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Slicer021

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Wanting to pick up a WSM
« on: November 24, 2016, 03:21:55 AM »
I am really wanting to try to pick up a WSM but not sure which size would be best. I do t usually cook for too many people but when I get comfortable smoking I may cook for more people. How much can you cook in the 14 and 18.5 WSM's?  14s are $99 at Walmart right now so was thinking about that or could just wait for a CL pick up one day not sure. CL is dry as far as Webers go for a long time in my area.  Thanks in advance for any info given


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Mr.CPHo

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2016, 03:34:23 AM »
I think the 18.5" is the most versatile and a good place to start.


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Harbormaster

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2016, 05:23:17 AM »
I only have the 18.5" WSMs.

I can do 4 or 5 pork butts, 6-12 racks of ribs (depending on method) a couple of briskets or a bunch of thighs or wings. Very versatile cookers.
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swamprb

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2016, 06:43:09 AM »
I sold all my 18" WSM's and doubt if I'd ever get another.

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iCARRY

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2016, 08:13:47 AM »
So glad I got the 22. I have so much space. Never have to trim anything to fit.


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pbe gummi bear

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2016, 10:45:25 AM »
IMO the 14.5" WSM is not worth it unless you want the portability. A kettle can smoke anything that the 14.5" can with much more space to use. The 18.5" WSM can cook a ton of food, but the 22.5" is superior for laying out large slabs of meat like a whole fise, pack brisket or ribs. Good luck with your choice.
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Slicer021

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2016, 03:11:14 PM »
Thanks all for the replies. Just wondering if a 18.5 would fit a 10-12 shoulder?  Looks like I need to start looking at the 22 WSM and see if I can find on CL.


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TheDude

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2016, 03:19:42 PM »
10-12lb butt? No problem whatsoever on an 18".  10-12 butts? Better be looking for something bigger than a 22".
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LaTuFu

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2016, 03:29:22 PM »
If you are sure that you will only be cooking for small groups/family cooking, the 18.5 is more than enough.

I have a 22 and love it, I can really load it up when I want.

But on those weekends when I am just doing one butt or a small quantity, it's almost easier to use the 26 instead.

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SteveMBH

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2016, 03:40:40 PM »
I've had an 18 and currently have a 22.  Pros and cons for both but I think the 18 would have suited most of my needs besides large briskets.

Buy the 14 while you wait for something to pop up on Craigslist.  Then after using the Craigslist  18 or 22 you can decide if you want to keep or sell the 14.


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HoosierKettle

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2016, 03:53:46 PM »
Get a 26" kettle if you don't have one already.


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Slicer021

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2016, 05:00:52 PM »
If you are sure that you will only be cooking for small groups/family cooking, the 18.5 is more than enough.

I have a 22 and love it, I can really load it up when I want.

But on those weekends when I am just doing one butt or a small quantity, it's almost easier to use the 26 instead.

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I think I would cook mainly for 6-8 people.  It seems like the 18 maybe my best bet for now.


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Slicer021

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2016, 05:03:19 PM »
Get a 26" kettle if you don't have one already.


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lol I am with ya on this. I have not been able to secure any other kettles yet.  CL just has no been kind to me. Would love to find something other than my Plain ole black kettle I bought new last year


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TheDude

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2016, 05:06:09 PM »
Get a 26" kettle if you don't have one already.


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lol I am with ya on this. I have not been able to secure any other kettles yet.  CL just has no been kind to me. Would love to find something other than my Plain ole black kettle I bought new last year


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LaTuFu

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Re: Wanting to pick up a WSM
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2016, 05:08:14 PM »
It's going to require patience to find a 22 WSM or 26 kettle on CL if you don't live in a major metro area.



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