Hi all. Newbie to smoking (not eating it, just doing it). My very first post here on the forum. So what better question than that of my very first smoker purchase. I did a search but some came up older and want the latest recommendations!
I'm in central valley of CA, Fresno. Believe it or not, it does get pretty cold here when fog hits in the valley. I've decided on propane, vertical. I was going to quickly run out and the the MASTER FORGE at Lowes, but a quick search made it seems like it has smoke leakage problem and thin walls. I do like the idea of a separate opening for the water/chip area to keep heat in.
I'm looking for suggestions in the $150 $250 price range. Ideally I wanted to find one in stock locally so I can smoke Turkey this Thanksgiving, but for the absolute right one, I'll mail order it. Some that I found, or have interested in me due to local delivery option are as follows:
Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain
Char-Broil 578-sq in Vertical Gas Smoker
Landmann 38" Two drawer
These are the easiest access for me. Of these, would any of these make a good first smoker? If there's another that would be better, let me know. Thanks in advance!