I'm in the process of researching my first smoker and I am gravitating towards the WSM 18 or the PBC. I have been reading everything I could on those two, and I am trying to list the advantages the two models have on each others. I would probably buy from Amazon or direct, so the prices are the same (both are $300 on Amazon). So both have the same price, both make (apparently) very good food, both have 5 star review on Amazon, with plenty of satisfied users.
We're a family of 3, and we already have a Weber Summit gas grill, so I'm really looking for a good smoker.
Please review my list below and tell me what I'm missing if any.
Advantage to PBC:
- No need to season
- No learning curve
- Higher max capacity when using the hooks
- No need for add ons
- No need to fiddle
- 100% US made
Advantage to WSM 18:
- Huge community of users & 3rd party providers
- More flexible temperature range
- Two layers of grates
- More flexible humidity control (water pan)
Thank you for your comments!