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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by jcasteel, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. For starters, I'm completely new to smoking. I love to grill and want to make the transition over to smoking. My birthday is in December so my joint gift is going to be a smoker. I've been doing a lot of research on the different types of smokers and trying to find one I want. I decided to go to a forum to ask others opinions on what I should get to start out with. I don't want an expensive one, but I want to avoid cheap ones that turn out to be junk as well. If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. I currently live in Lenoir City, Tennessee. I currently teach 6th grade, which gives me plenty of time during summers and breaks off for smoking. I'm looking forward to getting into it and learning the craft!
  2. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]Were you wanting gas,wood,charcoal or a watt burner?
  3. I was wanting to go with either wood or charcoal.
  4. smokinal

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

    If you decide on electric, the Masterbuilt is a very popular smoker, Gas would be a GOSM, although I own a Smoke Vault gasser & love it. For charcoal I would recommend a Weber Smoky Mountain. You sound like you've done a lot of research. Like Michael said what are you looking for?
  5. I have been back and forth between a vertical and an offset. From what I have read, a veritcal is easier to use, especially to start on, but some lack space. Being new to this, I'm not sure exactly how much space a rack of ribs or a brisket etc. would take up. Normally, I would say I would only cook for 4-8 people, but probably 4-5 times a year I would cook for 20 or more. I guess I just don't know with what I could get away with. I have read that WSM is a very good one to start with. I didn't know if there was a comparable offset one as far as quality and price.
  6. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.

    You are going to fit in just fine.

    I also teach 6th Grade so I feel your pain.  
  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome JC

    The offset is a good choice, I have two of them.

  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family...I currently use a Horizontal Offset...They are good but pretty much eveything out there will need to be modified for even heating across the smoke chamber...JJ
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome - sounds like you are well on your way to a new toy. Good luck and jeep us posted
  11. bsmhaze

    bsmhaze Fire Starter

    Welcome Teach! You have all access to many years of smoking experience here on the forum. I'm pretty new here as well and am in the middle of the e-course this week. Good stuff to lay down the basics and get started. Good Luck!

  12. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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