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Unread 02-08-2013, 02:48 PM   #16
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I've never cooked on a WSM, but I have no doubt they are great. I do have a UDS though, and I am kind of amazed by it, especially for the how little it cost.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 02:56 PM   #18
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WSM

No shelves, no wheels, no handles, no place to put the lid, non insulated, gets hot on the outside, no ash pan, difficult to add wood chunks during a cook, difficult access to meat on the lower rack, not good for grilling, flimsy door, primative vents, leaks air, possible fire hazard, burns fuel like its free, overpriced.

Other than that..it's all good.

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Unread 02-08-2013, 03:10 PM   #19
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If your not into making a UDS Your not going to go wrong with a WSM or an Akorn
I agree these are the three best answers. Or at least the most common ones you'll get in these parts!
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My master forge el cheapo for 60 bucks was a great smoker for a few years for me to learn the craft on. I did have to drill a few holes to promote airflow. lots of cooking space and easy to access coal and wood design. It is a nicer than the ECB by design, but not as nice as a WSM.

I've recently graduated to an Akorn and what a great product that is at $300.

one of the best smokers i've used was my homemade terra cotta pot smoker (in my avatar). It cost around $50 bucks but that is because I already had the big pot.
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I have 2 WSMs, and love them.
A UDS is cool too!
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This is a common question and here is my common answer.

How much food do you want to cook at one time?
Do you want the "romance" of tending a fire? Or...
Do you want to get some rest while the meat is cooking?
How experienced are you with smoking/grilling/BBQing?
Are you mechanically inclined enough to build a UDS?

Start with all of that, and someone will give you an informed opinion, not just an endorsement of their favorite cooker

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WSM

No shelves, no wheels, no handles, no place to put the lid, non insulated, gets hot on the outside, no ash pan, difficult to add wood chips during a cook, difficult access to meat on the lower rack, not good for grilling, flimsy door, primative vents, leaks air, possible fire hazard, burns fuel like its free, overpriced.

Other than that..it's all good.
It is insulated, it has a porcelain coating. The access door makes it very easy to add wood chips during cooking. Possible firehazard, wouldnt all smokers fall in the category if handled incorrectly?

Theres some real hate you have for the WSM huh? Or just hate in general you seem to blast everything that you arent personally using.
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Quote:
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WSM

No shelves, no wheels, no handles, no place to put the lid, non insulated, gets hot on the outside, no ash pan, difficult to add wood chips during a cook, difficult access to meat on the lower rack, not good for grilling, flimsy door, primative vents, leaks air, possible fire hazard, burns fuel like its free, overpriced.

Other than that..it's all good.
You can add shelves, wheels and handles easily. Easy to add wood and charcoal if needed. Nothing to get 14+ hours out of a load unless it's windy but you can work around it.

Last I checked all smokers and grills are fire hazards. If you don't like something that's fine but make sure you say that you don't like. I can nitpick on any and all smokers.

All that being said what's your choice?

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Another WSM vote....great smoker & holds temps like a champ.
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Can't say "best" but my wsm is an amazing bbq pit that is very easy to crank out amazing bbq food and falls within your price range.

PBC is really good but its new to me; I've only cooked on it twice so far (so I have a lot more great cooks on the wsm, very happy with it).
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A Big Steel Keg.
You can smoke sub 200f if you want, make ASTOUNDING PIZZA IN 2 minutes, roast, grill perfect steaks, and do all the BBQ a family can eat and more.
Amazing insulation for any weather.
Did you mention bacon yet?
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For clarification, I have a 18.5 " WSM, and a Char-Grill COS. I am looking for something to expand my capacity to more than the WSM can do alone. I have thought about another WSM or Char-Grill Kamado (>$300 on Amazon). Just thinking I might like something other than another WSM.
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I started on a WSM and have made 3 UDSs. Both are great.

UDS wins on cook time, cost, and if you like the dry heat.
WSM wins on portability, simplicity (you just buy it!), and if you like wet heat

Honestly I'm pretty sure you can cook on anything as long as you can control your temp well. Many people use a kettle and do well. Best of luck!
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