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WSM - is it worth the expense?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ilbbqjunkie, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. ilbbqjunkie

    ilbbqjunkie Newbie

    This may be blasphemy, but is the WSM really worth the expense?   I have the opportunity to purchase a lightly used 18.5 with cover for $175.00.   However I'm having a difficult time justifying the purchase. 

    I have achieved good results with my 22-inch one touch kettle, ribs, brisket, pork butt, etc.  I can maintain a steady 200-225 temperature for hours on end with a little vigilance and practice.  Sure, it won't take as much meat as a WSM, but I generally cook for smaller crowds.  

    I so want to 'join the club' but I really don't know if I'll gain that much.  Decisions, decisions...  :(
  2. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Buy that thing now, if you don't like it, you'll have no trouble reselling it for the same price
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Get it!

    The WSM makes smoking a real joy, as close to set it and forget it as you can get with a charcoal rig. I have a 22.5" WSM and a 22.5" Kettle, great combo.
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Long or short term, that is a quality investment.
  5. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You could consider building a UDS.. Either way, if that WSM isn't rusted out, that's a heckova price..