Joined WSM Club

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by njsmoker83, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Today I put an order in for a WSM 18.5.  I found one at a really good price.  I was going to get an offset horizontal, but for an extra $50.00 i found the WSM.  I have been using the ECB and the food comes out great but i have to watch the thing more than my two kids because the temp is all over the place (even after a ton of mods).  Everyone i spoke to says how great the WSM is for holding temp, so i hope it works out.  I should have it in a week so hopefully ill be posting some pics up soon.  Thanks for all the info on it guys, you made my decision easy.
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new smoker
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the WSM purchase I sure hear lots of good things about them
  4. You won't be disappointed.  I have a propane GOSM and a WSM... the WSM holds temps so steady I haven't gone back to the GOSM yet (although I haven't smoked as much as I would've liked the past couple months, which is why this is my first time posting in months as well).
  5. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    You'll love it...i am still impressed everytime i use mine.  Basically once you have the vents dialed in on the beginning of the smoke it will run steady until you run out of fuel or water...its great.  Congrats
  6. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    You'll love that WSM!

    2 things I'd recommend:

    - Eyelets from either CajunInjector or BBQ Guru

    - Maverick ET-73

    I'm trying to find a clay pot base to try that mod too so I don't have to clean up the waterpan everytime.
  7. I'm excited to get it.  I have a three pack of babybacks in my freezer i picked up at costco.  they are on death row till i get the smoker.
  8. I have the thermometers already, which is nice, but someone said you can slip them through the vent holes, is that true?
  9. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    I just put them under the lid...i dont even run an ambient thermo anymore because my lid thermo is accurate...just 20 degrees hotter than the top grate.  I havent ruined any of the wires yet being crimped under the lid, but its a risk....oh well. 

  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you search posts under my name there is one I did where you can make your own grommets for passing probes through to each rack. Easy to do and cost less than $5 [​IMG]
  11. just got an email that they are packing it up and getting ready to ship.
  12. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    As others have said, you will love your WSM.  I picked mine up a couple months ago.  It really is a pleasure to use.  Makes good Q seem so easy!  Saturday night I put on a brisket and two pork butts -- meat hit the smoker at midnight.  I stayed up for a bit to make sure the temps held, then was able to get a good 5 hours sleep.  We now have a nicely stocked freezer!

  13. meyer

    meyer Newbie

    I have two WSM´s and once they are fired up with the"Jim Minion" method, they just keep running and running.

    I have used them for Pulled Pork and my favorite "Smoked glazed Ham" (Se my avatar)

    You won´t be dissapointed!


  14. I just ordered my WSM last saturday and unfortunatly i have to still wait another week.!!! I'm new to smokin as well and cant wait for my first offerings......the wait is killin me
  15. stl-rich

    stl-rich Fire Starter

    I was told that friends want me to cook brisket & beans for the Fourth of July.  Well thats why I have a WSM :)
  16. WSM arrived at 1100 am this morning.  I ordered it on Sunday night (along with 5 lb bag of apple wood chunks) from  Total price was $246.98.  Going to try and assemble it tomorrow morning, but so far so good.
  17. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Cool!  That site is awesome!

    The assembly is easy but here's a tip.  Put the legs on first and then put the heat shield on.  The directions say to put a leg on, put the heat shield on one leg and then repeat for the other 2 legs...that's almost impossible without a 2nd person.

    I hope you get to fire it up soon.  Use the minion method and Jim's tweak of mixing the wood throughout the coals instead of only on top and you'll be good to go.

    I didn't have any of the high heat issues that others seemed to have.  I started shutting the dampers down when it got to 200° and adjusted to my target temp and it was easy as pie.
  18. you def have to do legs first.  i tried to do the pan first and its impossible.

  19. stl-rich

    stl-rich Fire Starter

    If you are an old [email protected] like me bending down to the WSM is a nuisaance so I put the charcoal grate and sides (which I have wired together) into the base of my 18.5" kettle - then I put the WSM smoker section and top onto that.

    Works just fine.[​IMG]
  20. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    That sounds interesting Rich.  How high up is the top rack then?  Does it effect the performance at all (heating up, holding temps)  Do you have any pics?  I might just consider that myself!  Please post some pics if you can.


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