Suggestions for a smoker anyone?

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  1. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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  2. hamiltonbarnes

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    Get a weber smokey mountain. The 18.5 is probably the best all around for fuel efficiency. Or build a UDS drum smoker out of a 55 gallon drum.
     
  3. eolian

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    If you know running a smoker is something you like/want to do then one cant go wrong with the Big Green Egg. I have one and use it every week.
    My first smoker i built out of a 55 gallon new steel drum. It`s called a UDS "ugly drum smoker" i still use it for ribs and what not. The plans are on the net. I built mine for under $100. It`s a good way to see if you like smoking food without a lot of expense.

    Hahaha, as i was typing about a UDS the post above me mentioned it...what he said.
     
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  4. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    I really need the surface area though.  Ideally a side box mount one because I know how to get good results with one.  I'm not so sure I know how to use one where the heat is coming from the bottom.
     
  5. nate

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    For home use, i use the same Char griller of set smoker you have pictured.  I am currently modifying the smoke stack and adding a high temp gasket so it cooks more evenly.

    If I was to upgrade i would be looking at http://www.rectecgrills.com/ .  First and foremost, it looks F&^#ing awesome!  Look at those bull horns, i mean come'on.
     
  6. panini

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    @kuan

    Have you ever used a vertical smoker? Not sure, there may be you tubes about using one. Just to get an idea. I'm married to mine. 

    They also make an off set vertical so it should be like what you're doing now. Some of them are reasonably priced and around 1000 sq in.
     
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  7. kingfarvito

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    I also really love my vertical smoker
     
  8. kuan

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    I suppose I could learn.  It's just I am so used to a flat smoker.
     
  9. panini

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    @kuan   I assume you're dry smoking. What type of fuel are you using.

    They do make offset vericals.

    The thing I enjoy with the vertical (I have both) is it is a little easier to tend. It's a bit more consistant in temp.

    I also prefer to hot water smoke. It keeps the product moister. I use a combo of wood charcol and wood.

    When I fire the off set I use wood only. I find it more laborious to keep the fire hot though. Real pit roasters

    will swear by the off set. They also mop.
     
  10. millionsknives

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    @kuan what's your budget?
     
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     Dude? Duuuuuude!

    This is the one!  http://thegood-one.com/

    No pun intended. 

    I've been dreaming about this particular brand for 12 years now. Maybe some day but not even remotely possible in the next 6 years. My old Sam's Club Stainless steel one is holding on and a good thing too.

    Hope everyone is well unfortunately no time to chat. gotta try and get some sleep before tomorrow.

    Regards.
     
  13. kuan

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    Ooh OK.  I didn't mention price range because this morning I had no idea how much these things could cost!  I was thinking $300 but I guess I'll have to rethink things a bit.  

     @oldschool1982  good to see you check in once in a while.  :)
     
  14. knife nut

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    You can buy a smoker . Or make your own
     
  15. millionsknives

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    For me, the factors to consider on a smoker purchase

    1) Fuel source - stick burner or hardwood lump

    2) Insulation - kamados are great, cabinet smokers too for more capacity.  Amazing fuel usage and temperature control.  If you're getting a barrel cooker, make sure the steel is at least 1/4" thick and the doors close tight.  I don't like the cheaper barrel smokers. You're better off going vertical in the sub $1000 price range IMO.

    3) Mobility -  Is this for the back yard?  Catering/competition events?  Some things are easier to move, some even are mounted on their own wheels

    4) Price

    5) How easy it is to reload fuel

    6) Capacity

    7) Availability-  A lot of the great smoker fabricators expect local pickup.  BBQ guys half way across the country to pick up their new rigs.
     
  16. nate

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    I have always wanted to build my own brick offset smoker but never seem to find the time.

     
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    No budget right? Pizza oven/ smoker combo!

     
     
  18. nate

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    Now that's cool
     
  19. hamiltonbarnes

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    If $300 is your limit the weber smokey mtn is your best bet. It is the best store bought smoker under $1000. Vertical smokers are easier to use than horizontal offsets. You can do a 30 hour smoke without refueling. You are just playing with vent settings to get temps right.
     
  20. kuan

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    I actually know what I need in a smoker now.  Seems like some kind of insulation is good and a nice good seal too.  Plus a good design so it heats evenly and very adjustable venting too.

    I just have to figure out what I can sell to make this happen.  ;)