Originally Posted by Hankdad1
One thing that doesn't get much mention is that the WSM is very susceptible to wind & somewhat less to cold. We are in a pretty wide open area of Minnesota and I had to build a wind screen to protect the WSM to help keep temps steady. The WSM will eat up a fair amount of charcoal on a cold winter cook. The design and insulation of the Akorn makes it pretty bullet proof when it comes to wind and cold.
I forgot to mention this in my response but was my primary motivation and that is doing low and slow in our cold winters.. I fired it up on Christmas in the dark and it was single digits and the Akorn had no problem coming up to temp and used barely any fuel over the cook.. Not that this is an issue with the OPs location..