PLEASE HELP! First time smoker looking for an inexpensive set up.

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by john1075, May 3, 2011.

  1. john1075

    john1075 Newbie

    Anyone want to give me a little advice on what is a good wood burning smoker under $200 to get started with?
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    John welcome to SMF glad you joined us. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here. Personally I don't know of any true wood burner for under 200 bucks
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  3. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    Ther isnt one, build a UDS, there is a lot of info on it here or buy a WSM, info on it here also . there is a very wide gap on good smokers price wise.
  4. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup, go for the UDS. they are pretty awesome and the taste is great as well.
  5. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    Build an uds, I did.
  6. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For under $200 you will be hard pressed to find something that works well without having to modify it, unless you build a Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS). If you go to $250-$300 you could get a 18.5" Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM), and those are great smokers right out of the box.
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    First off welcome to SMF......Another route to finding a smoker is to keep an eye out for one on craigslist. I found a older braunfel offset smoker in great condition for 50 bucks......I love it....

    real heavy duty



    Good luck
  9. smokinal

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

    Nice score boykjo!
  10. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    so let us know what you decide?
  11. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I found one just like boykjo on craigslist for same price. I am doing some mods right now and hope to try it out in the next couple of weeks.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome John!

    This is about as cheap as it gets:


    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  13. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Your killing me bear!!
  14. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Welcome For wood burner that cheap you are going to need lots of luck[​IMG][​IMG]Otherwise drums are you best bet uds ,big baby or drum with a door and half a barrel fire box its here somewhere its a nice build .  
  15. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bear actually makes a good point.

    It can be as cheap as you want it to be you can convert an old grill, use clay pots, 55 gallon drums,

    You could convert an old filing cabinet to a smoker.

    use your imagination.


    $179.00 at home depot

    and here's one for 230.00


    I would look for something used if you want to keep it under $200.00
  16. smokinal

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

    I love this place!!!
  17. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    John,where are you? I happen to have a SnP sitting out in the weather and starting to rust! I was using it to handle overloads and found more work than I percieved!I know it is not a 'great smoker,but wood can be used in it, and has been before!

    Let me know where you are and maybe we can strike a deal.

    I live in Ohio and 40 mins. from Toledo. Pm me back and we'll talk if interested.

    A brother in Smoke[​IMG]

    Have fun and ...
  18. If his location was in his profile we would know where he is.
  19. 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.

    Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

    We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
    this is the place. 

    Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

    Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

    Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

    Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa

    Tips For New Members.
    1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
    2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
    3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself and Experience & Equipment.
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    8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
    9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
    10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
    11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
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    13. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.

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  20. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There ya go!


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