Need some smoker advice!!

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by spegs, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. spegs

    spegs Newbie

    Hey all, I'm brand new to the smoking game and looking to buy my dad a propane one for Christmas. I've searched all the brands from master built to Cajun injection and am having a hard time picking one. My budget is $200 and only need one big enough for me and him to smoke something occasionally. I haven't been able to figure out which one to pick considering the build quality and thermometer problems that come with some smokers. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it!! Thanks!!
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2014
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A lot depends on the fuel you want to use there are a lot of good smokers for that price range. Main thing to look for is something that can hold a steady temp. for at least 6-8 hrs. without having to futz with it to much.

    I personally use a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) it is the set-it-and-forget-it of charcoal/wood smokers, very easy to use and has a small footprint while still holding a decent amount of meat. There are 3 sizes and price points to choose from.

    If you are handy with some basic tools you can build a mini-WSM or UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker - just a name they aren't ugly). Both can be built for less than $100. The mini is nice for small stuff, the UDS is full sized and works great.

    Good luck!
  3. spegs

    spegs Newbie

    thanks for the advice! I was looking for a propane one, any idea on brands?
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I believe the GOSM is a popular one..... but hopefully one of the propane users will be along to answer that better.
  5. bworthy

    bworthy Smoke Blower

    I have a Masterbuilt Pro Duel Fuel. This is a nice little smoker that will use propane and/or charcoal and is within your budget. Can be used right out of the box or some easy mods can be done to make it a little better. Use the search on here for more info on this smoker.

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