Gas or Charcoal Smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by heskie73, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Hi
    I have never used smokers before. Not sure wether to buy a gas or charcoal one.
    If I buy a gas one does it mean that if I smoke something for say 3 hours I would have to have the gas on for the full 3 hours. Or will it just use gas initially for the start process ???
    My local store has a gas one on sale at $200
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I vote charcoal? Check craigslist for used WSMs. Better yet build yourself a mini...

    A weber kettle will also put out done great Q with a charcoal basket. I have all three and it's not easy picking one to use! ;)
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    $200. , will get a decent Smoker , look at them and check out their weight. The heavier the better it will last for you.

    I tend to agree with Rarebit, look in Craig's List for a Smoker . You can find a higher dollar unit for what you have , then again , look them over before you plop down your


    Whatever you do , have fun and . . .
  4. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Rarebit? When did we get so formal Stan? Lol

    Welsh or Wood would be fine...
  5. Yes you would be burning gas for the whole process. As for which smoke, Spend the day reading the reviews. They all have their pros and cons.

    Happy smoken.

  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG], excuse me , Wood ...
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had charcoal in an older GOSM, but converted it to propane. No matter what you get, they ALL burn wood. [​IMG]
    I just found the propane easier to control and is more of a "set it and forget it" than charcoal is. Even with the conversion, I still can use charcoal in the can I place on the propane burner, along with the wood. Flavor is great.
  8. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    I'm getting a big poppa uds kit i would look into that if i were you

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