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For starters, I'm completely new to smoking. I love to grill and want to make the transition over to smoking. My birthday is in December so my joint gift is going to be a smoker. I've been doing a lot of research on the different types of smokers and trying to find one I want. I decided to go to a forum to ask others opinions on what I should get to start out with. I don't want an expensive one, but I want to avoid cheap ones that turn out to be junk as well. If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. I currently live in Lenoir City, Tennessee. I currently teach 6th grade, which gives me plenty of time during summers and breaks off for smoking. I'm looking forward to getting into it and learning the craft!

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welcome1.gifWere you wanting gas,wood,charcoal or a watt burner?

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I was wanting to go with either wood or charcoal.

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If you decide on electric, the Masterbuilt is a very popular smoker, Gas would be a GOSM, although I own a Smoke Vault gasser & love it. For charcoal I would recommend a Weber Smoky Mountain. You sound like you've done a lot of research. Like Michael said what are you looking for?

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I have been back and forth between a vertical and an offset. From what I have read, a veritcal is easier to use, especially to start on, but some lack space. Being new to this, I'm not sure exactly how much space a rack of ribs or a brisket etc. would take up. Normally, I would say I would only cook for 4-8 people, but probably 4-5 times a year I would cook for 20 or more. I guess I just don't know with what I could get away with. I have read that WSM is a very good one to start with. I didn't know if there was a comparable offset one as far as quality and price.

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Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.


You are going to fit in just fine.


I also teach 6th Grade so I feel your pain.  

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Welcome JC

The offset is a good choice, I have two of them.



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Welcome to the SMF Family...I currently use a Horizontal Offset...They are good but pretty much eveything out there will need to be modified for even heating across the smoke chamber...JJ

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First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.


Welcome To Your New Addiction

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Welcome - sounds like you are well on your way to a new toy. Good luck and jeep us posted

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Welcome Teach! You have all access to many years of smoking experience here on the forum. I'm pretty new here as well and am in the middle of the e-course this week. Good stuff to lay down the basics and get started. Good Luck!



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