Originally Posted by crimsonaudio
I have had a WSM for about ten years now - love it, and create amazing (as my friends and neighbors describe it) smoked butts, ribs, etc on it, but all the talk of the UDS's here has me interested. Does the UDS bring anything to the table that the WSM doesn't aside from capacity? Curious if anyone owns both and what your thoughts me by...
Yep sure does...BUT it depends on the capability of the UDS. A regular UDS will produce more flavor from drippings in the coals....some like i do use a pan with holes that diffuse the heat and drippings. (blended)
Drums like a Big Poppa have a charcoal basket that you can raise and it hooks up higher below the cooking grate so you can reverse sear or grill....lots of different cooking options (too many to explain)
No need for a water pan in either the WSM or UDS. Basically the WSM has a water pan is because it's a start up commercial product that makes it easy for anyone to fire one up and cook.