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lukez1122

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Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 11:41 AM (permalink)
I am interested in getting a small smoker to do a little BBQ here and there.  Nothing major, just looking for nice tender meats done at home.   Does anybody have advice for a simple easy to use smoker?  I have been reading about an eletric water smoker as since it is eletric you can control the heat better.  Never have talked to anybody who has used any type of small smoker so I don't really know where to start.  
 
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    porkbeaks

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    Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 11:50 AM (permalink)
    For the last 5 years, I've had a gasser that uses wood chips. It works great and temp control is a snap.  pb
     
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      joerogo

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      Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 12:00 PM (permalink)
      This is the only item you will need.  It smokes, grills and bakes.

      The Big Green Egg.  Very easy to use.
      <message edited by joerogo on Sun, 09/26/10 12:01 PM>
       
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        porkbeaks

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        Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 12:34 PM (permalink)
        For sure, the BGE is a great cooker. However, $700 compared to about $150 for my smoker. I think my smoker holds more meat, too.
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 1:40 PM (permalink)
          joerogo


          This is the only item you will need.  It smokes, grills and bakes.

          The Big Green Egg.  Very easy to use.

          Also VERY EXPENSIVE! This guy appears to be just a parttime, start up, smoker. Since you're just getting started, I suggest an Electric Smoker.
           Lowes sells an Electric Smoker for about $120 Bucks. Check it out. Also Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's sells them as well.
          Google Electric Smoker and you can explore all different ones.
           
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            Foodbme

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            Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 1:45 PM (permalink)
            Here's a good primer web site to help you get started.
            He has some "How To" PDF's on here
            http://www.smoking-meat.com
            <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 09/26/10 3:16 PM>
             
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              Michael Hoffman

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              Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 3:07 PM (permalink)
              lukez1122


              I am interested in getting a small smoker to do a little BBQ here and there.  Nothing major, just looking for nice tender meats done at home.   Does anybody have advice for a simple easy to use smoker?  I have been reading about an eletric water smoker as since it is eletric you can control the heat better.  Never have talked to anybody who has used any type of small smoker so I don't really know where to start.  

              Here's a selection from Cabela's, alone  -- just to give you an idea of the range of smokers available. Someone who knows more about smoking than do I can make suggestions.
              http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/home-cabin-outdoor-cooking-smokers-accessories/_/N-1101316/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104582880
               




              <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Sun, 09/26/10 3:24 PM>
               
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                mayor al

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                Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 4:57 PM (permalink)
                I bought an inexpensive electric smoker. It works great. Since we cook for just the two of us most of the time  it serves us well.
                Here's a shot of it loaded and the finished product of a day's smoking.

                 
                The ribs and shoulder ready to eat.
                 

                 
                Hope this helps a bit.  Cost for the Masterbuilt unit was under $200
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
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                  Davwud

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                  Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 5:39 PM (permalink)
                  Cooks Illustrated did a comparison of BGE and Webber Smokey Mountain. The BGE barely beat out the WSM and when it costs 3 times more, it's better to get the WSM
                   
                  DT
                  This is the only item you will need.  It smokes, grills and bakes.

                  The Big Green Egg.  Very easy to use.



                   
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                    edwmax

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                    Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 6:38 PM (permalink)
                    I've been using the Brinkmann Grill King for the past few years. With the 16 x 30" grill, you can cook or smoke for a large crowd.





                     
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                      joerogo

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                      Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 7:30 PM (permalink)
                      Jeez, I should have known my advice would be wrong.  I forget how many people on this site are smarter than me
                       
                      Again, one unit, smokes, grills and bakes.  Didn't say it was cheap.
                       
                      Smokes....

                      And Grills.....

                       
                      Sort of reminds me of me......Easy, but not cheap.
                      <message edited by joerogo on Sun, 09/26/10 7:59 PM>
                       
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                        acoustic blues

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                        Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 8:46 PM (permalink)
                        Hey joerogo, nice to see another NEPA Egghead!
                        I agree the BGE does it all including being able to get to very high temps for pizza

                        But to the OP, my suggestion for a low cost smoker would be the WSM. It will reward you with bbq as good as any commercial joint. I cooked on mine (and still do when I need the extra capacity) for over 10 years until I got my BGE last year.
                        ab
                        <message edited by acoustic blues on Sun, 09/26/10 9:31 PM>
                         
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                          mar52

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                          Re:Advice for first smoker Sun, 09/26/10 11:08 PM (permalink)
                          I gave away my Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker, my 22" Weber AND my gas grill after I bought my BGE.
                           
