Smoker purchase question?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by zump, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. zump

    zump Fire Starter

    Hi all, thank u for all the kinds welcome messages! I'm brand new to smoking meat and my wife is buying me one for my birthday (may15th). I love in Southern California so it's relatively summer all the time! I am currently playing around with smoke on my grill! I was wondering which smoker I should get? I'm leaning towards charcoal. Opinions on that? Basically just looking for weekend smoking for small groups(8at most), relatively inexpensive $500 max! I was planning on getting the Weber smokey mountain 18' but after reading around on here I need input! Please help!!
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I bet you can find a WSM on Craigslist for half of what it would cost brand new! Then you'll have money to get a kettle and build yourself a mini-WSM as well...
  3. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    You will not be sorry if you purchase the WSM....It's a great design. The 18" should work fine for your stated purpose. Heck for $500 you can get 2 WSM's if you can find a few used ones. 
  4. zump

    zump Fire Starter

    Like I said I'm new to this whole thing. Kettle? Please don't laugh at my ignorance haha
  5. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Weber kettle... The charcoal grill.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
  6. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    edit: misunderstood
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
  7. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Since you are familiar with charcoal, definitely the WSM.  The WSM, especially the 18.5" will give you plenty of capacity for 8 people.  This is the time of year to find them on Craigslist if so inclined.  I've seen a bunch of 18.5"ers up here in Sacramento in the last two weeks.  Even saw a 14.5" mini WSM the other day.  They don't last long, typically only a day or two, if that.  Most were only $50 bucks or so under list but they were all brand new.   

    I checked CL for LA, Orange County, and San Diego but only found Kettles for sale, no WSMs.  A bunch of Big Green Eggs, but those will bust your budget big time. 

    If you pick up a Kettle, get the 22.5".  You'll be glad you did, but you already have a grill, unless it is gas.  You can smoke on a Kettle, I do it all the time, but it is easier on the WSM especially for long smokes of 6 or more hours. I only do short smokes (1-3 hours) these days on the Kettle.    
  8. golfpro2301

    golfpro2301 Smoking Fanatic

    You could always go pellet. GMG makes a great cooker called the daniel boone. No tending fire just keep it loaded with pellets.
  9. I just purchased a GMG DB and really like it.  Have not done much on it yet.  But my first ribs this weekend will be a priority.  Test run before Mother's day!
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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