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charred

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2015, 08:41:12 AM »
Haven't used the mini since I bought the WSM last fall!
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blieb

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2015, 12:19:20 PM »
Assembled last night.  Lid just didn't fit right.  I tried to hug the unit and reshape a little, but then I noticed some enamel notches on the inside rim.

Swapped it out for another, checked before I left the store.  PERFECT.

Threw some pork belly on there earlier to season and get some grease in the nooks and crannys.
Smokers:    WSM 22" | WSM 14.5"
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jdefran

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2015, 05:53:30 PM »
@blieb That Walmart is 2 minutes from my office.. Must resist temptation. Thanks for the heads up

Just FYI, at Earthfare this weekend I saw they had prime packer brisket for $3.99/lb and pork belly for $2.99

blieb

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2015, 06:24:17 PM »
@jdefran so far, it's cute.  No regrets.  When I use the WSM 22", I dump an 18-20lb bag of charcoal in - big space to heat.  This 14.5" sucker uses a fraction of that, so far I'm amazed.

I'm definitely going to check out Earthfare, thanks for the tip!  I've only been in there once.  I saw they have a killer prime rib night, but haven't checked it out. 
If the brisket is cryovac'd it will last for a long time in the freezer.
Smokers:    WSM 22" | WSM 14.5"
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VAis4BBQers

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2015, 04:58:20 AM »
I'm about to start my mini build this week with a uline lime. I'll try to document as I go!
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CharliefromLI

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2015, 06:09:52 AM »
I loved my mini but haven't used since i got my 18" wsm. That said it was between a full price 14" WSM and a Mini, i go mini all day. Less expensive and and a great conversation piece. If the 14" was on clearance then its a much tougher call...
Starting LineUp: Summit Charcoal Grilling Center, Ranch Kettle, Genesis E310, SJ Gold MiniWSM, the JETTLE,
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jfbincypress

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2015, 06:24:21 PM »
I use my mini for ribs and chicken and such, since I can get 7-8 hours...use the big boy for longer cooks.


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Tommy B

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2015, 11:44:27 AM »
I have a mini WSM and an 18.5 WSM. Just like a mini you could grill on the 14.5 WSM in a pinch. You can take the middle section off and put the lid on it... You get a round weber grill. If you are trying to save funds go with the mini and don't paint.
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allenb12

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2015, 04:01:41 AM »
I was comtemplating a mini but when I found a 14.5 for $100.00 at Camping World I bought it.  After 3 cooks I a very satisfied.
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Josh G

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2015, 05:38:08 PM »
Plus with the mini you get the smokey joe to use also by itself, I love mine.   @jfbincypress nice build!

jfbincypress

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WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2015, 05:43:51 PM »
Thanks Josh!


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toolhead

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2015, 05:48:44 PM »
14.5" hands down..im sure the mods work well...but how can you beat a weber wsm factory build.  I think the 14.5" is often overlooked as a prime weber product
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jfbincypress

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2015, 05:38:40 AM »



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Lemans

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2015, 02:34:11 AM »
Love my mini.  Use it for ribs and small
Brisket flats. My only problem is the pot
I bought is aluminum from kitchen supplier
An when it gets warm it expands and gets
Stuck to the base so I can't add any more fuel
During the cook? Any suggestions?
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Jason

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Re: WSM 14.5 vs Mini WSM, thoughts?
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2015, 12:18:55 PM »
@Lemans

With some of the aluminum pots, you can attach the lid that came with the pot to the bottom of the pot. That way, the whole thing rests on the rim of the SJ bowl and not inside the SJ bowl. I saw this mod posted somewhere else and decided to do it. The whole thing is way more stable doing it like this. Oh, I used the Vasconia steamer for my Mini build. I'm not sure if the IMUSA pots, or others will work the same.



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