Brinkman Split door vs. Char-Griller offset.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by kevin r, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. kevin r

    kevin r Newbie

    I am going to be purchasing a smoker tonight and have narrowed it down between these too. I have read and researched and haven't really found a definitive answer to the difference except some people like the split door and some like the offset. Is there really a big difference? Obviously, I'd like to stay as low possible in regards to price but don't mind if I have to pay a few extra bucks and not regret getting an inferior product. I also understand that I will need to modify the Brinkmann a little if I purchase that one and I don't mind having to do that. I've wanted to smoke for some time and have read so much I think I am over-analyzing everything. Can't wait to get started with everything and just do it. 
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

       Kevin,first,[​IMG]  to the SMF. These smokers are good to start with,read all the mods.'+Pro+mods  

    and then go to the 5day course[​IMG]. We enjoy having new people here and somewhere among us is an answer to your questions.

       Oh,and be sure to send Q-view(BV) of your unit; it will help in pointing you the right way.Then when you cook, you can let  us drool over your pics.

    Have fun and...
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

     Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to  your first qview. [​IMG]
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!
  6. kevin r

    kevin r Newbie

    Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Well I ended up getting the Brinkmann last night. I seasoned it with some veggie oil and she's ready to go today. I found a charcoal basket that was a stainless steel strainer and it seems to work great. I understand why some people had the problems they were having with these but I was able to get it up to about 275 and then closing the dampers I kept an even 200 for a few hours so I'm not too worried about this thing. Ribs are rubbed and going on in a few hours. I'll take some pics and post a qview. 
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011

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