Opinions please.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by shooterrick, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It sure looks nice with some nice features. I wonder how much it would leak air and make it hard to control temps? To me it would also need a charcoal basket of some sort for a nice long burn.

    One thing is for sure; the wsm is a proven unit and there is no surprises involved.
  3. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A coal basket is included just didnt show it. As far as a sure thing you are correct but I have that kinda personallity that likes things unique and gadgety. LOL My wife has barred me from Radio Shack cause of it. LOL
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's definitely a looker, that's for sure.
  5. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I found this diagram of the design. Not familiar with bullet type smokers so may help get a better opinion.

    Attachment 22545
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Interesting, thanks for providing the diagram.
    I guess it would depend on what they are asking for it, obviously it is in good condition and wasn't used a lot but I would wonder if there would be any issues with the airflow and swing out grate seal.
  7. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    1. limited size of meat thickness on 2nd grate due to clearance issue with chamber shell;

    2. access to charcoal by swing-out of 2nd food grate: severe heat loss to meat if maintenance is needed, or if a mop/mist was applied during the smoke;

    3. intake/outlet vents may not give uniform charcoal burn, heat distribution or smoke due to non-symetrical positioning, which may cause erratic flows through the cooking chamber/fire box;

    I just don't get that warm & fuzzy feeling when I look at the pics or the diagram. This rig may have strong limitations, and may only be suitable for certain foods, and definately would be best suited to only those individuals with very good fire/smoke management skills (so maintenance access would minimal).

    It does look like it has some nice features and seems to be well built and heavy duty, I'm just not sure the good points out-weight the drawbacks.

    That's my take...good luck with your search.

  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cool Design if'n it works ok...[​IMG]
  9. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This kind of peaks my interests.I want to design a double stack UDS with similiar swing out feature..perty sure me and bro will have to design a beer-keg type firebox that is vented in....but i use WSM alot for reason i do not have to lift lid when minnioning.Similiar,flare up of coals,but not as bad as UDS...when minnioning and lifting lid....

    Our team bought the new 22 inch WSM and thought it would be the bomb.It is a fuel hog.However at every comp the sponsors usually do some type of charity and it holds eight -10 pound pork butts and this is were it works the best- never used in comps,but it will cold smoke my peppers etc. excellent with the 2 gallon water pan....huge grates..

    Hey,if you get the smoker and it works out-i will be first one to congrat and look at for purchasing....
  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The bottom grate looks awful close to the heat source.
  11. hilbillyinca

    hilbillyinca Smoke Blower

    Lookin at the blueprints, I dont see a water pan. I've been cooking on wsm's for a long time and you gotsta have a water pan in a bullet cooker. I don't see how you'd be able to keep the heat down.

    And just lookin at the plans, it also seems the meat rack is pretty close to the coals.

    Just my two cents. If you pick it up, I'd love to hear how it goes

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