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Old 05-23-2007, 08:22 PM   #1
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Is this a good deal...

or a piece of junk?
I have never used a smoker before...

http://www.grillshowroom.com/double-gri ... moker.htm#
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:25 PM   #2
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Get the Weber ! Never heard anyone complain about 1 yet!
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:30 PM   #3
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THIS http://www.bbq-4-u.com/viewtopic.php?t=9231 is a good deal!
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:36 PM   #4
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Re: Is this a good deal...

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or a piece of junk?
I have never used a smoker before...

http://www.grillshowroom.com/double-gri ... moker.htm#
Erik, I don't think that's a great price... and it's not a great cooker. If you can spend the cash for a WSM get it. If not, save until you can. While it may cost 3x the price you posted... it's 10x the cooker. You can make the Brinkman cook good, but it takes a lot of mods and still a lot of work while cooking.

If you make your own sauce hurry up and enter the sauce contest to win a Primo... Otherwise, save your money for the WSM.
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soo tempting....must not use the credit card!
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soo tempting....must not use the credit card!
Just do it!
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soo tempting....must not use the credit card!
It's OK...just tell your wife you have OUR permission!


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Old 05-23-2007, 08:50 PM   #8
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Seriously guys- I'm new at this stuff.
I just spent $300 on a gas grill a couple months ago. What can this thing do that my grill cant?
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Seriously guys- I'm new at this stuff.
I just spent $300 on a gas grill a couple months ago. What can this thing do that my grill cant?
Smoke. Take a look at some of the posts here and see what people have smoked.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:57 PM   #10
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Seriously guys- I'm new at this stuff.
I just spent $300 on a gas grill a couple months ago. What can this thing do that my grill cant?
Win BBQ contests!
Seriously, you would be surprised at the difference in the finished product.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:03 PM   #11
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Seriously guys- I'm new at this stuff.
I just spent $300 on a gas grill a couple months ago. What can this thing do that my grill cant?
Erik, it will allow you to use charcoal to either grill steaks at high temp without a gas taste or slow cook meat. If you've never had a pork that has been slow cooked over charcoal or wood you're missing one of the great pleasures of life. If you can afford it, upgrade to the Webber.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:58 PM   #12
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erik,

Get the WSM. I bought a brinkman years ago and never learned to make it work. You can't regulate the temperature because the bottom is wide open to the air. There are no vents to control air flow. We all love the WSM...trust us on this one!

Edit...Here it is in action.

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Old 05-23-2007, 10:12 PM   #13
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I will echo exactly what everyone else here has said.; Get the WSM!!!

i just bought my second and if I could get away with it I would buy two more.

They are awesome. And I find they only get bette rwith age. As the gunk builds up the WSM runs tighter and even more smooth.

It is awesome.

Truly.

Get One.

But if you do get one use the Amazon link to help out the forum. Many times they put it on with free shipping etc.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:20 PM   #14
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First:
Good deal or piece of junk? Piece of junk. The unit is known as the ECB aka El Cheapo Brinkman. Not only is it not very good, the price you're showing us is on the high side.

Second:
Why do you need a smoker as well as a gas grill? They do different things. Grill is not barbecue, and vice versa. Now, you can barbecue after a fashion in a grill. Not conveniently, not well, but after a fashion. Some smokers make pretty good grills. One of the nice things about the WSM in particular is it's utility as a charcoal grill.

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Supposing you decide to add a smoker -- and you should -- WSM or something else? There are two best choices in the small smoker category. One is the WSM, the other is the Bar B Chef Offset.

The WSM is the easiest smoker to learn, one of the easiest and best to use. It's very portable and converts to a damn good direct heat grill. Compared to other "water smokers" (aka bullets) ... well there is no comparison. Not only is the WSM far and away the best of the bullets, it's the only one that can really be considered a serious barbecue. Downsides are it's hard to clean, it's just a bit too small to handle ribs comfortatbly, it has a small firebox which means it's sensitive to bad wood and can oversmoke, and it just doesn't look like a smoker.

The Bar B Chef Offset is a smallish offset smoker of the same dimensions as a number of competitors including the Silver Smoker, the Char-Griller Smokin Pro, the New Braunfels Hondo, etc. However the Bar B Chef is much better built than any of the competition, heavier steel, to tighter tolerances, and has the "basic mods" already done. The Bar B Chef certainly looks like a barbecue. It's large enough to handle ribs comfortably. However, despite its appearance it does not do a good job of direct heat grilling (firebox too tight), the size of the firebox is small enough that it's also sensitive to bad wood, it weighs in the neighborhood of 250 pounds -- so it's not portable, it's got a steep learning curve, and until you learn the ins and outs of fire management it requires a lot of tending.

If you're interested in smoking meat -- don't fool around, get one or the other of these.
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I can fit 16 racks of ribs in my WSM and i have yet to have a problem cleaning it.
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my neighbor bought a brinkman smoker after he saw my WSM.....let's just say after 1 year and about 5 cooks on his smoker it was put in the trash at the end of the season
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I fought with an older unit similier to what your looking at for a year and a half..almost turned me off to smoking. My offset stickburner requires less care than my brinkman did. I got a WSM for my b-day a year and a half ago and I never looked back. Save your money and get a WSM.
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in fact.....save your money for the WSM 22.5" coming soon
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in fact.....save your money for the WSM 22.5" coming soon

That's what I'm talk'n bout.
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in fact.....save your money for the WSM 22.5" coming soon
We'll have to wait and see if that ever happens.
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