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Shaid
02-27-2011, 06:38 PM
First off, I've never smoked before but it's something I've always wanted to do. I live in ND and don't really know many people that do smoke up here. I'm just looking for something to start out with. Any suggestions?

WV
02-27-2011, 06:40 PM
I have a Brinkman's Smoke and Grill and it's done well by me.....I'm no expert though.

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/03/99/53/30/0003995330018_500X500.jpg
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brinkmann-Smoke-N-Grill-Charcoal-Smoker/876295?sourceid=1500000000000003260350&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=876295

Chiefaholic
02-27-2011, 06:46 PM
http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/789792/789792050508lg.jpg

I purchased one of these with the optional firebox last spring and couldn't be happier with it.

Gonzo
02-27-2011, 06:55 PM
I have 2 different styles.
The old stand-by is a traditional barrel style charcoal smoker with a fire box. This smoker is high maintenance and is great in the warmer months. Cost: 250 bucks
The other is my Brand New Bradley electric smoker. Low maintenance, auto feeds wood discs and keeps the temp where I need it even when it's 10 degrees out. I love that damn thing but I probably won't use it much in the summer because there's just something about sitting outside, listening to a baseball game or two, drinking beer and smoking ribs in an old school smoker.
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Shaid
02-27-2011, 06:56 PM
I have a Brinkman's Smoke and Grill and it's done well by me.....I'm no expert though.

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/03/99/53/30/0003995330018_500X500.jpg
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brinkmann-Smoke-N-Grill-Charcoal-Smoker/876295?sourceid=1500000000000003260350&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=876295

How often do you have to add charcoal/wood chips, etc.?

Shaid
02-27-2011, 06:58 PM
I have 2 different styles.
The old stand-by is a traditional barrel style charcoal smoker with a fire box. This smoker is high maintenance and is great in the warmer months. Cost: 250 bucks
The other is my Brand New Bradley electric smoker. Low maintenance, auto feeds wood discs and keeps the temp where I need it even when it's 10 degrees out. I love that damn thing but I probably won't use it much in the summer because there's just something about sitting outside, listening to a baseball game or two, drinking beer and smoking ribs in an old school smoker.
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I've seen those auto-feeder ones which is interesting to me. I've really thought about going electric but I don't know if I want to go with the whole auto-feed thing.

BigRedChief
02-27-2011, 07:14 PM
I'm on my 2nd Electric smoker.

Do a search on here. This has been discussed before. Lots of good advise in the threads.

Toadkiller
02-27-2011, 07:22 PM
Weber Smokey Mountain.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/

mlyonsd
02-27-2011, 07:25 PM
I'm on my 2nd Electric smoker.

Do a search on here. This has been discussed before. Lots of good advise in the threads.

I have two electric bullet type smokers. It depends on how serious you want to get and how much space you have for one in your garage/shop/whatever.

I love my electric smoker and agree with BRC. Search for 'smoker'.

Hog Farmer
02-27-2011, 07:28 PM
You can have my god damn wife for free!

WV
02-27-2011, 07:32 PM
How often do you have to add charcoal/wood chips, etc.?

Depends on your charcoal, wood chips, wood chunks, or all wood, but typically every couple of hours. With chips being the most frequently replaced item. I have found that I like chunks of wood better, but it's a personal preference IMO.

doomy3
02-27-2011, 07:36 PM
Weber Smokey Mountain.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/

This is what I have, and I love it.

Tuckdaddy
02-27-2011, 07:40 PM
I'm a smoker, but you dont' have to buy me. Just pour some JD and i'll come to your house and smoke for free.

LocoChiefsFan
02-27-2011, 08:13 PM
I have a Traeger. I love my Traeger. Its dummy proof, and turns out some damn good smoked meats.

Dolphinduck
02-27-2011, 08:17 PM
Weber Smokey Mountain.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/



This! Its dependable and you can cook all night with it...Do not buy a cheap offset unless you want to do a lot of mods to it.

threebag02
02-27-2011, 08:26 PM
$40 will get your meat smoked on north broadway.

REDHOTGTO
02-27-2011, 09:09 PM
tragear smokers are awesome, i use my neighbors all the time, as he said "dummy proof"

Great Expectations
02-27-2011, 09:37 PM
I've got a big green egg, it is also dummy proof and doubles as the best grill you can own.

WV
02-27-2011, 09:39 PM
I've got a big green egg, it is also dummy proof and doubles as the best grill you can own.

He may need a small loan for one of those! :eek:

HonestChieffan
02-27-2011, 09:52 PM
Weber Smokey Mountain.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/

Thread needed to end here.

Renegade
02-27-2011, 09:57 PM
http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/789792/789792050508lg.jpg

I purchased one of these with the optional firebox last spring and couldn't be happier with it.

I love this model, and have smoked my share of ribs this season on it. I have no trouble holding temp at 200-225 on it. I got the cover for it, and it rotted through in one season however. The one thing is the smoker does not get a perfect seal, but it is still great.

chiefzilla1501
02-27-2011, 10:03 PM
Try out the Jeff Smoker.

Shaid
02-27-2011, 10:05 PM
Looks like the Weber Smokey Mountain is well liked. It's a little more pricey than I was hoping for starting out but I guess you get what you pay for.

Phobia
02-27-2011, 10:32 PM
Looks like the Weber Smokey Mountain is well liked. It's a little more pricey than I was hoping for starting out but I guess you get what you pay for.

Spend $75 on a tiny Brinkmann from wally mart to see if you even enjoy smoking. If you hate it, you saved money. If you like it, sell the little one to somebody who is starting out and get yourself the Smokey Mountain. Or just watch Craigslist for a used smokey.

chris
04-16-2011, 08:13 PM
I have 2 different styles.
The old stand-by is a traditional barrel style charcoal smoker with a fire box. This smoker is high maintenance and is great in the warmer months. Cost: 250 bucks
The other is my Brand New Bradley electric smoker. Low maintenance, auto feeds wood discs and keeps the temp where I need it even when it's 10 degrees out. I love that damn thing but I probably won't use it much in the summer because there's just something about sitting outside, listening to a baseball game or two, drinking beer and smoking ribs in an old school smoker.
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Which model do you have?

How much meat will it hold. i.e. number of slabs and briskets?

thanks

chris
04-16-2011, 08:15 PM
I'm on my 2nd Electric smoker.

Do a search on here. This has been discussed before. Lots of good advise in the threads.

Which model do you have?

If you were buying again; what would you buy?

thanks

Hog Farmer
04-17-2011, 06:54 AM
My wifes a smoker.
You can have the bitch.

damaticous
04-17-2011, 07:36 AM
Weber Smokey Mountain.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/

Got two of them. Couldn't be happier. TONS better than my off set firebox smoker. Lots easier and produces better foods.

BigRedChief
04-17-2011, 08:06 AM
Which model do you have?

If you were buying again; what would you buy?

thanksBoth are great. Comes down to price. One is $300, one is $500.

RJ
04-17-2011, 10:04 AM
Looks like the Weber Smokey Mountain is well liked. It's a little more pricey than I was hoping for starting out but I guess you get what you pay for.


I'm about to fire mine up now. Did you ever buy yourself something? The 18" isn't quite as pricey as the 22". You can cook for a decent sized crew with the 18".