$400.00 looking for more size

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by eaterofshades, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. eaterofshades

    eaterofshades Newbie

    I have a gen 1 30 inch MES. I would like something bigger for brisket and turkey. I have up to $400.00 to spend But would like to reserve some money for cold smoking gear. I have only used electric smokers so far but am open to other types. Thanks for your insights.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2014
  2. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    For electric, look at Smokin-it here at SMF.  I would also prowl around the wood and charcoal smoker forums here at SMF. And ask questions.  Lots of questions. 
     
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    22.5" Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM). I have had 4 pork butts and 3 full packer briskets on mine at the same time. It's as close to set it and forget it as you can get for a charcoal smoker.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You could build a larger electric smoker..... electric element and temp controller.... Well insulated, a 110V 1500 watt element should heat it...
     
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd also vote for a 22.5 WSM. For cold smoking gear you can't go wrong with one of the Amaze-n smoke generators. If you catch a sale on the WSM you should be able to get everything for under $400.
     
  6. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Which way do you want to go? Electric? Charcoal? Propane?

    An ugly drum is a good way to go as well, and pretty easy to build.
     
  7. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If propane is in the discussion, get a Smoke Hollow 44" for $250 from Sams Club.
     
  8. eaterofshades

    eaterofshades Newbie

    Hi All,

    Just wanted to update you as my Smokin-it 2 arrived and I just finished the seasoning wood burn.  It is very solidly built.  I am wondering though if anyone in the northern states have left it out (covered with the cover from the company) in winter and how it has held up.

    Thanks!

    -Matt
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just a thought... From experience, stuff covered up outside, will collect condensate...... From a cold night to a warmer day, the humidity is attracted to colder surfaces.... which can be metal under a cover.... Not good for electronics....
     
  10. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Agree with DaveOmak. Lot's of folks do cover their outdoor equipment.  And condensation can be a problem.  As well as the occasional spider or two in warmer climates. 
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015

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