Need help finding a Good Smoker

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by headgear, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. headgear

    headgear Newbie

    Hi , my name is Greg Stoebner from South Dakota.

    I am new to smoking meat, and I would like some help with Purchasing
    a smoker, could someone please recommend a good, reasonably priced
    smoker maybe $300 dollars or less that I could buy that is a good smoker
    to start with. I would like this smoker to be charcoal or wood fueled.

    Thank you
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You may want to look at the WSM, great smoker , so i'm told. or a SNP would be a good choice with a few mods.
  3. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    welcome headgear, if you want to stay way cheap. There is always the brinkman ECB charcoal model. If I were going charcoal I would go for the GOSM. I have the propane model, As do many others here on SMF. I have been very pleased with it so far. I also have the brinkman electric model, that was the first smoker I bought.
    Keep in mind just about any smoker you purchase will give you great results if you learn to maintain the proper temperature, and prepare the meats correctly.
  4. ozark rt

    ozark rt Meat Mopper OTBS Member

  5. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it was me I'd go with the Char-griller Smokin Pro. Should be big enough that you won't want to upgrade too soon and can cook a fair amount of food at one time. Fits your criteria with money left over for meat.
  6. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Welcome Greg -

    There's alot of good fairly inexpensive smokers to start with. One consideration might be fuel expenditure. If you have good access to lots of wood and or charcoal I'd go with the Chargriller smokin pro.

    The Weber Smokey Mountain or the Brinkman bullet smokers are also really nice, easy to use but have less space and they require alot less fuel.
  7. kew_el_steve

    kew_el_steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Good time of year to buy, with end-of-season specials too.
  8. redbrinkman1955

    redbrinkman1955 Smoking Fanatic

    I built a small homebuilt to get a feel for the charcaol its a challenge I figured I could waste a lot of charcoal if I started out with a big one
    I learned a lot about time and temp then just increased the amount.
    things worked out great it just takes time dont get in a hurry.It is not always the jorneys end but the process that you learn from
    Good luck and Good smoking
  9. coleysmokinbbq

    coleysmokinbbq Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Greg!...Welcome to the SMF!...[​IMG]...Glad to have you aboard!...You're gonna love it here!...

    The good old ECB 's are mighty hard to beat!...Cheap to!!...[​IMG]

    Plus...They do an excellent job of smoking w/ a few easy mods!...

    Until later...
  10. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard Greg!

    I have the CG and an ECB, I love them both!
  11. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF [​IMG]
  12. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family[​IMG]

    I started with the CG & love it[​IMG]
  13. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Hi Greg, Welcome on board!
    I started with an ECB and then quickly graduated to a CharGrill Pro with the side firebox. You have to ask your self a few question since you want to go with a wood burner or charcoal: do you like to tend fires? the Chargriller Pro is an nice cooker for the price, but you will have to learn the art of building a good clean burning fire, and you will have to add either wood every 40 minutes or so or a new load of charcoal every 4 hours or so.
    It is a labor of love. It is a very nice cooker to learn on.
    If you want set it and forget it, the closest you can come using charcoal is with an WSM or similar smoker.
    Ask questions, shop around buy one that will make you happy, Then jump in and start cooking! I said it before and I'll say it again "Once you've been bitten by the smoking bug you'll never go back"
    Good Luck on your search,
  14. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well said wilson[​IMG]

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