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My first WSM!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by Lap, Sep 12, 2019 at 7:36 PM.

  1. Lap

    Lap Newbie

    In the short time I’ve been smoking meat, I’ve been doing it on a Weber kettle. I really wanted a WSM, but didn’t want to drop $450 on a new one. My brother in law got his used WSM for half the price of a new one and I wanted to do the same and save a few bucks.

    I gave up looking for a used WSM and figured I’d just work on my kettle smoking game.

    My wife tells me this morning there’s something I need to come outside and see. I open my garage door and my brother in law is standing in my driveway with MY 22” WSM! It’s in great shape and got it for $200. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. Can’t wait to smoke my first Boston butts on this beast soon.

    Will search this awesome place for tips, but I’m open to any and all input on making my first pork shoulder smoke a success. Also looking for mod suggestions. The door seal sounds like a no brainer.

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    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Congrats. No need for mods. Check into the Minion method for your charcoal. Tons of youtube videos about it. Good luck with your first smoke!
  3. mike243

    mike243 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Cool beans,wish I had 1 or 2 lol
  4. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice ! Looks like it fits right in with the rest . Post up a cook .
  5. kelbro

    kelbro Meat Mopper

    Mine cooked hundreds of fine meals before I ever heard about 'mods'. Try to learn it before you tinker with it. You might find, like I did, that Weber has it pretty well figured out.
  6. Lap

    Lap Newbie

    Awesome, thanks! Will definitely use the minion method. Do you put your wood chunks under or on top of your coals?
  7. Lap

    Lap Newbie

    Will do sir, thanks!

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I fill the charcoal ring about halfway with charcoal, place several chunks of smoke wood on top of that, and then fill the ring the rest of the way with charcoal.
  9. texomakid

    texomakid Smoking Fanatic

    I too am cooking on my WSM 22" a LOT these days. You have scored a top tier cooker for a fraction of the price. So many things that just work when using this cooker. I'll also have to agree with Kelbro. On more that one occasion I've been trying to do something out of the box and it's like "Dude! Weber already had that figured out for you!"

    Enjoy and we look forward to seeing your eats. congrats!
  10. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Woo Hoo! Another great buy of a WSM. Congrats!
  11. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Definitely your lucky day!!
    I've always wanted a WSM but like you didn't want to spring for a new one. Some day..........
  12. Not sure about the 22 but I found I get long cooks on the 18 without filling the ring up with charcoal. I get good 8 hours or more on around half load without using water. You can always add more.
  13. Congrats on your new toy.
  14. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Nice score, I'd use it a few times before modding it as others have said. Your first decision should be if you want to use water in the pan or not. Adding wood I just mix it in with the charcoal. Some on the bottom, some in the middle and some on top.

  15. Lap

    Lap Newbie

    Thanks for the tips! Will definitely cook with it a few times and see if it needs any special care. I plan to use water in the pan, unless you old dawgs talk me out of it :)
  16. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You'll burn less charcoal, learn your bottom vent settings better, and can smoke at 150F to 350F+ (think jerky to poultry) with a dry smoke. But...most start with water in the water pan (I did) and advance to dry smoking with experience.

    And should you have the Weber instructions, throw them out. Their hot/cold charcoal loadings are so outdated. The type charcoal you use makes a difference (KBB-eh, RO Ridge/Embers/Expert Grill-good and cheap, Weber-good and expensive, Lump-great for higher temp dry smokes).
  17. SpursUpSmoker

    SpursUpSmoker Newbie

    Congrats on the WSM! You will enjoy smoking with it.