Hello All - I am really close to purchasing a BWS and would like to know the practical capacity of each smoker. I have heard and read some different thoughts about how much you can actually cook on each smoker.
For example, I heard not to cook on the lower rack of the Party because it is too close to the water pan. I also read last night in one of the forums that the practical capacity of the Party is about 6 boston butts because you can only use every other rack.
I am leaning towards the Extended Party but wondering if I would gain any practical capacity over the Party other than being able to place full racks of St. Louis style ribs on each rack. Can I get 3 butts per rack on an Extended Party vs. 2 butts on a Party? Also, I may move up to a Fatboy if I can convince my wife.
Please help with your experience about practical capacities of these three cookers - how many St. Louis style ribs, butts, and briskets can I cook at one time on the Party, Extended Party and Fatboy? Has anyone made modifications to the rack positions to improve capacity?
Why do I ask? I recently fed pulled pork and pit beans to about 120 people using a Silver Smoker (Home Depot offset barrel smoker), a Charbroil "Sante Fe" rectangular grill, and a Weber grill. I was able to smoke 4 butts in the Silver Smoker and 2 butts each in the Sante Fe and and Weber. I know there is a better way - a Backwoods Smoker