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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I have been playing around with ideas in my head the last year about getting a smoker.. 

first I was looking into an electric smoker   then a stick burner and now  the smokey mountain charcoal one..  


I am a beginner at this stuff I have a gas grill but I am a fan of smoked ribs brisket etc..  

im afraid if I get one I wish I had got the other..  


but I want something simple  in the same aspect since I am new


I have read that the smokey mountain  smoker is good for beginners or expets.  

and does not require any mods but I see a lot of them also come with missing parts..  


so what are some thoughts on the smokey mountain smoker..  by weber

I know its the same price as the longhorn by Oklahoma joe an one of the electric smokers I was looking at..   

post #2 of 15
I have a few smokers, a couple being a WSM 18.5" & I also built a mini WSM.... I like my 18.5" a bunch & the mini WSM has been a great addition as well... Let me ask how many folks you'd generally be cooking for ? If a pretty good bunch, you may wanna go with the 18.5". That being said, if your generally cooking for just a handful of folks... Think of building a mini WSM... Generally a build is round $100 ! Here's my thread on the mini build if ya care to check it out !
post #3 of 15

HI, my wife bought me a WSM 14.5" for my birthday and I love it.  its pretty straight forward and easy.  I have made a chicken and a brisket, next is salmon.  I like it quite a bit.  Read the reviews on Amazon - its very well rated.  there is an entire forum and website dedicated to them as well.


I haven't modified my at all.  may be later.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

I don't wanna build anything 

post #5 of 15
Originally Posted by CD82 View Post

I don't wanna build anything 

they are sold complete with minimal parts to put together - no "building" required.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

I was referring to the person above you sir.. sorry I should have quoted him!!! 


Sandy  do you have to cut your racks of ribs in half? 

post #7 of 15

I have not made ribs yet.  But I did fit a 5.5 lb brisket on there.  It filled the rack and turned out great!

post #8 of 15
I too have a homemade mini WSM, but I understand not wanting to mess with a build. If you've got the budget I'd go for the 18.5" Weber. It's big enough to cook for a crowd but still fairly frugal with charcoal. It shouldn't require any mods, and as for arriving with missing parts, Weber's customer service is renowned as being some of the best in the business. So in the unlikely event something's missing, they'll make it right very quickly.
post #9 of 15
I have a 22.5" and a 14.5" WSM. Neither of them were delivered missing parts. I am a member of TVWBB and I don't recall missing parts as being an issue. I guess it happens but that's the beauty of Weber: They have the best customer service in the business.
post #10 of 15
Originally Posted by CD82 View Post

... do you have to cut your racks of ribs in half? 

...on the 14.5"- Yes you do.
post #11 of 15

Coiling them is also an option that works well.

post #12 of 15

The WSM is what I call the "set-it-and-forget-it" of charcoal smokers. Works straight out of the box with no mods and produces great BBQ. I have the 22.5" WSM and other than drilling holes for my eyelet mod (the new ones have it from the factory) it is stock. They are easy to use, hold lots of food, and will make you a BBQ god to your family and friends! :77:





post #13 of 15

JIRodriguez  is spot on.   I wish the oven in my kitchen help temps. as well as my WSM 18.5

post #14 of 15

You can't go wrong with Weber. Best customer service and satisfaction in the business bar none. They make a damn fine smoker too. The only thing it does not come with is the chimney starter and KBB. 

post #15 of 15
I had a 22.5 WSM for a number of years and it was a great smoker. Most ribs fit with no problem. You could always roll or use a rib rack. A pretty good mod, while not always necessary is a charcoal ring from an 18" or now the 14.5". This is great mod for small cooks where you want to keep the charcoal small and together.
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