I need a new smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fowldarr, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. fowldarr

    fowldarr Smoke Blower

    Ok, I moved, and my smoker did not survive. It is in one piece, but, the burner is not heating the way it should. It is a cabelas brand propane smoker, and I know I can probably get the parts to rebuild it. But I have a little extra, and I'm thinking about making the switch to charcoal.

    I have $500-600,

  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sounds like a Weber Smoky Mountain (WSM) is right in your wheelhouse. By all accounts, one of the best charcoal rigs out there. They come in 3 sizes for just about any need. You can use the search feature to find hundreds of threads about WSMs.

  3. fowldarr

    fowldarr Smoke Blower

    Yeah, am I bad person for wanting to be different, for some reason, I'm just not a fan of the bullet shaped smokers, I have used them, and I just like a good front load smoker. Unfortunately, the good options for a square vertical smoker are PRICEY.
  4. fowldarr, get a stick burner, i believe you will be more satified.

  5. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yeah, if you're set on having a high end front load, cabinet-style charcoal smoker, you're talking Stumps, Backwoods, etc...and you can't buy one of those for $600. Unless you're patient enough and lucky enough to cruise Craigs List until you might find a secondhand one somewhere.

  6. stabone

    stabone Fire Starter

    For the money, you can't beat the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) 22". If that was my budget, that is the unit I would buy. It also depends on how much food you want to be able to cook at one time. If it isn't that much, you can find a used "Good One" smoker on craigslist. I used to have the Open Range model and I loved it. Awesome for butts and ribs. 
  7. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I bought my 22.5 WSM off of Craigslist for $225.
  8. fowldarr

    fowldarr Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the advice guys, still shopping, stay tuned and we will see what I end up with
  9. bonzbbq

    bonzbbq Smoke Blower

    For big cooks I like my reverse flow stick burner, or gravity feed Superior, but for home cooks, even up to 6 or so butts I have to say the old uds does quite the job, no complaints here, you can build for under a $100 or you can buy a nice one already made for less than $300
  10. BUY A LANG SMOKER.i am not associated with them, only a owner of one.

  11. bonzbbq

    bonzbbq Smoke Blower

    I agree Danny, but he said he had a budget of $500-600, for the money one of the best stickburners on the market, but even used you can't find one that cheep, wish you could I would have another one [​IMG]  good luck fowldarr
  12. bonz we all have to step out on a limb one day, but i do understand a budget, i have one myself.

  13. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get a Longhorn SFB , you'll love it...[​IMG]
  14. bigchriss04

    bigchriss04 Newbie

    Old country wrangler from academy sports

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