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Old 03-20-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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Newbie from Michigan

My friend got me interested in smoking and grilling about two weeks ago. Since then, I found JB on YouTube and he has provided a ton of information about smoking meats and preparing foods. Right now I'm just using a free offset smoker that I picked up from a friend (Char Griller Pro Series). It serves it's purpose but I've been looking into other smokers to upgrade to. My first smoke I did was a pork loin and it turned out pretty good for my first time but I used too much Hickory wood and smoked the hell out of the meat and it made it pretty bitter. Too much smoke flavor. The second and last smoke I did was of two 7 pound butts which took a whopping 14 hours to cook due to the poor air control of my smoker and the configuration of the smoker box. Also, the wind took a huge toll on the time it took to finish the meat.

I've been looking into the WSM which I originally thought was my best option until I found the new Char Griller Kamado Kooker for the same price. It's double wall insulated and people have had no trouble holding 250 degrees for over 18 hours in 20 degree weather. Only downfall is capacity. Does anyone on here have both? Any experience using both? Having a hard time deciding on the best option.

Thanks for any input you can provide in my new hobby! I look forward to learning more and sharing my learning experience on the site.

Chad Smith
Brooklyn, Michigan

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:59 AM   #2
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Welcome Chad, sound like you are already on your way. There was some talk here about the Char Griller Kamado Kooker, but I think you will find most here is say WSM.

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:43 AM   #3
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Welcome to the jungle!
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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Hey Chad welcome. If you dont have any comp aspirations might consider a Smokin Tex electric model. Have some pals who use them and it takes a lot of work and stress out of the bbq proposition. Also good for outlaw catering chores. ... TAodBkhmGg
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:47 PM   #5
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Welcome, glad you could join us! All Weber products are generally recommended by most members.
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