Originally Posted by mballi3011
Ok I'm gonna be the odd ball here and say that you need to go with a gasser. It's easy as turning a knob and you can have heat that's really high and then turn it the other way and it goes down. Now I have a couple of them myself and I really like them too. So you could go with a cheaper model and get the GOSM from Bass Pro Shop (they have the big block) or you could go with the Smoke Vault 24". I have both of them and I have been tring to wear them out for years. The good thing about theses smokers are you can load them with alot of meat to. They are even big enough to lay a full slab of ribs down flat. So thats my pennies on the subject.
I guess I'm an oddball as well.
Originally Posted by midwestpatsfan
Well, I think I will start out this thread with a little back story first. I was given the "el chipo" torpedo smoker from a little old women from down the street, she gave it to my dad who also didn't want it. Do not ask me why she had it, but it had never been used and I thought I would at least give it a shot. Shortly after that, I found this website and I was on my way, and needless to say I have been hooked on smoking meat ever since. Over the coarse of this past summer I have done several smokes and for the most part, the meat has turned out great.
I have learned that I am limited on what can be done on this little guy and was thinking about upgrading to something a little better for christmas. That is where you all come in. What would be a nice upgrade that keeps the process simple but gives me more freedom to do some larger cuts of meat and might give me a little better results? Don't get me wrong, the little torpedo has served me well, but each smoke has been different from the others, sometimes I cannot get the heat up enough, sometimes I cant get the heat down, things like that. I would love to get something that is a little more consistent so I can really take this to the next level.
If the OP want something fairly inexpensive and extremely easy to operate I would suggest something like a GOSM or a Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault
If you want to use charcoal and were comfortable with your "Torpedo" I would say the Weber Smokey Mountain.
But I also noticed in midwestpatsfan, he said TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, with that statement, I would suggest looking into a small offset that you could use charcoal and/or splits.
But with this statement, so prbably just a straightforward smoker that is a little more convienent and easy to use that the el cheapo torpedo I am using now.
With this statement I would go back to the GOSM suggestion
But still can't come up with one for all the requirements you specify, such as Price, convenient and easy to use, consistency, Charcoal
If using charcoal did not matter I would say the GOSM or Smoke Vault both these meet all your requirements Price, convenient and easy to use, consistency with the exception of charcoal.
However the Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain smoker does have a charcoal model, but I am guessing the gasser is better for Consistency
Of course, most here will answer with what they are comfortable using, that doesn't mean they have used all others out there.
So before making your decision read reviews, check out modifications, possibly look into building a UDS.
Other things to consider, do you want it portable for tailgating and things of that nature.
- Do you need it to have a small footprint.
- Do you have access to a lot of wood.
- How often will it be used.
- Do you want a set it and forget it type of smoker.
I have no first hand experience with the WSM other than watching them being used
I do not have any experience with the Smoke Vault.
I have no experience with the GOSM Charcoal models
I however do have a bit of experience on the GOSM gasser models and a Reverse flow offset.