Advice on a Smoker for Dads X-mas gift

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by landfilllumber, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Hello, my father has an old smoker that he uses and is to cheap to buy a new one. He has great luck at times and burns things the rest of the time. He uses a small single burner electric hot plate with a cast iron skillet as the wood tray. I want to buy him a new one, but I see charcoal,electic,propane, what one is the easiest to use? I have read that the propane ones are hard to keep the temp. low enough. Please I need help fast before the holidays. I should mention that cost is a concern what can I get in the $100 range? Thanks everyone for helping me out with this, Victor
  2. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, if he's open to change (as for the heat source), a charcoal fired ECB would be a great addition. Those li'l buggers can produce some great Q for around half of what you have to spend.

    Good luck!
  3. Hello, he has an old brinkman that he use the way I explained above. I was looking at "The Great Outdoors Charcoal Smoker" for $90 on Amazon, is this a good unit? I want to get him a natural burning smoker, but if it is a lot harder to use then I will go with a gas or electrical unit. I like to way the great outdoor unit opens from the front , it will make using it easy for him he has one bad hand. Thanks a ton for the information and time, Victor
  4. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's a pretty popular smoker around here, but I don't have one... I am sure someone will be around soon to help you out with the ins and outs of it.

    Good luck!
  5. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If your dad likes the electric unit he has, and is to stubborn to get another, i would stick with electric.
    Huge learning curve on gas and even more on charcoal.[​IMG]
  6. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Maybe you could hint at what he'd like ... Ya know Dad I know this guy who has a ---- smoker what do you think?
  7. What is a good electric unit for around $100 does one exist? Thanks everyone for such fast replies, Victor
  8. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brinkman electric gourmet......$69.00
    Set it and forget it, your dad will love you!![​IMG]
  9. What about a model that opens from the frnt, this would make it easy on my dad to move meats around, as I mentioned he has a bad hand. Thanks, Victor
  10. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Sounds like you are descrbing a MES [​IMG]
    It will cost $199 + taxes for the black version unless
    you find it on sale somewhere.

    I like mine ( MES )[​IMG]
  11. minn.bill

    minn.bill Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    the only one i've ever used is my camp chef smoke vault ,its propane and i love it .
  12. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Luhr Jensen makes a unit called the Big Chief that opens from the front. I don't know what they run though.
  13. Cabelas carry them for 99.00 electric powered

  14. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  15. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The one thing about this one <I think> is it really won't do the high temp bird thing. Seems I read it won't top 225 or so?.

    'Course, just looking at it...a bit of insulation might help ALOT.
  16. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not sure about max temp, but they do have that nifty "smoking jacket" thing to slip over it... that's gotta help!
  17. Thanks everyone for being so helpful so fast. I ordered the Luhr Jensen Little Chief with the jacket as I'm in michigan(burrrrrrr). I got it from, smoker, jacket, and a package of rub shipped for $106 not bad I thought. I'll get him on this forum once hes smokin up a storm. Thanks guys and gals for everything, Victor
  18. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Need to say where in MI. Seems like us Michiganers are leading the pack when it comes to members here! [​IMG][​IMG]
  19. I'm in Warren not far from you. I get some wood from a small mill in Brighton. Looking to get out that way this or next week. Michiganders are meat eaters, need the high protein for the cold weather. Thanks everyone, Victor
  20. Wow I'm really mad , I just got the smoker in the mail and in had no it or craft paper on secondary box, it was shipped as is. Well now my fathers X-mas gift is no surprise as he brought it in the house. Thanks a lot what great buisness practice send stuff 3 weeks before the holidays in its original package. Is it just me or does this seem to be very common sence stuff, not rocket science. Sorry had to vent, I called and reallt only thing they could say was sorry (we are stupid). I almost want to send it back, but my fathers face when he told me thanks, and I said for what, he said the smoker, I said darn it,LOL. Thanks for letting me vent I feel better, Victor

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