                          I smoked 4 chickens on it this afternoon for a party I just got home from.
                           
                          My chicken was served along a tray of chicken purchased from The Santa Maria BBQ.
                           
                          I heard someone say....   "This chicken is delicious, what restaurant does it come from?"
                           
                          Best compliment I never got!
                           
                          The BGE is worth the extra money.
                          Thinking back I should have kept the 22"er as I could take it places.
                           
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                            Foodbme

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                            Re:Advice for first smoker Mon, 09/27/10 3:40 AM (permalink)
                            If youze guys paid attention to Lukez1122's ORIGINAL POST, he said, " I am interested in getting a small smoker to do a little BBQ here and there.  Nothing major, just looking for nice tender meats done at home.   Does anybody have advice for a simple easy to use smoker?
                            He's looking for a KIA and you're suggesting he buy a Lexus! Sure, a Big Green Egg is great, and maybe some day he'll want one but that's not what he's looking for right now!
                            <message edited by Foodbme on Mon, 09/27/10 3:42 AM>
                             
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                              mayor al

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                              Re:Advice for first smoker Mon, 09/27/10 8:31 AM (permalink)
                              That's the way I read his question also. I look with envy at the egg, but the $500 I didn't spend for an item I have used twice this summer is a definite contributing factor to the decision-making process.
                              BTW my new Husqvana 414cc 30" Snowblower is due to arrive today ! Guess where my savings have been invested ! That pactically guarentees a snowless winter for us.
                               
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                                Rusty246

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                                Re:Advice for first smoker Mon, 09/27/10 8:41 AM (permalink)
                                Go to Walmart and get a Brinkman, about $50.
                                 
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                                  edwmax

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                                  Re:Advice for first smoker Mon, 09/27/10 9:10 AM (permalink)
                                  These will all do a Great job grilling or smoking.
                                  At Wal-Mart
                                  The Char-Broil charcoal smoker $89

                                   
                                  The Meco Water-charcoal smoker $57

                                   
                                  A smoker similar to one above.
                                  Brinkmann Split-Door smoker $74

                                   
                                  The Brinkmann Grill King pictured in my above post is discontinued, but a similar model is available.  I think I paid $80 for it.
                                   
                                  A hint to make these charcoal grills last and the bottom not rust out.  Make sure water can drain out and not stand in the bottom. Drill 1/4 inch holes in the corners if needed to insure drainage.   I did my Grill King and it's now 10 years old with no rust and it has always sat outside in the rain. 
                                  <message edited by edwmax on Mon, 09/27/10 9:20 AM>
                                   
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                                    porkbeaks

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                                    Re:Advice for first smoker Mon, 09/27/10 9:15 AM (permalink)
                                     
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                                      ScreamingChicken

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                                      Re:Advice for first smoker Mon, 09/27/10 9:39 AM (permalink)
                                      Vertical units like the Brinkmann and Meco can be gateway drugs to a Weber.
                                       
                                      My first smoker was an offset Char-Broil (the Silver Smoker model) like the one Edwmax posted above.  I found that it was usually too large for the amount of smoking I did and when I found a used 18" Weber I got rid of the CBSS.  The Weber takes up less space and burns less fuel, and is much better suited to the type of smoking I do.
                                       
                                      Luke, keep an eye on Craigslist.  You might find a good deal on a used one that just needs a little elbow grease.  Good luck!
                                       
                                      Brad
                                      <message edited by Brad_Olson on Mon, 09/27/10 9:40 AM>
                                       
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                                        mar52

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                                        Re:Advice for first smoker Tue, 09/28/10 3:42 PM (permalink)
                                        I don't know anyone who owns one of these but it looks and sounds amazing.  When built it's very similar to the $500 Cookshack that I used to own... and it's only $99.95
                                         
