New guy

Discussion in 'So Cal Smokers' started by sanchez, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. sanchez

    sanchez Newbie

    Hi everyone I've just joined this forum today and already have had a blast reading the threads in this group.  I love the local info on stuff.  I'm just getting started and would like some feedback on a decent quality decently priced smoker.  Thanks.

    -sanchez
     
  2.                  How about some info on what your looking for. Things like, what do you like to smoke? What size do you want? Any particular heat source ( electric, gas, coal, solar ), and of course, your budget...
     
  3. sanchez

    sanchez Newbie

    So I am partial to smoking pork but I've never had a chance to smoke a brisket.  As for size and budget I have been looking at two different models for reference: first the Weber smokey mountain cooker and the Masterbuilt 2 door propane smoker.  That would mean that I'm looking to spend between $200-$300 dollars and have something that is slightly compact.  That is actually why I have been looking mostly at vertical smokers.  As for heat source wood/charcoal would be ideal but if there are some good arguments for propane I would take that into consideration.  Thanks for your input.
     
  4. bolopwr

    bolopwr Fire Starter

    Hi Sanchez...I started smoking on a vertical propane smoker and was able to produce some great food and learn a lot on it I had a smokey mountain which is similar than the masterbuilt but only had one door. I have also heard great things about the WSM. I think both would produce great food...it just comes down to dealing with propane or messing with wood/charcoal.

    I do have to say, that on long cooks (overnighters) its sure nice not to have to get more charcoal going. I also have an ECB offset and have spent a lot of late hours with that thing :th_crybaby2:. It actually drove me to buy a Rec Tec!

    Good luck with your decision. Get whats best for you.
     

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