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Unread 04-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default The Weber Smokey Mountain Appreciation Thread

I love my 22.5" WSM.

I have been BBQing for about twenty five years. For the first twenty years I used a Weber 22" Kettle exclusively. When I moved to Washington state, four years ago, I bought a Weber gasser. Two years ago I discovered the WSM and I have been hooked on it ever since.





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I've smoked for years on a Brinkmann offset. Inefficient fuel hog but turned out great Q once I learned. (still learning) Last year I decided that I wanted a WSM. However the price of the 22 was a bit high for me, $400. Well back in early February I was outbid on ebay for one at about 300 or so. Well angry and determined I searched craigslist with no success, mind you for the year before I searched CL and never found one. Well I came across the Sears ad, and at $320 I couldn't resist and got it. The funny thing is about a week or so later, an 18" came up on CL, scored it too. Best investments I've ever made!



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Congrats on your new toy!

There are dozens of threadson the WSM here. Use the Google search near the bottom of the page and you'll find a bunch of info.


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I'm with ya Michael!! The WSM is one sweet machine!! Ribs and chicken on the 18 today (I'm really liking the little guy).

Here's a pic:


And a thread (building the two newest with Katie):
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...wsm+build+dayd

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I'm with ya Michael!! The WSM is one sweet machine!! Ribs and chicken on the 18 today (I'm really liking the little guy).

Here's a pic:

And a thread (building the two newest with Katie):
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...wsm+build+dayd


Sweet setup, Chris! You have come a long way.

Good luck this year on the BBQ trail.

Post pics of that yardbird.
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I've smoked for years on a Brinkmann offset. Inefficient fuel hog but turned out great Q once I learned. (still learning) Last year I decided that I wanted a WSM. However the price of the 22 was a bit high for me, $400. Well back in early February I was outbid on ebay for one at about 300 or so. Well angry and determined I searched craigslist with no success, mind you for the year before I searched CL and never found one. Well I came across the Sears ad, and at $320 I couldn't resist and got it. The funny thing is about a week or so later, an 18" came up on CL, scored it too. Best investments I've ever made!

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Love the WSM. I've only got experience with the 18.5", but they are great all around smokers. Great idea on starting this thread!
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Sweet setup, Chris! You have come a long way.

Good luck this year on the BBQ trail.

Post pics of that yardbird.
Thanks bro!! Seems a long time since cooking class together!!

More excited about the ribs tonight...have some pics...will have to see how they turn out. I've been really happy with how ribs turn out on the 22...first time using the 18 (now if this farking rain will stop for a few minutes!!).
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I started off on a Brinkman Cimmaron offset. Like posted above, once you got the hang of it it made some outstanding Q. I once had two butts take 23.5 hours on that thing, and they may have been the best butts I ever cooked.
Since scoring the Worlds Oldest WSM (R) at a neighbors garage sale for $10, I have been hooked on the WSM, and have turned guys all over Southern Wisconsin onto them.
I compete on 4 of them. (And considering I compete once a year, I have competed well).
I cook for church on them.
I cook for the hell of it on them.
Simply the best pit value dollar for dollar IMO.
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I started off on a Brinkman Cimmaron offset. Like posted above, once you got the hang of it it made some outstanding Q. I once had two butts take 23.5 hours on that thing, and they may have been the best butts I ever cooked.
Since scoring the Worlds Oldest WSM (R) at a neighbors garage sale for $10, I have been hooked on the WSM, and have turned guys all over Southern Wisconsin onto them.
I compete on 4 of them. (And considering I compete once a year, I have competed well).
I cook for church on them.
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Simply the best pit value dollar for dollar IMO.
Wow, 5 WSM's! Thanks for posting, Clark. Got any pics of those beauties?
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Anyone know the persons that have the blue and red WSM? I've never seen them post their WSM's on any boards. I want to know how their coatings have held up. One was powder coated, the other porcelain enameled.



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These are my first two.
The one on the left is the worlds oldest documented WSM. It has a B date code. I have since retired it as some of the porcelain on the inside of the charcoal bowl started to bubble and chip.
The other one I bought in Appleton, WI (90 mile drive during a blizzard) for $80.
The device you see is my custom lid hanger. It's made from garage door opener track, gas pipe, and an electric fence post. (If the women don't find ya handsome, they should at least find ya handy).
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22.5" WSM + Cajun Bandit adapter ring + Rib-O-Lator + 56 Chicken wings =

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Anyone know the persons that have the blue and red WSM? I've never seen them post their WSM's on any boards. I want to know how their coatings have held up. One was powder coated, the other porcelain enameled.

Here's some info about the red one in case you hadn't seen it.
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Awesome looking WSM's. That's what I'm talking about!
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