First Charcoal smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by wwinflorida, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. wwinflorida

    wwinflorida Newbie

    I got a Home Depot gift card for 150.00 and a green light to buy whatever smoker I want and all of a sudden I'm having trouble deciding. I was originally planning on buying the Brinkman Smoke n Grill smoker with the offset box but our store just started carrying a vertical Brinkman box smoker for about half the price and it got me wondering which would be better.

    I have been using an elctric smoker up to this point and have been pretty happy with it but I really want to start working with wood/charcoal. I have a gas grill that we use religously so the grill itself isn't a huge benefit. I am more concerned with which will be easier to maintain consistant higher temps. and give me a better quality smoke. I am never smoking a lot of meat at one time but hope to start using the smoker a lot more this year.

    Any thoughts on which would be better would be greatly appreciated.
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    You'll probably find differing opinions on that one. Personally if I had the electric I'd probably go with the side fire box type but thats just me
  3. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I really like my offset. With a few mods they can be a lot of fun.[​IMG]
  4. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gotta agree with Piney~ and not just because I have a SnP. You've already got the vertical angle covered, why not try something new and horizontal? Sounds like that's what you are leaning towards anyway- something different. And as Azrocker said, they are a lot of fun!
  5. bbq ron

    bbq ron Smoke Blower

    offsets are a lot of fun, but they take time to learn,but i really enjoy the quest it brings every time i use it,
  6. wwinflorida

    wwinflorida Newbie

    Thanks for the replies. I think I am going to go with the offset. My biggest concern was keeping the temp. consistent throughout the smoker. AZRocker, I noticed your smoker has a gauge on both sides and I think that is a mod I will have to make to this one right away. I have also seen some posts about extending a piece of metal from the fire box on the inside to prevent one side from getting a lot hotter than the other.

    I'll let you know how my first smoke goes with it.

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