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18.5" WSM compared to the 14.5"


Smoke Blower
Joined Oct 4, 2016
I asked for 18.5" WSM and got the 14.5".....I read up a lot on the 18.5 as it was what I was wanting. What are the main differences between the two as far as smoking and cooking on them? I am hoping I can do the same amount of cooking on the small as opposed to the medium size.


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You are going to be somewhat limited in the amount of food you can fit in the 14.5.

It's nice for 2 people because you can smoke small meals & it doesn't use much fuel.



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Joined Oct 4, 2012
I answered this in your other post.

For everyday cooking (I cook for four) I prefer the 14 over the 18. It is more fuel efficient than the 18. The only issues you'll have is trying to fit a full packer brisket or full racks of ribs. Which depending on size can still be an issue on the 18.

I have cooked two 9 pound butts in my 14. I have also cooked a whole 12 pound turkey. Two spatched or whole chickens is also possible.

Keep the 14 and start saving for the 22".

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