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Old 09-10-2015, 03:54 PM
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Looking to move up to a charcoal smoker. Does anyone have experience with a Weber Smokey Mountain 22in?

Pros or cons from you that have used one of these. It gets great reviews from what I've seen.

Just looking for input on this model from those that have used one. Not wanting to hear feed back on BGE's or others. I know they are great, just not what I'm in the market for.

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I have the 18.5 smokey mountain. Its a great smoker and reasonably priced. Research Harry Soo well known competition cook who cooks on weber smokey mountains. Also go on the virtual bullet web site. Best device I bought for mine is the DigiQ electric temperature controller. Makes overnight smokes etc. very easy and temperature control predictable. For the record I own an egg and think the weber is a much better smoker. Just did my first butt on egg this weekend and i think the wsm smokes the egg literaly. One plus to the weber is it works great with kingsford briquets. Cant say enough about them. Walmart has the 18.5 unit on sale in our area now.
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:09 PM
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yeti makes a nice one for 7 million dollars, comes with a free sticker

what are you moving up from?
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I have had a WSM for 3 years now. I use it 2 times a year to smoke pork butts. I can fit six butts on it at once. Its great, I dont have anything bad to say about it. I also dont have any experience with other smokers so I have nothing to compare it to.

Well made // simple // easy to use // easy to clean // easy on the wallet
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Originally Posted by Bigred1 View Post
I have the 18.5 smokey mountain. Its a great smoker and reasonably priced. Research Harry Soo well known competition cook who cooks on weber smokey mountains. Also go on the virtual bullet web site. Best device I bought for mine is the DigiQ electric temperature controller. Makes overnight smokes etc. very easy and temperature control predictable. For the record I own an egg and think the weber is a much better smoker. Just did my first butt on egg this weekend and i think the wsm smokes the egg literaly. One plus to the weber is it works great with kingsford briquets. Cant say enough about them. Walmart has the 18.5 unit on sale in our area now.
This ^^ word for word. I have the same setup. The digiQ is your friend.
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Here's you a real smoker!!!

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...ker-build.html

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Willie, I have a Masterbuilt 30in electric. It does a good job, just looking to go charcoal and the WSM looks like a nice model.

I have a Weber performer 22in kettle that I love so leads me to trust Weber.
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Originally Posted by Lineside View Post
Willie, I have a Masterbuilt 30in electric. It does a good job, just looking to go charcoal and the WSM looks like a nice model.

I have a Weber performer 22in kettle that I love so leads me to trust Weber.
It'll last forever. I do recommend lump charcoal like Wicked Good brand for smoking. Higher heat and burns longer. The digiQ isn't necessary but sure makes life easier.
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Love my 22.5 wsm. I have not had the need for a controler. The temp stays steady enough for me to get some sleep if I ever do an overnighter. Typically I cook hotter and faster so I can rest without food on the smoke.

Mine cooks no matter what I throw at it...water in the pan at 200...no pan at 350...no pan at 275...water at 250...it doesn't care and neither do i.
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Love my 22.5 wsm. I have not had the need for a controler. The temp stays steady enough for me to get some sleep if I ever do an overnighter. Typically I cook hotter and faster so I can rest without food on the smoke.

Mine cooks no matter what I throw at it...water in the pan at 200...no pan at 350...no pan at 275...water at 250...it doesn't care and neither do i.
Same here Cape. I have gone to just a foil wrapped clay saucer and tossed the pan and does just as good. Things are bullet proof.
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Why do you want charcoal?

I've had a couple of each and the electric ones were much easier to use. Soak the chips, turn the heat and adjust periodically. The charcoal ones require a lot more attention.

If I change from electric it would be to the eggs but $$$ and still way more work.
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I love my Masterbuilt. I bought an amazen amps pellet smoker and can cook 11 hours without adding chips/pellets. The only thing you don't get with electric is a good smoke ring. I can get good bark on a brisket but no smoke ring.
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Mine does a great smoke ring and it's the $179 electronic special from HD. I found the key is to soak the chips for a long time or mostly I use bigger wood chunks and trade them out and make sure the water level is consistently full.

Makes some fantastic ribs (3/2/1 or 2/2/1 depending on type) brisket and some wicked smoked mullets and turkeys.

