Just getting started

Discussion in 'Fish' started by strap44, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. strap44

    strap44 Newbie

    I am new to the group, and after navigating a while and reading threads, I'm looking for a little guidance.

    First, I dont own a smoker.

    Any suggestions? I'd ideally like to start cheap, in case its not something I find myself enjoying to do. Also I'd like something easily portable to take to the cabin, which doesnt have electric.

    When smoking fish, does it cook the whole way through? Im just curious about refreezing it then.

    I just returned from canada with some nice northern fillets and still have some salmon and lake trout fillets from last spring. Im excited to get started.

    Thanks for any and all help and suggestions.


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  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cheap and portable = Pain in the A$$ to use and you can't load very much fish in at one time. See Below. Unfortunately, more guys have quit smoking trying to use the El Cheapo Brinkman than those that just spent a $100 bucks more from the beginning. If you are handy with tools and have time, the best smoker that is cheap, about $150, is a Drum Smoker that you search out the parts for and build. They run efficiently and because you build it, you can add enough Grates to handle quite a bit of Fish, or other meats, as well. There is a long learning curve with any smoker that burns Charcoal and/or Wood. Search SMF for Ugly Drum Smokers and you will find lots of builds that others have done. Next level up the Dollar Tree, easy to use and only a few practice sessions to learn, is a Propane Smoker. Smoke Vault makes some nice units, the Masterbuilt GS-40 @ $195 is pretty nice, and then there are the Cadillacs of Gassers from Landmann. Search around for the best deals...Some other guys may have more to add. Good luck...JJ


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    Last edited: Jun 29, 2014
  3. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Weber 22.5 kettle is a good option to start with! You can find a used One on Craigslist for around $50 for one in excellent shape. Then you can pick up a pair of charcoal baskets, a chimney charcoal starter and a temp gauge (if it doesn't already have one) and you can put out some awesome Q very easily.

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