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lucky413

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22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« on: June 10, 2018, 01:17:29 PM »
Can't decide whish one would be best. I only smoke a couple racks of ribs or two butts at most at a time. And a brisket that's not too big either (one I get at publix). My question is could I get what I need on the 18 without rolling ribs or being crowded? I smoke spare and baby backs.

Also is there a difference between the two as far as holding temp? Does the 22.5 hold 225-250 well?  lump or briquette? Seems pretty split crowd wise.When yall put the charcoal in do yall fill the grate up then place a chimney in there? Last question is i plan on putting another grate on the bottom grate for the cross pattern. Which grate do I use to do this with?
« Last Edit: June 10, 2018, 01:31:43 PM by lucky413 »

addicted-to-smoke

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 03:22:56 PM »
Youíre describing larger meats; go for the 22.

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[Edit: Scratch that, an 18 will do that easily. You can hang ribs with a rack from Gateway ... ]
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addicted-to-smoke

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It's the iconic symbol for the backyard. It's family/friends, food and fun. What more do you need to feel everything [is] going to be all right. As long as we can still have a BBQ in our backyard, the world seems a bit of a better place. At least for that moment. -reillyranch

HoosierKettle

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 03:40:18 PM »
I cook decent size briskets and full racks on the 18. It is a little crowded length wise but always seems to cook what I ask of it. Iím only guessing but I would imagine the 18 is more fuel efficient. I cook a lot of food at a time and the 18 has been sufficient.


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kettlebb

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 03:56:07 PM »
Iíll vote 22 because youíll always find a way to use more space.


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julweidn

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 04:44:56 PM »
I would go with the 18.5 based on what you have described.


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Mike in Roseville

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 06:03:23 AM »
Your situation is pretty much the same as mine. I rarely do more than 2 butts, 2 racks of ribs, an entire packer at one time.

Which is why I have, and would recommend, an 18WSM. I even bought another 18WSM used in case I needed more room.

It is very fuel efficient (I have never had to add fuel...mid cook...ever) and is easier to move around.

If I find a decent price on a used 22WSM I may pick one up and try it for competition purposes, but with my current setup of WSMs and kettles in the backyard, there really isnít a need to have one.




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wessonjb

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22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 06:10:54 AM »
I have both and rarely use my 18 . The extra room with the 22 is a huge upside ! I also use my 18 charcoal ring in my 22 so it doesnít use that much charcoal , unless Iím doing a brisket. This method gives me the best of both worlds with grilling room  and charcoal consumption!


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mtneer

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2018, 11:25:24 AM »
I was leaning toward the 18 when I was thinking of getting a WSM but just got an awesome deal on a NIB 22. I like the idea of using a charcoal ring from an 18 to cut down on fuel consumption since I currently don't smoke a lot at one time.

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Jan M.

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2018, 04:03:47 AM »
Based on what you described I would recommend a 18.5".
I have a 22.5" and I am going to buy an 18.5" too.
The 22.5" is very fuel consuming if you just want to make what you described above.

The idea with a smaller charcoal basket in the 22.5" could help but I guess due to the much bigger surface of the 22.5 the heat loss is how it is :-)

Best approach is to buy both sizes :-) :-)
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Jan

michaelmilitello

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2018, 06:02:51 PM »
Iíll throw in a wildcard.   

Get a 26 kettle.  Huge grilling capability and long LnS cooks with the snake method.  Lots of versatility.  Similarly priced to the 18.5. 

My 26 may put my 18.5 out of business. 


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rotagilla

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Re: 22.5 or 18.5? and a few other questions
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2018, 11:56:39 AM »