Thnking of a new smoker - Propane or wood?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by falconer, May 27, 2014.

  1. falconer

    falconer Newbie

    Not sure if this is the right place for this; please let me know if it should be somewhere else...

    I have a GOSM propane smoker now. It's been OK but I've had a few challenges (see my other post from today). While not locked into replacing it, I am considering options on a different smoker and am looking for a discussion on different types and models. If I do go with new, I will NOT be going into the $1K plus range, as much as I'd like to. I enjoy being married to my wife and want to stay that way! Under $500 is probably my limit...

    I'm not even sure what questions to ask. I like the ease of propane but am also considering wood. My goal is ease and consistency without having to constantly fuss with the smoker. I have a Weber Genesis for grilling and really like it, so I probably don't need a combo model, but would not rule it out.

    How 'bout it, folks? What recommendations do you have for moving up from the GOSM?

  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you don't want to mess with it much, then a stick-burner is probably not for you. Propane is the intermediate between charcoal/wood-fired and electric. Wood burners need a small, hot fire to burn clean without an overwhelming amount of smoke from the fire, so regular tending is in order. Charcoal and lump, if you have the proper mods done for an air-tight unit (like a UDS or WSM), can be run with little to no tending provided you can effectively use some form of the Minion Method for fire control. Electric is easy, but, it' smoke ring, if that matters to you...some are difficult to get up to temp during inclimate weather, and short of going to a spendy rig, the grate sizes are relatively small, like with the smaller propane smokers. (I'm trying to give an unbiased opinion...I just don't like electric cookers very much).

    No smoker is perfect for all situations. If a purist method is for you, and you have a good source of readily available hardwoods, then burn some sticks, but be ready to work for that satisfaction.

  3. I would recommend a weber smokey mountain. Fits your criteria in my opinion and makes darn good Q.

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