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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Buy a smoker for my hubby for Christmas  What kind should I get, electric, propane, charcoal....?  HELP! =)

post #2 of 15
What price range do you want to be in? Has he smoked before or just grill? If he grills what kind of grill does he have?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for under $300.  He has a propane grill from Home Depot, not sure of the brand.  He has never smoked, but I think he'd enjoy it.

 

post #4 of 15

Masterbuilt 40 with window. Electric at Sam's $299. He will love you for it!!!

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I agree with SmokinAL.  I have the Masterbuilt 30 and would like something a litter bigger, if it ever quits I will get the 40

post #6 of 15
The MES would be good for electric or if he wants propane then go with a GOSM(Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain)
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That sounds like some sound advice, I don't have any experience on either but I would think it would be a safe bet that either of those two options would probably come with less frustrations / learning curve.

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I'd suggest you go not with a $300 smoker, but with something under $50. Get him a cheapie gas or electric with a promise to upgrade if he likes the idea. That way, he can get his feet wet so to speak, then make his decision on which way he wants to go.

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Masterbuilt 40 with window. Electric at Sam's $299. He will love you for it!!!


Big Ditto !

 

Bear

 

post #10 of 15

Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 40".

 

Never thought smoking could be so easy.

 

Never ruined a meal in it yet!!

post #11 of 15

I don't one, but if you go electric I also nominate the Masterbuilt at SAM'S as well.  If he has expressed interest in charcoal a Weber Smoky Mountain 18'5" would be my suggestion in your price range.  I have one and love it, once you get it figured out (which shoudn't take too long) it very easy to run.  My only complaint is that I don't have the 22", but it is well over $300.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Aaron

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Wow...thanks for the advice everyone!  I think I'll go to Sams and try it!  By the way...is clean-up a pain in the butt?

 

post #13 of 15

I sugest a gosm.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Outdoors-Smoky-Mountain-25-Gas-Smoker/12429510 Spend the rest on a good probe and some meat.Todd has a sale right now.

post #14 of 15
The down side to electric is that you will also have to purchase some sort of smoke generater (creates the smoke). The propane smoker is good to go just add chips to the chip pan. as far a sclean up, you only want to clean the racks and the bottom if any liquids happen to miss the drip pan. hope this helps, and trust ALL OF US, he will be addicted.
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Originally Posted by kosshan View Post

Wow...thanks for the advice everyone!  I think I'll go to Sams and try it!  By the way...is clean-up a pain in the butt?

 



With an MES 40, I recommend foiling your water pan & bottom drip pan to make cleaning easy. Most of us do that.

 

Then most of your cleaning is washing grill racks after each smoke, and the glass in the door, and the little light lens (front, top, left).

 

The hardest thing is the grill racks, depending on how hard stuff got baked on.

 

After awhile you'll probably want to get rid of any little piles of fat drippings around the bottom.

 

That's basically about it. IMO

 

Bear

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