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Old 01-24-2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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New Big WSM cooking info

several folks here have it....I'm interested in it...I know it's cold up
there but I'd like to have a thread for a while about cooking results.

Please post your opinions here..I'm anxious to hear about

a: smoke flavor in the meat

b: temperature control

c: fuel use.

d: clean up



This will be a spot for anyone to post questions.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:32 PM   #2
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Cappy as far as I know Witt is the only one on this board who has the new big one, I could be wrong though.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:50 PM   #3
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Well you WSM boys are a hoot. Now how would a mo bigga one supposed to react different than a little one? It bound to be the same thang only on a larger scale. Swear folks buy yall books..and send ya to school..and whut do yall do? Yeppers..chew on the book covers?) You definitely need to run buy one.

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Ok keep in mind I’ve only done two cooks on the Big WSM so far and its been cold here so the conditions are less then ideal…but seeing how I cook in the cold a lot..it is what it it is…

Smoke flavor is good…
Temp control isn’t bad…but…

I’ve been using water in the pan and lump…..which might be some of the problem with the fuel use….
The big WSM is a fuel pig it uses a lot of fuel compared to the smaller one…I would think that 12hrs is going to be about the best you are going to get on one load of fuel…..and reloading it is not as easy as the little one…even if you put handles on it…it would probably take two people to take the mid section off and reload…the big door makes it a little easier to add charcoal with it assembled but after you add charcoal you need to worry about the fire getting out of control….I seem to be filling up the water pan a lot..I’m going to try a few things on my next cooks and see how it goes

Given a choice between loading up the big one for a massive but cook and firing up both small wsms I would use the small ones…

The Big one Shines when it comes to cooking ribs…shorter cooks but you can spread the ribs out and cook full racks.

The big one is nice to have as an option but I wouldn’t get rid of my smaller ones for the long cooks.
Clean up is no worse than the little one….
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Cappy as far as I know Witt is the only one on this board who has the new big one, I could be wrong though.
Actually, mine just got here today. It's still in the box as I just picked it up a half hour ago. Pics tomorrow. The box is HUGE.

I got a big quandry now. Do I break it in next week on the Frozen Few cook, or stick with the smoker I know well? It's nice to have these kinds of problems.
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There's a fairly thorough evaluation of the 22" WSM on TVWB, including descriptions of several test cooks with various loads of meat.

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(Don't put the 18" WSM on craigslist. I expect to see people using both at comps, maybe two 18" and one 22".)
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Somebody smoke something without the water pan.
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It's a lump hog in the cold. Might not be so bad when it's 80 out.

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I love my WSM 22 for smoking. It doesn't get too hot. It uses about one large bag of charcoal for pork butts. It is like the set it and forget it commercial. I have no complaints at all...
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Great info Witt.....Griff, get to work.
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I can't wait to get one so I can put the lid on my drum.
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My friend picked one up friday and we are going to break it in for the FF

we plan on using sand in the water pan and kinsford charcoal with hickory and apple chunks

will post my thoughts next week
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I've been thinking about using sand or some Al Foil Balls I just haven't had much time to play with it.
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My friend picked one up friday and we are going to break it in for the FF

we plan on using sand in the water pan and kinsford charcoal with hickory and apple chunks

will post my thoughts next week
looking forward to hearing about this.
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Well, it's all assembled and sitting on my deck. My initial observation is tha it is big and heavy. No shipping problems and nothing appears out of round. The door even fits snugly. Dave was right about the bottom vents being partially under the charcoal ring and the potential safety hazard on a wood deck. I always moved my "little" WSM to the yard/snow for overnight cooks anyway so I'll be doing the same with the big guy. I'm really looking forward to cooking some ribs flat on the grate.







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You are going to love it for ribs...Can't wait to see the picks
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Well you WSM boys are a hoot. Now how would a mo bigga one supposed to react different than a little one? It bound to be the same thang only on a larger scale. Swear folks buy yall books..and send ya to school..and whut do yall do? Yeppers..chew on the book covers?) You definitely need to run buy one.

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Are you talking about smokers, or women?

(For anyone who's interested, the owner's manual for the new WSMs is on-line at http://www.weber.com/manuals/pdf_fil...001_100108.pdf)
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