I've been using a vertical propane smoker for about a year and a half, definitly getting some good Q out of it, but i've been interested in smoking with charcoal and upgrading at the same time. I found there are quite a few cheap ways to do it.
So first i was looking into a UDS. the builds are awesome, and it looks like it will work great for doing whole briskets (my current smoker isn't wide enough, so i have to cut them in half, ribs too), and Big smokes.
Then i was pointed to a site about the mini-WSM, which looks like another great idea, and cheap too. What i was thinking if i go this route would be to make a UDS style charcoal box (bottom grate with 4 bolts to raise it up), then have one of the flowerpot deflecters above that, and then, if it will fit, two grates for food. Does that sound like a good idea? I would think with the charcoal box i could keep smokes going longer.
So i'm wondering would the mini-WSM be a good starting point into smoking with charcoal? Would smoking in a UDS be pretty much just the same?
Although the mini-WSM looks great, i would probably have to build a UDS anyway that i could use to do big smokes, no?
Thank you for any information you can pass my way.
This is going to be a good summer for smoking!