Weber Smokey Mountain or UDS????

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by lucc, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Looking to get a nice setup for home, the Brinkmann's aren't cutting it. Looking at a 22.5" WSM or a UDS which I would need to spend time, effort and money to construct. Which would you pick and why?
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WSM.. Cuz they rawk ~~[​IMG]
  3. Last edited: Jun 12, 2010
  4. Looks like too much money. Look around locally for barrels. I bought some locally that were bare steel inside with a removable liner, and paid 15 bucks apiece. Spent about 60 bucks for other parts at HD. Now for less than 100 bucks and a few hrs of my time, I've got an amazing smoker which I would put up against any WSM.

    Having said that, If I didn't either have the parts, or the time, or tools, or the possibility to get parts cheap or the ability(whether mechanical aptitude or even a place to do it)... I'd have no issues with getting a WSM. They are well built and work very very well, although IMO a bit expensive initially(but they last forever, so they're cheap in the long term).

    You'll have to weigh the pro's & con's of each option & decide what works best for you.
  5. meateater

    meateater SMF Premier Member

    I vote for the UDS. Ive never owned a WSM but had a ECB and realized after a few months I needed to upgrade to something alot larger. I've never been happier. [​IMG]
  6. After seeing the 22.5" WSM the other day at the hardware store, I'd say go for the WSM.

    I have 2 of the 18.5" WSMs and they rock.  That 22.5" WSM will hold just as much food as a UDS.

    Nothing against UDSs because I've seen loads of good cooks on them from but for me it was just easier than doing all the work to build a UDS.

    Personally I think you'll get the same quality and quantity out of either one.  Now it's just a matter of whether you want to spend the time to build or run out and buy the WSM and be cooking that day.
  7. graybeard

    graybeard OTBS Member

    I like hands on and saving money! I'm building a UDS very soon.

  8. I would vote UDS for the simple satisfaction of getting that perfect smoke out of something you built yourself.  It is something to be proud of.
    meateater likes this.
  9. UDS

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