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Thinking about getting a second smoker

Discussion in 'Blowing Smoke Around the Smoker.' started by PoukieBear, Jul 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM.

  1. PoukieBear

    PoukieBear Fire Starter

    How many of you have more than one smoker?

    Hubby and I were out for a long drive yesterday, and we got stuck behind a transport truck with a picture of a beautiful steak on the back, taunting us with all its juicy glory.

    This turned into a conversation on how I really wanted to try smoking a steak, but didn’t feel like firing up my big 22.5 WSM for one piece of meat.

    Then I got thinking about the little 14” WSM and how perfect it would be for short smokes and smaller pieces of meat.

    I ran the idea past my husband and he said “What ever you want honey, as long as you’re happy.” (Give this man a gold medal!)

    So, would getting a second smaller smoker be beneficial, or am I just dreaming?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a Weber 14" smokey joe grill... Perfect for grilling for 2... and about 6 other smokers..

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  3. b-one

    b-one Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I think a 22 inch performer is handy then you can add a rotisserie as well. I bought mine used then added the Cajun Bandit rotisserie setup all told I only spent the cost of a new Performer. I have a 22 WSM as well and think it pairs great with a kettle as the kettle is very versatile.
  4. JJS

    JJS Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have a masterbuilt propane, chargriller offset (turned into a RF smoker), 2- 22” Weber kettles, a 300 gallon multi fuel pig roaster, a charbroil 2 in 1 grill, 14” Smokey joe, and a small portable IR propane grill. Each have their own purpose.

    Dave’s suggestion would be a great addition for what you want to do.

    *Be Aware this can turn into one hell of a collection of outdoor cooking equipment quickly*
  5. jcam222

    jcam222 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I’ve got several I use depending on what I am doing and timing needs. For smoking I have a large 270 cabinet smoker. For more grilling / smoking I use a Vision Kamado and lastly for really quick last minute grilling I have a small Traeger scout. They all get used :)
  6. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My Weber Kettle (22.5") gets fired up about 5 times more than my WSM. The WSM is great, but it only gets used for 6+ hour smokes or big turkeys. Anything that takes less time goes in the Kettle. You can grill and smoke in it easily, then hand it off to your grandchildren. It took decades to wear out my 18" Kettle.
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  7. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think you would like a 14" WSM.I love mine and they will burn 12+ Hrs @ 265-275* on ~ 5 Lbs of charcoal,little fuel misers.Though Ray has an almost indisputable point on the 22" kettle.They are mandatory in my opinion.
    Here's my Weber kit,takes care of most tasks at hand.
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  8. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree with Rays comment. My 22" and 26" get used a whole lot more then the WSM. Especially since it's only the wife and I now.

  9. PoukieBear

    PoukieBear Fire Starter

    Thanks guys!

    I’ll have to do some more research on the kettle. I briefly looked at it a while ago, but dismissed the idea because I didn’t like the idea of only being able to use half of the cooking area. (Hot coals on one side, no coals on the other)

    I’m sure there are many different ways to use a kettle, but this was pretty much the only set up I saw and immediately said “no” to it.
  10. Steve H

    Steve H Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I use mine often as well. Great size for 2 people.
  11. If you want to smoke a steak, the kettle is perfect for that. You can use briquettes or lump and add chips or chunks for extra smoke flavor. I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time doing indirect heat on a steak as they are a cut that shine on hot and fast. I use my kettle for steaks because the gas grill will never make one taste as good. I just use charcoal and they are much better than the gasser.
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  12. Steve H

    Steve H Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yup, that's what I do with my little Joe. Steaks come out great. Like this one here. Just tossed in a few Hickory chips here and there during the cook.

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  13. siege

    siege Meat Mopper

    I just added a pellet smoker with a slide over the fire pot, and it does a remarkable job on reverse seared steaks. The issue you would have with that is it's a waste of time and fuel for just one steak.
    My kettle does a great job on steaks, and I have a pizza oven conversion for it too.
    Fun when you entertain to be able to let everyone make their own pizza. After the stone comes up to temperature, you can bake a pizza every 5 minutes. Great for bread sticks and quesadillas, too.
    I think like the majority here, a kettle might do the job for you.
  14. PoukieBear

    PoukieBear Fire Starter

    I’m really rethinking my original opinion on the kettle.

    The new 2019 version has some nice upgrades, including a heat deflector so you no longer need to have a hot zone and a indirect heat zone.

    It also has a hinged lid, so no need to mod it afterwards. (I still need to insulate the hinge on my WSM)

    EDIT: the new design might be only on the European models right now. :(
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019 at 4:17 PM
  15. siege

    siege Meat Mopper

    Upgrades sound awesome. Will have to look it up after dinner.
  16. I got my 1990's vintage 22" Weber kettle off the curb (meaning it was a give away) and said why didn't I get one before.
    I grill and smoke on it all the time.
    I got a new grate at my local box store and cut it half. More than enough grilling area for wife and me. I smoke by offset. Convenient to have the open open to control the coals I use pellets and chips with the charcoal.

    Nice thing with charcoal only is you are smoking without adding XXX wood.
  17. fullborebbq

    fullborebbq Smoke Blower

    I have used my Smokeinsence (old unit, looks like a large tea ball) as well as my A-maz-n tube with pellets in my gas grill ( no heat) to cold smoke steaks for an hour or two (ambient temp considerations) and then vacuum packed them and send to the freezer. you can cook them in a fry pan or a toaster oven and they will taste like they were grilled on your favorite smoker or grill.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    5GRILLZNTN Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    No need for another device since you have a WSM. Remove the center section, pour in some hot coals from your chimney, and put the grill grate on top of the charcoal ring. Instant Weber kettle! If you want to up your game, buy a Vortex.
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  19. chopsaw

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

    Get that kettle , you'll wonder how you did without it .
  20. I personally want a 14 wsm to go with my current 22.5. I want to be able to make smaller meals without the large amount of charcoal and such. Also to do apps like abt's while ribs, butts (always do 4 when doing butts) etc.
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