Should I get a charcoal grill doubling as a smoker or a smoker doubling as a charcoal grill?

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Steve,

I appreciate you taking the time to field questions this weekend. While I like my gas grill for weeknight convenience, I do miss my old Weber kettle charcoal grill. Unfortunately, it is no longer in usable condition (rust and dents). So, I plan to get something new, with an eye more towards long duration cooking like barbecuing and smoking. Should I look more towards buying a smoker that can double as a charcoal grill or should I go with a charcoal grill that can double as a smoker?

Thanks for your advice. 
 
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I have been having the same debate and am leaning towards the Weber 26.75" one touch gold as my do it all grill/smoker.
 
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Same question here.  I'm not sure Steven is in a position to answer us, though.  Since he sells stuff, and is now looking for sponsors, a wrong answer could cause him to be.... limited.

Donna
 
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I have an offset firebox smoker.  It has a grate that sits over the firebox.  This arrangement gives me the ability to use it as a charcoal grill or as a smoker.  It is big, 4 foot in length or so.  But it does allow me to do both things if desired. 

I will admit that I usually use one of two small barrel "smokers" as a charcoal grill most of the time.  Using the big smoker as a grill uses too much charcoal and really needs more food to cook than I usually am doing.
 
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With a new Weber Kettle costing less than $100 you could buy a dedicated smoker and the grill. Another option would be the Weber Bullet smoker, you can grill on it but it isn't as convenient as the regular Weber.
 
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I would also recommend the larger Weber kettle grill (26.5 inch) as it is modestly priced (compared to a high-quality offset smoker) and very versatile. It is large enough to comfortably smoke a turkey, beef brisket, or a large pork butt with ease. (Note to Donna: While Weber has been a sponsor in the past, I have always felt free to make independent grill recommendations based on a griller's needs. I own many types of grills myself--some are Webers--many are not.) If money is no object, Horizon smokers are very well-built. Their thicker gauge metal makes them great for winter grilling/smoking if you live in a seasonally-challenged climate.
 
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If money is no problem go for a Klose. Having owned one I can say it was the easiest to cook on of any smoker I have owned. Only downside is tending fire every half hour when burning wood.
 
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Have never owned a Klose smoker, but of course, the man is legendary. And tending the fire is part of the feeling of accomplishment, no?
 
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The satisfaction of a clean burning all wood fire is great. Plus the sweet smell of oak in the morning made all the neighbors stop in /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif the Klose pits are the gold standard, tight fitting doors, even heat with the tuning plates, and the taste from an all wood burn can't be duplicated.
 
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Thank you Steve and everyone for your inputs. I now have several options (which I like), and have to decide which one to implement. I will let you know. thanks again.
 
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