Opinions on a charcoal smoker for under $300

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by pargeman, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. pargeman

    pargeman Fire Starter

    NY
    I have a cheap (wal mart) brinkmann charcoal grill...I am looking for a bigger a little more expensive smoker that isn't electric or gas. I feel that smoking should be charcoal. I do like the Landmann Smoky Mountain Charcoal Smoker 34"..The idea of 2 doors at bottom for charcoal and water HAS TO BE easier than opening that small little door over and over and try and put chunks of wood on the charcoal and try to push them under the water pan.... I love the idea that the meat door doesn't have to be opened while I add charcoal...I also want a thermometer with NUMBERS! HA...that cheap lil smoker isn't the best to gauge...Does anyone have an idea on an improved charcoal smoker?? Thanks for any opinions....Novice smoker here...Mike
     
  2. jbili

    jbili Fire Starter

    We're at it for only a year got the Weber Smokey Mountain 22"

    Works great

    The 18 1/2 " can be had for $299 but spend the extra $$ and get the 22"   this way a whole rack of ribs will fit on it without having to cut them in half.

    I wanted to get the less expensive one but once again I have to say I'm glad I listened to the wife and got the bigger one
     
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Build a mini.
     
  4. pargeman

    pargeman Fire Starter

    NY
    Thanks for the advice jbili.....I will definitely check on that!!

    c farmer.....cant build a mini....Not very good with building things...rookie here...
     
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is easy with a gold Joe. Check out my build thread.
     
  6. pargeman

    pargeman Fire Starter

    NY
    jbili, I have to ask this...I looked online at the smoker...the bowl at bottom for charcoal and the one with water...Is there room to put more charcoal and wood chunks in that door??? I want a bigger area so I don't have to push the fire around when I put more charcoal and wood in during cooking?? Is there room or is it tight??
     
  7. pargeman

    pargeman Fire Starter

    NY
    c farmer I'm fairly new here...c joe? on your build?? Is that an article you wrote?
     
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  9. jbili

    jbili Fire Starter

    Its a little tight we usually just toss our wood and charcoal in. You really don't have to push it in just toss it and it winds up close to where you want it.

    as for that big water dish we usually just put alum foil over it. Do a double wrap so you're only changing the top layer each time. We then put a small foil pan on the top of the lower grate and fill it with water there's room left for corn or potatoes on that shelf
     
  10. pargeman

    pargeman Fire Starter

    NY
    Thanks jbili. But until I look at the smoker it sounds like the same thing I am doing now.
     
  11. jbili

    jbili Fire Starter

    The whole unit comes apart

    The top of course opens up to put the meat on and check it

    The middle section also comes off exposing the grate where you put your charcoal.

    WE fill this with as much charcoal that we think we'll need get some hot coals going in the chimney start dump them ontop of the charcoal and then close it up wait for it to get to temp

    WE just open the door and toss in our wood a little later
     
  12. jbili

    jbili Fire Starter

    I hope this helps
     

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