your Weber Kettle into a Smoker

Thu, May 11, 2006


Smokenator 1000: Convert your Weber Kettle into a Smoker

I recently heard about a new grilling gadget that turns your 22″ Weber Kettle, arguable the most popular charcoal grill around, into a extra large water smoker. The Smokenator 1000 mounts inside the grill providing a pan for water and heat shield that provides the indirect heat for smoking.

A water smoker is the ideal cooker for slow cooking lean meats like chicken and and turkey. Indirect heat lowers the temperature, extending the cooking time, while a water pan provide a nice moist cooking environment. That means no basting is necessary. But not everyone is serious enough to have multiple grills and pits and smokers laying around, especially since most people tend to grill more frequently then barbecue. That’s where this gadget comes in.

The difference between a water smoker and a charcoal grill comes down to two things. Heat and moisture. The Smokenator 1000 is a cleverly designed stainless steel insert that snaps into your existing grill, effectively providing you with a setup that looks like it will work well for smoking.

The coals are placed under the water pan, behind the heat shield. (See the instructions on their website for a diagram. The food then rests on the grill’s lower grate.

The manufacturer claims that beyond the convenience of combining the functions of a grill and a smoker in a single piece of equipment, there are also a number of other advantages including higher humidity, steadier cooking temperature, and easier cleanup.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at smoking a turkey, a couple of chickens, or maybe a brisket, but don’t need a second grill hanging around this contraption is worth a look.

I received a sample from the manufacturer, and in the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting it through its paces. I’ll fill you in on what I learn, and see how this compares to my Brinkman “bullet” style water smoker.

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2 Responses to “Smokenator 1000: Convert your Weber Kettle into a Smoker”

  1. Dave C. says:

    Looks cool but not really needed, I find that the weber slow smokes all meats just fine indirectly and with water between the coal piles. now I have built a mod for one of my 5 weber grills that works awsome! I found that the kettle grill lid fits perfectly on top of most 55 gal drums, I cut a drum at the lower third stiffening ring which created a flange along the bottom.This allowes the barrel to sit on the bottom portion of the kettle, keeping the original “one-touch” air vent. Then cut the top of the barrel (lid) leaving 1/2″ lip, this alowes the 22.5″grilling grate to fit perfectly on the lip. Now I can pile a large amount of lump charcoal directly on botton grate. I added another shelf just above the coals for water and presto, probably the best smoker I have ever used! It also has a small hinged door I cut into the barrel that allows the addition of wood chips. now this may seem like alot of work for some but it’s real and well worth it. and a heck of alot cheaper than a Big Green Egg.

  2. Dave W. says:

    @Dave C. you realize that the mod that you stated cost as much or more as the Smokenator 1000 with a whole heck of a lot more work involved.