                                        http://www.cameronscookwa...20Fold%20Aluminum.aspx
                                         
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                                          Foodbme

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                                          Re:Advice for first smoker Tue, 09/28/10 4:28 PM (permalink)
                                          mar52


                                          I don't know anyone who owns one of these but it looks and sounds amazing.  When built it's very similar to the $500 Cookshack that I used to own... and it's only $99.95

                                          http://www.cameronscookwa...20Fold%20Aluminum.aspx

                                          WOW! That Smoker looks great! And it comes in Stainless Steel for only $119.95. I wonder if it leaks heat & smoke?
                                          You can get a thermal blanket for it also, so I guess that would solve the problem. Interesting other products on there too. Have you ever tried any of those Smoker Bags? I bookmarked that website!
                                           
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                                            mar52

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                                            Re:Advice for first smoker Tue, 09/28/10 6:02 PM (permalink)
                                            Did you also notice that they offer free shipping over $100?
                                             
                                            How do they do it?
                                             
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                                              Foodbme

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                                              Re:Advice for first smoker Tue, 09/28/10 6:10 PM (permalink)
                                              mar52


                                              Did you also notice that they offer free shipping over $100?

                                              How do they do it?

                                              Must have good markups on their total product offerings or they are desperate for business! They say their best sellers are their wood chips and their stovetop smoker.
                                               
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                                                baughman

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                                                Re:Advice for first smoker Thu, 09/30/10 9:40 AM (permalink)
                                                I would say a WSM. Its a great bullet smoker. Even top teams in the KCBS use them in comps.  Once you get use to how it works, not much is better for the low end price range.  I have had one for a few years now and love it.
                                                  
                                                 
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                                                  Foodbme

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                                                  Re:Advice for first smoker Thu, 09/30/10 3:42 PM (permalink)
                                                  baughman


                                                  I would say a WSM. Its a great bullet smoker. Even top teams in the KCBS use them in comps.  Once you get use to how it works, not much is better for the low end price range.  I have had one for a few years now and love it.
                                                   


                                                  He's looking for an Electric one, not charcoal.
                                                   
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                                                    zimm3839

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                                                    Re:Advice for first smoker Sat, 04/16/11 11:49 AM (permalink)
                                                    I bought a masterbuilt... Excellent smoker. Its insulated like a frigde!!!  U can smoke year round.  The real cool feature is u can add chips without opening door... No heat or smoke loss.. Ita awsome!!!!!
                                                     
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                                                      MiamiDon

                                                      Re:Advice for first smoker Sat, 04/16/11 1:10 PM (permalink)
                                                      Davwud


                                                      Cooks Illustrated did a comparison of BGE and Webber Smokey Mountain. The BGE barely beat out the WSM and when it costs 3 times more, it's better to get the WSM

                                                      DT
                                                      This is the only item you will need.  It smokes, grills and bakes.

                                                      The Big Green Egg.  Very easy to use.



                                                      After reading the above, I had to go see what a Weber Smokey Mountain was.
                                                       
                                                      http://www.weber.com/explore/grills/smokers-series/smokey-mountain-cooker-22
                                                       
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                                                        Foodbme

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                                                        Re:Advice for first smoker Sat, 04/16/11 2:14 PM (permalink)
                                                        MiamiDon


                                                        Davwud

                                                        The Big Green Egg.  Very easy to use.


                                                        After reading the above, I had to go see what a Weber Smokey Mountain was.
                                                        http://www.weber.com/explore/grills/smokers-series/smokey-mountain-cooker-22

                                                        I guess Weber does not make an Electric Smoker.
                                                        I hate it when companies build web sites using black backgrounds and then print in dark ink!
                                                        Can't read the damn things. Don't these people ever try to read their own web sites?
                                                         
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                                                          MiamiDon

                                                          Re:Advice for first smoker Sat, 04/16/11 2:35 PM (permalink)
                                                          I just noticed that lukez1122, the OP, last logged in six months ago.
                                                           

                                                           
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                                                            EdSails

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                                                            Re:Advice for first smoker Sat, 04/16/11 2:45 PM (permalink)
                                                            Yeah, a "drive by" poster!
                                                             
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