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Old 01-11-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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For those of you that have one, how do you like it? Is it easy to control the temp? Is the temp gage accurate? How does it compare to a well used UDS?

The reason for the questions is my employer is giving me a 15 years service gift and the WSM 18.5 is one of the many choices and the only one that involves BBQ. After all it's a Weber which I know the quality of the production will be great. I have a UDS which I'm very happy with, so I'm kind of considering getting one to add to the family, just wanted to get your input and thoughts on it before moving forward with this.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #2
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I have a 22" WSM. I can honestly say I love it. It's pretty freaking close to a UDS in a lot of ways, but you won't ever regret having one. Not ever, and if it's free, all the better. It is ridiculously easy to control the temp in those things. It's a very set it and forget it kind of smoker. The 22" is a bit of a fuel hog, but I always have some leftover for the next cook. Fill the ring up, and it's good to go for the duration of any cook I've ever thrown at it, and it's been a lot.

Unless there's something else you REALLY want on that list, I cannot recommend that sucker enough. You'll never go "Man, that thing was a total waste of an anniversary gift."
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:14 AM   #3
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It's super easy to cono the temp on a 18.5 WSM. And my temp gauge actually is accurate, although I like to use a probe thermometer at grate level.

You've got a chance to get one free there's nothing to think about, mine cost me $300.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:10 AM   #4
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I hoard 18.5" WSMs.

'Nuff said..

Seriously, they are great cookers and very easy to control. I do not have one with the factory thermo, so I can't speak to how well they work, but guys have posted on here that they can be 30 degrees off either way.

Better get the freebie while you can!
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:11 AM   #5
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For those of you that have one, how do you like it? Is it easy to control the temp? Is the temp gage accurate? How does it compare to a well used UDS?

The reason for the questions is my employer is giving me a 15 years service gift and the WSM 18.5 is one of the many choices and the only one that involves BBQ. After all it's a Weber which I know the quality of the production will be great. I have a UDS which I'm very happy with, so I'm kind of considering getting one to add to the family, just wanted to get your input and thoughts on it before moving forward with this.
WOW! My choices were a set of binoculors or a watch. A couple weeks ago I thought about selling My 18" be cause of lack of use (UDS and a couple Kettles) I was convinced on this forum not to. Glad I kept it. It's FREE get it. Just wondering, What else could you choose from? A WSM is an awesome gift.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:42 AM   #6
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Dayum! I got a freaking 6"x6" piece of etched glass thanking me for 25 years of service to _____ County. Wanna trade for that 18" WSM?

Get it while you can! (the WSM that is, you will love it!)
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:44 AM   #7
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I love my 18.5" WSM, no problem controlling the temperature. I find my thermometer reads a little cooler than the grate temperature but that's really no problem for me. Just pick the smoker!
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:44 AM   #8
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you'll love it...set it and forget it. Mine holds temp for hours without budging.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:45 AM   #9
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Get it if you don't have a smoker. If there is a TV on the list, that may be the only other choice I would go with
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #10
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I have one and love it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:53 AM   #11
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Love mine. Easy to control temps, and it holds enough coals that I've done 19-hour cooks on one load of coals.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:19 AM   #12
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It's a great smoker. My only complaint is that you can't lay many racks of ribs flat because of size. You also can't cook any big packer briskets. But I cooked 25 lbs of pork butts and brisket flats for my daughters bday party and it was great.

Size is the only reason I'm now building a UDS!

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Old 01-11-2013, 07:20 AM   #13
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You asked how it would compare to a well seasoned UDS. My answer to that would be that it holds a bit steadier temp and isn't quite as wind sensitive. Very comparable but btw the 2, I like the WSM more.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #14
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Have one and would get another in a second.


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Old 01-11-2013, 08:15 AM   #15
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I love mine! Very easy to control temps and one load of fuel will run 10-12 hours @ 275 for me. The thermometer on mine isn't very accurate. Seems to be between 20-25 degrees off according to the Maverick. I'd have another one in a second!
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