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Old 04-16-2013, 12:44 AM   #1
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Thinking of getting a smoker.

Hi all,

Last Summer, I got my first grill. I found that I love cooking meals on the grill. I want to try smoking. I know there are ways to do it on a gas grill.

I'm trying to decide if I want to have a standalone charcoal smoker or just use my current grill? Please offer your views/opinions.

Thank you,
Scott
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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I have give it my best shots trying to make a gas grill act like a smoker and have not had good results. Its hard to give it the amount of smoke it needs..least on the gasser I have. For smoking I like electric. This is my current favorite: Academy - Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker and Grill

Hoping Santa will stick this one in my stocking sometime. I have a pal who has one and does caters for other mutual pals who are too lazy to fire up the log burners and pellet poopers. This thing is total set it and forget it.

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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Hi Bigwheel,

Have you used the Brinkmann? if you have, what are your thoughts? I have heard mixed things.

Thank you,
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This ^^

I've had one for several years and I really like it. I'm tempted, though, to try building a UDS.
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Do it.

Unless you want to spend a LOT more money, or spend less money but work your butt off chasing temperatures, get the WSM. You won't be sorry.

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There is really nothing wrong with a Brinkmann if you are strapped for cash. Yeah it's a little bit of work to make them effective, but that was all fun for me. :P I ave 2 Brinkman smokers, and I use both of them alot, but a bit less since I built my UDS. The WSM is really the way to go if you have the money, if you don't, well there are cheaper solutions. What type of smoker were you thinking about getting? An Offset, a box, a bullet, or a reverse flow, and how much do you want to spend?
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There is really nothing wrong with a Brinkmann if you are strapped for cash. Yeah it's a little bit of work to make them effective, but that was all fun for me. :P I ave 2 Brinkman smokers, and I use both of them alot, but a bit less since I built my UDS. The WSM is really the way to go if you have the money, if you don't, well there are cheaper solutions. What type of smoker were you thinking about getting? An Offset, a box, a bullet, or a reverse flow, and how much do you want to spend?
I have no idea what type of smoker I want. I'm a complete smoking newbie.

What I am looking for is a smoker that I can learn on, not feel I have to upgrade quicker.

I would like to spend 200 or less if possible but, willing to spend more if I feel it is justified.

I normally will be cooking for 2/3 people and for holidays 15 to 20. I'm guessing up 50 pounds of meat should cover it.

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Old 04-17-2013, 11:52 PM   #10
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I picked up a Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker on the way home from work.

Now I need to decide what I'm going to smoke this weekend. Suggestions?

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