I have been using a Brinkman charcoal smoker for the last year and I am looking to upgrade to a new smoker and I am stuck with a dilemma of propane or electric. I would like to get something that does not require so much attention during cooking. I always had to refill the charcoal and I was having a lot of trouble getting the temp to be constant. Even with the modifications I made to my ECB (vents, gaskets and raised charcoal above ashes) I was still having a hard time controlling the temp and keeping the charcoal lit.
I have narrowed my choices between two smokers either the master forge propane or the masterbuilt 30 inch electric smoker. I have done a lot of research in this forum and the internet and I am having trouble deciding which way to go. It seems the that the propane smokers need to have there temps monitored since the weather conditions can make the temp fluctuate but they can reach higher temps then the electric modules. The electric modules seem to have more parts that can malfunction (heating element) but coupled with AMNPS and when they work they are truly set it and forget it.
I am more interested in the quality of the food that they both produce. Is there any different in food that is made on a propane smoker then with an electric smoker? I like the convenience of the electric smoker but I don’t want to diminish the quality of the food.
I am sure that I am not the first person to have this dilemma and hopefully you guys can help me decide between the two. I have posted this in both the electric and propane forums since I would like to hear from people who are using both types of smokers.