Horizontal Smoker or WSM

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Horizontal Smoker or WSM

Post by Charcoal » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:14 pm

If you could only choose one which would you get, an offset horizontal smoker or a WSM.

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Post by Christopher » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:03 pm

You will never catch me saying a bad word about the WSM. The new larger capacity model looks pretty sweet. Capacity has been the major drawback with the WSM until now. It's a jump in price from the older, smaller model (which has also gone up) but, in that price range nothing else really compares.

Just my opinion. ;)

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Post by stevo » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:04 am

I've used 3 types that I can comment on. I have used a cabinet style gaser, and offset (small one needing mods) and the WSM. By far the best Q came off the WSM. Sure the gaser was easy to run but the addition of a good coal to the wood smoke can't be beat. You would use coal and wood chunks in the offset but it just doesn't seem to be the same. I use the offset if I run out of room on the WSM (because I can't afford the new one) but this is the only time.
I am also going to be converting my gaser over to a coal cooker. With that said I will go with the WSM.
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Post by Dave Kloostra » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:31 am

WSM gets my vote. This thing is awesome
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Post by sburnett » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:40 pm

I have seen many but use one. WSM my vote

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Post by Rob R » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:41 pm

WSM. Best bang for your buck in the BBQ world. Well, with the possible exception of a BDS clone, but that takes a couple hours of work ;-)

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which one.

Post by dogthebear » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:27 am

the offset will test your patience as much as it will your skills.
You'll struggle with inconsistant temps, and dirty smoke , until you tame it.
And if you buy the cheaper model,, forget about using it in cooler weather.

Having said that ,,, I have one,, and it's got it's place in life.

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Post by ROXY » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:55 am

Both styles of smoker have their advantages and disadvantages. Both make outstanding BBQ. As for the cheaper models of offset not worth the investment I would point you to Jim of Simcoe County Smokers.. He uses one of the least expensive offset smokers out there and consistently products award winning ribs with it.

I have both style of smoker and I can tell you the offset took longer to get dialed in. Personally, I would not think of using a WSM/ProBBQ to cook ribs for comp but that is just me. Nor would I want to use a offset to cook brisket and butts, just way too much tending. I know that The BBQ Effect has been very successful with their bank of WSM's, but for me, I just cant get ribs looking the way I want with a bullet.

Remember the cooker is just a tool to make BBQ and it is not the cooker, it is the cook.

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Post by stevo » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:56 pm

I hear ya Roxy. There is only 3 main tools for good Q. 1-pit (any type) 2- fire 3- your taste for good Q.
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or like music

Post by dogthebear » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:08 pm

ya, like music ,, I've heard people make a real sh(tty guitar sound pretty darn good.. , and vise-versa............

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Re: or like music

Post by Peter » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:20 pm

dogthebear wrote:ya, like music ,, I've heard people make a real sh(tty guitar sound pretty darn good.. , and vise-versa............
That pretty well sums it up, Dog.
In my experience, the cabinet smokers and bullets are the easiest to use but my old Klose offset produced the best Q, winter and summer, that I have ever cooked. Wish I still had it ..... (sigh). My vote is for the stick burners all the way.
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Re: Horizontal Smoker or WSM

Post by Rigger » Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:02 pm

My vote goes to the WSM. One of the major draw backs though that I seem to read alot is the capacity. I've been able to cook an 18 lbs turkey along with a 9 lb ham for christmas and I still had room to put on some smaller items.
The bigger WSM would be the way to go if you are going to be cooking for a large number of people on a consistant basis, but if it's for your family mostly the smaller WSM will do anything you ask of it.

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Re: Horizontal Smoker or WSM

Post by Iamarealbigdog » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:35 am

Interesting debate...

How do the pellet feeders stack up as in comparison and bang for the buck...

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Re: Horizontal Smoker or WSM

Post by Porky » Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:15 pm

I'd have to vote for a quality offset, not like the ones found in the big box stores. I have a WSM and think it's great, but I like the offsets.
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Re: Horizontal Smoker or WSM

Post by swampdaddysbbq » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:47 pm

Offset all the way
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