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Old 06-17-2010, 01:10 PM   #1
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Smoker Purchase Options

Well, my wife just got layed off...so the good Lord has given me some more time to research this. I am going to buy a pit (eventually) whether the apartment people like it or not but now I am swimming in a sea of options.

Limitations:
-Up to $1,000 of cost (first smoker to be purchased other than a brinkman bullet or using dad's bullets or verticle offset(cheap) that I am have been using) (this includes the initial toys with it)
-I dont mind trying to build one...but havent built anything before and dont own any of the tools or a workspace

Ideas so far (in no particular order):
-WSM 22.5 with bbq guru and insulation jacket
-Backwoods Chubby with no intial upgrades
-UDS
-building a double 55 gallon drum smoker

I have always used an upright water smoker and am not sure I want to try out a horizontal (although I dont really have a reason for this other than I havent done it yet). I am open to suggestions differing greatly from what I have listed so far. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I think the capacity of the WSM 22.5 or the Chubby would be more than adequate for my needs (I have never needed to do more than 4 butts in my life). I want something that will hold temp and last forever.

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Old 06-17-2010, 01:55 PM   #2
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Re: Smoker Purchase Options

Sorry for double post, but I just found this:

http://jackson.craigslist.org/mat/1794338405.html

are these workable? Looks kinda rusty.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:07 PM   #3
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WSM gets my vote... But why would you need an insulting jacket in Mississippi?
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:37 PM   #4
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Well...the brinkman smoke'n'grill and the new braunfels smoker I have used while growing up keep you tending fire literally all the way through the smoke. Of course, we didnt know the minion method until about 2 weeks ago...

I am just paranoid about temp drops and spikes- if I am going to actually own it myself and I have a choice this go around, I want more constant temp
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WSM...you don't have to worry about that. Especially if you're gunna get a Guru with it.
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Well I would snag that BWS in a heart beat for that kinda money. I thought they was mo expunsive than that. How much is the shipping etc? Know the big ones weigh a bunch.

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Go with a UDS. Hell man, we beat 50 teams on Saturday, for a 7th place call in brisket on one of em! 12th in chicken. Make sure you use stainless steel hardware and it's food grade. Also get all the paint out. Otherwise the kids might start to grow a tail.

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:37 PM   #8
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Re: Smoker Purchase Options

BWS is 845 without shipping(haven't calcd it yet). But I can't get a feel for the size of it from their website.

The UDS looks like a cool idea but I am trying to get a feel for how hard it is to make one- like a one weekend project or more(gotta use dad's tools and yard-but he would help). Finding a steel drum is a little hard since I don't know anything about where to get one- craigs list is comming up a little short over the last few weeks. What other tools do I need to do that?


EDIT: Tri Tip- those 5 drums beating the catering rigs around you has to be the funniest thing I have ever seen. (and the cheapest). I am going to look into this further. Where are you getting the drums though? Are you actually buying the food grade drums unused ($75?)
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:43 PM   #9
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I got mine on craigslist for $15. They had orange juice concentrate. Another one had sunflower oil. Bio Diesel will be fine too. My teammate spent $130 to have his sand blasted and powder coated. At the comp, the dudes next to us were giving us crap when we rolled in. They were referring to us as hillbillies. They had a $250K RV and two $8000 pits. We smoked em literally. The best part was they had a timer that was going off every 45 minutes the whole night reminding them to add logs to the fire. We were sound asleep with our trash cans holding at 240 with stokers working so we didnít have too. If you want the best smoker there is without work, buy a 22.5 WSM and call it BBQ.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:46 PM   #10
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Gut feeling is no on this, but i will ask anyway:

gasoline and diesel drums for UDS? I can get these free.
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