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Trumpstylz
08-04-2012, 04:31 PM
Does the wsm actually produce better results, or is it just easier to keep a constant temp?

caseydog
08-04-2012, 04:34 PM
I started on a kettle, and now smoke on a WSM. It is WAY easier. I added an iQue 110 to the WSM, and now I can smoke all day and keep a constant temperature.

Two cooking grates also give you more capacity.

CD

jestridge
08-04-2012, 04:35 PM
According who the cook was it not the machine that makes good Q

mbshop
08-04-2012, 04:47 PM
although i have a wsm, i prefer the kettle. but thats cuz i'm in a wheelchair and lifting the wsm is a bit difficult. i did cook on it several times and i don't remember it being that much better.

yakdung
08-04-2012, 04:53 PM
Wsm.

cameraman
08-04-2012, 04:56 PM
WSM's hold temps easier and longer.

WineMaster
08-04-2012, 04:59 PM
Yes they do, but its hard to grill with one.

yakdung
08-04-2012, 05:23 PM
OP mentioned BBQ. Grilling isn't BBQ.

J'ville Grill
08-04-2012, 05:29 PM
I can hold steady temps on my WSM all day without the use of a temp controller.

ksu1971
08-04-2012, 05:32 PM
I don't know that I would say better but easier and large volume of food. A hole lot less babysitting

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landarc
08-04-2012, 05:33 PM
I think, depending on the situation, a kettle can match a WSM in end product. But, the WSM is a much easier and more versatile tool for getting a cook done. Plus, there is no way a single kettle can produce as much food, of a given quality, as a WSM.

caseydog
08-04-2012, 05:37 PM
Yes they do, but its hard to grill with one.

That's why you need multiple tools for different jobs. :biggrin1:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=5910

CD

Q-Dat
08-04-2012, 05:40 PM
Not any better IMHO, just easier.

FashionBiff
08-04-2012, 05:41 PM
No, but I have both and I grill on my kettles including on my smokey joes, I smoke solely on my WSM or my mini wsm's now that I have them. If you want a smoker its a great investment, if you want to do it on your kettle and only have one piece of equipment that works too. Those 10 hour runs on a kettle will be more fun on a WSM, just saying. Its really up to you.

glh17
08-04-2012, 07:12 PM
I have both and have bbqed on both. The WSM is easier to maintain temps but it also holds more coal for long cooks and is easier to get a good "smoked" favor out of.

jjjonz
08-04-2012, 07:33 PM
Got rid of my wsm ......the weber performer is the best "all around" smoker/grill there is.....jmo

Trumpstylz
08-04-2012, 08:03 PM
I have both and have bbqed on both. The WSM is easier to maintain temps but it also holds more coal for long cooks and is easier to get a good "smoked" favor out of.

You guys get more smoke flavor out of the wsm?

bigabyte
08-04-2012, 08:11 PM
Not any better IMHO, just easier.

This.

Harbormaster
08-04-2012, 08:55 PM
I'll chime in.

The Weber Kettle is a charcoal grill.

The WSM is a charcoal smoker/BBQ pit.

Either one, in the hands of a skilled cook, can produce outstanding food.

I grill on kettles, I BBQ on WSMs.

realspaazz
08-04-2012, 09:17 PM
I have to agree that for smoking the WSM is far easier to use. I would add, that this extra ease of use usually makes a more consistent result.

El Ropo
08-04-2012, 09:22 PM
It depends on who is in charge of the cook. Kettles are chicken cooking machines though.

glh17
08-04-2012, 10:00 PM
You guys get more smoke flavor out of the wsm?


I'd say the quality of the que and the smoke flavor depend more upon the cooker than whether it's a WSM or kettle, but for me I get better smoke flavor with the WSM. The WSM is just better designed for it.

Now, a good stick burner is probably the best for smoke flavor but I don't have one. You can get good bbq with any of them. Some are better designed for it.

BobM
08-05-2012, 12:46 AM
You can get fine 'q out of a kettle, but in limited quantities and with some effort.

For barbeque, a WSM of the same size as a kettle, is easier to use, with a more room.

"El Ropo" hit it with "Kettles are chicken cooking machines". I cook all my chicken on my my OTG, it does a great job. :thumb:

You can't easily grill on a WSM. I have both, the best of both worlds. :smile:

Bob

Bludawg
08-05-2012, 01:00 AM
I couldn't tell you about a WSM( not including the Mini) but my kettle will hold 250 for 13+ hrs on 4 lb of Ro lump and a few chunks of wood zero adjustments..

http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/DSCN0720.jpg

Dave S
08-05-2012, 08:14 AM
Dawg, I can't get my kettle to last that long. Are you positioning your lump in a ring around the pan and lighting on one end? Top vent open all the way or partial?

JazzyBadger
08-05-2012, 08:52 AM
You can do it, but the big question comes to play on how much food you have to cook.

I LOVE my kettle. I use that thing for all grilling needs. I use it to make my pizzas outside as well.

However, when friends or family come by, or with my family size ONE person comes by, I NEED that WSM unless I wanna stagger out the cooking process by about three hours. Both cookers produce about the same quality food, just if you're smoking with the Kettle it's gonna take more babysitting.

If it comes down to getting one or the other, I say get the Kettle first. It's much more multi purpose. If you're looking for a machine that can dish out about 20 pounds of pulled pork in one sitting without breaking a sweat, then you definitely will be wanting a WSM.

captndan
08-05-2012, 12:26 PM
Back to the OS. Heat is heat and smoke is smoke. Just like a car doesn't drive it's self neither does any smoker. You gotta have a driver.

Q-Dat
08-05-2012, 12:53 PM
Dawg, I can't get my kettle to last that long. Are you positioning your lump in a ring around the pan and lighting on one end? Top vent open all the way or partial?

Same question here :D

Bludawg
08-05-2012, 02:39 PM
Dawg, I can't get my kettle to last that long. Are you positioning your lump in a ring around the pan and lighting on one end? Top vent open all the way or partial?

Same question here :D

Coal in a ring around the perimeter chunks mixed in Dry Drip pan in the middle( ease of clean up and air control) there is a 6'' gap between the ends I open the bottom 1/8" and the top is 3/4 open light about 1/3 of my small chimney place at on end and a chunk to get the smoke flowing.

http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Weber/Pictures001.jpg

Q-Dat
08-05-2012, 03:54 PM
Coal in a ring around the perimeter chunks mixed in Dry Drip pan in the middle( ease of clean up and air control) there is a 6'' gap between the ends I open the bottom 1/8" and the top is 3/4 open light about 1/3 of my small chimney place at on end and a chunk to get the smoke flowing.

http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/Weber/Pictures001.jpg

Thanks Brother. I may have to try a bigger version of this in my Ranch Kettle.

fedex
08-06-2012, 03:57 AM
It depends on who is in charge of the cook. Kettles are chicken cooking machines though.

You got that right my friend. Just recently started doing Chicken Thighs (deboning them first). Five minutes on each side over direct heat then move them over to indirect side for a 1/2 hr. Saw the method on Primal Grill. Addicting.