Pros: Ease of use, consistency, durability, value
Cons: Small imperfections require modifications, everyone's got one
This is actually a review of the previous model (no built-in thermometer, etc.).
What can I say that hasn't already been said about the venerable WSM? It's priced like an entry level smoker but performs with the best of them. At some point I'll adopt more modern technology (Traeger wood pellets?) or a larger smoker (Old Country?) but for feeding 8-12 friends efficiently, the WSM is hard to beat.
I'll typically load it up and let it run hot for the first hour, smoking beef to make appetizers (tri tip sandwiches, etc.). After the roasts are done cooking and helping to cool the smoker down, I'll add the main course and can hold the temperature there for as long as I want to.
There could be a few small improvements made to make the smoker perfect:
- Door doesn't seal 100%
- No notch on the door handle to tell if it's locked in or not (fixed in current models I think)
- Water pan can be unstable and a chore to handle if you're not careful
All of these are easily fixed with $5, half a brain and a trip to your local hardware store.