Can anyone recommend a commercial (non-DIY) smoker?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by nomorenicksleft, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Amazon reviews don't really cut it for this sort of thing. My budget's modest, but in the next month or two I'd like to get one. I ask here because electric/propane/whatever seem like cheating... besides, I really like the idea of smoking with hickory or mesquite.

    Is there anything available, and what do you guys recommend?
  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What's the budget? Can it be a charcoal burner?
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

  4. Maybe $250, a little higher if it would make a real difference. I don't even know if that will get me anything serious or not, to be honest.

    And charcoal wouldn't be too bad... but can't you use wood chips in those as well?
  5. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WSM, they are nice.
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, that's the ticket in your price range. I use charcoal and wood chunks in mine. They are super easy to use and no mods are necessary, they work great right out of the box.
  7. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't no if you can get a commercial smoker for $250.00, does it have to be NSF rated?
  8. silverwolf636

    silverwolf636 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I know Lowes had some with a side fire pit. I think they were less than 200. I looked on their web site and didn't see it.
  9. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Comercial smokers are considerably more expensive than everyday or backyard smokers. I am partial to pellet smokers. The Fast Eddy Cookers (FEFC100) or the Traeger COM 190 are good smokers but they start at $3500 and go up. I guess the question is are you really looking for a commercial smoker or a GOOD backyard smoker?? (All smokers are good, some are great.) [​IMG]
  10. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i'm a big fan of the brinkmann Smoke'nPit. the cost is within your budget, and it's got some great performance right out of the box, but can be even better with a fewsimple, quick and dirty modifications - total cost under 20$.

    then as you learn to use your SnP, you can upgrade those quick and dirty modifications to some real performance-enhancing mods (further down the link posted above) that really allow you to turn out top-quality barbecue.
  11. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    "Commercial smoker" and "$250.00 budget" are just about mutually exclusive terms. You can come up with a pretty good unit, as those suggested are for that money but not truly commercial.
  12. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I seriously doubt the op was aware of what a real "commercial" smoker was.
  13. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's my thinking too, Rick. Commercially produced vs. DIY.
  14. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  15. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    It depends on what type smoker you want for that budget. If you want the bullet/vertical type smoker, the WSM is what you should go for. If you want a larger capacity barrel type with a side fire box, I recommend a CharGriller. Most Lowes stores carry the Super Pro model & you buy the SFB separately. I believe Academy Sports recently had the CharGriller w/SFB on sale. I have had both a Brinkman SNP & the CharGriller & the CG is the better one IMHO.

    If you got the CG route, you will need to do a few minor inexpensive mods. Even with the mods, you should come in under your $250 budget. There are several threads on here about CG or offset smoker mods. You can also google offset smoker mods & get a world of info.
  16. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, I was thinking that after I posted. I'm sure he meant commercially available, vs. building himself, rather than one made to do commercial volume and quality of work.
  17. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think your right mulepackin.

    And the WSM is a excellent choice. Of course since he wants a store bought, he can also go electric, and get the MES "Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse".
  18. Yeh, sorry for the confusion. I only meant something commercially available.

    And thank you all for the answers.

    The super pro chargriller looks interesting... but I'm a little unsure how all this works. If I'm interested (primarily) in making smoked sausages, shouldn't those hang from a chamber in a smoker? Or does it really matter? It certainly bares a resemblance to the much larger commercial smokers that you guys linked to. (And it would double as a plain grill... never got a new one when we moved and I gave my old $30 Walmart grill away.)
  19. smokeifuhavem

    smokeifuhavem Fire Starter

    You can get a chargriller from Lowe's for about 139.00 plus 69.99 for side fire box. That's what I got and really like the results for the money. Sometimes they can be baught for 99.00

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