Best smoker for a gift?

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by kosshan, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. kosshan

    kosshan Newbie

    Buy a smoker for my hubby for Christmas  What kind should I get, electric, propane, charcoal....?  HELP! =)
     
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    What price range do you want to be in? Has he smoked before or just grill? If he grills what kind of grill does he have?
     
  3. kosshan

    kosshan Newbie

    I'm looking for under $300.  He has a propane grill from Home Depot, not sure of the brand.  He has never smoked, but I think he'd enjoy it.
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Masterbuilt 40 with window. Electric at Sam's $299. He will love you for it!!!
     
  5. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I agree with SmokinAL.  I have the Masterbuilt 30 and would like something a litter bigger, if it ever quits I will get the 40
     
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    The MES would be good for electric or if he wants propane then go with a GOSM(Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain)
     
  7. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    That sounds like some sound advice, I don't have any experience on either but I would think it would be a safe bet that either of those two options would probably come with less frustrations / learning curve.
     
  8. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd suggest you go not with a $300 smoker, but with something under $50. Get him a cheapie gas or electric with a promise to upgrade if he likes the idea. That way, he can get his feet wet so to speak, then make his decision on which way he wants to go.
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Big Ditto !

    Bear
     
  10. Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 40".

    Never thought smoking could be so easy.

    Never ruined a meal in it yet!!
     
  11. rowdyrawhide

    rowdyrawhide Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I don't one, but if you go electric I also nominate the Masterbuilt at SAM'S as well.  If he has expressed interest in charcoal a Weber Smoky Mountain 18'5" would be my suggestion in your price range.  I have one and love it, once you get it figured out (which shoudn't take too long) it very easy to run.  My only complaint is that I don't have the 22", but it is well over $300.

    Hope this helps.

    Aaron
     
  12. kosshan

    kosshan Newbie

    Wow...thanks for the advice everyone!  I think I'll go to Sams and try it!  By the way...is clean-up a pain in the butt?
     
  13. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  14. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The down side to electric is that you will also have to purchase some sort of smoke generater (creates the smoke). The propane smoker is good to go just add chips to the chip pan. as far a sclean up, you only want to clean the racks and the bottom if any liquids happen to miss the drip pan. hope this helps, and trust ALL OF US, he will be addicted.
     
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    With an MES 40, I recommend foiling your water pan & bottom drip pan to make cleaning easy. Most of us do that.

    Then most of your cleaning is washing grill racks after each smoke, and the glass in the door, and the little light lens (front, top, left).

    The hardest thing is the grill racks, depending on how hard stuff got baked on.

    After awhile you'll probably want to get rid of any little piles of fat drippings around the bottom.

    That's basically about it. IMO

    Bear
     

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