Smoker recommendation?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by reannalynne, May 9, 2016.

  1. reannalynne

    reannalynne Fire Starter

    Right now I smoke with an Ecb style Brinkmann. Instead of modifying it, I'd like to upgrade, but don't know what would work. I enjoy charcoal/wood smoking so I'm trying to stay away from electric, but I'm afraid I may need to go that way. I'd like something with a door on it instead of lid and having to lift the tank off to access the charcoal and wood. I don't have enough room for a horizontal, so it needs to be vertical. I'd prefer not to spend more than $200, I know it won't be spectacular for that price, but well hopefully be buying a house in a couple years and I can get what I really want then. Any suggestions?
    Last edited: May 9, 2016
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    WSM hook it up with a BBQ Guru and it is as close to you can get,to cooking in your oven JMHO

  3. reannalynne

    reannalynne Fire Starter

    That's the same style I have now, I'm hoping for a full front door not the small kind, and can't lift it to get to coals and wood. Thank you though!
  4. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Dyna-Glo Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker gets decent reviews and is under 200. I know they have charcoal/wood and may have gas options too. I looked into them a bit, but didn't pull the trigger. it has exactly the kind of features your mentioning. Good luck!
  5. rubby123

    rubby123 Newbie

    Upgrading your smoking to charcoal and woods will not be the same as it looks
  6. smokinal

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

    I add charcoal & wood through the door on my WSM all the time.

    It's plenty big enough for that.

  7. fdannyw

    fdannyw Smoke Blower

    I never need to add charcoal or wood to mine wsm I just put enough chorcaol and wood and use the doughnut method can run a 12hr smoke no problems
  8. Yeah, I'm confused.  I add charcoal to my WSM through the opening without any problem.
  9. reannalynne

    reannalynne Fire Starter

    It's not necessarily the WSM specifically, I just said that I don't want that style in the original post. I can't lift it apart, and never specified I needed to do so to add wood/coal, but I'll be damned if I'm going to clean out the used coals, put them out after I'm finished, etc. Through that door. I lift it apart to do so. Which I do not want to do in the future.
    Does that explain it??
    Last edited: May 14, 2016
  10. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    How about a Weber 22.5" One Touch Gold? You can grill burgers or BBQ butts or just about anything you can cook on a WSM. A very versatile cooker. About $150, very reasonable. 
  11. reannalynne

    reannalynne Fire Starter

    I'd prefer a dedicated smoker rather than a grill that can be used as a smoker. I think I am going to go with the Dyna-Glo vertical. Thanks!

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