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Pellet vs charcoal smoker
Looking for advice. I got into smoking last year with a small electric smoker. I am looking to replace my propane grill with a combo grill so that I can start smoking on the pit. I have cooked with charcoal over the years, but have not cooked with pellets. Wondering if any of y'all have opinions on which would be the way to go.

Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: Pellet vs charcoal smoker
Big Green Egg (Or whatever version you choose)

Best, most versatile outdoor cooker there is.

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Louisiana Tech Fan
Member since Oct 2005
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re: Pellet vs charcoal smoker
If you’re not a busy man, offset is the best way to go. You’ll be thinking with it throughout the cook and it’s output is amazing. Just make sure you get something with 1/4” steel to hold heat.

Pellet is more set and forget. Keep the hopper full and you’re good to go.

There is more “art” to offsets.

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New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2011
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re: Pellet vs charcoal smoker
The best value if doing small quantities would be a Weber Kettle. If all you do is smoke on it probably a Weber Smoking Mountain is the best value for a dedicated smoker.

The best all around if doing small quantities is kamado cookers. It’s basically a REALLY nice Weber Kettle.

If you are a lazy cooker your options are a pellet cooker (can do both but is a better smoker than grill). If your a lazy cook and you don’t want to depend on electronics then look a gravity feed smoker (it only smokes)

If you want to work the fire and like the process buy an offset smoker.
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re: Pellet vs charcoal smoker
I just got the Masterbuilt 560. Smoking a chuck roast as we speak. Like the fact that it controls the temp, I ain’t got time to be chasing a grill all day trying to keep temp right.

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Member since Dec 2012
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What's the budget? They have ceramics like Kamado Joe Primo and BGE or they have a vast array of pellet grills that do a wide range of temps. There is also the Masterbuilt gravity smoker that uses charcoal and but is automated like the pellets.

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Member since Apr 2018
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re: Pellet vs charcoal smoker
I have a Rec Tec Stampede. Great grill. Temp range is 180-500. The only problem I have with it is that it’s not gonna give a good sear, but I knew that going in and kept my little Weber kettle for that. Like someone above said, it’ll just depend on your budget.

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The best value if doing small quantities would be a Weber Kettle.

I’ve been using a Weber Kettle for about 4 years now. My intention was to upgrade to a big green egg by now but my Weber does everything I need it to do so I haven’t really seen the point yet.

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