New Long Island Member

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by smokingneophyte, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Hello All,

    I have been lurking in this forum for a couple of years now and finally decided to join.  I have had a Brinkman electric smoker for several years and have made some very good smoked meats with it.  I have wanted to upgrade to a better smoker for a couple of years and have been painstakingly scouring these forums (and the web) for advice on which smoker to get.  I have it narrowed down to either the GOSM "Big Block" propane smoker or the Masterbuilt 40" electric smoker with viewing window from Sams Club.  This is where I need some help/advice.  I have been waffling between the two and can't decide.  I like the ease of the MES 40 and will probably also buy an A-Maze-N smoker to go along with it.  I also like the width of the Big Block for laying out racks of ribs.

    Any recommedations, advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.  I look forward to posting Qview from whichever smoker I end up with.

    Thanks,

    Paul
     
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

    This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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    4. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732

    5. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

    6. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience more pleasant...
     
  3. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I can't help you with either as I don't use gas. But all the same welcome aboard.
     
  4. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]  I use a MES40
     
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
     
  6. smokinal

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

    Welcome to SMF. You can't beat the flavor you get with a charcoal/wood smoker. My vote goes to a Weber Smoky Mountain Smoker. Easy to use, well built, great customer service, & good price.
     
  7. Thanks to all for the warm welcome to the forum.  I agree with Al on the flavor of a charcoal/wood smoker but I want something that requires less attention.  I am really looking for opinions and pro's/con's between the MES40 and the GOSM Big Block (3605BGD).  I was hoping someone would tell me something that would sway me one way or the other.  Can I use an A-Maze-N smoker in the 3605BGD?  I have seen plenty of threads using one in the MES40 but not the 3605BGD.  Do I need to use and A-Maze-N smoker with the 3605BGD or does it burn wood chunks/chips better than the MES40?
     
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF - sounds like you are off to a good start. Good luck in your quest for a new smoker
     
  9. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Originally a Bronx boy myself. Welcome to the SMF.....lots of info and opinions on both of those smokers you are thinking about. Here's a link to a superb blog put up by Squib that I had kept when trying to make a decision myself. I have a Master Forge gasser now....next one might be the GOSM...like the big chamber. Hope this helps....

    http://gosm-bigblock.blogspot.com/  
     
  10. Willie,

    Thanks for the link to that blog.  I had found that site already and it was one of the main reasons that I became interested in the GOSM 3605BGD.  How do you like the propane smoker?
     
  11. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So far, so good after a simple mod around the doors to stop heat/smoke loss. Sips propane..just wish it was a little wider. All in all, I'm happy with the propane and with the AMNS for constant TBS it's working out well for me. There are just 2 of us in the house, so I don't really need a huge unit.
     
     
  12. Willie,

    Thanks for the follow-up.  The more I reasearch I do, the closer I am to ordering the GOSM 3605BGD propane smoker.  But, this could change as more opinions are posted.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  13. ns mike d

    ns mike d Newbie

    welcome Paul from a fellow long guylunda

    can't help you on your decision, but let us know whay you decide and how it worked out.

    This forum is great at making you aware of your next trade up.   
     
  14. :welcome1:
     

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