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Brinkman Split door vs. Char-Griller offset.

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I am going to be purchasing a smoker tonight and have narrowed it down between these too. I have read and researched and haven't really found a definitive answer to the difference except some people like the split door and some like the offset. Is there really a big difference? Obviously, I'd like to stay as low possible in regards to price but don't mind if I have to pay a few extra bucks and not regret getting an inferior product. I also understand that I will need to modify the Brinkmann a little if I purchase that one and I don't mind having to do that. I've wanted to smoke for some time and have read so much I think I am over-analyzing everything. Can't wait to get started with everything and just do it. 

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   Kevin,first,welcome1.gif to the SMF. These smokers are good to start with,read all the mods.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/search.php?search=+Smoke+n%27+Pro+mods 

and then go to the 5day coursebiggrin.gif. We enjoy having new people here and somewhere among us is an answer to your questions.

   Oh,and be sure to send Q-view(BV) of your unit; it will help in pointing you the right way.Then when you cook, you can let  us drool over your pics.

Have fun and...

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This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!



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 Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to  your first qview. icon14.gif

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welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

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Thanks for the warm welcome!


Well I ended up getting the Brinkmann last night. I seasoned it with some veggie oil and she's ready to go today. I found a charcoal basket that was a stainless steel strainer and it seems to work great. I understand why some people had the problems they were having with these but I was able to get it up to about 275 and then closing the dampers I kept an even 200 for a few hours so I'm not too worried about this thing. Ribs are rubbed and going on in a few hours. I'll take some pics and post a qview. 

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