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jcpetro97
02-27-2012, 12:24 PM
Question for those who compete using WSM's. I am doing my first single-entry event this year, with the intent to do a full comp next season, or even later this summer. I am in the process of procuring equipment, and I am getting a 2@" WSM, and was wondering if adding an 18" would be enough for me to compete with. Just wondering what people thought.

any feedback even on what you have experienced with the WSM's in competition would be greatly appreciated as well.

thanks everyone!!

rawtalent
02-27-2012, 12:31 PM
You can certainly compete with 2 wsm's. I cooked a KCBS comp on 1 18"wsm. 2 butts on top and a brisket on bottom. Got 'em done by 5am and into a cambro. Then ribs on top til wrapped and then on the bottom while chicken cooked on top til turn in. Came home with a trophy, a ribbon and 2 checks worth 4 times what I paid for the cooker. Don't do much better than that now on my Lang!

jcpetro97
02-27-2012, 12:33 PM
Thanks Rawtalent.

JD McGee
02-27-2012, 12:42 PM
We use 2 18's and 2 22's for competition...one bullet for each meat...but that's because we use different smokewood and cooking temps for each meat. You can easily do 4 meats on two bullets. :thumb: Good luck! :razz:

Parts_Guy
02-27-2012, 12:48 PM
We used 1 22 and 1 18 last year for 5 comps. Didn't have any problems. This year we added another 22.

SHBBQ
02-27-2012, 01:07 PM
Yes. :-D

ibrisky
02-27-2012, 01:08 PM
We use 2 22" for a full KCBS comp.

It gets a little tricky with the big meats but, I cook a little hotter than most might in the WSM world.

jcpetro97
02-27-2012, 01:26 PM
Thanks everyone... I had been curious because in my local area, I once in a while see a WSM on Craigs List, but I have only seen the 18" ones there, so I am thinking if I can get a good deal via craigs list, then it might be better than buying a new one... depending on condition and price. T

BC Squared
02-27-2012, 02:53 PM
We currently use three 22 inch and a kettle. When I switched from my offset stick burner, I did a comp on one 22 WSM! Took some creative timing but got third in ribs! Just keep the wind off them and they rock! Very easy on the fuel too.

musicmanryann
02-27-2012, 03:25 PM
You can certainly do a contest on a single 22" bullet, and having an extra would give you a lot more flexibility with your timing. A 18.5" one for your second cooker should allow you plenty of space for everything. Good luck--bullets ROCK!

Stoke&Smoke
02-27-2012, 04:35 PM
We normally do 1 22" and 1 18" bullet, plus an 18" kettle (that fits with legs off inside the 22. Rarely an issue.

Still Smokin
02-27-2012, 07:11 PM
I'll chime in as well, I have competed in FBA & KCBS with one 22" WSM, but I did buy an 18" for this year.

big brother smoke
02-27-2012, 09:02 PM
2-22s and 18 WSM here

swamprb
02-27-2012, 11:07 PM
Two 22's and two 18's here.

NS Mike D
02-28-2012, 09:57 AM
good thread in this forum about the logistics from the WSM competitors:


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=118518&highlight=wsm



Looking to pick up my second (the smaller bullet) today as I am not sure how realiable my access is to my b-i-l's 22. I plan on using the my kettle for chicken.

lcbateman3
02-28-2012, 11:14 AM
I use two 22's, a 18 and kettle. Would like to add one more 18.5 in the near future, but ended up having to move first.

Know of a couple of people who do everyone thing on one 22 and are very successful.

Disconnect
02-29-2012, 10:40 AM
We use an 18" and a UDS for everything. (We bring a kettle for finishing chicken if it needs it, but thats optional - just to tweak a mediocre appearance.)

I want a 23, but first I need to sell the UDS and build a new one.

Maddog's
02-29-2012, 10:52 AM
2-22's, 2-18s or substitute an 18 kettle, depending upon which method I plan to cook chicken. Kind of a mood thing.

Kit R
02-29-2012, 12:02 PM
I used two 22" and an 18" all last year. Later in the season I added an additional 18" my hardware store gave me, but I rarely needed it. Brisket on the 22", pork on the 18", ribs on the other 22" and chicken on the 18" after the pork finished. I had them all running on a Guru Cyber Q and a Digi Q and it worked really great. The only problem I had was temp control toward season's end when we had a few windy, rainy days. I pulled the trigger on a Backwoods Extended party for pork and brisket for 2012, but I'm still keeping the WSMs in the mix because they're absolute money makers.

jcpetro97
02-29-2012, 01:48 PM
sweet.. thanks for the responses everyone!!

