Which smoker would you buy with fantasy football winnings?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokingowl, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. smokingowl

    smokingowl Newbie

    I have been smoking with a Chargriller Duo w/side firebox since the summer. I figured out I needed to do a few mods, which I did and it has worked out ok. I have at least learned the basics with it. Well, I won my fantasy football league and now have a little extra cash and am ready to upgrade my smoker. I have looked at a few different smokers and the 2 that stand out to me are the Big Green Egg and Kamado Joe. The ability of these ceramic grills/smokers to use so little charcoal (compared to my smoker) and hold the temperature for very long periods of time sounds awesome! I know they are pricey, but if they are as good as they sound I would be willing to save for a while and get one. So, my question is if you had anywhere between $500-$1000 to spend what charcoal smoker would you buy? Also, I do not need a smoker with a huge capacity. Cooking a couple briskets at a time is more than enough.

    Looking forward to hearing anybody's thoughts. Thanks!
  2. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Buy a Weber Smokey mountain will work just as good as a Big Green egg.  Might not grill like one but smokes just as well.  If you are inclined make a Ugly Drum Smoker and spend the rest on meat and accessories.  I have gone over 24 hours and a constant temp using my UDS and have heard of long smoke times using the WSM.  If you must have a Kamodo style smoke look into a Bubba Keg.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree with ECT01 I would build a UDS and save a ton of money and spend that money on smoking accessories and meat. 
  4. Yea if u like to build stuff i would go for a UDS, but if u just want to buy something i would get a 22.5 WSM
  5. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Between the two you mention I would probably go with the Big Green Egg just because it is more well known.  There are quite a few other makes of smokers that are insulated and very efficient though.  However most won't achieve the high temps of the ceramics.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would change everything and go gas and get a Smoke Vault 24". It's simple and easy to use and the temp stays where you put it too.

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