Getting close to a purchase

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by kurt boutin, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. kurt boutin

    kurt boutin Fire Starter

    First off, hi!  Second, brand new (as in: haven't done my first smoke yet).  

    Third, I'm going on the cheap side and am torn between:

    Brinkman 19-3/4" Vertical Square Smoker

    and

    The Master Forge Charcoal Smoker CBS1101L

    Thoughts?  Does one need more modification than the other?  It's all a bit overwhelming...

    Thanks,

    Kurt
     
  2. kurt boutin

    kurt boutin Fire Starter

    Um...no.  Why do you ask?
     
  3. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't own either.  But read the reviews.  I started with a brinkman electric.  And got enough good Q out of it to get me hooked.  So you figure it out then get smoking.  It will all be good and you eat your mistakes.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kurt, Welcome. There are lots of folks here willing to help you in your endeavor. I have a MES electric smoker I use most often so I can't be of help. The search engine and the posts here will help you make an informed decision.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011
  5. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

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    Welcome to SMF and were glad to have you aboard so join in and share your experiences, have some fun and don’t forget to post our favorite.

    The Qveiw

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    Joe

    Keep an eye out on craigslist under (smoker)  in the general catagory. I got a mint condition older braunfel offset smoker for 50 bucks.......Fill out your pofile so we can see what neck of the woods you live near. maybe we can help find ya somethin
     
  6. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. Have fun and Happy smoking
     
  7. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF this is a nice place to get ideas and meet new people lots of good stuff here. ENJOY[​IMG]
     
  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     

    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.
     


    This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.
     


    For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

    Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE
     
  9. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey Kurt,

    Welcome to SMF!

    My advice would be to save the coins and buy a 18.5"  WSM for around $150, there aren't any mods necessary to produce good smoked meats and the learning curve if relatively short. You might try a search here for the two smokers you are considering and see what problems others have experienced with them.

    What ever you decide have fun and share the Q-view with us.

    Gene
     
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    X2
     
  11. deranged

    deranged Newbie

    [quote name="JustPassingThru" url="/forum/thread/105010/getting-close-to-a-purchase#post_614538"]

    Hey Kurt,



    Welcome to SMF!



    My advice would be to save the coins and buy a 18.5"  WSM for around $150, there aren't any mods necessary to produce good smoked meats and the learning curve if relatively short. You might try a search here for the two smokers you are considering and see what problems others have experienced with them.



    What ever you decide have fun and share the Q-view with us.



    Gene


    [/quote]

    Where does one find an 18.5 WSM for $150?
     
  12. kurt boutin

    kurt boutin Fire Starter

    Thanks for the warm welcome!  I guess I'll just end up jumping on something (likely in the next couple weeks) and going from there.

    I've been keeping my eyes open on craigslist, but will continue to do so!

    Kurt
     
  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member




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  14. Because a 22" Weber with a SMOKE-EZ will give you everything you need to do some great smoking and grilling and you'd be in for less than $250.00

    http://www.smoke-ez.com/index.php/

    Good luck!
     
  15. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]   Cheapest I've seen recently was $246.00
     

    free ship

    http://www.drillspot.com/products/577210/weber_721001_185_inch_smokey_mountain_cooker_smoker?s=5
     
  16. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    UDS...[​IMG]
     
  17. kurt boutin

    kurt boutin Fire Starter

    UDS?
     
  18. UDS is Ugly Drum Smoker which u build out of a 55 gallon drum. I was new to smoking 4 months ago and did a little research and bought an ECB( el cheapo brinkman) upright charcoal smoker for 50 bucks at lowes. Did a few mods and i love it.Did a little more research here and built a UDS which i also love. Do some research then decide. Good luck, you will enjoy your new hobby
     
  19. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011

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