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kfizzle85
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re: Akorn or WSM?


WSM is the only answer. Best purchase I've ever made. Thing is built like a fort too.





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Sid in Lakeshore
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Not sure how much I care about being a "true smoker" at this point. I just want to be able to smoke some ribs, pork butt, and chicken when I feel like it w/o a ton of hassle.


I'm not a smoking expert, suspect I'm like you. Just want good food that I can make on the weekend without Too much hassle.

I got the cheapest upright water smoker I could find. $150 Brinkman from Home Depot. Sam's has some decent cheap ones too.

I've smoked, ribs (beef and pork), butt, turkey, boudin, brisket, salmon (one of my family's favorites),etc....

The one I got is propane. You can walk by and check the thermometer every couple hours and check the smoke. if you need more smoke, add more chips/chunks. gets up to temp (200 - 225) in no time.

Everything tastes excellent. I would recommend the same cheap set-up for your first to see if you like smoking things.







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Sid in Lakeshore
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fatboydave


Same thing I got except Brinkman (might be a little cheaper built). got mine on sale at HD for $100.






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Spaulding Smails
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As a previous poster stated, the upright electrical smokers are really easy to use, and simple to cook food on.


Anybody have any experience with New Braunfels smokers? I was thinking about getting one from them






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CE Tiger
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Go with the Akorn. You won't regret it





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CE Tiger
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Go with the Akorn. You won't regret it





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Neauxla
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Any own or did own both a pre and post 2008 WSM? I'm wondering if the improvements are worth passing on the 2005 craigslist one?

quote:

In October 2008, Weber announced the improved Model 721001 18-1/2" cooker and the larger Model 731001 22-1/2" cooker.

Improvements to the Model 721001 18-1/2" cooker included:

Built-in lid thermometer with 1.5" stem. Temperature range of 100-350°F in 5°F increments. Improved access door. Door handle indicates locked position. Latching mechanism pulls door tight to middle cooking section. Clever new design allows the door to be removed entirely or have it open downward but still attached to the cooker—without hinges. Improved water pan. Two-gallon capacity. More solid fit on grill straps. Slightly less headroom between bottom of water pan and charcoal chamber. Sturdier legs. Heat shield mounted to the legs under the charcoal bowl protects patio or deck. Improved packaging protects the product during journey from factory to front porch. Updated owners manual operating instructions and modern recipes.






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kfizzle85
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Mine is from ~2005/2006, its fine and I'm sure there's several posters here who can attest to the goodness that's come off that smoker in the past 7 years.





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rollindaddy
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from Candy at sapphires in Vegas





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Creamer
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If you have a good deal on the older model, get it. The updates are good and well thought out, but they will both smoke great meat.





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Creamer
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The new braunfels offset smokers?





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jmtigers
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Weber Kettle grill w/ a Smokenator





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Neauxla
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Ok I think I am trying to decide between the Akorn and WSM





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gmrkr5
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Ok I think I am trying to decide between the Akorn and WSM


I'll tell you the problem with using ceramic style cooker predominantly as a smoker....

By design they are very efficient because they are insulated. That is achieved by being able to burn a very small fire but contain the heat that the fire puts off. The problem you run into is that sometimes on long cooks the fire is so small that you have trouble producing good smoke from the wood your trying to burn. I have an Egg and still use it for long cooks sometimes but your going to wrestle with the smoke part of it. The WSM doesn't have this problem as it is not as efficient but you have a larger and hotter heat source that is easily accessible. If you need to add more wood to an Egg or Akorn, etc your pulling everything out to get to the fire.



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Loubacca
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. The WSM doesn't have this problem as it is not as efficient but you have a larger and hotter heat source that is easily accessible. If you need to add more would to an Egg or Akorn, etc your pulling everything out to get to the fire.


The meat only takes smoke for the first 1-2 hrs, so if you have have much smoke after that, it's no problem. You want good smoke when you first throw the meat on.






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gmrkr5
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The meat only takes smoke for the first 1-2 hrs, so if you have have much smoke after that, it's no problem. You want good smoke when you first throw the meat on.


i think that's debatable but that's for another thread. all i'm saying is smoke production is an issue i've dealt with as have others with ceramic cookers






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Neauxla
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Ok, so there is a guy in laplace selling a 2005 WSM for $150. It does not have a thermometer in it. Can I just drill a hole in it and install an aftermarket one or will that make the porcelain crack?





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gmrkr5
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quote:

Ok, so there is a guy in laplace selling a 2005 WSM for $150. It does not have a thermometer in it. Can I just drill a hole in it and install an aftermarket one or will that make the porcelain crack?


they didnt come with a thermometer in '05? that's a good deal if it's lightly used. i would think you could drill it but im not sure about the porcelain






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Neauxla
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Apparently they didn't add thermometers until 2008





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gmrkr5
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wow didnt know that. honestly i wouldn't even worry about a dome thermo and i'd just get a maverick with dual probes





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