Bought my first 22.5 in 1974 and used it all of the time, then work got in the way and to save time I started grilling.
After nearly 20 years of not using my kettle, the pastor at my church talked me into a electric smoker and I bought one. I smoked several things, but wasn't really satisfied, then my memory of the kettle told me you can do better on that old kettle than this electric smoker, so I bought 2 racks of ribs, you guested it, I smoked one rach in each.
After the test, I sold the electric smoker and bought a WSM 22.5. I was using the WSM almost exclusively then again I told myself I can do this in the old kettle.
I have since bought from Craigslist as Red Performer SS and a late model Performer. I haven't used the WSM now of months and probably won't again until I do a large cook, say several racks at once.
I just found out about using clay fire bricks in my kettles and the applying the minion method, wow, I got over 4 hours at 275* with RO and didn't have to add even one piece of lump.
Weber Kettles are the greatest, we just need to experiment and try different things. I don't think the inventor's fully understood what they built and how versital they really are, besides being very portable.
22.5 WSM, 1997 Performer, 2010 Performer, 1984 Kettle,
hardly ever used Gas Grille