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Old 01-10-2019, 10:09 PM
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I bought my first smoker several years ago. I went with a Charbroil Akorn. Liked it so much, I bought a 2nd one a year later so i could do double the amount of brisket.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:21 AM
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You won't regret a Weber Smoky Mountain. It's literally fool proof. Mine stays hot for several hours on a load of lump
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:39 AM
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Big Green Egg without a doubt.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:35 AM
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What an open ended question for sure! What is your price point? How much smoking will you be doing? I use my Akorn all the time. It's about 10% of a Big Green Egg and it smokes just as good. That's a great smoker to buy to see if you enjoy all day cooking. You can also add aftermarket fans to it and it will become a set it and forget it smoker. Nothing beats a lump/wood smoked piece of meat! Electric and gas are good, but it's not like wood.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:48 AM
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I have four smokers, including two treagers, a master built electric, and a 30 #cabinet smoker from the sausage maker. The treagers are great for turn on/turn off smoking and grilling. For individual pieces of chicken, chops or sausages, the grill-style cooking compartment is great. I recently bought the masterbuilt electric for our home in Fla. I love it. It has a internal meat probe so you know exactly where you are without ever opening the door. You can add chips without opening the door, and the temperature is adjustable in 5 degree increments. I have cooked turkey, chicken, prime rib, ribs, a rack of pork, and a pork shoulder just in the last month each turned out perfect as I take the meat out at the precise temperature so you know it is perfect. I would highly recommend for someone new to the process. The only negative of the master built is that you need to clean it out each time. That entails replacing the foil and cleaning the drip tray, as well as the grates. You also need to clean the treagers, but not as often as drippings burn off. Periodically, you replace the foil on the drip tray and you are good. Treagers are great, but for $150 bucks or so, you just can't beat the master built for value and simplicity.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:06 AM
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https://www.smokin-it.com/

Bought one 4 years ago and it is easy and produces excellent results. I don’t have time to sit around tending coals and heat. Wood burns to ash and unit is well sealed. I’m not a hardcore BBQ guy, but everyone who has had our ribs, butts, etc. has loved them.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:49 AM
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Weber Smokey Mountain is awesome. I like the experience, not just set it and forget it. Dialing in the fire and temp is part of the fun of smoking, and I think the taste is better from a true wood fired or charcoal pit.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by The Matador View Post
Green Mountain here...

Love them...

Davey Crockett for camping ~




Daniel Boone for the house ~

Start with one on these quick and small learning curve. They have server mode have started a cook went offshore and was able to monitor food temps and adjust to slow down or stop cooking. Not as strong smoke as a traditional stick burner. But does not require you to plan on being home for 12-14 hours babysitting. GMG has amazing customer service and warranty. They have sales every once and awhile father got wifi Daniel Boone around thanksgiving for $399.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:18 AM
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Surprised no one mentioned Ben Lang's pits...I have one and wouldn't change anything. Like someone said it about the experience and challenges that come with smoking meat. There's so many variables to smoking on stick smokers; that you could be come consumed with it all. Very much a hands on approached to smoking meat, but to each his own I guess...I love a good challenge!
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by HaulnAces View Post
Surprised no one mentioned Ben Lang's pits...I have one and wouldn't change anything. Like someone said it about the experience and challenges that come with smoking meat. There's so many variables to smoking on stick smokers; that you could be come consumed with it all. Very much a hands on approached to smoking meat, but to each his own I guess...I love a good challenge!
I have a Yoder offset and agree, nothing compares to a stick burner for flavor. But I wouldn’t recommend it for someone just starting out. There’s a learning curve and some people find it frustrating. He didn’t mention a budget but I assumed he didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:32 AM
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They all cook different and have different quirks. I've seen some of the small pellet ones that taste great with one person cooking and with someone else, the food tastes like ash. My old man likes his traeger. I have a southern pride on a trailer and its a beast. It's expensive though. I bought it when we thought it was a good idea to get into the restaurant business one time.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:46 AM
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Camel Lights
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:48 AM
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Purchased a RecTec Mini 6/15/15 and so far it's broken twice, both times they sent parts out(one time next day aired so I would have before the weekend) no questions asked and no charge. There's a big facebook page for rectec owners with plenty of support - the owner puts his cellphone out there for people to call him 24/7

Also have a PitBoss 340 that I got on sale for $199 which has been flawless so far, but only a few months old. Would have preffered another rectec but it was 1/3 the price.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:49 AM
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Bought my first smoker a couple months ago. Masterbuilt dual fuel smoker on sale at home depot for a hundred bucks. Uses propane and has a tray for charcoal and wood chunks. I didnt Know nothing about smoking when purchased and still pretty new at it. However, I like the smoker and seems pretty simple to use. Havent messed anything up yet. I try to use charcoal with hickory wood chunks on top mostly for flavor and to conserve propane. I use the propane intermittently to maintain heat.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:09 AM
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Thanks for the insights folks, gives me a lot to think about. My budget is right around $500.

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Old 01-11-2019, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by FastAttack View Post
Thanks for the insights folks, gives me a lot to think about. My budget is right around $500.

Chuck
you can get a decent Chinese made pellet smoker in that range. Most US ones start around $1000 and for a good reverse flow smoker that you will be happy with starts around $800 for a small one. Stick burners require heavy metal and good construction to maintain temps.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:28 PM
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Get the 22 inch Weber bro
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by FastAttack View Post
Thanks for the insights folks, gives me a lot to think about. My budget is right around $500.

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Knowing your budget now, I’d get the Weber Smoky Mountain. Thousands of them sold, lots of user group support, and tons of accessories. All below your budget.

Pellet grills are a bit more set it and forget it, but to get one within your budget, you’d have to buy a low quality make or find something used.

Get the WSM.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:51 PM
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Best results bar none....

https://stumpssmokers.com/
All major competitive smoking teams are moving to them...

I built my clone 5 years ago...
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
Best results bar none....

https://stumpssmokers.com/
http://youtu.be/rleKjMbzSas
All major competitive smoking teams are moving to them...

I built my clone 5 years ago...
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Gueaa you missed the $500 budget part
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