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Old 03-11-2013, 04:07 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I currently have a WSM 22" which serves me well. Currently I only use the top rack and mainly do ribs, brisket, and pork shoulder on it.

I am getting interested in doing competitions (although very much as a hobby at first) and clearly need another grill, primarily for doing chicken thighs at a higher temp (I am using Myron Mixon's cupcake chicken approach, using the mold, and panned).

I don't really want to buy another WSM due to the cost (until I start winning and can justify the $$$) so I was thinking of a 22" Weber Gold and then shoveling the coals to one side and adding a water pan and smoke box so I can do the indirect cooking (I could also use a smokenator if needed).

Any thoughts on this? Do you think this would be a good solution as an additional cooker in companion to my WSM?

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:57 AM   #2
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I'd go get another WSM...18 or 22. Look on CL for a deal in your area.

If you plan on getting into competition BBQ.......do it for fun initially. Those winning checks seem to be few and far between for a lot of us.

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The cost of a well cared for used WSM will be the least of your competition cooking concerns.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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Yeah, one contest will cost you the price of a new WSM at the minimum.

However, a LOT of great chicken has been cooked on the kettle. Personally, I bought the el cheapo 26 kettle for less than the 22.5 OTS. Just don't tell my chicken.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:47 AM   #5
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A kettle will do fine, but I don't think you need to worry about the water pan and smoke box just for chicken. Chicken is a short cook and it doesn't need a lot of smoke. Just back the coals on one side of the kettle and put in some chips or a couple of wood chunks.

But, if you can find a used WSM in good shape for a good price, that would be better.

Do you have the rest of the equipment? Coolers, tables, EZ-up, etc? That will cost you more than a WSM as well.
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I use a kettle for chicken, I just offset the fire and ad a little wood. Works fine. I normally take 3 drums and a kettle, it's just easier for me to have a different cooker for each meat.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:52 AM   #7
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you could easily cook everything on a single 22 WSM. I would just focus on that. running a second cooker is generally a pain.
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you could potentially cook everything on a single 22 WSM. I would not just focus on that. running a second cooker is generally a big help.

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Old 03-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #9
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I use an old beat up webber kettle to finish my chicken. However the majority of the cooking comes in a WSM. We run 2 22.5 wsm's, an offset, and the kettle. I'd rather have too much space then not enough.
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Honestly, to really compete you're going to need more than one WSM. If you don't want to buy another WSM you could build a drum. You can put in a diffuser and it will cook just like a WSM or you can leave it out and cook it distance direct. Gives you some options. (You can do the same with a WSM of course!)
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #13
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I like Nthole's advice. I have seen a few teams that ran a kettle for chicken, and they seemed to do just fine. A kettle is certainly a way to save a little moola on the start up end of comps.
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The entry fees, ancillary equipment, product cost, charcoal, wood cost, travel cost, creature comfort cost for one contest should preclude the idea of going into it half-a$$ without the proper cooking equipment. If you can't afford the cost of the minimum amount of cooker space, then you really can't afford to become a "was also there and couldn't compete". Two 22" wsm or one 22" and one 19" would give you enough cooker space and can be transported easily on a bumper buddy.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 PM   #15
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Its really hard to beat a WSM, they are great values for the money. There are plenty of folks using them and beating people using 20K pits. I use a WSM (not in comps..yet) and I will for comps. The reason I'm entertaining another smoker besides the WSM is personal choice. I like the idea of large single cooking surface versus taking off the top to get to the bottom. This wont make me a better cook but I will be happy cooking :)
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