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Old 06-28-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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Hello my people.

Was interested in purchasing some stacker rings for my WSM 18 so that I can hang a pig inside the thing. Has anybody done this? How big of a pig could I get done in a WSM 18" with 1 stacker ring? 2 rings? I can get some pigs super cheap cleaned out here. Spend an evening butchering it up...wonderful.

Love to get some input from the experts here.

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Old 06-29-2010, 10:08 AM   #2
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I just did a 41 pounder over the w/e.... it was a bit over 4 ft long, even after I cut off the rear legs at the first knuckle...... and, you need about 9 inches above an embered fire source.. so, you need almost 5 ft of stackers to make it work...not sure if it would be easier to build your own cinder block pit, as I did over the weeked
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Here's a picture of the cinderblock pit
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LOL I don't have that kind of real estate. Everything I do is in my grill or in my smoker on my deck. Hence the inquiry about the stackers. Difficult to find one of these as well.
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you know, I'm thinking this is not a good idea. It may be possible, but
I'm not sure it's gonna be worth it.
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How so? I'm very limited with the resources I have. Not worth it to get a suckling pig and hang it in there?
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:47 PM   #7
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well, right off the bat I'd be concerned about the bottom end of the pig
getting done a whole lot quicker than the top end. I'd expect some color
variations on the sin as well, but maybe you're planning on flipping him
at some point.

If you are going to do him whole hog style, you won't get much
flavor inside the skin. If you butterfly him, Carolina style, the only
way worth cooking a whole animal of that size, you're gonna come close to
double the girth, which may not fit inside the wsm. In other words, a 9
inch wide pig split and butterflied would fit in an 18 inch wsm.

You ever seen a 9 inch wide hog? Won't feed too many people unless
he's unusually long.
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Oh the water pan would be in there for sure. I could flip the little fellah, sure. I'm sure there are ways to get the heat through the animal. I don't think I'll be doing much to the pig though. I'm not looking to feed a party, just to see what I can do with an extender in my WSM. I can get some suckling piglets at a local market.

Or, half a bigger pig.
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I have done many whole hogs in the past. I personally don't see it as a good idea with a WSM.Val and me did 100 pound min. A hundred pound hog takes as much time to cut up as a 150 pound hog. Some pics.





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Old 06-29-2010, 03:09 PM   #10
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I think yer missing what I'm saying here. I don't want 100 pounds. I don't want 150 pounds. I don't want 300 pounds. I'm talking something small.



Maybe even smaller than that, as I can get them. The pictures you provided are automobile pigs.
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