22.5 Weber Smokey Mountain

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by tulsajeff, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Have you guys seen the size of this thing?!!

    I just got one shipped to me yesterday for the upcoming newsletter where I will be smoking a couple of briskets and I'll be danged if that thing was not a lot bigger than I was expecting.

    My wife even said.. WOW, That's a big smoker!!

    Lots of improvements over the smaller version I have to tell you.. I am very impressed so far.

    Set it up this morning minion style with 18 pounds of unlit charcoal in the bottom and poured 1 single chimney of lit charcoal on top. I am 2 hours into the cook and it has not moved from the 225°F mark.

    2 gallons of hot water in the water pan.

    What makes this most impressive is that we have major strong winds today upwards of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 38 mph.

    I have 2 racks of spares and a corned beef brisket in there enjoying some mesquite smoke.

    I am hoping to get 10-12 hours out of her but we'll see how it goes on this maiden voyage.

    Of all the smokers that I get and use, I'm still like a kid with a new toy every time I get a new one[​IMG]
  2. jcats322

    jcats322 Fire Starter

    I just bought one about two months ago, after 4 different smokes on it I sold my gosm to a friend because there was no way I was ever going back, I could not be more happy.
  3. abokol

    abokol Smoke Blower

    Bought mine a month ago and this will be the 4th weekend in a row using it. Love it!!!

  4. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well you just put me one step closer to buying one. I hear so many good things about them. Chisoxjim should be showing up here soon [​IMG]
  5. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I love mine, I use it every other weekend. My other smokers are for sale.

    I need another one for more capacity.

  6. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    they made alot of small imrovements on the WSM's in 2009. Bigger water bowl for both, lid therm, etc. Main things didnt change, why mess with perfection. [​IMG]

    glad you like the new big unit Jeff.

    the WSM is all I will use.
  7. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    And Weber just cut & mail him another check!! [​IMG]
  8. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Id take a free 22.5" instead. That way i could just use my 18.5" @ home, and lug the 22.5" to comps..
  9. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ha! I knew you would sniff out a wsm thread like a dog on a rib bone [​IMG]

    By the way the Twins are looking pretty strong this year might give your Sox a little trouble...[​IMG]
  10. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    should be a good battle(I cant wait), losing Nathan might be a big blow, he has had the Sox number for years.
  11. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah that hurts but they made a few other moves this offseason that may pan out. signing Mauer was huge. At least that won't be a distraction. Brand new outdoor stadium opening [​IMG] (why they didn't put a retractable roof on is beyond me) Should be interesting!!
  12. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW! I was just tooling the site to hold me over, cause it's way to windy to smoke AGAIN!! Then I read this & you end it with the big wind!!

    I am sooooo sold. I hardly got a couple smokes in this year cause it's always windy!! I'd smoke a phonebook right now if the temps would hold.
  13. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  14. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    It was so windy today that it blew a heavy wooden bench over on my front porch.. mind you this thing is real wood and it has to be moved with two people. My new WSM held 225 for a solid 8 hours and showed no signs of slowing down.

    Unfortunately, my wife informed me that we had to leave else I think it would have easily went another 4 to 5 hours.

    Impressed the heck out of me 'cause I didn't expect it to work that well with this mini tornado that was going on.

    Top vent was open about 50% and all bottom vents at about 30% open with 18 pounds of charcoal and a single Weber chimney on top took it all through the day.

    I mixed some mesquite wood chunks into the mix so I would not have to add any wood once I got it going. I did place about 4 chunks on top as well when it first started.

    Those ribs were the best I have ever made.. better than I can make on my stickburner and I can't believe that I am actually able to say that but unfortunately it is true.

    I told my wife, "these are some of the best ribs I have ever smoked"

    She said, "These are THE best you have ever smoked" so there you have it. The boss says they're the best then who am I to argue[​IMG]

    Needless to say, I am anxious to see what she (the smoker, not my wife) will do on a calm and warm day but I have a feeling that me and Webby are gonna be great friends.
  15. That's awsome can't wait to get mine for b day next month.
  16. mule86

    mule86 Fire Starter

    I got an 18.5 WSM about a month ago and have only been able to do one cook. A few chickens and 3 racks of BB's. The day I smoked it was an ice storm and about 15 degrees with strong winds. It was my first smoke ever and I didn't have any problems keeping temps up at all. Food turned out great and everyone who ate it loved it. I'm going to fire it up for the second time a week from tomorrow for Opening Day. Thinking about a small brisket some ABT's and maybe a fattie.
  17. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice report, [​IMG]

    interesting you had the top vent partially closed. I run mine wide open up top, and sometimes with all the bottom vents except one closed down, and that one varies on how wide open it is(wind & air temp variables).

    as you use the WSM more you might end up like some of us have done, selling off the other smokers you dont/wont use anymore, and putting that $$$ towards meat for the WSM. [​IMG]
  18. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I too run my WSM with the top vent wide open. The bottom with anything but chicken is only cracked open on a normal smoke.
  19. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    you usin' the WSM today Rick?

    Im doing some wings, then either a chuckie, or some sort of pork, depends what looks good at the market.
  20. dangermouse

    dangermouse Fire Starter

    what a coincidence, I've got a brisket on my WSM as we speak. And a pork shoulder. and a fatty. (help me I can't stop!). You're absolutely right about the rock solid temps, brisket went over night, and I actually got 3 hours of solid sleep without having to think about the thing.

    Oh and jeff I'm using your rub for the first time on all of that meat, so I hope I like that as much as you like your WSM. [​IMG]

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