The Weber Knapp Drum Smoker: Motion Control Engineering in Action
When you’re grilling in the backyard on a hot summer afternoon, grill hinges are probably the last thing on your mind. You’ve got kids to watch, a dog who wants to play, and, of course, your burgers sizzling on the rack.
But when you have to sprint across the lawn to keep the kids from jumping off the swingset, your expensive grill or smoker lid might slam down, and nobody wants that.
That’s where motion control engineering and counterbalance hinges come into play. With the power of motion control, your grill lid won’t slam when left unattended. Weber Knapp understands the stress of high-stakes grilling and smoking, which is why they’ve designed the drum smoker hinge and drum smoker latch handle.
These counterbalance products revolutionize the grilling / smoking experience, letting you focus on the things that matter.
Making the Best Drum Smoker Possible
It doesn’t take a lot to make the perfect drum smoker, but some components are essential. Adding a few nifty products to your drum can greatly improve it’s performance; think of things like:
- Spring assist hinges
- Latch handles
- Intake and exhaust vents
- Grill rack and griddle
But do you know what we’re most excited about? The Ugly Pizza Oven! Keep reading to learn more.
The Ugly Pizza Oven
Being able to smoke meats in your driveway or your backyard is great, but have you ever wished your drum smoker was more versatile? What if you were able to use it as a pizza oven or even a griddle?
Weber Knapp has built on the drum smoker’s solid foundation to bring you the Ugly Pizza Oven!
This drum smoker upgrade includes:
A fuel basket – this piece attaches easily to the smoker’s rim and can be filled with wood or charcoal to provide more direct heat to the griddle.
Stainless steel cooking plate – this stainless plate rests on the fuel basket and is contoured perfectly to the smoker’s rim. It’s ideal for cooking pizza, eggs, bacon, and much more. Think of it as your very own drum grill.
Cooking chamber lid – attach this stainless steel hood onto the drum smoker lid with three easy bolts and get cooking! The lid even includes a temperature gauge.
See the Ugly Pizza Oven in Action!
Breaking Down the Ugly Drum Smoker Accessories
If you’re interested in finding new ways to improve your drum smoker experience, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s our list of must-have kits:
- Spring-assisted hinge (single & double)
- Latch handle kit
- Charcoal basket kit
- Charcoal shoot kit
- Inlet vent and exhaust vent kit
- Grill grate and utensil hook kit
- Water pan holder kit
- Ugly Pizza Oven (UPO) kit
- Pizza peel
All components of the drum smoker are easy-to-assemble so you can get to smoking your delicious meal faster.
Drum Smoker Latch Handle
Safely lift your drum smoker lid with our stainless steel latch handle; covered in heavy duty vinyl for strength and durability while providing your fingers with a comfortable and secure grip. Designed with ease in mind, the latch handle can be operated by simply lifting with one hand for quick and easy access.
- Grooved grips on the latch handle conform to your fingers, providing a comfortable and secure grasp. Grips are made with heavy duty vinyl for strength and durability
- High-quality, stainless steel construction provides high performance in extreme heat
- One handed operation for quick and easy access; self-latching when closed
- Fits a wide variety of drum smokers
- Made in the USA
Drum Smoker Hinge
The Drum Smoker Hinge is fueled by Vectis™ Technology, Weber Knapp’s custom counterbalance technology.
This innovative spring assisted hinge allows users to keep their hands free when checking on their slow smoking masterpiece. The hinge is built to last and is compatible with most drum smokers; here are a few of our most notable features that make this hinge unique:
- Multi-position spring adjustment to accommodate a variety of lid weights
- Hinge opens beyond 90° to allow full access to the smoker
- High-quality, stainless steel hinge body can perform in extreme heat
- Convenient bottle opener feature on each side
- Fits a wide variety of drum smokers
Motion Control Engineering Resources
Want to learn more about how motion control engineering can improve smoker and grill hinges? And that’s not all it can improve — motion control is also very popular when it comes to kitchen appliances, hospitality, and even medical applications.
The summer season is synonymous with nice weather, long days and -- of course -- barbecues. More than ever, people are looking for a peaceful escape outdoors, and willing to spend big money on a high-end grill or smoker.
When it comes to high-end kitchen appliance design, great performance is as important on the outside as it is on the inside.
Serious designers of both commercial and residential appliances want features that “feel” luxurious. Many of today’s top-end appliances include counterbalancing, soft-close motion control, and other features for the ultimate in safety and convenience.
The outdoor kitchen is quickly becoming a popular addition to the modern home. Where homeowners used to simply flip burgers, they’re now adding smokers, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, wine coolers, and more to their outdoor setup.
The outdoor kitchen is becoming a full-fledged entertainment space, and a source of pride for homeowners.
Experience Superior Outdoor Cooking
Are you ready to experience outdoor cooking like you’ve never experienced before? Do you want to feel the smooth, effortless power of spring-assisted lids? How about taste that homemade pizza cooked to perfection?
Learn more about how you can get your hands on a Weber Knapp Drum Smoker and Ugly Pizza Oven today!