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Thread: How thirsty are the 22s?

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    I love my 18.5" WSM and it doesn't use much fuel. The only time I prefer 22.5" (which I have with my Performer and Smoke EZ extender) is when I'm cooking a large brisket. The 22.5" setup uses a little over 1 lb/hr. Not sure if that's considered "thirsty", but I always have several hundred pounds of charcoal from the sales so I really don't notice. My bil has a 22.5" WSM and doesn't seem concerned with fuel consumption.
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    TVWBB All-Star BFletcher's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew View Post
    The 22.5" setup uses a little over 1 lb/hr.
    To your point, this is why I'm puzzled that the OP burned-through 14-15 lbs for 2 racks of ribs. But I don't have sufficient data in my logs to quantify an answer (I bought an 18 within a couple months of getting the 22, so I stopped using the 22 for 5-hour smokes). But I do have data to support a claim of having done shoulders in the 22" with less than an 18.6 lb bag of KBB.

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    TVWBB Fan Mike in Roseville's Avatar
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    I did a hot and fast brisket a few weeks ago in my 22WSM and I was pleasantly surprised how efficient it was. Plenty of charcoal left after shutting it down.
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    TVWBB Member MikeBarger's Avatar
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    I start my 22 full of charcoal. Next cook I move all the unused charcoal to the outside and dump a chimney of lit coal in the middle. Repeat for every cook thereafter. I never have to add more than the chimney of coal always have coal to push to the outside of the ring. I mainly smoke chicken, butts, loins, tri-tip roast and ribs. I rarely do brisket as it's priced crazy in NE Kansas. So, I guess you can tell I use a Weber chimney of charcoal for each cook on the 22. I don't use the water pan at all, and switch between using the hanging rack or the grill grates depending on what is being smoked. Smoke between 275 and 300.

    I sure don't understand how you can be using just under 15 pounds of charcoal for ribs, unless you're not using Kingsford blue bag

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    TVWBB Hall of Fame Dwain Pannell's Avatar
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    When the butt hits the stall wrap it. The cooker doesnít use as much fuel to get the meat done faster. Iíve never used a whole bag for one cook. I also donít wait thru the stall.

    I do Packers high heat. Never replenish the charcoal and done in ~5hrs.

    Ribs are 4-5 hours depending on if I wrap or not.
    Last edited by Dwain Pannell; 12-31-2018 at 03:35 PM.

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