Smokin Hoggz
03-01-2012, 08:58 AM
Question for those who compete using WSM's. I am doing my first single-entry event this year, with the intent to do a full comp next season, or even later this summer. I am in the process of procuring equipment, and I am getting a 2@" WSM, and was wondering if adding an 18" would be enough for me to compete with. Just wondering what people thought.

any feedback even on what you have experienced with the WSM's in competition would be greatly appreciated as well.

thanks everyone!!

I used to cook on three(3) 18" WSM's and one(1) 22" Kettle, We did ribs pork and brisket on the WSM's and the chix on the kettle. We had the WSM's mounted on a cargo carrier with retractable legs. The base of each WSM was bolted to the bottom of the cargo carrier, and used a tie down strap for the rest. This pic only shows 2, but the 3rd one sat in the middle, and I added casters to the bottom of the legs.

I would recommend adding the 18" WSM to the 22" WSM, give your self some flexibility. Good Luck!!

http://s3.media.squarespace.com/production/1145474/14148915/_Wq-l_UaV68E/S831SN47BeI/AAAAAAAAAKo/w1llfCE4LMQ/s400/Cargo%2BCarrier%2Bwith%2BSmokers%2B001.JPG

Kit R
03-01-2012, 11:51 AM
I used to cook on three(3) 18" WSM's and one(1) 22" Kettle, We did ribs pork and brisket on the WSM's and the chix on the kettle. We had the WSM's mounted on a cargo carrier with retractable legs. The base of each WSM was bolted to the bottom of the cargo carrier, and used a tie down strap for the rest. This pic only shows 2, but the 3rd one sat in the middle, and I added casters to the bottom of the legs.

I would recommend adding the 18" WSM to the 22" WSM, give your self some flexibility. Good Luck!!

http://s3.media.squarespace.com/production/1145474/14148915/_Wq-l_UaV68E/S831SN47BeI/AAAAAAAAAKo/w1llfCE4LMQ/s400/Cargo%2BCarrier%2Bwith%2BSmokers%2B001.JPG

That's a sweet setup Bill. Although I know you'd never do this, it reminds me of the time I had one of my 22s in the bed of my pickup and was cruising down I-495 at about 70 MPH. Suddenly I heard this loud "WHOOSH" and saw a flash of black in my mirror. I looked back to see the lid of my WSM flipping end over end about 30' in the air. It landed right between two vehicles and bounced off the road onto the shoulder. Yes, I had loaded the WSM and forgot to take the lid off the barrel and secure it in the bed. Trust me I'll never make that mistake again. :shock:

woodhappens
03-01-2012, 06:43 PM
They sale a new insulation kit for them also for the real windy days. Do not know how good they are. Last year I cooked on 1 UD 2 18 & halfs. The fan system would be nice to have now to set it and forget it. lol. I tryed high heat brisket on one last year with turning the door up side down with no water in bowl. It was a pain in the butt but, turned out ok. Yes you can do it.

Smokin Hoggz
03-02-2012, 05:50 AM
That's a sweet setup Bill. Although I know you'd never do this, it reminds me of the time I had one of my 22s in the bed of my pickup and was cruising down I-495 at about 70 MPH. Suddenly I heard this loud "WHOOSH" and saw a flash of black in my mirror. I looked back to see the lid of my WSM flipping end over end about 30' in the air. It landed right between two vehicles and bounced off the road onto the shoulder. Yes, I had loaded the WSM and forgot to take the lid off the barrel and secure it in the bed. Trust me I'll never make that mistake again. :shock:

Thanks Kit...That totally sucks, I came close a couple of times before I had this setup. What I did with this was, I took some U-bolts and secured the bases down to the bottom of the carrier, then to secure the middle section and lid, I used a tie down rachet strap, and a bungy cord to hold the cover(s) on. That sucker wasn't going anywhere. Oh, by the way cool blog!!!!

Kit R
03-02-2012, 06:57 AM
Thanks Kit...That totally sucks, I came close a couple of times before I had this setup. What I did with this was, I took some U-bolts and secured the bases down to the bottom of the carrier, then to secure the middle section and lid, I used a tie down rachet strap, and a bungy cord to hold the cover(s) on. That sucker wasn't going anywhere. Oh, by the way cool blog!!!!

Thanks for reading! Hope you saw your shout out on the blog.

jcpetro97
03-02-2012, 08:44 AM
Thanks Kit, and everyone else. Lots of great info that I have to consider.. :-D

SHBBQ
03-02-2012, 11:44 AM
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For anyone interested, I'm sure Bill would sell the cargo trailer hitch set up if all you use is 18's, may need to be modified to hols 22's.

chickenchoker
03-04-2012, 10:06 AM
we are switching to all WSM's this season (finally). We are going for 2 22's and an 18. stoker controlling the 2 larger bullets and the 18 runs like a top on its own.