Questions on 18.5" WSM

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by tigersmoke, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. I came across someone selling a nice looking 18.5" WSM for $100.  Said he used it 5 times.

    May go check it out this afternoon.  Any specific things I should check on it to be sure its in good working condition?

    Anyone have experience with how a whole packer fits on the 18.5"?

    I would prefer the 22" so I could transfer the rack straight to the kettle but thinking I shouldn't pass this deal up.
  2. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Tiger,

    I have the 22.5 and could just fit a 14 lbs packer, so I imagine you would have to bend it over metal to fit it on the 18.5.

    Still 100$ for an 18.5 is a steal...I would buy it as a second for myself if I were closer. ;)

    Good luck!
  3. Thanks Knife, had a feeling a packer wouldn't fit but believe you are right, hard deal to pass on.
  4. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Absolutely...can't go wrong for a smoker that is 1/3 of the cost and will never die! LOL
  5. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    For $100 you would be crazy not to buy that WSM!!!!

    Unless you have a very large family or cook for large groups often, the 18.5 will do most of what anyone with a family of 4 or less would ever want to do.  I regularly smoke 4 large pork shoulders in mine for office events (8 to 10 pound shoulders).  So a 18.5" will make a lot of BBQ. Never tried a full packer in mine so I can't comment, but like everything else, you could bend or trim it to fit I would think.  I do know a full length rack of ribs is too long for the 18.5".  I cut mine 2/3 length and stand them in rib racks with two of the 1/3 lengths together if I'm cooking 2 full racks.  Nobody has complained about ribs done that way as you end up cutting the racks before eating anyway.  Another plus of the 18.5" is it takes less fuel and runs longer per load than the 22" model does.  So again, unless you are feeding a small army, an 18.5" is good for most people.

    Heck, I'm in Atlanta and if you pass on it I'm tempted to make the drive over to pick it up for that price!

    PS - if you do buy it, think about adding a power draft control unit like the BBQ Guru.  A power draft and a WSM is about as close to "set and forget" as you will ever get with a charcoal smoker.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2014

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