New member here - advice needed.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by nickyn99, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. nickyn99

    nickyn99 Newbie

    Hello all,
    Just signed up and have my first question. I would like to buy a new smoker/pit. Been looking and there is so many to choose from. I have around $2,000.00 to spend but the lower the cost the better. Would use pretty much wood only, backyard use. Should I try to fine one with a rotisserie or not with one (Pro and cons). I do have a smaller smoker but ready to upgrade to something I will have for many years to come. I live in Northern California (Sacramento). Any advice is much appreciated on where and maybe model to buy.

    Thanks everyone - Nick
  2. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    In looking to stay under 2K there are a whole bunch to choose from. I see where you say you would use pretty much wood only, that helps narrow when you say backyard use that varies a bit......just for a couple of people or for having people over (feeding like 20 or more)?

    General advice is go with the largest smoking chamber you can isn't too often that you hear someone say that they wish they had a smaller smoker.

    Are you willing to look at used or just new?

    The more info the better
  3. nickyn99

    nickyn99 Newbie

    Thanks - I have no problem buying used as long it is in good shape. Mainly be cooking for 3 or 4 people but sometimes around 12. I like to smoke brisket, ribs, pork butts, etc. I do have a decent sized backyard so space is not really an issue. Something I can move by myself if needed. I do not need any propane just wood.

    Thanks again
  4. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you do some searching, you will find plenty of good stick burners in that range. For stuff that I have personally seen in action, I would recommend the Lang 48 patio

    Although shipping to where you are may kill that. Fits what you are looking for IMO.

    Good luck with the search and decision.
  5. nickyn99

    nickyn99 Newbie

    Thanks Joe,
    What about have a vertical smoke box on the side or rotisserie in the smoke box, is it really needed?
  6. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. This is THE place to be. With that kind of budget you have many options. Do some research here about members different smokers and then see which meets your needs. Google meat smokers and see what you come up with. Good luck!
  7. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The veritcal smoke box on the side is often just used to keep items warm and not really cook, although some have been modified/built to add increase cooking area........for what the volume/amount of use you mentioned, I would not bother with it personally.

    Rotiesserie...........well, I never saw the big deal with them, but if you want one, more power to you. Should not add that much to the cost if it is something you see using.
  8. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forums! You'll enjoy them.
  9. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Check out this post for a pretty good list of who builds bbq pits;

    There's a guy here in South Carolina who builds a nice charcoal cooker about the size I think your looking for for about $600. If I can find his web site or a picture of the cooker I'll pass it on. is the web site. He's working on the site but his email and phone are there if you need to contact him.
  10. nickyn99

    nickyn99 Newbie

  11. winemaster

    winemaster Fire Starter

    Get a Backwoods Party and use a Guru to Power it.

    You wont be sorry you did.
  12. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nick sorry I can't help you out on which smoker to buy, but if you do get that Tejas one, can I come live with you. Man that a beauty, only in my dreams Bro,only in my dreams.
  13. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum Nick![​IMG]
  14. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  15. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site. Lots of info here.


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