Question about the WSM.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ericm83, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. ericm83

    ericm83 Newbie

    I've heard that it uses a lot of charcoal. I read somebody say that on a 12 hr smoke it went through 22 lbs of lump charcoal. Is that about right for the WSM and all charcoal smokers. I'm just starting to looking at charcoal smokers, had a MES for a couple of years. I have also been looking at the Big Steel Keg because I've heard it doesn't take much charcoal for a 10+ hr cook, and also I think it would make a good grill.
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The 22 lbs. of lump was probably on a 22.5" WSM. The 22.5's have a very large charcoal ring, and if you fill it, it will take about 20 lbs. or so. That being said once you load it and light it, you don't have to mess with it, it will chug along at a steady temp for the entire time.

    If you get the 18" WSM you still get a good amount of room, and use a lot less fuel. I have never seen or used a BSK, so I can't realy compare the two, but I can say the WSM is bang for the buck the best thing I have ever bought. It really is a great cooker for under $400 (for the 22.5").
  3. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I get 9-12 hours on about 9 lbs of lump on the smaller WSM.
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds about right. Last time we cooked it was a good size chicken and we used 2 charcoal chimneys of mixed bricks and lump, with left over coals.
  5. goobi99

    goobi99 Meat Mopper

    ill second...i mean third that ..its about right
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you for that. I was wondering. Okay....22.5 for me. It is a coming....coming....coming.........

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