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Unread 06-19-2013, 11:33 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Hankdad1 View Post
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..
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Unread 06-19-2013, 11:36 AM   #17
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I debated the same thing btwn a WSM vs a Vision. I chose the vision because of the versatility. I use it to smoke, grill or bake...which 90% of the time is fine. But when I threw a birthday party and had to do 2 things at once, I had to break out my old Kettle. I was using the kamado to slow cook chicken, and the kettle to grill corn and pork.

So if you already have a kettle grill, it might be better to go with a WSM. If you dont, then start with the Akorn.
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