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Old 05-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #16
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If price is not a consideration (and it always is with me), and if you're only planning on using this for backyard BBQ, I'd say that the BGE is, hands down, the best option, based upon performance and versatility.

If you think you'll ever have a need to transport a cooker to another location (party, cookout, camping, etc.) then the WSM is the way to go. a UDS.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:38 PM   #17
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I have both and I use the WSM primarily when I need smoking capacity. I use the egg to sear steaks and cook chickens and roasts. The egg can be brought to 700-800 degrees in a short period of time and cooks the best steaks I've had. The WSM is a great smoker for the price and cooks great meat.

BTW, if you're spitting rocks out of your mower that will break the egg, you've got bigger issues. Hope you don't have kids.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:55 PM   #18
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I have an Akorn and a UDS, and paid less for both than I would have for a 22.5 WSM. When I am cooking for a crowd, I use the UDS. The Akorn is great for shoulders and smaller briskets, but you would have trouble fitting an 18lb packer on it.

But, when I am smoking a rack of ribs, a fatty, some chicken wings, or the like just for me (my wife is a vegetarian), the Akorn does a great job for smoking. The Akorn is also very easy to get going. For smoking, I just bury a starter cube in the lump and let it do its thing. For grilling, I start a small chimney. Either way, it is up to temp in 30 minutes, which is not much longer than a gasser.

In my opinion, the ceramic cookers are too fragile and too expensive. I may eventually get a Big Joe or XL BGE, but it is more of a luxury than anything. The Akorn performs very well, is easy to move around, does not cause anxiety, and is easy on the pocket book.

And when you need the extra space, the UDS fits the bill. It is much cheaper than a 22.5 WSM, does the same thing, and gives you a sense of accomplishment for building it yourself. Plus, a UDS just looks cooler.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:24 PM   #19
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The WSM is for girls. BGE is for men. There I said it.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #20
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The WSM is for girls. BGE is for men. There I said it.

What, you don't like girls?
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #21
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The WSM is for girls. BGE is for men. There I said it.
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