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Tiger Ryno
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HELP me choose a Smoker
About to take the plunge in a fee weeks go big into smoking meats and various and sundry other food items.

I'm about to embark on the research phase and would love some pros and cons from the veterans.

Money is of course no object....I want something that produces the high quality product I expect from myself and is versatile enough for a variety of different methods including the potential to smoke indoors (if needed).

Thank you in advance


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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
best meats I ever did came off a $100 offset pit I got at Home Depot 20 yrs ago. you can spend all the money you want but until you know the pit you can't do your best. after it finally rusted out I got a 700 dollar Oklahoma Joe and its much better built than the cheapo but I can't get it singing like the old one


Tiger Ryno
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
What does offset mean?


cgrand
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
main cooking chamber plus an offset fire box
build the fire in the box and the meat goes in the main chamber


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Twenty 49
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
I'm a big fan of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

The 18" is only about $299, and it can run a long time without the need to check it or add fuel.

There is also a good bulletin board focused on using it. Virtual Weber

Can't use it indoors.


Cold Drink
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
Nothing can beat the ease, consistency, and quality of a good pellet smoker


Tiger Ryno
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
18"sounds restrictive....maybe only good for a couple of hotdogs or something. I need room for big cuts. The indoor option isn't a deal breaker because I know how to manage that piece.


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The neighbor has a pellet smoker and swears over his mother's grave on it.I blieve his uses propane and wood but I don't want propane on mine.
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Cold Drink
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I have a Rec Tec. I agree with your neighbor, Mine uses pellets only for fuel. The only potential downside is you need access to an electric outlet, which probably won't be a problem for you but it's something to think about if you plan on taking it around to different spots.


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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
Why do you need an outlet?


golfntiger32
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
I have a WSM it is a good smoker, however I needed more capacity so I got a Backwoods G2 Chubby made in Dixie La. I can smoke a couple pork butts and a packer brisket at the same time. It is also insulated which was huge for me in the winter time. Holds temp great and uses less fuel than the WSM did.

Image: https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.bigpoppasmokers.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/g/2/g2_chubby_open_1.jpg


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BigPerm30
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
I love my BGE. I use it to smoke often. Everything always stays moist.


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tigerfootball10
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
Have a Traeger and use it 4-5 a week. Needs electricity to heat the fire rod. It is effortless and impossible to burn something. Smoking a brisket now. Pork chops later


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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
I have cooked on stick burners and gas and electric smokers and about 9 months ago bought a traeger. Don't care if I ever use another kind.


Tiger Ryno
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
So you just need the electric outlet to get it started?


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Tiger Ryno
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
Which traeger?


tigerfootball10
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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
Yes electricity is all you need. I bought the smallest one cause I mainly do chicken breasts pork chops and other quick meals


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I'm eyeing the timberline 850 coming out on the 14th.


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re: HELP me choose a Smoker
Once you get the hang of an Egg, it's effortless. You can do a lot on a BGE... smoking, direct grilling, baking.

It will stay at 225 for 12 hours without moving, or I can get it up to inferno type temps for something like greek kabobs.


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What are the pros and cons on a wood pellet vs ceramic?


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