Help with versatility!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jonhans, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. jonhans

    jonhans Newbie

    Been stalking and soaking up all the great info here for awhile without posting. I have a MES30 I have been having a great time with, but it's having electrical issues and I am starting to think bigger. I want to know what the most versatile type of smoker you'd recommend? I want easy and no fuss, $500-700, and something that can do it all! Too much to ask? I'm leaning toward pellet grill, but I'm a noob! I'll keep the mes for cold smoking so don't have to worry about that. I need help and suggestions. Thanks.
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF!

    I'd recommend a Weber Smokey Mountain.

    Holds temps well, well built & ready to go right out of the box. You could get a couple of them with your budget.

    Since this is your first post, would you swing by Roll Call & introduce yourself.

    Then we can all give you a proper welcome!

    Al
     
  3. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have my twins. And never looked back!!
    Happy Smokin..
     
  4. jonhans

    jonhans Newbie

    Temp control easy with the WSM?
     
  5. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As long as you start with a small fire you will have no problems
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    By versatile what do you mean? A question for you is how do you want to cook?

    The WSM's are a great smoker if you aren't looking for a mega stick burner. If you remove the body and place the grate on the base you can also use them as a grill. Works excellent for reverse sear. Heck we even use the base of the 18.5 as a fire pit when camping after we're done cooking.

    I have the 14.5", 18.5" and four homemade Mini-WSM's. All are rock solid temp wise and produce excellent BBQ. They are as efficient as you can get for solid fuel smokers.

    The only thing I don't care for on the WSM's is the charcoal baskets. I wish the sides and the bottom were attached. It would make shaking the ash out of the spent coals easier.
     

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