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tajt7757 12-30-2012 12:53 PM

Used 22"wsm or new Acorn
I'm puzzled about this choice. I want a vertical smoker and I'm torn between to two. Found a like new 22" wsm on Craigslist for 250. Or an acorn for 299.
Has anyone found the acorns on sale anywhere?

BBQ quandary !

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 12-30-2012 12:56 PM

What other smokers and grills do you have? The WSM is primarily a smoker while the Acorn is more versatile, but has less capacity.

yakdung 12-30-2012 12:57 PM

I purchased two Akorn's after the 4th of July at Kroger for $149.00 each. I have one still in the box on the floor of my garage.

sparky' 12-30-2012 01:13 PM

the WSM will produce some of the best food you have ever cooked. low and slow or hot and fast. the WSM is a winner. :clap:

tajt7757 12-30-2012 01:30 PM

I have a 25 year old Oklahoma joe offset that smokes a mean piece of meat with lots of attention. Have a weber performer , holland grill , weber gasser. As you can see a need another smoker.

hav 12-30-2012 01:35 PM

I like my WSM, however I only use it for big cooks. My Eggs, XL, Med & Small have become my everyday cookers. The Akorn, from what I gather, is very similar to the eggs. I would probably go for that because the versatility is better, but the volume is less. Check JMSetzler's stuff on this forum, he did a few videos about the Akorn.

tajt7757 12-30-2012 01:42 PM

Yak you got a great deal on the acorn for 149.
I live in Dallas. I have only seen them at Lowes.
I don't know if they ever put them on sale.
Hav I think your right the 22 wsm is a large cooker and I would probably get more use from a smaller acorn.

BobM 12-30-2012 01:47 PM

$250 is a good price for a like new 22 1/2" WSM (they are $399 new). If you can negotiate it down a bit, it would be even better.

I have both an 18 1/2" and a 22 1/2" WSM, what more can I say? :-P


johnnysmoke 12-30-2012 02:17 PM


Originally Posted by BobM (Post 2311316)
I have both an 18 1/2" and a 22 1/2" WSM, what more can I say? :-P


Sorry to the op but i need too ask bob something. Bob is there a big differenc between the 18.5 to the 22.5 other them more room on the 22.5

kenthanson 12-30-2012 02:55 PM

+1 for WSM but i'm sure neither is poor choice.

BobM 12-30-2012 05:18 PM


Originally Posted by johnnysmoke (Post 2311361)
Sorry to the op but i need too ask bob something. Bob is there a big differenc between the 18.5 to the 22.5 other them more room on the 22.5

Besides for size, they both cook and handle the same.

mbshop 12-30-2012 06:05 PM

one thing is to remember the portability issue. if you have plans to move it then the weber is better.

Hankdad1 12-30-2012 09:47 PM

A lot depends on who you are cooking for. I have an 18.5" WSM, a performer, + 3 kettles, and have been cooking on Webers for 30+ years. Since I bought my Akorn in March I haven't used any of them. Mainly I cook for just my wife and myself.

Some advantages of the Akorn are they are not as susceptible to wind and cold. Because of the design I feel comfortable having it on a wooden deck off of my kitchen without worrying about causing a fire. And it is a fuel miser.

Foxfire 12-30-2012 11:05 PM

Like others have said, the WSM is a fantastic vertical smoker, but won't help you grill.

If your goal is to have a larger capacity smoker and already have a kettle or similar for grilling, go WSM.

If you want a do-it-all cooker and are less concerned about volume or capacity, consider the Acorn and be ready to modify it if you find it has significant air leaks, per brethren JMSeltzer's Man Cave Meals YouTube tutorials.

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