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LuvMyQ

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How much meat can it hold?
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:21:04 PM »
I am trying to decide between a #2 or #3. I see the 2 has 4 racks.  But at only 2.5 inches apart, I don't see much utilization for all 4 unless you are doing all meats that are not very tall.  My most common smoke I do on my Weber Bullet is briskets and butts.   (However, with the ease and convenience of the Smokin-It, I suspect I will use it more frequently, do some wings, more ribs, etc.  So how much will it hold?

Can I do 2 butts and a packer brisket?
I assume I can do 3 racks of ribs.  What about 4?
Terry, from Westfield, IN (Indianapolis area)
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 04:13:35 PM »
Can I do 2 butts and a packer brisket?
If you are looking to do that much at the same time, you'll want the 3 or 3.5.  These smokers like airflow.  What the smoker can hold doesn't really relate to what will turnout well in it. 
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 04:16:31 PM »
And FYI, a full rack of Costco ribs won't fit in a #2 without being cut. 
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2018, 10:08:20 AM »
 Thanks SuperDave.

"These smokers like airflow.  What the smoker can hold doesn't really relate to what will turnout well in it."

That is some good to know info.  Looks like the 3D, specifically 3DWIFI is where I am going.
Terry, from Westfield, IN (Indianapolis area)
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2018, 11:02:55 AM »
Good choice!
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2018, 08:00:37 AM »
Perfect choice, Terry!  Steve should have them on the website next Wednesday.  They've been out of town this week.
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2018, 02:21:17 PM »
Thanks for the input Sarge, Dave, and Superdave.  I just ordered the 3D Wifi this morning.  It is even wife-approved even!  I guess I am spoiled.  I cannot wait to get it.  Now I need to start planning the design of a custom cart.
Terry, from Westfield, IN (Indianapolis area)
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2018, 05:29:50 PM »
SuperDave, DM, and Old Sarge,

I have had my WSM for about 10 years.  I have to thank you for encouraging me to make the 3D Wifi purchase. I will no longer have to fuss with the WSM again.  Since receiving the unit, I have hit a few milestones.
1.  I did two smokes on consecutive days -chicken breasts and a pork butt.
2.  I did 3 smokes in a time span of 3 weeks.  Last year, I did not do 3 smokes for the whole year with the WSM.
3.  Just finished a brisket that is so moist it almost separated the flat from the point.  Gave up after 2 failures with the WSM. (That bad boy is resting now.  Can't wait until dinner time.) 

Yes, it is a lot of money.  But the capacity of the 3D was a great decision.  And the wifi?  Oh my, makes me so spoiled.
Terry, from Westfield, IN (Indianapolis area)
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2018, 05:39:06 PM »
I have not used my WSM (still have it) since I bought my #1. But I have a soft place in my heart for the WSM. It's what introduced me to smoking, so I keep it for sentimental reasons. I enjoy getting some sleep now, and the better quality Q I get from the SI.
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Re: How much meat can it hold?
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2018, 06:12:47 PM »
Just like SconnieQ .. I got my start with the WSM and was very pleased with it. Then the day came that I got tired of all the damper adjustment because of changing weather conditions or something and I ordered my Smokin-it 2. I love being able to get a full nights sleep with those overnight smokes. One of the first things I noticed was a more pronounced smokey flavor from the type of wood you are using and my meat was moister then when I was using the WSM.

I smoke much more often since getting the #2. The kids call ahead to say they will be coming for the weekend and place their order for what they would like me to cook. I love my #2!


My youngest son is now the owner of the WSM and getting his start with smoking meat!
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