Bullet smoker vents necessary?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokesurfer, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. smokesurfer

    smokesurfer Newbie

    Hi all,

    Just joined the forum and I've got a question for anyone.  I'm looking at an inexpensive bullet smoker at a local big box retailer, it's only $70 but it doesn't have an adjustable vent on the top or side of the unit.  How important is it to have such a vent on the smoker, or is it "self regulating"?

    Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    IMHO you really need some sort of exhaust vent to let the smoke out. Unless there are so many gaps that it flows out everywhere?
  3. I REALLY recommend you not get a $70 smoker. If it's the difference in cooking or not I guess I'd say go for it but if you can put a little more cash into it you'd be better served by getting a more reputable pit. Find a used one on Craigslist if you can't go retail. HTH
  4. richjt92

    richjt92 Fire Starter

    I can't agree with Bama BBQ more.  Better to save your cash and get something better which is more versatile, adjustable and will last longer.

    It is like buying a bicycle for road riding...you can buy a Huffy from K-Mart and not be comfortable when your ride or save your money for a bit, go to a Bike Shop get fitted for a Bike and be comfortable, ride longer and enjoy it more.

    I would save your $70 and put it into a better piece of equipment...

    Gig 'Em Aggies

  5. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    Surfer........I have to agree with these guy's. My first smoker was (actually I still have it) an ECB because it was given to me. It didn't need vents because it leaked so much. In fact, to control heat you adjusted how much fuel you gave it......about every 15 min. IMHO.......a Weber kettle will serve you better. Save up and get something you will enjoy.......

  6. smokesurfer

    smokesurfer Newbie

    Thanks everyone! Actually a Weber kettle is on the list of goodies to purchase, probably first on the list. I'll start looking at the better quality bullet smokers to see what's out there.

    Thanks again for the advice!
  7. You can cook a lot of good grub on a Kettle.  You can also smoke foods on the kettle.  I've done ribs, chicken, fatties, turkey, prime rib, pork butt, etc, etc.
  8. bkemp00

    bkemp00 Fire Starter

    i have a $70 smoker and to be honest, for a beginner, i am happy. i have made about $30-40 worth of mods including lid and bottom vents and have smoked up some good food. its not the biggest but it has feed everyone i have cooked for. i have done chicken, ribs 3 times and a 6.25 lb boston butt with no issues.
  9. Outstanding!
  10. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nothing wrong with bullet smokes although they are the ones you tend to have to watch the most. I cut my teeth on the old R2D2 Brinkman's. You can easily drill some holes in cover and attach a swing plate to cover when needed. You do want a vent process to remove the smoke or it could put your fire out.

    Last edited: Sep 28, 2013
  11. If you get a Weber kettle, feel free to PM me I am more than willing to walk you through whatever you ned to make good BBQ on one of those.
  12. Bought a Weber 14.5 inch Smokey mountain smoker....199$ and its fantastic!....Need a grill soon! Going with a Weber Kettle around 100$!

    If its a Weber its hard to beat for performance and price!...looked at a Brinkman...Had a half inch space where the lid should seal all the way around....Who needs a vent when you have a 20+ inch hole in the top! Sticking with the WEBER!
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2014
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

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