I'm looking for a little advice from my friends here on SMF. Since catching the smoking addiction last year, and purchasing a Brinkmann Vertical Smoker (you can see it in this post), I have managed to cook up some decent Q. Mostly pulled pork, Ribs, brisket, and chicken. My issues with the Brinkmann are those that many have posted, decent but not great capactiy (only two racks which hold about 3 racks of Baby backs if you cut them in half), fussy at holding temperature, needs babysitting, small water pan, lots of air leakage. All that being said, its still a great little unit for the $70 I paid for it.
Nonetheless, I am thinking of upgrading to a Weber Bullet. Most of the post I have seen have said, if you can, Go Big. (i.e. get the 22.5 inch). I'm leaning that way, but have a couple of questions.
What are the main differences between the 18.5 and the 22.5 other than size and capacity? For example, do you end up using more charcoal in the 22.5 no matter what you intend to smoke? If you use a smaller batch of charcoal (for a shorter smoke) do the temps hold up? Are there any other differences that should be taken in to consideration?
I guess my only concern with the 22 is if I'm not smoking for a crowd, is it too big to fire up for a meal for the wife and myself?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. (And if you can't tell by the timing of this post, someone has asked if I want a Weber for Christmas).
Thanks in advance.