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Unread 08-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #16
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I don't do a lot of big cooks either but I want the option to do so if needed, I went with the 22 and have no regrets. There's plenty of mods out there but none that are must do's. I've had mine for a couple of years now and haven't done anything to it but put a nice layer of gunk on the insides of the thing.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 05:52 PM   #17
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Thank you all for the help in deciding. Now to convince the wife. Any major downfalls with the WSM? Also, are there any must do mods before use?
If you are going to burn lump you will need a second charcoal grate set perpendicular to the first. It keeps the small pieces of lump from falling through the grate. I suggest using using "hardwood" briquettes such as Subbs brand. I get more consistent and longer burn. Also foil wrap your water pan for easier clean up..
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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:00 PM   #18
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I have both as well and plan on getting the 14.5 model when its out in 2014
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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #19
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I cant see how its not the best smoker in that price range. There is no better cooker in that price range!!!!
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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:06 PM   #20
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I really don't get this whole "ask permission" thing.

Unless she is co-signing a note for the WSM I say buy it "for us" (no permission needed) and get smoking.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #21
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If you are going to burn lump you will need a second charcoal grate set perpendicular to the first. It keeps the small pieces of lump from falling through the grate.

^^^^ second the grate suggestion. Use U-Bolts and you'll have handles to manage it with. I have the cajun bandit door and am glad I do.
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I have two 18.5" WSMs. I only have tow of the same because I found a good deal on a used on on craigslist and didnt want to spend the money on a 22.5. If you are going to only have one, get the 22.5. You will be sorry (as i was) if you get the 18.5 and then want to cook for more people. For instance with rib racks, I can only get about 8 racks on one 18.5". Hope this helps.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 07:11 PM   #23
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18.5 is great for what i do. I will likely get another or a 22.5 at some point. Super satisfied with the WSM though.
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I really don't get this whole "ask permission" thing.

Unless she is co-signing a note for the WSM I say buy it "for us" (no permission needed) and get smoking.
Happy wife, happy life. Its going to happen but if its her idea I spend less time in the doghouse.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:26 PM   #25
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Happy wife, happy life. Its going to happen but if its her idea I spend less time in the doghouse.
Very well put. This is Chess not Checkers. My wife has been in Paradise now on 38 years.
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No must do mods but there are many possible mods to consider. You can use it right out of the box. You don't even need a break in cook!

It may tend to run hot the first few cooks until sufficient gunk builds up to get a good seal on the joints so plan your cooks accordingly.

Drawbacks? Not good if you're trying to lose weight.
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Drawbacks? Not good if you're trying to lose weight.
+1!!


I'm currently on a diet and have lost 102lbs as of today. But my 22.5 WSM has been leaving ominous notes on my door and at night I can hear scratches on my bedroom window.
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I have the 22.5 and like it ok. IF I could do it over again I would spend more money and get an egg or other ceramic grill and be done with it, this way you can smoke, bake, Grill etc and have a lifetime warranty to boot. Just my 2 cents
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You can't go wrong with either size. I prefer the 22.5 just for the additional capacity.
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I got the 22 and I think like pigout. If I could do it all over again I would have went with an egg. Next spring I will have an XL BGE on my back porch!!
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