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Thread: Need advice on Grilling on WSM 18 vs. 22

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    Need advice on Grilling on WSM 18 vs. 22

    Need Advice before purchasing 22" WSM:
    I grill chicken on my 18" WSM like the "Hot and Fast" recipe. No H2O pan and all vents open. I done this for years with great results.

    I notice the 22" has much longer distance from top grill grate to charcoal on the 22" vs. 18".
    Would I still get pretty high temps to top rack with no H2O pan and all vent open?

    Comment / thoughts appreciated.

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    TVWBB Honor Circle Timothy F. Lewis's Avatar
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    Heat is heat, it will need more charcoal because of the added air volume but, heat rising should not make any appreciable difference at all.
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    Thanks and I agree after thinking a little more with this old worn out head......

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    I bought my WSM before my kettle. When I wanted to grill, I just removed the middle section and laid one of the cooking grates directly on the charcoal ring. The WSM lid wouldn't necessarily "secure" to the bottom bowl, but it was a good enough fit for no leaks and heavy enough that it wouldn't fall off.

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    I did the hot and fast recipe with Chicken parts an a 22 and I put a layer of coals on the charcoal grate and then added a full chimney of hot coals. It work fine on the 22.
    Old dog, learning new tricks - one cook at a time :-). -14.5" and 18.5" WSM, SS Performer, CB Rotisserie, Camp Chef Smokepro DLX (Modified) Pellet Grill

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