New at this...need help choosing the right smoker

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by monctynj, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. monctynj

    monctynj Newbie

    Hey Everyone,

    My wife and I are big time charcoal and gas grilling fans...been doing it forever.  We're excited about getting into smoking and need some help with a few things...

    First, been eyeballing the Brinkmann Smoke N' Pit Charcoal and Wood Smoker with the side mounted firebox.....anyone have this smoker?  What I like best about it is that it is that you can use charcoal OR wood and it can be used as a regular charcoal grill when you're not smoking....  

    Any suggestionsfor other brands or styles?  Upright smoker vs. barrel etc.????


    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    There are good Brinkman models and baddd ones that are cheesy and poorly constructed. If you get one that doesn't perform properly you'll be out good money that could have been spent on a better smoker to begin with. If you type in 'Brinkman reviews' in the search bar above you might find reviews on that model or at least more info on various ones and how they perform. You could also post the question asking about that specific model in general discussion and see what you get....
  3. beerbelley

    beerbelley Newbie

    Dont know how deep your pockets are but pellet grills,smoker,oven are very good
  4. If your looking to get into it on the low cost side look at the ECB (Brinkman smoke and Grill, a.k.a.El Cheapo Brinkman) With this smoker and a few modifications your up and running for about $50. This is assuming that you already have a charcoal and gas set up? (you mentioned you've been there done that)

    The only reason I say this is I just got mine set up with the mod's yesterday, I made my decision to get that model based on all the great info I've got on this site plus I've already got a Weber kettle and a gas grill... Either way I am sure there will be plenty of people willing to lend their thoughts on what might work out for you. 
  5. smokinal

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

    Take a look at the Weber Smoky Mountain Smoker. They are hard to beat for the price. Easy to control, well built , good cust. service, & reasonably priced.
  6. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

     I dont have one of them but love my MES40

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