WSM 18.5" 2010 Assembly - QView Heavy

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by indyadmin1974, May 7, 2010.

  1. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Ok, so I've gone a bit crazy with this, but I took pictures of the assembly process for my new WSM.

    Here's everything out of the box. Notice my little helper...[​IMG] She likes hangin' with Daddy:

    Here's one tip I'll share. The instructions tell you to try to connect the legs to the ash pan before bolting the legs to the bottom. I tried twice and each time I attempted to bolt on the legs, they all fell over.

    I bolted the legs to the bottom loosely and then put the ash pan on:

    Two sets of bolts, nuts and washers per leg:


    Charcoal grate in:

    Charcoal pan in:

    Middle section on with 4 brackets for the water pan and 2 racks:

    Da door:

    A view inside through the door:

    The water pan sitting in place (this thing is ginormous!):

    Here's a view through the door with the water pan in place (I can see why people complain about not being able to add coals to the other side easily):


    Bottom rack in place:

    Top rack in place:

    All done and little helper approved!

    And safe and sound next to the Performer with the cover on:

    So there you have it. If I would have put the legs on as I mentioned in my tip instead of following the directions, I would have been done in ~15 minutes even with taking pictures.

    This is my compensation QView for not being able to do an actual smoke for a few days.

    As always, thanks for looking.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Enough with the assembly get that baby seasoned and lets see some qview. hahahahahaha Cute helper.
  3. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Man rbranstner I wish! Tomorrow is out, Saturday maybe...definitely not Sunday...
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looking forword to great qview from the smoker
  5. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    i never realized how big the WSM actually is. thanks for the pics. [​IMG]
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I was able to pick up a single fire poker for my Char Griller 6 or 7 weeks ago. Don't know why they only had the poker. (They don't sell them as singles. You have to buy the little shovel, Poker, Little Broom & holder as a set.) That is what I use if I need to move things around a bit while smoking. The other side is a bit difficult to get fuel to if you don't load it with enough on the first go 'round. I can't wait to see your reaction to your first smoke.

    If you think that is huge, you should really see the 22.5 WSM.
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah you can fit the 18" WSM inside the 22.5" WSM. I could barely fit the 22.5" WSM in its box into the back of my minivan with the rear seat folded down, sucker was huge!

    Nice assembly, look forward to the que!
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats on a fine smoker. I too found attaching the ash pan to be a pain. I eventually bent the tabs that go to the ash pan then bolted the legs on.
  9. wingrider1

    wingrider1 Smoke Blower

    mine looks the same I guess I put it together right..LOL good luck with the WSM what is first on them new grates...?
  10. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I swore I bought the 22.5"WSM and it did not come with a tool box, is that a special with the 18.5" (a free tool box)LOL.

  11. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    One man's toolbox is another man's seat! LOL

    I love that box. My in-laws gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago and I use it as much as I can. It was the closest thing I could find to sit on...I was too excited to find a real chair.
  12. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    congrats Indy..U are gonna love it !!!! I couldn't be happier... Although the fact that i'm selling my Lang is starting to set in [​IMG]
  13. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As much as I like my WSM I could never see myself selling my Horizon.
  14. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I hear ya Rick.My issue was the overnite smokes where i had to put another piece of wood in every 30 minutes...Until i bought the lang and started doing that, i had forgotten how old i was and how much sleep i needed..[​IMG]
  15. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Believe me I understand. I only use the Horizon during the day, no over niters here. I'm on the old side too [​IMG]

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