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Old 08-03-2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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Good afternoon all,
Name is Jeremiah and currently reside out in SoCal (around Camp Pendleton). I figured while I'm looking around for a deal on my first smoker I'd do my due diligence and research, research, research (doesn't seem to be any used ones listed out here; so, I maybe researching a lot till I have to pull the trigger on a new one).
So, here I am absorbing the wealth of knowledge I discovered on this forum. Really have enjoyed reading through your threads.

I'm leaning toward a 22" WSM as my first purchase. Eventually want to go with a larger wood smoker, but for now it seems the WSM is a sound investment both monetarily and learning curve wise. I found an 18" at the local base exchange on sale for $230, but I think I'll hold out for a 22". There's just the wife, the 2 dogs, and myself but we have a lot of potlucks between church and work. Besides I will smoke probably every weekend for the upcoming week, and I hate buying something in a smaller version if I have the least bit of hesitancy thinking I'd use the larger.

Any words of wisdom and advice is much appreciated!

Really excited to join the community and get to know ya'll.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:39 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from sunny SE Arizona, I think you will be happy going with the 22 over the 18.
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:03 PM   #3
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:14 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:44 PM   #5
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:01 PM   #6
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:19 PM   #7
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:39 PM   #8
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Welcome aboard, glad to have you as a fellow Brethren here.

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Old 08-06-2018, 10:43 AM   #9
Got rid of the matchlight.

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

Crazy how timing is everything...
Not a big FB guy, but I checked the Marketplace their Saturday night and low and behold a dude the town over had a 22" for sale.

Sunday afternoon he accepted my offer and I ran over there to get it. Wasn't as cheap as I was hoping, but out here there's a ton of grills and not many smokers in the adds. It came to $30 more than I could have got a new 18" on sale at the base.

Bottom line: on Sunday I became the owner of a "new to me" 22" WSM...Sunday was my BIRTHDAY; that's my justification!

Think I'm going to clean her up today, grab a butt and maybe some ribs today (local grocery has "10% off Monday"), and fire her up tomorrow. Figured I might as well throw some meat on while I learn the vents and how she runs. The worse outcome...the dogs get fed well all week. The best outcome...I'm eating ribs and pulled pork Tuesday/Wednesday!

Be safe,

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