This may be blasphemy, but is the WSM really worth the expense? I have the opportunity to purchase a lightly used 18.5 with cover for $175.00. However I'm having a difficult time justifying the purchase.
I have achieved good results with my 22-inch one touch kettle, ribs, brisket, pork butt, etc. I can maintain a steady 200-225 temperature for hours on end with a little vigilance and practice. Sure, it won't take as much meat as a WSM, but I generally cook for smaller crowds.
I so want to 'join the club' but I really don't know if I'll gain that much. Decisions, decisions... :(