WSM 18 anything to upgrade at start?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by hawtsauc3, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. hawtsauc3

    hawtsauc3 Fire Starter

    I started with a brinkmann EBC but I'm looking to upgrade to a WSM 18.5". Is there anything that needs upgrading immediately or is it good to go from the box. The EBC needed a couple things so I'm just trying to brace myself before dropping $300
  2. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Nope. Should be good to go right out of the box. If it leaks a little give it a couple of cooks and it should seal up on it's own. It'll cook a little hot until it seals.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Like Willie says, there good to go right out of the box!

  4. sirk98

    sirk98 Newbie

    Not sure if its cool to refer to another site, but check out the virtual weber bullet site and forum. A wealth of info.  While its ready to go out of the box, I decided to build an ash 'basket' out of an extra grate, some eye bolts and stainless zip ties.  I also sprung for a Cajun Bandit door and a NOMEX gasket around the door and top/bottom section joints

    Again, these are all 'nice to have'  really not required.  Smoke on!
  5. sirk98

    sirk98 Newbie

    not sure where my post went..

    Basically there is a wealth of info out there for the WSM (google the virtual weber bullet).  As others have stated, you are good to go right out of the box!

    For me, I decided to do the firebox mod (made a 'basket' out of the fire ring, grate, a second grate at 90 degrees to the first and some stainless zip tied and hardware to lift the 'basket' and shake out the coal)

    I also got the Cajun Bandit door upgrade and put NOMEX gasket around door and middle section to top and bottom joints.

    But this is all personal preference :)

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