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mjpmap
08-27-2015, 04:42 PM
Long story short, I have all the grills/smokers I need at home. We winter in Florida though in an RV, and I'm looking at something to leave there with the RV. I have a small table top gasser for quick dogs & burgers, but really prefer charcoal for ribs, chicken, etc. Thought about the Akorn since I use the Primo at home. But frankly, the WSM has been endorsed so well here that I have given that a lot of thought as well. Part of my consideration is 1)stable temp, 2) ability to use lump charcoal, 3) ability to snuff out the coals after cooking. A long time ago I did use a propane smoker shaped like the WSM, so I am familiar with that syle of cook. Any opinion will be greatly appreciated. P.S. would be looking to cook 3 racks minimum at a time or two butts. Thanks

ButtBurner
08-27-2015, 04:44 PM
3 racks minimum would be tight on an Akorn. I think you would have to use rib racks to even do 3

Fwismoker
08-27-2015, 04:48 PM
Yea get a WSM or if you have the building aptitude of a child then you can make what i made which is a smoker from a jumbo joe grill. It'll give you more functionality and it's also still a charcoal grill. The build is in my sig.

smoke ninja
08-27-2015, 04:58 PM
Yea get a WSM or if you have the building aptitude of a child then you can make what i made which is a smoker from a jumbo joe grill. It'll give you more functionality and it's also still a charcoal grill. The build is in my sig.

I really think thats the best option. The jimmy can be used as a standard 18 inch grill or as a smoker.

The akorn would be a tighter fit for 3 racks than wsm and loading it may take up more room in an rv. However the akorn is better at hot grilling.

Fwismoker
08-27-2015, 05:06 PM
I really think thats the best option. The jimmy can be used as a standard 18 inch grill or as a smoker.

The akorn would be a tighter fit for 3 racks than wsm and loading it may take up more room in an rv. However the akorn is better at hot grilling.

Yes maybe a little hotter grilling from a distance but when i just use it as a grill it get's insanely hot with the charcoal basket getting air from the side and from opening the bottom vent


http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/Jimmy%20Build/P1010975_zps1b5e1ba1.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/Jimmy%20Build/P1010975_zps1b5e1ba1.jpg.html)

Happy Hapgood
08-27-2015, 06:42 PM
Really a Weber Kettle could handle ribs, and chicken. The WSM could run for 10+ hours with lump for brisket and butts.

smoke ninja
08-27-2015, 07:18 PM
Yes maybe a little hotter grilling from a distance but when i just use it as a grill it get's insanely hot with the charcoal basket getting air from the side and from opening the bottom vent


http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/Jimmy%20Build/P1010975_zps1b5e1ba1.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/Jimmy%20Build/P1010975_zps1b5e1ba1.jpg.html)

I tend to forget that all akorns arent set up like mine.

I have a weber grate down low and a deep charcoal basket.

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/tour%20of%20beef/20150709_205733_zpsixnkhmr3.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/tour%20of%20beef/20150709_205733_zpsixnkhmr3.jpg.html)

Puts a serious sear on things and the meat is closer.

For low cooks i just rest a pizza pan on the lower grate and cook up top.

http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/smokeninjabbq/tour%20of%20beef/20150709_204552_zpsyvktttus.jpg (http://s1121.photobucket.com/user/smokeninjabbq/media/tour%20of%20beef/20150709_204552_zpsyvktttus.jpg.html)

Shuffling cook racks and pan is easy....remember my upper grate is lightweight stainless not the cast iron.

I can also put coals up on the bottom grate and cook close up top, run divided, heck i bet i could even do a snake......

AClarke44
08-27-2015, 07:34 PM
Easy choice...... WSM. No contest in my opinion...oh and for what its worth, I use to own an Akorn.
But it's really an apples to oranges comparison.

Decoy205
08-27-2015, 07:58 PM
For smoke flavor the WSM for versatility the Akorn. Both will put out awesome food.

grantw
08-27-2015, 08:07 PM
WSM all the way

ebijack
08-28-2015, 03:30 AM
The WSM will store inside an RV much easier.
If you went with the Acorn, that could replace your other grill.
Quite possible to get a S.S. grate for an Acorn if you want. :mrgreen:
Just like Ninja's.

Ray43050
08-28-2015, 06:37 AM
P.S. would be looking to cook 3 racks minimum at a time or two butts. Thanks

I cook two butts at a time on my 18.5" WSM on the provided two racks. I made a third rack that is suspended above the top rack by 3" when I need to cook more ribs.

Single Malt Slacker
08-28-2015, 09:45 AM
I'm an Akorn owner (and I love it) but I think that for your purposes, a WSM is the right call. Primarily due to the size and difficulty in moving on and off the RV.

But just to clarify, you can smoke two butts at the same time on an Akorn (see http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=193191) and you can smoke three racks of ribs if you use the warming rack.

mjpmap
08-28-2015, 06:41 PM
Thanks all. The RV won't be moving anymore, so will chain the smoker/grill on the lot. Thinking the WSM will be the way to go.

deguerre
08-28-2015, 06:50 PM
I have and use both. Well, sort of. My WSM is actually a Performer with the Cajun Bandit mod. For capacity, the WSM hands down.

Rusty Kettle
08-28-2015, 06:54 PM
I like my 14.5" WSM very compact and it can cook good ribs. I can fit 4 racks of ribs in a rib rack and turn out some good ribs. Chicken you can remove the top rack and cook beer can chicken. I like pop myself but beer will work. I have competed on this smoker in the amateur backyard contests and got one first place ribs call back in June.

It's a great cooker and I run lump charcoal no problem. Bottom vents closed almost completely on one vent and the rest both closed. It burns for a long time and hardly any ash.

Smally
08-28-2015, 08:56 PM
I will say I only have experience with WSM. I have a 22" WSM that will easily cook 2 large butts on the lower grate and 3 full racks on the top grate. Will also run all night using lump. Almost as easy as electric.

Fwismoker
08-28-2015, 09:18 PM
. For capacity, the WSM hands down.

You sure about that?

jimmy doing 44 lbs of butts in 5.5 hours and still could have done 5 racks of St Louis above it! :becky: