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Posted: 9/2/2013 7:12:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/2/2013 7:13:29 AM EDT by fly223]
Hello folks, I'm in the market for a smoker. I was looking at the following smokers online. I'll probable use the smoker 4-6 times a year. Which smoker would you recommend? I'd like to purchase something that's easy to use.


http://www.lowes.com/pd_131736-82210-13201747_0__?productId=4329992&Ntt=smokers&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dsmokers&facetInfo=


http://www.lowes.com/pd_404330-82210-13201810_0__?productId=3852003&Ntt=smokers&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dsmokers&facetInfo=

http://www.lowes.com/pd_354260-505-721001_0__?productId=3358784&Ntt=smokers&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dsmokers&facetInfo=


Thanks
Link Posted: 9/2/2013 8:13:41 AM EDT
Big Green Egg, first post nails it
Link Posted: 9/2/2013 2:56:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/2/2013 3:43:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By FlyingBrass:
Big Green Egg, first post nails it
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not even in the realm of his price range based on his links. not even mentioning cooking area.

based on the three you're looking at, the WSM is the only way to go. I wanted to get back into smoking a few months ago and was hoping to find a cheap electric for ease of use. after several weeks of research(durability, ease of use, versatility..etc), I got an 18.5 WSM. it's so easy to use I'm almost disappointed. once the temp is stable, it'll run there with no adjustments til it runs out of fuel or major environment changes happen(high wind, rain...etc). fill the ring w/charcoal and a few lumps of wood for smoke. make a depression for minion method. heat up some coals in the chimney w/a lump of wood mixed in. dump the chimney into the ring when the top coals start showing some grey. assemble the smoker and let it come up slowly then a small adjustment on the vents. once it's holding steady, add meat and do whatever you want for the next few/several hours. barring the wind/rain mentioned before, it'll chug along until all the coal is gone. some folks have reported 18hr cooks going l&s on a full ring. I've gotten multiple cooks(usually 4-6hrs) on a full ring just by knocking the ash down and adding the lit chimney coals. the WSM is VERY fuel efficient. along the same vein though, if you have the ability, building a UDS(ugly drum smoker..google it) would be another viable option for you. same concept as the WSM, but can be had cheaper if you can do the work and source the parts yourself.
Link Posted: 9/2/2013 3:55:30 PM EDT
Of the 3 you posted hands down....Weber Smokey Mountain.


More info here - the arfcom of the WSM  http://virtualweberbullet.com/index.html
Link Posted: 9/2/2013 4:39:19 PM EDT
Sounds great, thanks..
Link Posted: 9/2/2013 5:35:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/2/2013 5:35:38 PM EDT by iammrbill]
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Originally Posted By bowhuntr09:
the arfcom of the WSM  http://virtualweberbullet.com/index.html
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I post there and like it, but i'll see your WSM and raise you a general bbq forum BBQ Brethren :)
Link Posted: 9/6/2013 4:52:52 PM EDT
WSM...Buy the 22.5" if you can afford it.  You'll thank me later.
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Originally Posted By Zhukov:


Another vote for the WSM. I have the 22" model, can't comment on the 18.5".
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I thought the smaller one would be perfect for me, and it is...EXCEPT now I want to smoke more stuff!  That extra real estate would come in handy.
Link Posted: 9/8/2013 10:54:13 AM EDT
I have both the 22 and the 18. I started with the 18 and bought the 22 as I started cooking for a lot of my friends' football parties. I use the 18 most of the time. I can cook 6 slabs of ribs or 4 butts. I only usually will do one brisket though as a brisket will choke the smoker if put on the bottom grate and the top grate. I use the 22 when I am doing two briskets or a lot of butts. I have on occasion used both at the same time.
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Originally Posted By Zhukov:


FWIW: Most comments I've read in regards to offset horizontal smokers say that you have to spend some serious coin to get one that's good. The cheap ones don't hold their temperature worth a crap.
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I've worn out two cheap ones from the Home Depot. Both were rock steady to hold temp once you learned how. Environmental effects would play into this though. If its cold or raining, open the vents.

 
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