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After looking at all of the smoker recipes on this site I am sold on buying a smoker. I am new to smoking so I need some advice on what to buy.

I don't want to spend over $200. I see several brands and types out there. I only want to smoke not grill. I want something that easy to use and will last. Do I buy electric, propane, charcoal?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Here is a great place to start and very informative forum to join. Massive amounts of info. Good Luck! http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/
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Weber. Easy to use and get replacement parts for.
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Search your local Craigslist for used smokers. You should be able to get something of good quality within your budget. Have fun!
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I have a Masterbuilt propane and have been very happy with it, they make a bunch of different models, for ease of use, probably electric is the easiest, needs the minimum amount of monitoring. Check out the link that racencase posted, lots of info there.
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Originally Posted by racencase View Post
Here is a great place to start and very informative forum to join. Massive amounts of info. Good Luck! http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/
Looks like a great resource.

Check out the "smoker" this guy built. Freaking amazing work!



http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...oker-stainless
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Find something with an offset firebox, and controllable intake and vent.

Like the one pictured
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The offset barrel smokers look cool but the el cheap Os suck. They require alot of fuel(wood etc) . The upright seem to be more effeicent!
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Originally Posted by Buddy26 View Post
The offset barrel smokers look cool but the el cheap Os suck. They require alot of fuel(wood etc) . The upright seem to be more effeicent!

I can smoke (2) 12# briskets, and (4) chickens on less than 8 pieces of Pecan 4" diameter and 10" long on average.

The key is to control the flue so your not billowing and burning...

Smoking is the goal, Pecan is the wood...


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as others suggested, search craig list for a weber smoky mountain. hard to go wrong with one of those. Stay away from the cheap brinkman's. I have a "great outdoors" propane smoker and it does ok too. I love my electric masterbuilt as it will produce smoke down to 110 degrees. great for sausage but a little over your budget.
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Meat before the start



The smoker a Weber 22.5 Smoker

Pork butts ready to be taken off after 14 hours.


15 Slabs of ribs ready to smoke


Almost ready.



This smoker is simple will smoke for 15 to 18 hours without refueling.
they have a smaller 18.5 somker that is in your budget but spend a few more bucks and get one that will serve large groups of people.

http://www.aimtofind.com/weber-18-5-...010-model.html

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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
I can smoke (2) 12# briskets, and (4) chickens on less than 8 pieces of Pecan 4" diameter and 10" long on average.

The key is to control the flue so your not billowing and burning...

Smoking is the goal, Pecan is the wood...


John
I agree. We have the chargriller picked up from Lowes and has been great! Far better than the upright one that I had before and I can control the heat better. If you use better quality charcoals/wood it doesn't take much at all like you said. I hated the upright smoker I had before. The best part of the chargriller is the cast iron slats. No more rusting or corroding.

....and it fits into the OP price range.

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I spent a fair amount of money on a Bandera Offset Smoker, and while I enjoy it, next time i will spend half and get the Weber Smokey Mountain. Not the cheapest, but not outrageous either. Quality, easy to use, easy to store and just plain cooks great.

Learn from my mistake,
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I built mine out of an old 50's style frig. I use 5 burquettes (sp?) as my heat source and about two handfuls of pencil sized apple sticks for the smoke source. Mine cost me...... ;? FREE ~ and I can smoke up a hundred plus pounds at a time.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Paul View Post
Meat before the start



The smoker a Weber 22.5 Smoker

Pork butts ready to be taken off after 14 hours.


15 Slabs of ribs ready to smoke


Almost ready.



This smoker is simple will smoke for 15 to 18 hours without refueling.
they have a smaller 18.5 somker that is in your budget but spend a few more bucks and get one that will serve large groups of people.

http://www.aimtofind.com/weber-18-5-...010-model.html
Can I have the fat if your not gonna eat it?
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Between work and home the food seems to go fast. The ribs were outstanding. Pulled pork was good just not as flashy as the ribs.
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Found a Brickman Smoke & Grill on craigslist for $30. I guess this will be a good start.
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Originally Posted by mfav View Post
Found a Brickman Smoke & Grill on craigslist for $30. I guess this will be a good start.
don't go THAT cheap. those round brinkman's are junk, IMO
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Originally Posted by mfav View Post
Found a Brickman Smoke & Grill on craigslist for $30. I guess this will be a good start.

No it will be the end of your smoking meats. The ECB (el cheapo brinkman) will frustrate the heck out of you. Spend some money and buy your first and last smoker.

The reason an ECB is frustrating is it does not hold temps and not enough charcoal for the time needed to smoke. Which is why the Weber is superior to most other smokers. Some meats you will want to smoke will take 12 to 14 hours before they are cooked. It is a low and slow process.

This site http://virtualweberbullet.com/ will help you make the right choice. If you read the forums you will not have to purchase a cook book everything you need to know is there. Also the board owner has many how to do videos that are great.

Yes I know it is I own one so it is the best. But don't believe me go to the web site above and let the thousands of owners tell you how good it is. There is no other web site that is as comprehensive as VWB.
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I know nothing about smokers and smoking meat. Exactly what does it do to the meat regarding flavor and tenderness? Does the meat taste smokey like a smoked ham?

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