Suggestions for a good wood smoker to buy?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by georgiagirl, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Newbie

    Hello everyone,

    I am looking for a wood smoker for my fiance for Christmas. He's a Southern man and takes his BBQ very seriously, and has been talking about getting a wood-burning meat smoker for forever. I want to surprise him and buy him one but I don't know much about smoking meat other than it tastes good. [​IMG]

    Does anyone have suggestions for which wood smokers are good? I see a number of threads on how to build your own but I would really like to just purchase one. I have seen the Brinkmann Smoke`N Pit Smoke King Deluxe listed on many sites, which is listed as a charcoal/wood burning smoker and grill. However, we already have a very nice, large grill, so I really am just looking for a smoker. I have seen the Brinkmann upright smoker recommended on the Smoking Meat website, but on amazon.com that is only listed as a charcoal smoker. Can anyone tell me if you can use wood in a "charcoal smoker"?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!!
     
  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Seeing you are in Georgia I have to mention Lang Smokers

    The ones Paul linked to are very nice pits, I personally use a Horizon and can recommend them without reservation.

    If you give a price point it would be easier to recommend a pit within your budget.
     
  3. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Newbie

    Thanks for the replies and advice. I was looking for something in the "a few hundreds of dollars" range, maximum. I checked out the links from both of you, and they all look wonderful but also quite big . . . maybe that's my ignorance talking, though. If all wood-burning meat smokers are that big, please correct me. :)

    We live in a small townhouse, so I am just looking for something that can fit on a small patio. Like I said before, the Brinkmann upright smoker seems to be about the right size -- something we could store in the garage and move outside when we want to use it. However, it is listed as a charcoal smoker. Can you use wood in it, too? Or can not all charcoal smokers use wood?

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  4. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Girl,

    First off - there is a fine, fine line between where charcoal smokers end, and wood smokers begin. For instance, I have a large offset type that weights in at 550 lbs. and can cook about 8 slabs of ribs at once, comfortably. Also, my smoker can burn a lot of wood, but I can also get great results using charcoal only! An "all wood" smoker, like you put it, IS going to be one of the larger smokers out there.

    However, your description of where you live and what you want to spend - helps define what you might want to think about buying.

    The Brinkmann smoker you mentioned is designed to burn wood chips or small chunks of wood. Another GREAT smoker in this category would be the Webber Smokey Mountain 22. This smoker will fit in the garage, add it will hold more meat too, I think. ( a friend of mine has both models, but it's been a few months since I've seen either one in action )

    Investigate the WSM, or any of the charcoal smokers that can also handle wood chunks...this way, you get the portability factor - but the wood chunks add plenty of authentic BBQ flavor.

    Good luck!
     
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The upright (vertical) smokers are pretty much charcoal smokers. You do use wood chunks in conjunction with these though. If you are looking for one like this I strongly suggest you look at the Weber smokey mountain . They are super easy to operate and put out some dynamite BBQ.
     
  6. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The 18 inch is a geat model to start with.No modifications and very consistent.
    Not a stickburner,but wood chunks do the trick....
     
  7. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Newbie

  8. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would think one of these would fit your needs and price range.

    Do a search here for Masterbuilt Electric smoker. www.QVC.com. There are many reviews to read there.

    There are other places to get them also like Cabelas, or Bass Pro shops.

    Very conveient and easy to use and no mess, just use wood chips or chunks.

    Something to consider.
     
  9. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Yes, I'm sorry...I specifically mentioned the 22" model, but the 18" would also be a good start.

    Basically, unless you have a barn, or a huge garage - you might not want an "all wood" smoker, but rather a charcoal smoker that is big enough to handle some good chunks of wood.
     
  10. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No problem man....I have used the 22 inch alot and holding 6 -10 pound butts for catering etc is awesome....The weekend warrior may find the fuel amounts and such a bit much....They are both awesome units and glad to have them myself....[​IMG] I started on the 18 and the consistency allowed me to experiment with woods,flavors without spending alot of time messing with maintaing even temps like my stickburner....

    I have seen 18 in good shape for 100 dollars used on the net....
     
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Take a look at my signature.....
     
  12. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If your willing to take $300 for the smoker in your sig, I'll take it [​IMG]
     
  13. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Newbie

    So it sounds like there is not much difference between the 18" and the 22" Weber smokers, other than the 22" is a little bigger and takes more fuel?

    Also, I'd posted a link to the Brinkmann Grill King (a couple posts ago), which is listed as a charcoal/wood smoker. How do you think that would compare to the Weber models?

    Thanks to everyone for the help!!
     
  14. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Newbie

    PS -- bbqfans the smoker in your sig looks amazing, but that is definitely more advanced than what I'm looking for, hehe!
     
  15. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    You basically have several kinds of smokers
    Electric
    Propane
    Charcoal
    These you add wood chips or chunks to to get the smoke flavor some people do burn wood splits in some of the side fire box smokers

    Wood or stick burners which are usually heavier in construction materials and are made to burn wood splits
     
  16. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There is no comparison to the Weber Smokey Mountain. The Brinkman you posted is basically just a Charcoal Grill.
     
  17. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to agree with Paul, no comparison.
     
  18. georgiagirl

    georgiagirl Newbie

    Alright, well thanks for the help, everyone!! Y'all were so great! I'll go with the Weber. Since we pretty much never have more than 10 people or so that we're cooking for, I'll stick with the 18". That should hold plenty. :)

    Maybe he'll be on the forums himself after Christmas, once he starts using it.
     

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