Best of all I do t have to care for it much at the price point and it's going on 5 years now with no real wear other than flavor crystals I refuse to scrub off.
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Love my WSM, have the 18" version, and only have wished for the 22" once, but that was a couple weeks ago, so i'm casually looking for one. I started smoking on the weber grill, and the WSM is infinitely easier to maintain temperatures, and consistently produce great food. It is close to set it and forget it - it will maintain good temperatures overnight - I still check it every couple of hours, but almost never need to adjust. Recently added a digital remote thermometer and have used it for the past couple of cooks. Makes a big difference being able to monitor temperatures from other places in the house. Think it is the Maverick 733? The new one, in any case.
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He may want to cook things at a higher temp then the electric will do. I suggest looking at the Chargriller acorn smoker. Works just like the ceramic smokers but a lot cheaper, and would give you more cooking options and better results then the weber. I had a similar smoker to the one you are asking about and it was hard to maintain the temp for long periods of time.
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Why do you want charcoal?

I've had a couple of each and the electric ones were much easier to use. Soak the chips, turn the heat and adjust periodically. The charcoal ones require a lot more attention.

If I change from electric it would be to the eggs but $$$ and still way more work.
Because there are 3 things that go together beer, meat, and fire. Usually when I am smoking something, about the time I a new beer I can check the smoker. This cycle can be repeated for the duration of the smoke.
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Love my WSM, have the 18" version, and only have wished for the 22" once, but that was a couple weeks ago, so i'm casually looking for one. I started smoking on the weber grill, and the WSM is infinitely easier to maintain temperatures, and consistently produce great food. It is close to set it and forget it - it will maintain good temperatures overnight - I still check it every couple of hours, but almost never need to adjust. Recently added a digital remote thermometer and have used it for the past couple of cooks. Makes a big difference being able to monitor temperatures from other places in the house. Think it is the Maverick 733? The new one, in any case.
yeah thats it. i've used the maverick 732 for several years now and still on the original batteries. all of the mavericks seem to be bullet proof. so many gadgets out there now to where you can adjust the smoker temp via cell phone from any location. i just hate the thought of leaving one cooking and being away from it very long.
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Because there are 3 things that go together beer, meat, and fire. Usually when I am smoking something, about the time I a new beer I can check the smoker. This cycle can be repeated for the duration of the smoke.
I like your thought process. My liver can't take that with overnight smoking any longer though.

Who says you only have to have one smoker though?
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I have a WSM, love it. Here are my tips:

Fill the water bowl with play sand, then cover with tin foil. Replace the foil every now and then.

Use good quality lump charcoal. Better flavor and burns longer.

ALWAYS leave the top vent open, period.
For lower temperature long-duration smoking, I have to close two of the bottom vents and leave the other bottom vent partially open to maintain ~225. But with a full charcoal spot, once you get used to running it, it'll hold that temp for 14 hours without adjustment.

I'll smoke a pork shoulder overnight, set the pork in at 9pm when the temp has leveled out, and around 8am or 9am it'll be steady at 225 still and I'll pull it. Won't have to wake up to adjust anything!

Beer can chicken, ~4-5hrs at 225. Stuff the skin with herbs and butter, rub spices on the outside, drink half the beer, put onions in the neck of the chicken. SO good.

I've done holiday turkeys in it. There's just no comparison after a good brining.
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
Why do you want charcoal?

I've had a couple of each and the electric ones were much easier to use. Soak the chips, turn the heat and adjust periodically. The charcoal ones require a lot more attention.

If I change from electric it would be to the eggs but $$$ and still way more work.
Flavor.

All types of smokers are good and produce good food, but honest great BBQ comes from hot coals and a clean wood fire. Much has to do with the cook and the prep, but all things equal in that department - coal and wood win.

IMHO - the smoker BBQ flavor scale is - Electric, BGE, WSM or Ugly Drum Smoker, Pellet Smoker, then true stick burner. And the ease of use scale follows suit - electric being the easiest, stick burner the hardest.

The WSM is probably one of the best all around for ease of use, price and flavor. I have 2 stick burners - and after a 12 hour smoke and having to baby sit it every 1/2 or so - I want to trade for a WSM.
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