Patio size offset smoker

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by murph77, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. murph77

    murph77 Fire Starter

    dont wanna spend a ton cuz of getting a trailer mounted rig but I was wondering just for me and the wife whats a good small patio size offset to get? Ive looked at all the product reviews on here but not really sure what I wanna get was wondering if you guys could throw me some ideas based on the ones you have for small home cooks. thnx

  2. smokinal

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

    Lang 36!
  3. murph77

    murph77 Fire Starter

    Id love to but that's just out of my price range when I'm going to be buyin a model 60 soon. I'm more in the $300 range. Ty tho
  4. murph77

    murph77 Fire Starter

    Id love to but that's just out of my price range when I'm going to be buyin a model 60 soon. I'm more in the $300 range. Ty tho
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

       Try Tejas. I got a 2040CC(a little too big for patio,but a decent smoker.They have several smaller units, but the shipping now will kill-ya. Do you have a Sportsmans store near-by like BassPro or so? They have some on stock and the shipping is (included but not AS high).[​IMG]

       Whatever you get,
  6. If I were not cooking for a crowd then I would not be looking at a SFB at all. A "small offset" is almost a contradiction in terms. The strength of a SFB is how much meat you can put on it. The weaknesses are how inefficient they are, how much space they take up, how expensive decent ones are, and how much babysitting they need during a smoke.

    If you are cooking for yourself and your wife most of the time an occasionally for groups of up to 20 people, I would go with a WSM. For $300 you  get a well built, efficient, and space saving design that is as "set and forget" as you're going to find in a smoker.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member



    From 2 to 200.....[​IMG]
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm... to me the "babysitting"is part of the adventure , friends, drinks, toss a stick in now and then, and leave to lid shut; all the things that started BBQ in America. George was a great fan of Pig Pulls (BBQs) , they would drink, discuss the order they were going to take and ended up creating  the worlds best , strongest Nation .  Not bad for a down home BBQ, huh[​IMG]

    Have fun and,
  9. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Once I got my lang 36, "babysitting" took on a whole new meaning. I had my dampers dialed in threw in 2, 12" splits and left the house with no one home, came back and she was still burning great at 225*.

    It is rather enjoyable for me to sit our there on my patio relaxing tending to my pit.

    Horizon's are pretty decent aren't they? In the $300 range though you're probably pretty limited to either a WSM or that one smoker on sale at Sam's club right now, I forgot the name. Hmm it's an MES, I think?
  10. murph77

    murph77 Fire Starter

    i have a 36 now and have done some chicken and briskets.its an awesome cooker!
  11. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Newbie

    whoa.. forum newbie here... you smoke-geeks are killin me with the acronyms ;)

    what is a WSB SFM MES??   any other acronyms I should know before I navigate this forum?

  12. phrogs4ever

    phrogs4ever Fire Starter

    WSM = Weber Smokey Mountain

    SFB = Side FireBox

    MES = Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
  13. I scored a brinkman pitmaster off criagslist for a hundred bucks. That was a highway robbery cause this cooker is flawless. Cleaned it up and been smoking every since. Hold temps well and can hold a decent amout of meat. Try looking locally before spending the big bucks
  14. hemi

    hemi Smoking Fanatic

    build one..[​IMG]
  15. salbaje gato

    salbaje gato Meat Mopper OTBS Member

  16. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Get a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) they come in both a 18.5" and 22.5" size. The footprint is basically the same size as a Weber Kettle, you can load a WSM with charcoal and some chunks of wood, light it, get the temps dialed in, and walk away. It will run steady with out having to fuss with it. The 18.5" can usually be found on sale somewhere for about $265-$285 and the 22.5" is basically $100 more - and Weber backs these with great customer service. Last but not least, they work awesome right out of the box, don't have to mod them at all.

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