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Old 01-05-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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First off, this is my first post to the site although I have been reading for a good while now. You all offer a lot of great advice on this site and it keeps me coming back. I've been smoking for about a year or so and it progressively moving from a hobby into a downright addiction, which is only a bad thing as it relates to my waist and cholesterol. I have fairly crappy equipment at this point which I am looking at slowly upgrading. It is highly likely my first upgrade is going to be the purchase of a WSM...the only question is whether I should go with the 18 or the 22.5. I'd like to know, approximately, what I can expect to fit on the 18 (ribs, chicken, butts, and brisket)??? Needless to say, I don't want to spend the extra $100 if I don't need to.

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Old 01-05-2011, 08:35 PM   #2
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If you have the cash get the 22.5 and if not get the 18. I have a 18 and it's dome me right fine. I've cooked a whole brisket packer, and a turkey along with other tasty treats. Keep us posted on what you decide on.
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I would suggest building a UDS.
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If you will only be cookin' for one or two the 18.5 would be fine, but if you have friends, neighbors and a big family you should consider the 22.5, you won't need a shoehorn to put that big brisket or six butts on And welcome to the Forum!
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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I have an 18". When I do pulled pork for our firemens fair, I can fit 6 shoulders on it. 3 up and 3 down. Total weight is about 50 - 55 lbs. I set them up teepee style and it works well
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:04 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback so far. At this point I'm leaning towards the 22.5 just for the ease of cooking ribs...we'll see if I can get that past Mrs. Heel...
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:30 PM   #7
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I have the 18.5 and its a great smoker. The most I have had on it at once was 3 butts, two on the top rack, one on the lower with some sausages filling in the empty spaces. The main thing I would consider when buying, especially with ribs, is the usable space on the lower rack. I have found that the way the WSM is set up, all of the heat travels through space between the rim of the water pan and the wall of the smoker. I know.... no kidding Einstein. The thing is that the temp on these outer edges of the bottom rack become much hotter than the rest of the cooking space. Its not a deal breaker by any means and easy to work around. You just might get some crispy edges on some of your ribs. But, If you want to cook a lot of ribs at once, get the 22''. It looks a lot more impressive when you stand next to it as well.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:19 PM   #8
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I like the 22 for cooking ribs flat, but it burns quite a bit more charcoal. You'll be happy with either.
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Roll your ribs and stand them on end. You can keep them out of the heat tunnel that way.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:54 AM   #10
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again, happy either way, but I think the 18 will handle just about everything
you need. The 22 does make laying ribs flat pretty easy, but the 18 will
do nicely. Go Heels
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