I love my new WSM 22.5! w/ Pics (and my story of smoking)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by phatbac, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    Dear all,

     Last week i received the Weber smokey mountain 22.5 inch i ordered from Amazon.  I love it. I started smoking with a propane grill with a place for wood chips. i smoked burgers and dogs and some steak it was fun. then i wanted to get "serious" with smoking and went out and bought a $40 Cheap bullet. i smoked anything i could get my hand on with that thing. ruined a lot of meat. i had no idea what i was doing, heck i even used matchlight.(eek!) I experimented with rubs and with bbqing in general. then after a year and a half of doing that and sometimes making good eats, my wife bought me a char broil 6 foot barrel offset smoker. I started reading these forums and doing research watching video and picking up tricks and tips form here and there. and with my cheap walmart smoker i started to make good meat. at work i became popular bringing in brisket and ribs for everyone. I got good with my rub recipes and my technique.then a few months back a woman at work wanted to know what kind of smoker to buy her boyfriend. I told her i have done a lot research and the best one i have found for a decent price is the WSM. so she read the review and bought him an 18 WSM and they were happy. then i come into a little extra cash and i wanted a new smoker. I looked into some trailer smokers and looked into a Lang patio 36. but for the money i couldn't really justify that big a smoker for that kind of money. plus i would do something stupid like make 12 pork butts for just my wife and i. So after more research i decided to take my own advice and get the WSM for my smoking habit(obsession).

    So here is my new Weber Smokey Mountian 22.5 inch getting it out of the box

    Here it is assembled in my living room last week

    here it is warming up to smoke i have the fire going and I'm about to smoke a brisket and london broil in the snow and sleet!

    here it is going in the sleet and snow on its maiden smoke.

    To see how the meat came out check my two new posts in the beef thread area for London Broil and Brisket( with QView)

    Again i will say i love my WSM 22.5 and i think its one the best purchases i have made yet. i look forward to smoking with it more and i will post more qview with what i make on it.



  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Congrats on your new tool! Great choice on smokers and just think you can spend all that extra money on sausage making stuff now right? Hahaha.... 
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Congrats on that new WSM, Aaron!! Thumbs Up Those are real nice rigs!

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very nice congrats!
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Grats! You will love how easy the WSM is to use.

    Quick suggestion - for winter cooks either build a small shed or wrap it. Otherwise your fuel consumption will about double from summer smokes. I use a 6 ft. x 8 ft. welding blanket to wrap my 22.5" WSM (6x6 was to small).

  6. Congrats! I recommend the expandable cooking rack accessory. With it you can hang sausage, bacon, jerky, etc, etc. It takes the WSM to the next level.

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  7. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I gotta get me that!!!
  8. Wow,  looks Great

  9. trueteam

    trueteam Smoke Blower

    Love my WSMs. They just settle in and produce consistent product. Consider the replacement door from cajun bandit. Not absolutely necessary but definitely an upgrade.
  10. krubby

    krubby Smoke Blower

    I own the WSM 22.5 myself, have had it about 2 months now.  But I live in Central Ohio and have not been able to use it for about 3-4 weeks.  I don't mind a bit of cold weather but has been in the -5 to -20/-30 range last few weeks.  a BIT too cold for me

    I have used mine about 6-7 times, have loved it.  can't wait for spring/summer temps though to use it.

    I am happy about my purchase, glad you like yours.  looks awesome.
  11. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I bet you could make that work in a UDS too. Hmmmmm.... On the list for sure. That would just be the ticket for sausage in the drum. Now looking for yardsale kettle lid.

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