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Thread: Results: 14.5" WSM Satisfaction Survey

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    Aaron-- get a 18.5 WSM and build yourself a mini, that way you will have the best of both worlds.
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    +1 vote for 18 WSM. These are tried and true. They aren't that big and if you ever want the extra space you have it.

    I don't have anything against the 14 WSM. I just typically need/enjoy the extra space.
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    Aaron, I don't think the 14 will run for 12 hours unless you live in a hot climate where very little fuel is needed. That being said, the unit is so small that all you have to do is pick the center unit up and set it aside. Remove the ash and refill and you're good to go. I've cooked brisket and butts before on it and I think adding more fuel builds up too much ash, unless you are using a fuel source that has very little ash. Once the ash builds up, it can make running the pit at the proper temperature, difficult. The 14 is my favorite but I don't like to use it with ribs because of the size restriction. I also happen to think it cooks pork butts better than the 18 and 22 for reasons I won't disclose here!

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    Thanks donna, I live near Sydney in Australia so the temperature is always pretty good , what size butt and brisket would you cook normally on the 14 and how long would you cook them for

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    I love my 14.5 using it about 10-1 over the 22.5. It is just the wife and one kid left at home. routinely do 4 racks of ribs on it, or 2 7 pound roasters or 2 large pork butts.











    the 14.5 is under the snow there you can see it peeking out beyond the Silver B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Padell View Post
    I love my 14.5 using it about 10-1 over the 22.5. It is just the wife and one kid left at home. routinely do 4 racks of ribs on it, or 2 7 pound roasters or 2 large pork butts.











    the 14.5 is under the snow there you can see it peeking out beyond the Silver B

    Jeff - I just got the 14.5 for Christmas from the kids, I have been using the 18.5 for years..Curious if you can share the rib racks you use and where to get them for the 14.5? Thanks - and PS - that is some serious snow!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Moore View Post
    Jeff - I just got the 14.5 for Christmas from the kids, I have been using the 18.5 for years..Curious if you can share the rib racks you use and where to get them for the 14.5? Thanks - and PS - that is some serious snow!!
    I got them at Home Depot they fit like a glove! I think they are Brinkman
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Fong View Post
    Aaron, I don't think the 14 will run for 12 hours unless you live in a hot climate where very little fuel is needed. That being said, the unit is so small that all you have to do is pick the center unit up and set it aside. Remove the ash and refill and you're good to go. I've cooked brisket and butts before on it and I think adding more fuel builds up too much ash, unless you are using a fuel source that has very little ash. Once the ash builds up, it can make running the pit at the proper temperature, difficult. The 14 is my favorite but I don't like to use it with ribs because of the size restriction. I also happen to think it cooks pork butts better than the 18 and 22 for reasons I won't disclose here!
    Bumping an old thread here, but Donna, I wish you would PM me, or something, and show me what you are doing to get your 14.5" smoker to preform so well. So far, in my limited experiences, I find the 18.5" smoker to out preform the 14.5" model for pork butts. All other meats have fared well, however, and the little smoker is fuel efficient too.
    18.5", 18.5", 14.5", Royal Oak Lump / Royal Oak All Natural Briquettes, Blue Genesis Silver C, Q1000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty James View Post
    Bumping an old thread here, but Donna, I wish you would PM me, or something, and show me what you are doing to get your 14.5" smoker to preform so well. So far, in my limited experiences, I find the 18.5" smoker to out preform the 14.5" model for pork butts. All other meats have fared well, however, and the little smoker is fuel efficient too.
    Yes, the longest I have been able to get the 14.5 to run at cook temps, 225-250 is about 7 hours after that it cools down, that is without a reload
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Padell View Post
    Yes, the longest I have been able to get the 14.5 to run at cook temps, 225-250 is about 7 hours after that it cools down, that is without a reload
    I've had a similar issue using regular Kingsford, however, Royal Oak briquettes went at least 12 hours in the 14.5" model. The heat ran a bit higher than I wanted though.
    18.5", 18.5", 14.5", Royal Oak Lump / Royal Oak All Natural Briquettes, Blue Genesis Silver C, Q1000

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