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WSM - is it worth the expense?


Joined Sep 6, 2010
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...  :(

northern greenhorn

Master of the Pit
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Joined Mar 11, 2010
Buy that thing now, if you don't like it, you'll have no trouble reselling it for the same price


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jun 5, 2009
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.


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Joined Jun 21, 2007
Long or short term, that is a quality investment.

pit 4 brains

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Joined Dec 16, 2009
You could consider building a UDS.. Either way, if that WSM isn't rusted out, that's a heckova price..

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