I love Weber grills. I’m just going to say it. I love them. They are relatively inexpensive and great quality. I have a Weber Charcoal, a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and I’m eyeing a Weber Spirit gas grill for fast outside cooking when it gets too hot to cook inside.
I’m working on an inexpensive outdoor kitchen right now, which I’ll blog about soon. Of course one of the most important aspects of every outdoor kitchen is your grill or cooking apparatus. Whether it’s a charcoal or gas grill, you have to build your kitchen to work with what you have.
Since I have two Webers and hopefully a third coming soon, I built my kitchen differently. Instead of building around the grills, I’m instead making the grills adapt to the kitchen. Basically, I want my grills to be mobile. I have essentially created a bullpen for the grills. I line them up and only pull out the one I need at the time and then park it next to my kitchen. With the Weber Charcoal grill, it comes with wheels and a handle so you can move it around.
The Smokey Mountain Cooker, however, is super lame and doesn’t have wheels. You pretty much plant it and leave it there for its entire life. Or if you want to move it, you have to take it apart and move the pieces or carry the entire thing.
That just doesn’t work for me.
Add Wheels to Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
The Smokey Mountain Cooker has three feet/stands already. Lucky for us there is just enough room on each of those feet to attach a caster.
What you need to add wheels to Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker:
- 3 casters with locking mechanism. (IMPORTANT: Get the locking casters or the grill will move around. Don’t cheap out.)
- 3 nuts
- 3 washers
- Cordless drill
- 11/16 inch bit
- socket and wrench
Adding wheels to Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is a very simple DIY idea that will pay dividends. I broke down into four easy steps.
Lift up the middle and top sections of the Smokey Mountain Cooker and set them off to the side. Then flip over the bottom piece with the feet.
Attach your drill bit to your drill and drill three holes in the center of the feet/stands on the bottom of the Smokey Mountain Cooker.
Push the caster through the hole. Add the washer and nut to the other end and tighten with your wrench and socket.
Flip it over, put everything back together and smoke some brisket.
Once you add the wheels to your Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, you can move it around your yard with ease. Once in place, lock the wheels and you are good to cook anywhere without issue. Optionally, if you’d like, you can add a handle so you can pull it. I haven’t because I’m worried about smoke leakage. But I might down the road.
I’d suggest buying the Weber handle from Amazon or if you want to be super cool, head over to the Weber Kettle Club and buy one of their wood handles. That way it also doesn’t impact the aesthetic of the smoker. And if you do choose to add the handle, add it to the center piece so you have more leverage. If you add it to the top, you’ll just pull the lid off.