Best Beginner Electric Smoker-Thinking between different brands

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jaybird1103, Oct 2, 2013.

Best Beginner Electric Smoker

Poll closed Oct 29, 2013.
  1. 1. Brinkmann Electric Gourmet Smoker

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  2. 2. Brinkmann Smoke 'N Grill with Electric Smokeshop Converter

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  3. 3. Char-Broil Big Easy 2-in-1 Electric Smoker

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  4. 4. Char-Broil 30" Vertical Electric Smoker

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  5. 5. Landmann Smoky Mountain Smoker

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  6. 6. Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker

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  7. 7. Meco Charcoal/Electric Smoker

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  8. 8. Master Forge 27.9-in 1500-Watt Matte Black Electric Vertical Smoker

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  9. 9. Big Chief Electric Smoker

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  10. 10. Old Smokey Electric Smoker

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  11. 11. Make my own (smoker with extra vents plus electric kit)

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  12. 12, Other (please specify)

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Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. jaybird1103

    jaybird1103 Fire Starter

    I was thinking about smoking meats as a hobby and I wanted to know which would be the best electric smoker for a beginner. I'm looking within the $50-$200 price range.

    I am thinking of the following electric smokers:

    1. Brinkmann Electric Gourmet Smoker

    2. Brinkmann Smoke 'N Grill with Electric Smokeshop Converter

    3. Char-Broil Big Easy 2-in-1 Electric Smoker

    4. Char-Broil 30" Vertical Electric Smoker

    5. Landmann Smoky Mountain Smoker

    6. Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker

    7. Meco Charcoal/Electric Smoker

    8. Master Forge 27.9-in 1500-Watt Matte Black Electric Vertical Smoker

    9. Big Chief Electric Smoker

    10. Old Smokey Electric Smoker

    11. Other (Please specify)

    I think all but the first two and the Big Chief have temperature controls.  

    Another idea is to get a Backyard Traditions Smoker sold by Fred's Dollar Store and add a Brinkmann or Meco electric converter kit.. It combines the structure of the Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker with the smoking vents of the Weber Smokey Mountain Grill/Smoker (chimney vent with adjusting dial on top of lid and three vents on the bottom). It also has a detailed temperature dial and sausage/meat hooks on it. I am also considering the Big Chief electric smoker and the Old Smokey Electric Smoker.

    I like the Big Easy but some have criticized it for its small size.

    Any comments, suggestions, or ideas are welcome.
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2013
  2. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    Good morning Jaybird.

      I voted other because I have a different one.  I have had a Brinkman Electric Smoker for a while and didn't really do a whole lot other than chicken and a few other things.  Anyway, my element went out so I researched electric smokers for a few weeks and it came down to make my choice.  I ended up with a Masterbuilt 30" digital smoker from the Big Hunting/Fishing?camping store.  Why did I pick that one?  It's all about the price.  If after a few years I am still excited about still smoking meats, I will replace it with something else.  That is after it stops working.  I still grill foods and cook in the kitchen but we are really enjoying the smoking process.
     

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