14.5 wsm or MES

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by reasoning, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Hi, I'm looking to expand my cooking family and have narrowed it down to a 14.5 wsm or a MES. Some of the qualities I'm looking for are

    1) Convenience-

       - Ease of cleaning is an issue with my current 22.5 the pan is a beach! I know I know foil the pan, but I can never make that work. The smaller 14.5 would be easier to clean in theory.

       - Also the MES is appealing for the set it and forget it nature, especially on all night cooks like butts and briskets.

       - Size, i'm looking for something smaller because busting out the 22.5 wsm for just my wife and I is ridiculous. The 14.5 would be ideal. The MES is larger yes but wouldn't feel guilty burning a whole bag of lump for just a couple chickens.

    2) Cost after Purchase

       - It's not a huge deal but going with the MES would reduce my cost after purchase by not having to buy charcoal. I understand you still need chips/pellets etc. But also need to buy chunks with charcoal smokers.


    Taste- will I be sacrificing any taste going to an electric from my usual charcoal?

    Durability- obviously if taken care of weber products will last a lifetime. How do MES' do?

    basically I'm leaning towards the MES for convenience but if I lose a bunch of flavor due to lack of charcoal I might not go that route. Yes I know people like the electric smokers, and yes I know their are die hard charcoal enthusiasts. I want people who have both or had both to chime in please :)

    thanks for reading and for your replies.
  2. @Reasoning

    Get the WSM 14.5 incher!!!!!!
    I got mine from FireCraft!
    I wouldn't have another MES....NEVER!!!!!...not even if it were free!!!

  3. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a mes and a mini wsm ( basically a 14.5 wsm ). I use the mini all the time. Love the charcoal taste and once you get use to it, it will cook all night with out touching it.

    I use the mes for precise temp and smoke control using the AMNPS.

    The charcoal will give a more bbq flavor.

    Hope I helped some.

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